Slow Cooker Week, Day 2: The Best Slow Cooker Beef Stew

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This guest post comes to us from blogger Carrie Robinson. Carrie is the blogger behind Frugal Foodie Mama. Thanks, Carrie, for your great slow cooker stew recipe.

The Best Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Hello all!  I am Carrie, and you can find me over at Frugal Foodie Mama sharing my budget friendly and tasty recipes, blogging about my life as a stay at home mom to a teenager and a toddler, and how I manage to stay a foodie on a single-income budget.


I love breaking out my slow cooker often during the holidays and winter months.  There is nothing like coming home to a warm slow cooker filled with something delicious after a long day of holiday shopping or an afternoon of playing in the snow.


Today, I am sharing my recipe with you all for The Best Slow Cooker Beef Stew.  Beef stew is hearty, comforting, and warm — perfect for a chilly winter evening and the perfect, fuss-free dinner during the holidays.

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For my The Best Slow Cooker Beef Stew, you will need:


  • 1-1/2 pounds of beef stew meat, cubed
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 pound potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces — I used French fingerlings, but you can use any variety.
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 8 ounces baby carrots, chopped in half
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 2-1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup red wine (This is the secret ingredient that makes it THE BEST.  I used a Cabernet Sauvignon.)
  • 2 bay leaves


  1. Place the cubed stew meat in a large bowl.  
  2. Add the flour, salt, pepper, and paprika to the meat and toss to coat well.
  3. Spray the inside of your slow cooker with cooking spray.  
  4. Add the celery, carrots, onion, and garlic to the slow cooker.  
  5. Dump in the floured, seasoned meat.  
  6. Then, pour in the broth, Worcestershire sauce, and wine.  
  7. Give it a stir, and then drop in the 2 bay leaves.
  8. Cook on HIGH for 6 to 7 hours.
  9. Ladle into bowls and serve with warm, crusty bread.
If you loved this recipe, you might also like my Secret Ingredient Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff


What do you like to put in your beef stew?


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  1. Debby Beaver says:

    Sounds good. Am going to try it on my sons.

  2. Beulah Starr says:

    Beef Stew boy does that sound good. I love stew and will be trying tis recipe now that cold weather is here.

  3. Some Fennel, but honestly I only make this for my husband.

  4. This sounds thick & hearty, I can already see warm garlic bread on the side on a cold day.

  5. Shirley Conley says:

    We love beef stew but I have never tried it with the wine and am going to have to try it as it does sound very good

  6. Bre Sankel says:

    I usually add beef bouillon. The red wine sounds amazing – not sure why I’ve never thought of that. I love cooking with wine.

  7. The stew sounds nice and hearty, especially for a snowy day like yesterday:@)

  8. Lucinda Larson says:

    It’s cold outside and this sounds great!

  9. kathleen bowker says:

    tried this, it is very good

  10. My dad made the BEST beef stew. Mine has never come out well. Maybe this recipe will work better for me. I think my dad’s recipe is missing something.

  11. Love beef stew, especially in cold icy weather like today. Can’t wait to try this one.

  12. Debbie Lane says:

    Beef Stew – one of the best-smelling foods to come home to!

  13. Sounds similar to my pot roast with just a few differences. Normally don’t cook with wine, but will certainly have to try this.

  14. Sounds yummy!

  15. The recipe sounds/looks yummy & I would love to win the slow cooker.

  16. kimberly Snyder says:

    I like to use baby red potatoes and pearl onions

  17. Sounds delish! :-)

  18. This really sounds yummy. Can’t wait to try it.

  19. Jennifer Reynolds says:

    I haven’t made beef stew in a few years, this makes me want some.

  20. Have been looking for a good beef stew to do in my slow cooker & this looks so yummy!!

  21. perfect dinner for a cold winter night!

  22. cold weather is the best time for beefstew

  23. This sounds soooo good! Beef stew is one of my fiance’s favorite dishes and this recipe gave me the idea to make some for him this week! Thanks!

  24. beef stew yummy especially on days like today cold out

  25. This sounds like a perfect recipe for today’s chilly weather.

  26. This sounds so good! I would add parsnip to my stew. I love a good stew in the winter!

  27. Love beef stew in the slow cooker! Haven’t tried adding Worshestire sauce, so that’s a great addition!

  28. today will be a great day for this.

  29. Beef stew is my favorite slow-cooker meal. All it needs is a salad and some biscuits on the side. I don’t usually follow a recipe, but my method and list of ingredients is similar to yours, except that I don’t generally include celery and I layer the veggies and put the meat on top, stirring it all together at the end.

