Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 3 hrs
Total Time: 3 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 6
Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Beef stew is a classic comfort food. This recipe includes tender beef, onions, potatoes, fire-roasted tomatoes, and a rich blend of herbs, all simmered together. You can cook it in a slow cooker or Dutch oven.


  • 2 pounds lean beef, strip, chuck or beef stew pieces, fat trimmed and cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds potatoes, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 3 cups low sodium beef broth
  • 14.5 ounces fire-roasted tomatoes, diced and drained
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 1 medium sweet onion, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot, or cornstarch
  • flakey sea salt, such as Maldon


Recipe instructions Slow Cooker Beef Stew

  1. Step 1

    Pat the beef dry with a paper towel. Put it aside.

  2. Step 2

    In a big enameled pot or non-stick pan, heat up some extra virgin olive oil. Add the beef when the oil is hot, turn it until the outside is brown. Take it out with a slotted spoon and place it on a plate lined with a paper towel to let the excess oil drain.

  3. Step 3

    Put the cooked beef, potatoes, broth, tomatoes, garlic, bay leaves, onion, oregano, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, and paprika in a big pot or slow cooker. Mix and cover it.

  4. Step 4

    In a slow cooker, cook for 3 hours on high, and in a pot, simmer it on the lowest heat your stove has covered.

  5. Step 5

    Check the surface of the stew to remove any excess fat. Scoop out 1/2 cup of broth and mix it with arrowroot or cornstarch. Add the mixture to the stew and cook for another 10 minutes. If you prefer a thicker stew, add more arrowroot.

  6. Step 6

    Serve in a bowl and sprinkle with flaky sea salt.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 371
Fat: 12 g
Carbs: 25 g
Protein: 37 g