5 of the Best Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipes

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Are you tired of the same old beef stew recipe? Do you want to switch things up and try something new? Look no further! We have gathered five of the best slow cooker beef stew recipes that are sure to satisfy your taste buds. From classic comfort food dishes to flavorful twists, these recipes will make your mouth water and leave you craving more. So grab a bowl, spoon, and get ready for some serious deliciousness!

Classic Beef Stew

There’s nothing like a warm, hearty beef stew on a cold winter’s day. This classic recipe is sure to please the entire family. The best part is, it’s made in the slow cooker so you can set it and forget it!


1 lb. beef stew meat

2 carrots, diced

2 potatoes, diced

1 onion, diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 bay leaf

1 tsp. thyme

2 cups beef broth

1 cup red wine (optional)
+ 1 can tomato paste (optional) ————- If you want to make this ahead of time and freeze it, don’t add the tomato paste at this stage. It doesn’t freeze well. Add it when you reheat the stew.

instructions: —————>

Brown the beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the carrots, potatoes, onion, garlic, bay leaf, thyme, and beef broth to the slow cooker. Stir in the red wine (if using). Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or until the beef is tender. ————–> If you’re making this ahead of time and freezing it, stop here. Don’t add the tomato paste yet – it doesn’t freeze well. Cover and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to eat, thaw overnight in the fridge then continue with the recipe below. ————–> Stir

Irish beef stew

If you’re looking for a delicious slow cooker beef stew recipe, look no further than this Irish beef stew! Made with beef chuck roast, potatoes, carrots, and plenty of savory seasonings, this dish is sure to please the whole family. Simply add all of the ingredients to your slow cooker in the morning and let it cook away while you go about your day. When dinnertime rolls around, you’ll have a hearty and satisfying meal that’s ready to eat.

Bourguignon beef stew

This beef stew recipe is French-inspired and full of flavor. It’s perfect for a chilly night!


-1 pound beef chuck, trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes

-1 large onion, diced

-3 cloves garlic, minced
-1 pound carrots, peeled and diced
-2 stalks celery, diced
-3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
-2 teaspoons tomato paste
-1 cup red wine
-4 cups beef broth
-1 bay leaf
-1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
-1/2 teaspoon salt

In a large bowl, combine the beef chuck, onion, garlic, carrots, celery, flour, and tomato paste. Mix well to coat the beef with the flour mixture.

Pour the red wine into a slow cooker. Add the beef mixture and stir to combine. Add the beef broth, bay leaf, thyme leaves, and salt. Stir well to combine.

Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours or until the beef is very tender.

Serve over cooked egg noodles or mashed potatoes

Cowboy beef stew


1 lb. beef stew meat

1 onion, diced

3 carrots, diced

3 celery stalks, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup red wine

1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained
+ 1 (10 oz) can tomato sauce
2 cups beef broth


1 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1/4 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. cumin


1) In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except for the beef broth. Mix well and set aside.

2) Place the beef stew meat in the bottom of a 6-quart or larger slow cooker. Pour the seasoned vegetables over the top of the meat.

3) Pour in the beef broth and stir everything together gently with a spoon.

4) Cover and cook on low for 8 hours, or until the beef is very tender.

Goulash beef stew

Goulash beef stew is a hearty and flavorful dish that is perfect for a winter meal. The beef is slow cooked in a tomato-based sauce with chunks of vegetables, and the result is a rich and hearty stew that will warm you up on a cold day.

How to make the perfect beef stew

There’s nothing quite like a hearty beef stew on a cold winter day. And while there are many different ways to make this classic dish, there are a few key ingredients and steps that will help you make the perfect beef stew every time.

First, start with good quality beef. This is key, as the beef will be the star of the show in your stew. Look for cuts like chuck roast or brisket that are well-marbled with fat, as this will add flavor and help keep the meat moist during cooking.

Next, brown the beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat before adding it to the slow cooker. This step is important, as it helps to sear in all of the flavorful juices from the beef. Don’t skip it!

Once the beef is browned, add it to your slow cooker along with some chopped onions, carrots, celery, garlic, and any other desired vegetables. Pour over some beef broth or stock, add a few seasonings (we like salt, pepper, and thyme), and then set the cooker to low and let it do its thing for 6-8 hours.

When the stew is done cooking, ladle into bowls and enjoy!

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