Ultimate Slow Cooker Beef Stew

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Ultimate Slow Cooker Beef Stew made with chuck roast, Yukon potatoes and carrots for a rich beef stew that is perfect for the cold weather.

Like our Classic Beef Stew this slow cooker version is an easy, comfort food Soup Recipe you can make any day of the week. 

Ultimate Slow Cooker Beef Stew

 Ultimate Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Slow cooker meals are so popular right now with good reason. We have less time with school and holidays and the weather is so cold we all want food that is hearty and comforting. This Ultimate Slow Cooker Beef Stew is the best of all worlds.

Easy Weeknight Meal

Meal prepping this recipe is easy and makes the perfect weeknight meal. To prepare simply:

  • Brown the beef in cubes.
  • While beef is browning cut the carrots and potatoes.
  • Add in the remaining ingredients.
  • Cook on low for 8 hours.

It will cook all day while you’re gone and when you get home you have the most amazing smell going through your kitchen. 

Serving suggestion? Just like in my Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Soup I highly suggest you enjoy this meal with crusty French bread and a side salad (a nice lemon/olive oil dressing would be great to cut through all the hearty flavors here).


Tips for making this Ultimate Slow Cooker Beef Stew:

  • Brown: Brown your beef! I used a chuck roast, seared it well on both sides, then trimmed and cut it into 2-3 inch chunks.
  • Choose Potatoes Carefully: One of the easiest and most delicious ingredients in this stew: Yukon Potatoes! They’re buttery and rich and won’t fall apart after a long day of cooking. You also don’t need to peel these potatoes which will cut down significantly on the work you have to do before cooking.
  • One Pot Meal: We browned the beef in a cast iron skillet and got a GOOD crust on both sides with plenty of kosher salt and black pepper.
      • We also have a slow cooker with an aluminum insert – if you have a similar slow cooker, brown the beef in this make this a one pot meal.It also saves all the browned flavor that stays in the pan for your stew.
  • Beef Base: If not using a base use beef stock instead of broth and its even more important to get a good sear on the meat, then deglaze the pan with the stock to make sure all the beef flavor comes with it.
  • Tomato Paste: Instead of crushed or diced tomatoes we use tomato paste, the concentration of flavors without adding additional liquid makes for a more flavorful stew.
  • Diced tomatoes: In a stew you aren’t looking for the consistency to be that of a soup, so minimizing added liquids is helpful. If using canned tomatoes instead of paste drain the can.
  • Comfort Food Sides: Serve this with Crusty French Bread Rolls or Garlic Bread, the Beef Stew is great for bread dipping.


Slow Cooker Beef Stew in White Slow cooker insert

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How do you thicken up beef stew? To thicken beef stew you can either mix equal parts of flour/butter together and add it to the last hour of cooking or you can simply mash 3 or 4 chunks of the potatoes well and mix it into the stew for a natural thickener.

Slow Cooker Beef Stew with Red Wine?  Instead of four cups of beef broth add in 3 cups of broth and one cup of red wine and follow the rest of the recipe as written.

Best Meat for Beef Stew:

  • Chuck Roast: This is the most old-fashioned and classic cut of meat for most pot roasts or beef stews. We use this as a replacement for most recipes that actually call for stew meat because. Chuck roasts are typically well-marbled, just be sure when buying the meat you look for more even fat distribution.
  • Stew Meat: This is the easiest way to go, not expensive cut of meat because it is pre-cut. This is generally not high quality though and usually extra cuts left over that the butcher is looking to sell off. Avoid this cut in the grocery store if possible.
  • Ribeye: If you want to impress your guests and you are cooking this during the holidays you may find a ribeye roast is on sale. During the holiday season it usually sells for a VERY low price (comparable sometimes to chuck). When it does, get a 4? thick cut and use it to make the best roasts and stews with it because it will be a luxurious treat with the most tender beef you’ve ever eaten.



  • Serve: You should never leave meat out for more than 2 hours after cooking it. 
  • Store: Once the soup has cooled down to room temperature, put it in an airtight container to store it in the fridge. It will keep well for 2-3 days. 
  • Freeze: You can also freeze Pot Roast Soup for up to 3 months. Keep it in a freezer bag or other airtight container, and let it thaw in the fridge overnight before reheating it in a dutch oven on the stovetop.

Crock Pot Beef Stew up close photo with potatoes and carrots

Tools Used in making this Ultimate Slow Cooker Beef Stew:
Food Flipper: I use this to flip the chuck roast easily. I use this tool EVERY time I cook something that requires flipping, it is amazing.
Slow Cooker: This recipe was made in this slow cooker.  Love this slow cooker and how programmable it is. Plus the locking lid makes it a breeze for making a dish that needs to travel
Aluminum Insert Slow Cooker: I brown the meat in the insert without losing a bunch of the flavor by transferring the meat and leaving the browned bits behind. If you’re thinking of a new slow cooker, consider it if your budget is open.
Cast Iron Skillet: If you don’t have a slow cooker with a stovetop friendly
insert, this is my most used pan in my kitchen, heavy, keeps heat well and gives the BEST sear ever.
Beef Base: I almost never buy boxes of broth because I keep the beef, chicken and vegetable version of this Better Than Bouillon.

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Ultimate Slow Cooker Beef Stew

4.99 from 78 votes
  • Yield: 8 Servings
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 20 minutes
  • Course: Main Course
  • Cuisine: American
  • Author: Sabrina Snyder
Ultimate Slow Cooker Beef Stew made with chuck roast, Yukon potatoes and carrots for a rich beef stew that is perfect for the cold weather.