    I’d love to win the Hamilton Beach slow cooker so I could brown the beef right in the pot before slow cooking it. Great feature!

  30. Yummy!

  31. sylvia waters says:

    Beef stew sounds so delicious right now! This morning’s temperature was in the negatives.

  32. joan m lloyd says:

    Made it ….forgot the W. sauce, will add later if I have some….

  33. Sounds delicious!! This is great for those cold winter nights. I never thought about adding a little wine to it.

  34. This stew sounds great for these cold Winter days.

  35. I just made beef stew the other night :)

  36. Cheryl Lloyd says:

    Red wine, huh? I’ll have to try that!

  37. I’ve never used the red wine in my stew before. Can’t wait to see the ‘pop’ it does to the flavor! And this sure is the perfect time for stew – it’s cold out there! Stew warms you up.

  38. I LOVE Beef Stew and would love to cook it in the Hamilton Beach 6 Quart Programmable Stovetop Slow Cooker.

  39. Madelyne Thuot says:

    I love beef stew, especially in the winter. This makes it easy.

  40. Diana Haines says:

    I love beef stew, especially in the cooler months, and I am always looking for recipes to try and sometimes I take my recipe and a new recipe and sort of put together for a new recipe. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  41. Neva Beaver says:

    OK, I really need to win this slow cooker. I want to try this recipe. My beef stew adds onion but does not use the flour or the wine.

  42. Sound good I would like to try this. I love beef stew.

  43. Anita Jones says:

    I love making soups and stews. I bet it’s great in the slow cooker.

  44. We put golden mushroom soup in our stew. It has a good flavor and makes the stew look really good. We eat stew at home, but this would work great for hunting camp!

  45. This does sound good.

  46. Cheryl Bomar says:

    Yummy warm stew on a cold night is so good and on a busy day you can put it all in the crock pot and it will be hot and ready to eat when you get home!!!

  47. Don McKiernan says:

    Going to try this one next year. Sounds sooooo good.

  48. Cold weather and beef stew, the perfect winter combo!

  49. William Algie says:

    Can’t wait to make this in my new Slow Cooker.

  50. great comfort food recipe

  51. Bernadette says:

    I cut a chuck roast into cubes and brown them first. I also use a low sodium beef broth. Next time I’ll have to try adding wine to it. Sounds like it would really intensify the flavor.

  52. Going to make this but I like to add fresh green beans and turnip…love my veggies !!

  53. carla hudson says:

    sounds like its easy to make

  54. This beef stew would be fantastic today with today’s temp. of 6 degrees F. This recipe sounds so delicious….

  55. Teresa Knittingdancer says:

    Onions, potatoes, carrots, and tomatoes, and beef

  56. Sounds yummy! Can’t wait to try it.

  57. Sounds good and hearty!

  58. Slow-cookers are great for making stews and the house smells heavenly too!

  59. sharon bugar says:

    The recipe sounds delicious! I want to make it for my family soon! I love using slow cookers, they make the best stews.

  60. This sounds so good, definitely will try this recipe.

  61. Kim Allmon says:

    I love using my slow cooker year round – especially during the colder months – for things like stews, soups & roasts. Thanks for sharing…I just made a pork roast a couple of days ago & it’s been awhile since I’ve made a good beef stew.

  62. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    my mouth is watering all ready, a great recipe and since I love beef it’s just right for me. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

  63. Charlotte says:

    I love doing stew-type meals in my slow cooker. This sounds like a good recipe.

  64. ella liddle says:

    I love beef stew, will have to try this one. Thanks for sharing. : )

  65. For this snowy, cold, time of the year, this is an absolutely perfect meal to lure those snow explorers in out of the elements to warm up!

  66. I can say that I like your BEST SLOW COOKER BEEF STEW because I always use my slow cooker for this recipe…….upon reading your recipe I know I will try it (probably this week since we have been experiencing below zero temperatures since last Wednesday)…….. & beef stew is perfect for this cold weather!

  67. Mary Jane Watson says:

    This sounds like a hearty stew for these cold
    Wisconsin nights. But alas I cannot make it
    as I do not have a slow cooker. Would love
    to win this one.

  68. This sounds like a hearty stew for these cold Wisconsin
    nights but alas I cannot make it as I do not have a
    slow cooker. Would love to win this one.

  69. This sounds wonderful! Can’t wait to try it!

  70. beth bray says:

    Looks good and I know it is going to taste good too…

  71. Anita Sutton says:

    Can’t wait to gather the ingredients and put them in the crockpot!

  72. Virginia Scott says:

    This stew sounds delicious.

