Classic Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Beef stew
Paul Poplis / Getty Images
  • Total: 9 hrs 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 9 hrs
  • Yield: 4 to 6 Servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
341 Calories
12g Fat
21g Carbs
36g Protein
See Full Nutritional Guidelines Hide Full Nutritional Guidelines
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6 Servings
Amount per serving
Calories 341
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 101mg 34%
Sodium 358mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Protein 36g
Calcium 48mg 4%
*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 is a basic beef stew for the slow cooker made with beef broth, potatoes and carrots, onions, and a variety of seasonings. This is a great fall or winter stew for any night of the week. Just set the crock pot and forget it!

If you have time, brown the beef in a skillet in a small amount of oil before you add it to the crockpot. Browning enhances the flavor and gives the beef color.


  • 10 small new potatoes (halved, unpeeled)
  • 12 small whole white onions (peeled, fresh or frozen, thawed)
  • 30/8 ounces baby carrots
  • 1 red or green bell pepper (seeded, cut into 1-inch pieces)
  • 1 1/2 pounds beef stew meat (cut into 1-inch cubes)
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano (dried leaf)
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon parsley (fresh, chopped) or 1 teaspoon parsley (flakes, dried)
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons cold water

Steps to Make It

  1. Place the halved potatoes, onions, and baby carrots in the slow cooker. Add bell pepper and beef.

  2. In a small bowl combine the beef broth, oregano, paprika, parsley, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Pour the mixture over meat and vegetables.

  3. Cover and cook the stew on low for 8 to 10 hours.

  4. Turn pot on high. In a small bowl dissolve the cornstarch in the water; stir into cooked stew mixture. Cover and continue cooking the stew on high 15 to 20 mins. or until thickened, stirring occasionally.