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Slow Cooker Beef Stew

A hearty slow cooker beef stew with fall-apart, melt-in-your-mouth, tender chuck roast, potatoes and carrots. Here’s a comforting, warm meal that’s perfect for the cold weather.

A hearty slow cooker beef stew with fall-apart, tender chuck roast, potatoes and carrots. A comforting, warm meal perfect for the cold weather.

It’s mighty cold! So today we’ll be doing a slow cooker beef stew to warm ourselves up. This is the perfect time to break out the crock-pot and let it do the cooking for you while you reward yourselves at the dinner table later.

A hearty slow cooker beef stew with fall-apart, tender chuck roast, potatoes and carrots. A comforting, warm meal perfect for the cold weather.

With chuck roast, potatoes, carrots and onions and some seasonings, you’ve got yourself a meal that goes well with some crusty bread to help fill you up. The meat is melt-in-your-mouth tender. So tender, I had to be careful ladling it into bowls to not break them apart. Sounds good?

Let’s begin.

 

A hearty slow cooker beef stew with fall-apart, tender chuck roast, potatoes and carrots. A comforting, warm meal perfect for the cold weather.

The bulk of the work comes from all the chopping and cutting. You’ll need the carrots and celery cut into 2″ pieces so they don’t dissapear into nothingness when cooked long and slow. By the same reasoning, the potatoes should be quartered to help them retain shape. Use potatoes like Yukon gold or red potatoes so they don’t crumble too much in the stew. The same goes for the beef. Big chunks so they retain their shape!

One of the best seasonings you can use for the stew is allspice. Contrary to its name, its not a combination of spices but has a combination flavor of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. If you don’t have allspice ready, you can use these seasonings instead. It gives the stew a unique taste and adds a wonderful flavor. I used to use whole allspice but used ground for this recipe to make this spice a little more approachable. I know some people can get weirded out seeing things you aren’t used to in their food!

A hearty slow cooker beef stew with fall-apart, tender chuck roast, potatoes and carrots. A comforting, warm meal perfect for the cold weather.

There’s two ways you can do this. You can skip the searing and sauteing of the beef, onions and garlic and throw everything in the slow cooker and call it a day if you’re short on time. The other way is to dust the beef cubes in flour and pan-sear them all both sides to bring out more flavor.

Sauté the onions and garlic to bring their flavor out as well then deglaze the pan with wine (optional) and broth. THEN you chuck everything in and call it a day.

A hearty slow cooker beef stew with fall-apart, tender chuck roast, potatoes and carrots. A comforting, warm meal perfect for the cold weather.

I went with the slightly longer version. It’s about an extra 20 minutes cooking time but my reasoning was heck, if you’re going to spend all that time slicing and dicing veggies, you might as well try to make the best stew you can!

And that’s about it. Ladle them into bowls and serve with some crusty bread. Enjoy!

A hearty slow cooker beef stew with fall-apart, tender chuck roast, potatoes and carrots. A comforting, warm meal perfect for the cold weather.

 

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A hearty slow cooker beef stew with fall-apart, tender chuck roast, potatoes and carrots. A comforting, warm meal perfect for the cold weather.

Slow Cooker Beef Stew


  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 8 hours 30 mins
  • Total Time: 9 hours
  • Yield: 6-8 1x

Description

A hearty slow cooker beef stew with fall-apart, tender chuck roast, potatoes and carrots. A comforting, warm meal perfect for the cold weather.


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Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 2 lbs. beef chuck, trimmed of fat and cut into 2” cubes
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 6 yukon gold potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 3 large carrots, cut into 2” pieces/8 oz. baby carrots
  • 4 stalks celery, cut into 2” pieces
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 8 oz. mushrooms, sliced (optional)
  • 1 cup red cooking wine (optional)
  • 1 cup beef stock/broth
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Toss the beef cubes in flour until fully coated on all sides
  2. Over medium high heat, sear the beef cubes in some oil until browned. Remove and set aside
  3. In the same pan, add more oil and saute the onions and garlic until fragrant
  4. Pour in red wine and beef broth. Scrape off any browned bits from the pan into the broth. Simmer until broth begins to boil
  5. Layer bottom of slow cooker with potatoes, carrots and celery
  6. Add in seared beef cubes, onions and garlic broth and diced tomatoes
  7. Season with bay leaf, parsley, allspice, Worcestershire sauce and salt and pepper to taste
  8. Cook on low for 8 hours
  9. Dish and serve hot with crusty bread

Notes

Add 1-2 cups more beef broth if you prefer your stew soupier.

