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thick & chunky beef stew
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Slow Cooker Thick and Chunky Beef Stew

This beef stew offers rich, savory flavors and a warming, comforting finish! YUM.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 20 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Kid-Friendly, Slow Cooker
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 275kcal
Author: SkinnyMs.


  • 1 pound lean chuck beef cut into cubes
  • 1/4 cup flour  (non-grain based flour for Whole30 plan)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 celery stalks, cut into slices
  • 3 carrots large, sliced into thick rounds
  • 1/2 cup snap peas shelled
  • 2 potatoes of any variety medium, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper diced
  • 1 yellow onion medium, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves 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 beef broth low-sodium
  • 1/2 cup red wine optional beef broth
  • 1/4 cup flat parsley chopped (optional for garnish)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste (optional, but helps to thicken up the stew)


  • 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.


Nutrition facts calculated using gold potatoes, red wine, and includes tomato paste.


Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 275kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 711mg | Potassium: 1044mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 6856IU | Vitamin C: 41mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 4mg |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 8