  73. Margie Tomlin says:

    Will be making this soon!

  74. We will be making this soon.

  75. sylvia waters says:

    I also make my slow cooker beef stew with a generous pouring of deep red wine. Cannot remember what kind, probably Cabernet or Merlot.

  76. Copying this recipe right now! Sounds very healthy too with a daily dose of veggies!

  77. Cynthia Fowler says:

    I’ve made plenty of beef stews in the past in my crock pot. I’ll have to try this one out too.

  78. christopher h says:

    looks like some great comfort food


  80. I like to put carrots in mine. This looks delicious.

  81. I have made this and it is delicious. My entire family enjoyed eating this and cannot wait for me to make it again in my new slow cooker. :)

  82. Pam Gurganus says:

    I like to put parsnips and rutabagas in my beef stew!

  83. That looks so good on a cold day like today!

  84. Looks good on a snowy day like today. Will also add some butternut squash, and our home grown potatoes. I have tried Burgundy in a beef stew , will try this with the Cabernet Sauvignon. thanks.

  85. Love, love, love stew in a slow cooker. So tender. This recipe sounds good.

  86. I am always looking for a new beef stew recipe for my slow cooker! I am anxious to try this one!

  87. Good Recipe

  88. Bonita Anderson says:

    I love to make stew with whatever is in the garden. Kale, carrots, and potatoes are staples, but other veggies make unscheduled appearances!

  89. I will be making this Sunday. I have a Stampin’ up event in the afternoon, and can have this ready for the family when I get home! Love Stew!

  90. Yummy! Great recipe for 35 below wind chill temps tomorrow!

  91. Donna Wright says:

    Stew has to be the best “one pot meal” and having it cooking in my crock pot is the best way. I don’t have to worry about burning anything, and it smells so good too!

  92. Joanne Schultz says:

    what a perfect winter dinner!

  93. Wendy Bowers says:

    sounds delicious, can’t wait to try it

  94. Amanda Reynolds says:

    I love Beef stew although I have never made it in my crockpot. I do a lot of other things in the crockpot though but sounds like beef stew might just be on the menu this week.

  95. My husband likes to make these kinds of meat things in the slow cooker. He’ll like this one. Pinning again.

  96. Lisa Thurman says:

    My slow cooker just died, so this would be perfect!

  97. It is soooo cold here this is a welcome recipe. I’m making this tonight

  98. I like that this recipe does not require “browning” the meat before putting into crockpot … I hate that and to be honest always “refuse” to brown first – sometimes Im lucky to get everything in the pot before rushing out the door and they want me to brown the meat first??!

    I really like the addition of the Worcestershire sauce – I’ve not done that before and will try it soon.

  99. I haven’t had beef stew in a long time. This recipe sounds good. I am definitely going to try it.

  100. sounds fantastic. Would love to try this

  101. Kristen Brokaw says:

    Guess what’s on the menu for dinner tonight?! This looks scrumptious!!!

  102. Kay Childs says:

    I love beef stew in the crockpot and sure could use a new one.

  103. Sounds so comforting! It’s cold and snowy here

  104. Sounds fantastic!

  105. Everything but the kitchen sink goes into my stews.

  106. Marilei Marivi says:

    Easy to make and healtlhy, a lot of veggies. Love it

  107. Sounds will be a delicious and tasteful recipe and healthy too to enjoy with family and friends. I am also lover of beef and try it tomorrow for dinner according to your cooking method.

  108. Looks wonderful.

  109. Looks good!

  110. Rebecca Wilson says:

    We just make a standard beef stew with beef, carrots, potatoes and onions; a few flavorings like garlic of course and pepper and salt but it is good. Never made one in a slow cooker since ours is really kinda tiny.

  111. Shelley Boyd says:

    My husband is allergic to beef so I have gotten really good and substituting chicken, turkey, or pork in place of beef. It’s time for stew after the ice storm we just had in Oklahoma!

  112. It’s really cold tonight and this looks sooooo good! Thanks. :)

    Merry Christmas!

  113. wow sounds good

  114. Natalie Sherrill says:

    This is THE BEST stew in the world! It’s a hit with my family, especially my very picky 5-year old. Thanks for sharing!!

  115. YUMMO!

  116. Richard Eiche says:

    Love slow cooker beef stew and this recipe looks great.

  117. Beef, onions, garlic, celery, potatoes, carrots, mushrooms and red wine.

  118. The slow cooker makes the best stews :-)

  119. I usually make beef stew from the leftovers of my slow-cooker pot roast which has onions, carrots, and potatoes. Then I add some green peas and corn. YUM!!!

  120. yummy


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