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20 Comments

  • Reply
    Scholastica
    February 3, 2019 at 5:19 PM

    Lovely

  • Reply
    Shari
    February 7, 2019 at 5:26 PM

    The recipe that I can see doesn’t mention anything in the direction about the worcestershire sauce? I added it with the herbs.

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      February 7, 2019 at 5:33 PM

      Thanks! It’s fixed now. I appreciate you pointing it out, it was supposed to go with the rest of the seasonings.

  • Reply
    armando
    April 16, 2019 at 9:33 AM

    This looks great!  I will prepare it for my children……..Thanks for sharing 

  • Reply
    Melania
    June 7, 2019 at 2:55 AM

    I made this dish today and it was super delicious. My husband liked it very much. Thanks for sharing this beautiful recipe.

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      September 4, 2019 at 10:58 AM

      Thank you for trying it out, Melania! I always appreciate hearing back from folks who’ve tried it out 🙂

  • Reply
    Charley
    September 4, 2019 at 10:34 AM

    If you don’t use the wine do you replace it with stock or water?

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      September 4, 2019 at 11:03 AM

      You can just omit it out. The wine usually mostly evaporates anyway and does not add to liquid volume content. It’s there just to deglaze the pan and add a little flavor but the beef broth can do just as good a job in deglazing it after the onions and garlic. Good luck!

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    Shari Giarraputo
    October 9, 2019 at 1:19 PM

    I layered everything as it was noted in the recipe. The beef and the seasonings are on top. Is that correct or should I have stirred the beef and the seasonings in?

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      October 9, 2019 at 1:38 PM

      That’s correct. You can mix up the seasonings with the broth and pour it in on top of the layered veggies and beef as well. Good luck!

      • Reply
        Shari
        October 30, 2019 at 4:57 PM

        Thank you so much

  • Reply
    Ashley
    October 30, 2019 at 1:18 PM

    Can I cook this on high?

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      October 30, 2019 at 1:27 PM

      I haven’t tried the high setting yet for this recipe but the typical rule is 8 hours on low or 4 hours on high. If you do decide to try it on high, please let us know if that was enough time for the beef chuck to tenderize. Good luck!

  • Reply
    Kaylin Franco
    April 16, 2020 at 11:53 AM

    Just added everything into the crock pot except the wine but it seems so dry. Should I add water or more broth?

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      November 8, 2020 at 10:34 PM

      The amount of broth for my personal tastes was enough for me. Look at the pictures to gauge the ratio of broth to meat/veggies and see if that’s good enough for you. Some people just like less filling and more broth.

      That being said, don’t gauge the final amount based on liquid mass pre-cooking. A fatty cut of beef like beef chuck will shed a lot of its fat adding to the liquid content later. If the amount of broth is not enough after all the cooking is done, then I would suggest on adding more based on how you personally want it and letting it cook another 30 minutes to an hour.

  • Reply
    Pat
    November 8, 2020 at 2:23 PM

    Lovely taste but definitely missing water content. Added additional 3-4 cups of broth and still quite dry. Is the recipe correct?

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      November 8, 2020 at 10:39 PM

      Hi Pat, thanks for trying it out. It wasn’t dry for me, so I’m not sure how to fix it for you. The only thing I can think of is you used a different cut of meat, your slow cooker runs hotter than most, or you cooked it longer than directed.

      The amount of water to filling ratio is pretty spot on if you reference the pics. As you can see from them, there’s more filling to broth ratio. If you like your filling swimming in broth (and it seems like it from 3-4 cups worth), then I suggest using that amount from now on. It’s personal preference but hopefully these comments will help guide more people on how much liquid to filling ratio they want based on their tastes.

      • Reply
        The Cooking Jar
        November 11, 2020 at 9:41 AM

        I’ve gone ahead and added a foot note for those who like things soupier to add more cups of beef broth. Thanks for the bringing it to my attention, Pat!

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