The best slow cooker beef stew served with french bread

The Best Slow Cooker Beef Stew {So Easy}

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This is the Best Slow Cooker Beef Stew recipe you will ever make. Loaded with tender beef, vegetables, and packed with delicious flavor. This classic comfort food recipe is so easy, and can be make in the slow cooker or Instant pot.

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Ingredients needed for Beef Stew made in the slow cooker

  • Beef Chuck Roast
  • Olive Oil
  • Onion
  • Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Onion Powder
  • Minced Garlic
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Tomato Paste
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Beef Broth
  • Cornstarch
  • Parsley (optional)

How to make Beef Stew in the slow cooker

  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Season beef with salt and pepper and add it to hot skillet.
  • Brown beef evenly for about 2-3 minutes. Beef will not be cooked all the way through. You are just giving the meat a good sear.
  • Add beef, onion, potatoes, carrots, and celery to slow cooker.
  • Stir in onion powder, minced garlic, Italian seasoning, tomato paste, balsamic vinegar, worcestershire sauce, and beef broth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours, or on high for 3-4 hours.
  • 30 minutes before serving add cornstarch slurry. Mix 2 Tbsp. cornstarch with 3 Tbsp. cold water. Wisk in beef stew, cover and continue cooking for an additional 30 minutes.
  • Serve immediately, garnish with chopped parsley if desired.

Tips for making the best slow cooker beef stew

  • Don’t cut the cubes of beef too small or they will fall apart before soaking up all of the delicious juices while cooking.
  • Browning the beef before adding it to the slow cooker is important. Searing the meat on high heat locks in all the delicious flavor and allows the meat to come out tender.
  • You can peel your potatoes or leave the skin on.
The best slow cooker beef stew served in a white bowl

How to make beef stew in the Instant Pot

  • Set Instant pot to sear and add olive oil.
  • Season beef with salt and pepper.
  • Brown the meat until you get a nice sear on all side of the beef.
  • Add onion, potatoes, carrots, celery, onion powder, minced garlic, Italian seasoning, tomato paste, balsamic vinegar, worcestershire sauce, and beef broth. Stir well to combine ingredients. *Make sure to cut vegetables in large chunks. This will keep them form becoming mushy while cooking.*
  • Cover and seal the lid and set for 20 minutes with High pressure on manual mode.
  • Allow the pressure cooker to release naturally for 5 minutes before releasing all the pressure.
  • Add more salt and pepe to taste.
  • Stir in cornstarch slurry, by whisking 2 Tbsp. cornstarch with 3 Tbsp. cold water.
  • Serve immediately with chopped parsley if desired.

How to store leftovers

Allow stew to completely cool before transferring to an airtight container. Store in the fridge for up to 4 days.

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The best slow cooker beef stew served with french bread

The Best Slow Cooker Beef Stew (So Easy)

April King
This is the Best Slow Cooker Beef Stew recipe you will ever make. Loaded with tender beef, vegetables, and packed with delicious flavor. This classic comfort food recipe will become part of your family dinner rotation.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 7 hrs
Total Time 7 hrs 15 mins
Course Crock Pot, Dinner, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 321 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 lbs. beef chuck roast, trimmed and cut into 2 inch cubes use stew meat if you can't find chuck roast
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 medium onion cut into chunks
  • 4 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 3-4 medium carrots, peeled and cut into large slices
  • 3 stalks celery, cut into 1/2 inch chunks
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 3 tsp. minced garlic
  • 2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 6 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 2 tsp. Worestershire sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 4 cups beef broth, add water if needed to cover vegetables
  • 2 Tbsp. cornstrach
  • parsley, optional as garnish

Instructions
 

  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Season beef with salt and pepper and add it to hot skillet.
  • Brown beef evenly for about 2-3 minutes. Beef will not be cooked all the way through. You are just giving the meat a good sear.
  • Add beef, onion, potatoes, carrots, and celery to slow cooker.
  • Stir in onion powder, minced garlic, Italian seasoning, tomato paste, balsamic vinegar, worcestershire sauce, and beef broth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours, or on high for 3-4 hours.
  • 30 minutes before serving add cornstarch slurry. Mix 2 Tbsp. cornstarch with 3 Tbsp. cold water. Wisk in beef stew, cover and continue cooking for an additional 30 minutes.
  • Serve immediately, garnish with chopped parsley if desired.

Notes

*Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on Modernmealmakeover.com should only be used as a general guideline.

Nutrition

Calories: 321kcalCarbohydrates: 26.3gProtein: 32.8gFat: 11.6gCholesterol: 75mgSodium: 368.3mgPotassium: 1358.9mgFiber: 8.7gSugar: 5.9gVitamin A: 682.6IUVitamin C: 303.7mgCalcium: 62.1mgIron: 63.7mg
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