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Diced beef is slow cooked in beef stock and tomato passata with artichokes, Kalamata olives and herbs.

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IngredientsServes: 6

  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
  • 900g diced beef
  • 400g artichokes in water, drained and halved
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped or more to taste
  • 1L beef stock
  • 400g tomato passata
  • 1 (400g) tin chopped tomatoes
  • 75g pitted and roughly chopped Kalamata olives (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 bay leaf

MethodPrep:20min ›Cook:7hr8min ›Ready in:7hr28min

  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Cook beef in the hot oil until browned, about 2 minutes per side.
  2. Transfer beef pieces into a slow cooker. Add artichoke hearts, onion and garlic. Pour in beef stock, tomato passata and chopped tomatoes. Stir in olives, oregano, parsley, basil, cumin and bay leaf.
  3. Cook on Low until beef is tender, about 7 hours.

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by Sovea

Absolutely delicious! I cut my beef small and it was tender in 2 hours. Served it with spaghetti. Loved the flavors Will definitely make often.-04 Nov 2017

Amazing Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipes

Beef becomes fall-apart tender and stays juicy when it’s cooked in the slow cooker with stock and vegetables, which must be one of the reasons why Slow Cooker Beef Stew is such a popular dish. And more people are using their slow cookers these days, so we’re updating this huge collection of Amazing Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipes.

Be sure to look at the links after the photos to see all the beef stew recipes, some with ingredients you might not have thought of. There are beef stew options here for everyone’s tastebuds, and now that beef is more expensive than it used to be, using it in stew makes it a bit more budget friendly! Hope you enjoy making some beef stew in the slow cooker!

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Slow Cooker (or Instant Pot) Low-Carb Southwestern Beef Stew from Kalyn’s Kitchen is my current favorite beef stew recipe, and I love this with an extra squeeze of lime.

A unique beef stew that sounds amazing is the Slow Cooker Chinese 5-Spice Beef Stew from Healthy Seasonal Recipes.

A stew with spicy Latin flavors is the Crock Pot Carne Guisado from Skinnytaste.

Slow Cooker Mediterranean Beef Stew from Kalyn’s Kitchen is another one of my favorites, and this has olives, capers, rosemary, and balsamic vinegar.

Crock Pot Beef Stew from Iowa Girl Eats is a classic version of Beef Stew that looks and sounds delicious.

The Best Slow Cooker Beef Stew with Bacon from Foodie with Family is the best because of the bacon! Isn’t that obvious?

I’m a bug fan of garlic, so I love this Garlic Lover’s Crockpot Beef Stew from Kalyn’s Kitchen, and this has garlic, capers, olives, and tomatoes.

This Slow Cooker Beef Stew from Gluten-Free Goddess has herbs, red wine, and a bit of balsamic vinegar for extra flavor.

I like the touch of paprika in this Slow Cooker Beef Stew from Emily Bites.

Slow Cooker Beef and Veggie Stew from Sarah’s Cucina Bella adds some sliced broccoli stems to add veggie flavor to the stew!

Slow Cooker Beef and Kabocha Squash Stew from Skinnytaste has a little dash of Marsala wine.

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Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Searing the meat first leads to fall-apart beefy gooness later. Let your slow cooker make dinner tonight!


  • 1-½ Tablespoon Canola Oil
  • 1-½ pound Stew Meat, Cut Into 1-inch Chunks
  • ¼ cups Flour, Divided Use
  • 1 pound Small Yellow Potatoes, Cubed
  • 4 whole Medium Carrots, Peeled And Chopped
  • 1 whole Medium Onion, Cut Into Chunks And Then Cut Again (Do Not Chop Too Small)
  • 4 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 3-¼ cups Beef Broth
  • 1 teaspoon Thyme
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 whole Bay Leaf
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup Frozen Peas


In a large skillet over medium high heat, heat the canola oil until hot.

Season meat with salt and pepper. Coat with 2 Tablespoons of flour on all sides. Sear meat in skillet until brown on all sides. Work in batches, as to not crowd the skillet.

While meat is cooking, toss potatoes, carrots, onions and garlic into the slow cooker.

Once meat is seared, add it into the slow cooker on top of veggies. Add 3 cups of broth, thyme, Worcestershire and bay leaf, as well. Season well with salt and pepper.

Cook on low for 10 hours or until meat is fork-tender (it should literally shred apart at the touch).

At about 30 minutes before total cooking time, mix the remaining 2 Tablespoons of flour with the remaining ¼ cup of broth, mixing to combine. Add this mixture to the crock pot, along with frozen peas, and turn to high heat. This will help thicken the soup slightly and cook the peas. Cook until heated through and a bit thickened. Serve!

