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.)

This easy beef stew gets fabulous flavor from the beefy onion soup mix and tomatoes. 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.

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


  • Optional: 2 tablespoons oil or bacon drippings
  • 1 1/2 pounds stew beef (lean, cut into 1-inch cubes)
  • 1 packet beefy onion soup mix (like the 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)
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water (cold)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

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 and then brown the beef cubes. 

    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 seasonings, adding salt and pepper, as needed.

    Beef stew in a slow cooker
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  6. Add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch mixed with the 1/4 cup of cold water.

    Cornstarch and water mix
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  7. Turn heat to HIGH and stir until thickened. Serve with crusty bread and enjoy!

    Beef stew in a slow cooker
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