This hearty beef stew cooks completely in the crock-pot all day and is chock full of fall-apart-juicy beef, and tender harvest vegetables.—The perfect way to warm up on a chilly winter evening!
I am all about the hearty dinner meals, these days….
I mean, December is obviously a little confused and apparently thinks that it’s January and therefore had decided that it’s time for the teen temps and the piling on of the white stuff.
Which means that it’s time for ME to pile on the hearty, stick-to-your-ribs dinners like there’s no tomorrow.
Oh, and the slow-cooked stuff too. I freaking ♥ my crockpot. Totally my lifesaver. And an empty-stomach-saver, and a freeze-your-tail-off-saver.
Whatever, Mother Nature. Do your thing. I’ll just be wallowing my freezing self in the beef stew.
Yes, I would gladly swim in a bowl of beef stew. I mean, think about it! It’s super-thick and chunky so you’d have all these little carrot life rafts and beef-chunk boats that you could just lay on in the warm bed of beefy broth. Totally in!
Yikes. I’m even scaring myself now….
Clearly I’ve been in comfort food-overdrive lately as you can see here, here and oh, man HERE. So I’m just putting that down to excuse my less-than-sane mind lately…
But this beef stew? It was definitely one of my brighter moves.
I mean, it’s veggie-filled beef stew, guys! In the crockpot! Cooking itself all day while you do um, NOTHING. Except for possibly make these dinner rolls to go with it.
Hint, hint. (not optional!!)
All you have to do to make this hearty stew? Basically just dump everything in the crockpot and turn it on. Sha-ZAM.
Okay, okay there is one TEENY little step to the beef that you must do before combining it with the other ingredients. Your cubed beef stew meat is just lightly pan-fried in oil with a little bit of flour before throwing it in the crockpot. This little step puts a nice brown sear on the outside of the beef and will ensure that the beef cooks up super-moist and fall-apart tender in your stew.
Other than that, this stew is literally just a ton of harvest veggies, beef broth and seasonings. I used carrots, red potatoes, pearl onions, celery, and diced tomatoes; but totally feel free to change up the veggies with your favorites. I have a feeling root veggies like parsnips, turnips, ect would go fabulously in this stew! Next time. ♥
Slow-cooking this stew just really brings out the unbelievable homey flavors. The thick beef broth is perfectly seasoned… the veggies cook up perfectly soft and tender, and the beef….oh my gosh it literally just falls apart it’s so juicy and tender.
Crockpot meals FTW, guys!! You just can’t beat ’em.
And I literally can’t stop eating ’em.
It’s kinda mind-boggling to me that such simple ingredients could result in such an amazing beef stew. There’s nothin’ too fancy in here and that’s why my family loves this stew so much. Sometimes simple is best. 🙂
I mean, I’m totally up for pesto in my tomato soup anytime, but when it comes to the classic stuff like beef stew, I like to just leave it alone and let the simple stuff speak for itself.
It speaks yummy words, guys.
Grab a bowl, friends! This beef stew’s on me. 🙂
Slow-Cooker Beef Stew
- 2 lbs beef chuck roast, cut into 1/2 in cubes
- 1/3 cup white whole wheat flour
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cups sliced carrots
- 3 celery ribs diced
- 3 cups Russet potatoes diced into 1/2 in pieces
- 1 large onion roughly chopped
- 4 garlic cloves minced
- 1 can 28 oz diced tomatoes
- 4 cups water
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
- Salt and pepper to taste
- In a large bowl, combine beef cubes and flour. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, saute beef in oil stirring occasionally until beef is slightly browned, 5-10 minutes. (beef will not cook entirely)
- Place beef in a 3-qt slow cooker. Add carrots, celery, potatoes, onion, garlic, tomatoes, water, vinegar, and seasonings. Stir to combine.
- Cook beef stew on low-heat 5-6 hours. Season with salt and pepper before serving.
P.S. I wrote this post ahead of time and scheduled it. I’m currently on a mini vacay in the Wisconsin Dells for the next 2 days! If you’re brave enough to handle my cray family, go ahead and gimme a follow on IG to follow along our vacay!
Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later! says
MMM! Looks so hearty and filling, yet healthy because it’s a clear broth instead of cream broth.
Definitely my idea of a perfect winter dinner! 😉 xxxx.
Looks delicious! 2 questions: Do I have to brown the beef first? Can I use beef stock instead of water?
For best results, I would recommend browning the beef first. And beef stock can absolutely be subbed in for water. 🙂 Hope this helps!
Hello! If I were to use the pearl onions you used in the pictures vs. one onion noted in the recipe, can you please give an estimate on how many/much pearl onions to use? Thanks!
Hi Kiara! That would equal about 2 cups of pearl onions. 🙂
I’m trying your stew recipe tonight. I am excited. Question though: you mentioned you used red potatoes and pearl onions in the stew in your photos. Did you also use tomatoes? Because it doesn’t look like it in the pictures.
Hi Brittany! The tomatoes are totally optional—sometimes I add them and sometimes I don’t! Totally up to your preference! 😉
Avery Powell says
I’ve looked at literally hundreds of recipes over the years and have never commented on a single one. With that said, the pictures of this recipe made the meal look absolutely fantastic. And I’m sure it will taste the same.
Thank you for the work you put into it and the meal….blessings!
Fred Belli says
It seems to me that a 3 qt crockpot would be too small, so I used my 6 qt and added some more veggies.. Came out fantastic. Any ways, where did you buy a 3 qt crockpot?
Hi – this recipe looks delicious…but does it really call for 12 lbs of meat? That seems like alot…was that a typo? If so, what’s the correct amount?
So sorry for that typo, Amanda! Corrected amount is 2 pounds.
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