Slow Cooker Cola Beef Stew

A hearty, savory slow cooker stew with potatoes, carrots, celery, broth, herbs and spices. Cola is the secret ingredient that makes it sweet and savory.


  • ¼ cups All-purpose Flour
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • ½ teaspoons Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • 2 pounds Stew Meat Cut Into 1 Inch Cubes
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1-½ cup Beef Stock, Divided Use
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 cup Cola/Soda
  • 2 cloves Garlic, Smashed
  • 1 whole Bay Leaf
  • 1 whole Onion, Chopped
  • 3 whole Potatoes, Cubed
  • 4 whole Carrots, Sliced
  • 2 whole Stalks Celery, Sliced


In a 1-gallon Ziploc bag, add flour, salt, pepper and paprika. Add the cubed beef and shake to coat. Discard remaining flour.

Heat a skillet with some olive oil. Add beef and brown on all sides. Remove beef to a slow cooker. Add ½ cup of the beef broth to the skillet to deglaze, then add the mixture to the slow cooker. (The mixture will be a little thick.) Next, on top of the crock pot mixture, add the Worcestershire sauce, cola, garlic, bay leaf, onion, remaining beef broth, potatoes, carrots, and celery.

Cover, and cook on Low setting for 10 to 12 hours, or on High setting for 4 to 6 hours.

How to make Slow Cooker Beef Stew

  1. SEASON MEAT: Start off by combining flour, salt, pepper, onion powder, and seasoning. Add meat and shake until well coated.
  2. BROWNING THE MEAT: (SKIP THIS STEP IF IN A PINCH BUT HIGHLY RECOMMENDED SINCE IT ADDS THAT EXTRA LAYER OF FLAVOR) In a large skillet on medium high heat, add cooking oil and brown the meat on all sides. Meat will not be cooked through. (Be sure not to crowd the skillet – you may have to work in batches). Transfer browned meat into a large 6 quart slow cooker.
  3. SAUTE AROMATICS: Put the uncleaned skillet back on the stove. Add onions and garlic. Saute then add balsamic vinegar and tomato paste until just hot enough to deglaze the pan. Pour into slow cooker over the beef.
  4. ADD VEGETABLES: Add potatoes, sweet potato, carrots, celery, Worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning, bay leaf, beef broth, (star anise if using) and stir to combine. If there is not enough liquid to cover the vegetables, add water – only as much as needed.
  5. SIMMER: Cook on low for 5 to 7 hours or high for 3 to 4 hours (stir about half way through), until potatoes are tender and meat is cooked through. (Times may vary depending on how hot your slow cooker runs – check and cook longer or shorter if necessary). Adjust seasonings with salt and pepper if necessary (discard star anise if used). Serve hot with fresh parsley.

  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds lean beef stew meat
  • 8 carrots (sliced thin)
  • 6 medium potatoes (sliced thin)
  • 2 apples (chopped)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cups apple cider

Place carrots, potatoes, and apples in the bottom of a slow cooker. Add meat and sprinkle with salt, thyme, and chopped onion. Pour cider over meat.

Cover and cook on low heat for 8 to 10 hours.

Thicken juices with a flour and cold water mixture (about 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons flour and 2 tablespoons water), cooking on high in slow cooker until thickened. Alternately, transfer the stew to a large stockpot over medium heat and cook down juices before thickening.

Can you freeze this pork recipe?

Yes! I LOVE making a big batch of this and freezing it for another day. When it’s cold, I portion it up into takeaway containers like these.. I buy them in bulk from Amazon, about £8 for 50. (I wash and reuse them but they are much cheaper than buying hundreds of thick Tupperware containers.)

I then defrost and warm through when needed. The sauce will thicken even more on reheating, just add a splash of water if you would like more sauce.

More Beef in the Slow Cooker:

If you’re a slow cooker fan, check out Low-Carb and Keto Slow Cooker Recipes with Beef to find more tasty beef recipes like this one. Or you can use Low-Carb and Keto Stew Recipes to find more tasty stews.

How To Thicken Beef Stew

It is likely you will want to thicken up the stew before serving it. How thin the liquid ends up at the end of cooking time will be dependent on a) how much liquid you added at the beginning and b) how many vegetables you added. Vegetables have a high water content that will be released during the cooking process. Sometimes it&rsquos hard to judge how much liquid will be released until you reach the end of the cooking time.

You can thicken up a beef stew in the slow cooker by any of the following methods

  1. Remove the lid for the last 30 minutes of cooking time, turn the slow cooker up to high. And/or
  2. Add in some gravy granules and stir in. Add 1tbsp of beef gravy granules at a time and stir, add more until it is at your preferred consistency.
  3. Make up a cornflour mixture using 1-2tsp cornflour with a little bit of water (follow pack instructions). Stir it into the slow cooker and leave it to thicken up.


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