  • 3 pound chuck roast , boneless
  • 1 teaspoon  Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 yellow onion , chopped
  • 4 carrots , peeled and cut into 2' chunks
  • 4 Yukon potatoes , cut into 2" chunks
  • 4 cups beef broth *
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter , unsalted
  • 2 tablespoons flour


Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Preheat a large skillet or aluminum slow cooker insert on high heat.

  2. Season the beef with half the salt and all the pepper.
  3. Add to the skillet and brown on each side for 4-6 minutes or until deeply browned on each side.

  4. Remove the beef from the pan and add in the onions.
  5. Cut the beef into 2-3 inch chunks and add it to the slow cooker.
  6. Cook the onions for 3 minutes, stir then cook another 3 minutes.

  7. Into the slow cooker add the onions, carrots, potatoes, broth, second half of the salt, tomato paste, bay leaf, thyme, garlic and Worcestershire sauce.
  8. Stir all the ingredients until well mixed and cook on low for 7 hours.

  9. In a small bowl mix the butter and flour and add it to the slow cooker and stir.

  10. Cook an additional hour or until thickened.

Recipe Notes

*Alternately use a big scoop of Beef Better than Bouillon like I did in addition to water/stock. The extra beef flavor is fantastic.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 8 Servings, Amount per serving: 425 calories, Serving Size: 1 , Calories: 425g, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 37g, Fat: 22g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 124mg, Sodium: 963mg, Potassium: 1204mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 5340g, Vitamin C: 15.4g, Calcium: 83g, Iron: 7.1g

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Keywords: crock pot beef stew, slow cooker beef stew

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  1. I use a cabernet sauvignon whenever I cook this recipe and started wondering if I could make it even better with a different wine, has anyone else experimented to find a better choice? Me and my wife love this recipe so much, thanks guy sharing it, I’ve been making it for almost 2 years now!

  2. I have to cook often for my 90year old father and these recipes are very helpful .Nutritious and easy for me as I have two slow cookers and its getting very cold now so I am sure he will enjoy them

  3. Great recipe— my cattle raising friend gave me a 3 lb 7 bone roast from one of his steers which is basically a chuck roast. Made it exactly to the recipe and it came out great. Made some homemade bread to go with it. I highly recommend the recipe

  4. Yikes! I think I just ruined our dinner.. I used red wine vinegar because I misread. I thought it sounded weird but figured I’d try it.. I didn’t use a whole cup, maybe a quarter cup but still?????

    1. If it was just a quarter cup or so of the vinegar, it probably still tasted great! Especially if you consider that the secret behind dishes such as Italian Beef (also on this site) is the vinegar brine (“juice”) that most pepperoncinis are packaged in, or if you take a look at the German Sauerbraten recipe on this site… you might have come up with your own special recipe. 🙂

  5. This turned out great. I was a bit confused on how to mix cold butter with flour but used room temp butter and it seemed to work ok. I also used a whole 6oz can of tomato paste. Putting this in my “keep” folder! Can’t wait to try the leftover’s tomorrow!

  6. I made this for dinner today for my husband and grandkids. My husband said i outdid myself! He ate two big bowls of it! I personally did not eat it as i am a vegetarian. So i made portobello pot roast in my instant pot. It was like a restaurant in my house with two main dishes being cooked lol!! I will definitely make this again and again! It smelled really good in my house! Thank you for a recipe my husband loved! Do you have any vegetarian recipes? Thanks again!!

  7. This is maybe a dumb question, but after adding my beef broth and all ingredients, is the liquid supposed to cover the solids (potatoes, meat, etc.) or is it not important if everything is covered in liquid?

    1. No, it won’t be covered completely but the beef will cook down and release more liquid. I find that recipes that cover it, the meal comes out soupy.

  8. Hi Sabrina! I was wondering if beef round cubes would work for this recipe? I have 2 lbs. in my freezer that needs used up. Thanks

  9. I made this dish exactly as the recipe said, and it turned out amazing. The next time I made it I put my own little twist on it, instead of beef broth/bullion I used vegetable broth. And instead of regular salt and pepper, I used Mrs. Dash no salt Lemon Pepper. The lower sodium content made this already delicious dish even yummier.

  10. Am I able to cut the cooking time down in anyway, I didn’t realize the cooking time until after I bought all the ingredients and started putting it together and now if I do 7 hours it will be a really late dinner.

  11. My husband is a diabetic, so I did a little bit of a change to this recipe. I used vegetable broth instead, and Mrs. Dash no salt lemon pepper. Let me tell you, the lower sodium content made this stew taste even better.

      1. I’m happy to add my input anytime. I love your recipes to begin with, so why not try a different twist to it once in a while? It may, or may not, turn out just as good or a little better. It’s all a matter of trial and error.

  12. I added parsnip, cabbage, broccoli, turnip and a strong ale. Wonderful! Had to finish 5 minutes high pressure.

    1. You’ll want to have this in the slow cooker on low for 7 hours. Add the butter and flour mixture and then cook it an additional hour. Hope this helps clear things up. Enjoy!

  13. Hi! Should I halve the rest of the ingredients for 1.5lbs of chuck beef, or keep the original and perhaps mash some extra potatoes to thicken up the stew?

    1. Either will work, just make sure that your chuck roast doesn’t dry out from overcooking due to it being a smaller size. Good luck!

      1. Greetings! This looks delicious!
        I’d like to add some mushrooms to this recipe. I’m assuming I can add the raw? At what point do you recommend I put them the slow cooker?
        Thanks so much for your help!