Classic Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Beef stew
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  • 9 hrs 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 9 hrs
  • Yield: 4 to 6 Servings
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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.

What You'll Need

  • 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

How 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.
    Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
    Calories 341
    Total Fat 12 g
    Saturated Fat 5 g
    Unsaturated Fat 5 g
    Cholesterol 101 mg
    Sodium 358 mg
    Carbohydrates 21 g
    Dietary Fiber 3 g
    Protein 36 g
    (The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)