Crock Pot Beef Stew With Onion Soup Mix

Crock pot beef stew

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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 8 hrs
Total: 8 hrs 20 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
403 Calories
13g Fat
33g Carbs
38g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 403
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 104mg 35%
Sodium 423mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Protein 38g
Calcium 105mg 8%
*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.)

Beef stew is a hearty winter dish, and when it's made in the slow cooker, it's also simple to prepare. This easy crock pot beef stew gets its fabulous flavor from the beefy onion soup mix and tomatoes, and can be a complete meal thanks to the potatoes, carrots, and celery. If you like, you can brown the beef in oil or bacon drippings before adding to the slow cooker; this adds a nice texture to the meat.

Serve this filling beef stew with crusty rolls or biscuits for a satisfying family dinner.


  • 2 tablespoons oil or bacon drippings, optional
  • 1 1/2 pounds stew beef (lean, cut into 1-inch cubes)
  • 1 packet beefy onion soup mix (such as Lipton brand)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules (or base)
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 medium potatoes (cubed)
  • 3 carrots (sliced)
  • 1 stalk celery (sliced)
  • 1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes (with juice)
  • 1 clove garlic (crushed)
  • Salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water (cold)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for crock pot beef stew
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  2. If desired, heat the oil or bacon drippings in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the beef cubes and brown on all sides. 

    Cubed beef in a skillet
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  3. Put the beef (browned or not) in the slow cooker with the onion soup mix, bouillon, water, potatoes, carrots, celery, tomatoes, and garlic.

    Beef and vegetables in crock pot
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  4. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours, or until the beef and vegetables are tender.

    Beef stew ingredients in a covered slow cooker
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  5. Taste and adjust the seasonings, adding salt and pepper as needed.

    Beef stew in a slow cooker
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  6. Make the slurry by combining the cornstarch with the cold water.

    Cornstarch and water mix
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  7. Add the slurry to the crock pot, turn the heat to high, and stir until thickened.

    Beef stew in a slow cooker
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  8. Serve the beef stew with crusty bread and enjoy.


  • The stew has very little water in it, but as it cooks, the condensation adds more liquid. If your slow cooker has a tendency to cook faster, check and add more water as needed.
  • If you need to speed up the cooking time, you can cook on high and leave for 4 to 5 hours instead of 8 to 10. Just be sure to check on the liquid level and add more water if the stew looks dry.
  • Waxy potatoes that are low in starch and high in moisture are the best potatoes for beef stew; Yukon Gold, small red potatoes, new potatoes, and fingerlings are good choices. These potatoes also have thin skin, and therefore don't require peeling. It's best to avoid russet potatoes as they are low in moisture and high in starch, which means they will become mealy and mushy in the stew.