Crock Pot Barbecue Beef Stew

beef stew with mushrooms bbq
Diana Rattray
  • Total: 8 hrs 30 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 8 hrs
  • Servings: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
467 Calories
21g Fat
26g Carbs
43g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 467
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 118mg 39%
Sodium 455mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Protein 43g
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.)

A slow cooker beef stew makes a delicious meal for any day of the week. This version includes plenty of beef along with mushrooms, tomatoes, seasonings, and barbecue sauce for flavor. 

Feel free to adjust the seasonings to suit your family's tastes. For extra flavor, color, and nutrients, add frozen thawed peas, corn, or green beans about 30 minutes before the stew is ready. Sirloin tips are an excellent option for the stew as well.

Serve this beef stew over hot boiled rice, mashed potatoes, polenta, or pasta. Add a salad for a complete, satisfying meal.


  • 1 1/2 pounds beef chuck (stewing beef)
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup green pepper (chopped)
  • 1 clove garlic (large, minced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups beef stock (preferably unsalted or low sodium)
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can tomatoes
  • 1 (4-ounce) can mushrooms (drained)
  • 1/3 cup barbecue sauce
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water

Steps to Make It

  1. Cut the beef into bite-size cubes (1/2-inch to 1-inch).

  2. Heat the vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the beef and onion in the hot oil until beef is browned on all sides, stirring constantly.

  3. Reduce the heat to medium. Add the garlic and chopped green pepper and cook for 1 minute longer.

  4. Transfer the beef mixture to the slow cooker. Add the salt, pepper, beef stock, tomatoes, mushrooms, and barbecue sauce. Cover and cook on low for about 7 to 9 hours, or until the beef is very tender.

  5. Mix 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with the cold water until smooth and well blended. Stir the cornstarch slurry stir into ​the stew and continue to cook for 10 to 20 minutes, or until thickened..