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The Best Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe You'll Have All Season

by Nicole Fabian-Weber on October 6, 2013 at 8:01 AM

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I basically hate all things about cold weather except the cooking and the food. The crock pot cooking, to be more precise. Few things bring me more joy than throwing a bunch of ingredients into a pot in the morning, and then finding a delicious, bubbling cauldron of goodness later on. And the fact that it's only one pot to clean? Heaven!

I recently made this Slow Cooker Beef Stew, and let me tell you -- it's one of the best crock pot recipes my family's ever had. I know there are a million and one crock pot recipes out there (and I'm sure I'll try many of them), but this is one I will definitely come back to. Yum!

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Slow Cooker Beef Stew


  • 4 pounds bottom round, well trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup olive oil (plus more if needed)
  • 2 large onions, diced1 6-ounce can tomato paste
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 1 pound potatoes, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 pound baby carrots
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed


1. Coat the beef in the flour. Heat a few tablespoons of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown the meat, a few pieces at a time, adding more oil as necessary. Transfer to a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker.

2. Add the onions to the skillet and cook over medium heat until tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste and coat the onions; transfer to the cooker.

3. Pour the wine into the skillet and scrape up any browned bits; add to the cooker. Stir in the potatoes, carrots, broth, salt, thyme, and bay leaf.

4. Cover and cook on low heat for 7 1/2 hours, or on high for 4 hours. Add the peas and heat through.


Image via Amy Selleck/Flickr

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  • mompam


    October 6, 2013 at 3:22 PM
    M sounds good. Thanks!
  • Mae
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    October 8, 2013 at 1:52 PM
    Is there a substitution that can be made in place of the wine? Would using maybe consumme or something similar work? Thank you--this looks very, very yummy!!!
  • mompam


    October 26, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    I made this. It was great -  thanks! I used red cooking wine, not regular wine. I think anything you have would be fine.

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