Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe

This Slow Cooker (and Instant Pot Stew) is SO easy to make! You just dump everything in and you are good to go. It's quick, simple, and full of amazing flavor. You will love this recipe.

Growing up, our mom made this stew all the time.  It is so simple to put all the ingredients in your slow cooker and let it cook all day.

This is the perfect meal for a cold day and your house will smell absolutely amazing.

I love making this on busy or cold days, and coming home to a nice warm dinner. It’s quick, simple, delicious, and definitely a family favorite.

Want to make this recipe in the Instant Pot?

I make it a little bit different. Here are the ingredients you will need:

  • 1 (1 pound) package baby carrots
  • 3 russet potatoes, peeled and cut
  • 2 pounds beef stew meat
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 ribs celery, diced
  • 1 cup frozen green peas

Place all ingredients in the Instant Pot. Stir just enough to mix spices. Cover and cook on manual or high pressure for 30 minutes. You can do a quick release or let it release on it’s own. Mix and serve.

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what do i serve with this stew?

I love stew, but I also love the side dishes and bread that we serve with stew. If you need a few ideas of what to serve this meal with, here is what we recommend:

  • Easy Cheesy Garlic Bread: We love this bread. It is exactly what it says it is, EASY. It is delicious.
  • 30 Minute Dinner Rolls: These rolls are so fast, and practically fail proof. Spread a little butter on them, and get dipping them in your stew.
  • Italian Fresh Green Salad: This fresh Italian salad, makes the perfect side dish and is so simple to throw together.
  • Sweet Cornbread: Nothing warms the soul better than some stew and corn bread. You will love this home style combination and all the amazing flavor.

Really any bread or soup pairing would be perfect for this recipe. It’s simple, delicious, and they both taste great with a hearty soup, such as this one.


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This Instant Pot Beef Stew is a dump and ready to go, kind of soup. It’s quick, simple, and absolutely delicious. You will love it. Watch how to make it, here:

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Serves: 8

Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe

Delicious and hearty beef stew made in your slow cooker so it simmers all day!

15 minPrep Time

10 hrCook Time

10 hr, 15 Total Time

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  • 1 (16 ounce) package baby carrots
  • 3 russet potatoes (peeled and diced)
  • 2 pounds beef stew meat
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 onion (diced)
  • 1 stalk celery (diced)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can green peas


  1. Place all ingredients in slow cooker.
  2. Stir just enough to mix spices.
  3. Cover and cook on low 10-12 hours or high 5-6 hours.
  4. Remove bay leaf, and serve.



2180 cal


16 g


394 g


131 g
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14 Responses to “Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe”

  1. Just tried out this recipe today! It was very delicious, but a little dry. Kind of more like a pot roast vs a stew. When you make it, is it more of a thick soup or creamy? And if so, how do you achieve this?? :p The only differences I made were no worchestershire sauce, but I added in more beef broth [I used broth instead of stock as well]. Any help is appreciated! Thanks!
  2. Made this a couple nights ago. It was wonderful. Used deer meat and it was so tender. Carrots and potatoes etc were perfect as well . We added mushrooms because my husband thinks they should be added to everything. I committed the Worcestershire sauce because I didn't have any on hand and refuse to purchase any ingredient if it's only a tsp.I added about three tablespoons of soy sauce instead . I cooked on the high setting. Not sure if the bay leaves were necessary. Will probably omit those next time as well to save even more money. Thanks for the great recipe. Another wonderful pinterest find !
  3. I made this for dinner tonight. It was on the thin side, so different from other stews I've had but it was very tasty. With there being more of a small amount of broth instead of a gravy I might try to put in more meat next time. Everyone cleaned out their bowls so it was a win.

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