Prep-Ahead Slow Cooker Beef Stew


This beef stew recipe requires very little prep time the day you're cooking it since you do all the night before. Cutting up vegetables ahead of time helps save time on this easy recipe.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
7 hrs
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
15 hrs 20 mins
4 to 6 - servings


  • 2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 teaspoon no salt herb seasoning

  • 5 medium potatoes

  • 4 medium carrots

  • 1 medium yellow onion

  • ¾ cup tomato juice

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can stewed tomatoes

  • 2 medium fresh jalapeno peppers, sliced into rings


  1. The night before, cut up potatoes and carrots and slice onions. Put all the vegetables in a plastic container filled with water for 8 hours to overnight.

  2. Also the night before, marinate the stew meat with Worcestershire sauce and herb seasoning in a plastic storage bag. Place in the refrigerator.

  3. In the morning, put the raw beef in the bottom of your slow cooker. Drain the vegetables, and pour in on top of the beef. Pour in the stewed tomatoes and tomato juice. If you like your stew a little spicy, add a chopped jalapeno pepper or two.

  4. Turn the slow cooker on high for 1 hour. Then, set your slow cooker to low for 6-8 hours. The beef will cook completely, and will be very tender.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

684 Calories
36g Fat
52g Carbs
39g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Calories 684
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 36g 46%
Saturated Fat 14g 72%
Cholesterol 122mg 41%
Sodium 466mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Dietary Fiber 8g 28%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 39g
Vitamin C 63mg 315%
Calcium 98mg 8%
Iron 7mg 37%
Potassium 2324mg 49%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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