Crock Pot Lamb Stew

Slow cooker lamb stew.

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  • Total: 8 hrs 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 8 hrs
  • Yield: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
823 Calories
51g Fat
28g Carbs
62g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 823
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 51g 65%
Saturated Fat 20g 99%
Cholesterol 212mg 71%
Sodium 650mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Protein 62g
Calcium 88mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This slow cooker lamb stew is a classic combination of lamb, potatoes, and carrots. It might look simple, but the flavor is extraordinary.

This recipe is versatile as well. Add a cup of sliced parsnips or diced rutabaga to the stew along with the potatoes. Or add about 1/2 cup of sliced celery or sliced sauteed mushrooms. If you choose to add more tender vegetables, like frozen (thawed) peas or cut green beans, add them about 1/2 hour before the stew is ready.

Lamb shoulder meat is an excellent choice for lamb stew, or use neck meat. Beef chuck is a good alternative if you don't have lamb.

Serve the stew with a simple tossed salad and crusty bread or rolls for a fabulous cool weather meal. This stew is perfect for a St. Patrick's Day dinner. Add a glass of Guinness stout and some warm Irish soda bread.


  • 2 1/2 cups chicken stock (low sodium or unsalted)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 pounds lamb
  • 3 medium carrots
  • 2 medium onions
  • 1 pound red-skinned (or round white potatoes)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 3 tablespoons water (cold)
  • Optional: 1 to 2 tablespoons chopped parsley

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    lamb stew ingredients
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  2. Cut the lamb into bite-size pieces. 

    Cubed lamb for stew.
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  3. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot and shimmering, add the lamb and cook until all sides are well-browned.

    Browning lamb for stew.
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  4. Meanwhile, peel and thinly slice the carrots. Peel the potatoes and slice or dice them. Peel the onions, cut into quarters, and slice thinly.

    Vegetables for lamb stew.
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  5. Put the carrots, onions, and potatoes in the crock pot. Arrange the browned lamb pieces on the vegetables.

    Lamb stew ingredients in the slow cooker.
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  6. Pour the chicken stock into the skillet used to cook the lamb. Bring the stock to a boil, stirring to get all of the browned bits. Taste and add salt and pepper, as needed.

    Making stock for stew.
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  7. Add the hot chicken broth to the crock pot. 

  8. Cover and cook for 3 to 4 hours on high or 6 to 8 hours on low.

    Lamb stew in the slow cooker.
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  9. In a small bowl or cup, combine the 2 tablespoons of flour with the 3 tablespoons of cold water. Whisk until the mixture is smooth with no lumps.

  10. Stir the slurry into the stew mixture and continue cooking for about 10 to 15 minutes.

    Thickening lamb stew.
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  11. Sprinkle fresh chopped parsley over the stew and serve it hot with thick, crusty bread. Irish soda bread is also a good choice, or make homemade bread or biscuits.

    Slow cooker lamb stew.
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  12. Enjoy!

Kitchen Notes

  • Although browning meat for the slow cooker is not always necessary, it is worth the extra 5 or 10 minutes it takes. A good, crusty sear on the cubes of meat gives the stew extra flavor, texture, and color.

  • To add deeper color to the broth, stir about 1/2 teaspoon of gravy browning sauce—e.g., Gravymaster or Kitchen Bouquet—into the stew before serving.