Slow Cooker Thick & Chunky Beef Stew

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With only the richest of piquant flavors, this Slow Cooker Beef Stew will make you feel like the queen at a medieval feast. Slow cooking is the only way to craft a proper stew with hearty and healthy ingredients. Once steeped in their natural juices, these meats and veggies will leave your household beyond stuffed and satisfied.

How to attain the riches you seek? Pat down your beef cubes, rub them with salt and pepper, roll them in flour, and arrange them in a pot and brown. Add meat to the slow cooker, pour in the wine, peppers, potatoes, carrots, onions, bay leaves, celery, garlic, and thyme. Allow the slow cooker to simmer the stew to aromatic perfection. Once finished, garnish with parsley. Let the feasting commence!

Slow Cooker Thick & Chunky Beef Stew Recipe

Slow Cooker Thick & Chunky Beef Stew Recipe

Servings: 6 | Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups | Calories: 317 | Total Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 629mg | Carbohydrates: 29g | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Protein: 23g | SmartPoints: 9

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean chuck beef, cut into cubes
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 stalks celery, cut into slices
  • 3 large carrots, sliced into thick rounds
  • 1/2 cup shelled snap peas
  • 2 medium potatoes of any variety, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme or 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 2 1/2 cups low-sodium beef broth
  • 1/2 cup beef broth, optional red wine
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat parsley, (optional for garnish)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste (optional, but helps to thicken up the stew)

Directions

Coat the beef with the flour. Over medium heat, in a skillet with extra-virgin olive oil, brown the beef then transfer to the slow cooker.

Add all other ingredients, except parsley, to slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours, or when beef is very tender. Remove bay leaf before serving. Enjoy!

Garnish with chopped parsley if desired.

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46 Comments on "Slow Cooker Thick & Chunky Beef Stew"

  1. Kerri B  February 19, 2016

    Following the directions minus carrots and beef broth(substituted chicken broth) and it smells GREAT! But it’s a LOT of onion and a LOT of liquid.

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  2. Silvia  March 23, 2016

    My Family and I love it, definitely will make it again. Didn’t had no wine and used Basil instead of Bay leave and used Chicken broth, but it was so good.

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    • SkinnyMs.  March 24, 2016

      We’re so glad your family enjoyed it!

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  3. Pat  August 6, 2016

    I fixed this for dinner tonight and my family loved it including my picky eater grandson. It came out great. I added some mushrooms and zucchini at the end. I will definitely make this again. My husband called this a gumbo stew, he and my son went back for thirds.

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    • Gale Compton  August 7, 2016

      Pat, You just gave me a great idea for a new recipe, Slow Cooker Gumbo Stew! Thank your husband please. 🙂 So happy your family enjoyed our recipe.

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  4. Amy  September 12, 2016

    Making this tonight! I just kinda felt like it wasn’t enough to feed 6, I am only feeding 3 and it didn’t make much! Can’t wait to try!

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  5. Sherry  September 17, 2016

    Are the roasted bell peppers from a jar, or fresh roasted? Thanks.

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  6. Phi  September 20, 2016

    Looks wonderful. Question….. In the narrative above the recipe, you say that you sear it in the crockpot, then add everything else. But in the recipe, you say to sear it in a large pot. Can you explain….. Will it actually sear in the crockpot? Thanks.

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    • Kym Votruba  September 23, 2016

      This recipe should be seared in a large pot. We’ve corrected the instructions. Thanks for pointing this out to us!

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  7. Jennifer  September 25, 2016

    Made this tonight. It was very liquidy, so I had to thicken it, and I also had to add a little extra salt. Other than that, it was good.

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  8. Keri  October 13, 2016

    My husband is Hindu and does not eat beef. Can I do this with chicken? If so, do I need to sear the chicken first or can I just put the raw chicken cubes in the crockpot?

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    • Nichole  October 15, 2016

      Great question, Keri!

      Yes, you can substitute chicken breast for the beef. Just throw the raw cubed chicken into the pot. Also substitute chicken broth for the beef and white wine for the red!

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      • Keri  October 18, 2016

        Thank you!!! I definitely want to try this out!!! I’ll have to try the beef version at my parents house!

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  9. Katy  October 16, 2016

    Mine looks more like soup and less like gravy. Did I do something wrong?

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    • Nichole  October 17, 2016

      I’m sure you did nothing wrong, Katy! Next time, you can reduce the liquid in the recipe (beef broth in this case). If you would still like to thicken the stew, you can remove a few of the potatoes and carrots, mash them, and return them to the stew to help thicken.

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  10. Kathleen  November 13, 2016

    This is one of the most misleading Pinterest recipes I’ve ever come across. This is NOT stew. It doesn’t look remotely like the photo. It’s basically just a big pot of onions and liquid. Really disappointed and upset that I wasted my time and money on this.

