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Best of All: Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Rated as 4.45 out of 5 Stars

"I have tried many beef stew recipes from this site. This is the one! I took the best from each and got this no-fail version."
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7 h 45 m servings 249 cals
Original recipe yields 10 servings


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  1. Whisk flour, garlic salt, and black pepper together in a small bowl; pour into a large resealable plastic bag. Place stew beef in bag, seal the bag, and shake to coat beef to coat completely.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat; saute coated beef in hot oil until browned on all sides, about 10 minutes. Stir onion into beef; saute until onion is softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Pour beef and onions into a slow cooker.
  3. Stir beef broth, red wine, and Worcestershire sauce together in a bowl. Pour broth mixture into the same skillet and bring to a boil while scraping the browned bits of food off of the bottom of the skillet with a wooden spoon. Transfer broth mixture to the slow cooker.
  4. Mix potatoes, carrots, celery, garlic, bay leaves, beef stew seasoning mix, and paprika into beef mixture.
  5. Cook on High for 1 hour. Reduce heat to Low and cook until meat is tender, 6 to 7 hours.


  • Easy Cleanup
  • Try using a liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 249 calories; 8.2 g fat; 21.5 g carbohydrates; 19.3 g protein; 48 mg cholesterol; 637 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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Loved it. Since there are only two of us, and we are not big meat eaters, I reduced the meat to 1 lb of stew beef and 1/4 cup flour. I also reduced to 1/2 packet of stew spices and added 1/2 p...

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Smelled wonderful while cooking - looked good too. Neither hubby nor I could eat - think it was the 2 bay leaves or maybe the stores generic beef stew seasoning, not sure which. Will try again...

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Loved it. Since there are only two of us, and we are not big meat eaters, I reduced the meat to 1 lb of stew beef and 1/4 cup flour. I also reduced to 1/2 packet of stew spices and added 1/2 p...

This recipe turned out very good. I added a half pound extra beef and skipped step 3 and just added everything into the crock pot after sautéing the beef and onions. Everyone raved about this st...

Loved this! Only thing I added was a gravy pack! Made mashed potatoes instead. Thank you Bobbee! :)

I made it like the recipe called for except left out the celery. It was scrumptious! I would highly suggest making this.

I haven't written a review before because I usually make the recipe my own based on others reviews....that being said this is by far the best beef stew I have made!!!! The only thing I changed w...

Everyone loved the flavor! Removed all fat, etc from beef. Left out the potatoes and Worcestershire sauce. Added 3 more of each celery stalks and carrots and a little water to the other liquids ...

Followed the recipe to a tee except doubling the amount of celery. I am not sure this is for 10 servings, however. My wife and I finished it in two days. Best stew we have ever had!

Did not have celery or pkg seasoning mix. I used a package of Good Seasons Italian Dressing mix. Also, added 1/4 cup Marsala wine. This was the best stew we've ever had. The sweet Hungarian papr...

Made recipe as is except added some extra carrots and served with some crusty bread. Everyone loved it. My 5 yr old grandson commented "these are the best carrots I've ever eaten".