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    • Nichole Furlong  November 13, 2016

      Sorry you were disappointed, Kathleen! Could you give me a little more information on what was wrong with your soup? I would love to help troubleshoot this recipe to your satisfaction!

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  11. Laura Bayird  November 15, 2016

    My slow cooker is currently in a box in storage. We’re in between places right now. Could you do this in a crock pot on low? How would that affect the cooking time?

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    • Nichole Furlong  November 19, 2016

      Hi Laura, You can use a crock pot – the cook times will stay the same!

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  12. Max M.  December 9, 2016

    Dried peas? Canned peas? Or Fresh peas? Thanks!

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    • Kym Votruba  December 9, 2016

      We used thawed frozen peas, but fresh or canned will also work.

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  13. Candy  December 20, 2016

    The BEST I’ve had
    Only thing I didn’t add was the peas because we don’t like peas but everything else was to a TV and will definitely make again. Omg delicious

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    • Kym Votruba  December 21, 2016

      Thanks for sharing, Candy! We’re so happy you enjoyed the recipe. 🙂

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  14. Kym  December 22, 2016

    This is the best Beef Stew I’ve ever made! My hubby loved it and that’s a big deal! It has a very beefy flavor! Definitely making this again!!

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    • Gale Compton  December 23, 2016

      Kym, Thanks so much for your feedback and glad hubby liked it. 🙂

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  15. Carrie  January 4, 2017

    After reading the comments and seeing for myself, it is a bit soupy for me at the midway point, so I added 2 TBSP tomato paste (which I keep frozen in 1 TBSP clumps for such situations). It has thickened the stew nicely and given it a darker, richer color, without affecting the taste. Can’t wait to dig in..in a couple more hours!

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    • Gale Compton  January 5, 2017

      Carrie, I’ve actually tried this as well. You’re right, it does help to thicken up the stew without changing the taste. Thanks so much for adding the comment. I’ve made your suggestion an option in the ingredients. 🙂

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  16. Laurie  January 18, 2017

    i was feeding a crowd so I doubled the recipe. And instead of using beef I made it with venison. It was amazing. Everyone loved it. Will definitely be making again. Thank you for the recipe.

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    • Gale Compton  January 19, 2017

      Laurie, YAH!!! Love hear success stories. 🙂

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  17. Brina  January 25, 2017

    I made this and it came out great! If it comes out soupy it’s just not done yet. I left mine to cook longer so it would “stew-up”.

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  18. veronica  February 1, 2017

    all of these receipes sound wonderful I am always looking for good crock pot ones and these sound really good

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    • Kym Votruba  February 1, 2017

      Thanks, Veronica!

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  19. Kimberly Thompson`  February 20, 2017

    The picture on Pinterest and the picture on your page do not look like the same dish. I want a hearty rich thick stew as the one shown on Pinterest. I am afraid to try this based on some other comments. I hate paying that much for beef and a recipe not turning out. It has happened to me too many times. Which of the photos is a more accurate look at the finished dish?

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  20. Cheryl  March 4, 2017

    Delicious—this is my new go-to recipe for beef stew!! The first time I made it, I used the red wine and it was wonderful! The second time I didn’t have the wine so I used balsamic vinegar and again–delicious!! I like the addition of tomato paste for thickening–I keep it in the freezer already portioned out in tablespoons. On a chilly winter day—perfection!

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    • Gale Compton  March 4, 2017

      Cheryl, So happy you enjoyed the stew! I love your balsamic substitute. Thank you. 🙂

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  21. Jill  March 5, 2017

    I have tried this twice and LOVE IT !!! Even my friends who don’t like wine, loved the flavors and depth it brings to the stew ! No, I didn’t add the tomato paste (for thickening), but I like my stew a little “soupy” because I usually add more veggies than called for…. One change I did make was to deglaze the meat pan with the wine before I added the wine to the slow cooker. I think it helped the thickness by getting the rest of the flour from the pan AND, it added all that yummy meat goodness. This is definitely on my list of “go to” meals !

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    • Gale Compton  March 6, 2017

      Jill, That is great! Thank you so much for the feedback. 🙂

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  22. Patrice  March 16, 2017

    If I want to double this recipe, do I need to cook it longer?

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    • Gale Compton  March 17, 2017

      Patrice, The same time should work fine. Enjoy! 🙂

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  23. Mary  March 30, 2017

    Looks amazing. I am also a fan of thicker dishes – would omitting the broth altogether work well towards that? Doesn’t the meat produce enough liquids on its own in the slow cooker?

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    • Gale Compton  March 30, 2017

      Mary, If you prefer less liquid and a thicker stew, eliminating most, or half, of the broth is fine.

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  24. Tammy  April 11, 2017

    Looking for a Stew for my Lil”Man.

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