CrockPot Beef Stew (with Video)

Nothing is as easy as throwing a bunch of ingredients in a slow cooker and calling it a day. This classic CrockPot Beef Stew is one of the best recipes I have in my recipe box. It’s simple comfort food recipe that has no fuss.

Crockpot beef stew recipe

Update: It’s 7 years later and I’m finally updating this Crockpot Beef Stew recipe with an image! (I guess you can say that I’m a little behind on updating my blog.) 

CrockPot Beef Stew

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I’m so excited to share this easy CrockPot beef stew recipe with you guys today.


Because not only is this a great recipe but it’s the recipe that I grew up on, so in my mind, it’s a classic beef stew recipe that is timeless. I hope you guys like it.

It’s a chilly day (pun intended) here in central Alberta and with the leaves changing color I have immediately converted my cooking style.

We’ve been having a lot of comfort food lately and one of my favorites is CrockPot beef stew. As I mentioned before, this particular recipe is the one that I grew up on, and it’s incredibly easy.

Throw it in the slow cooker and let it do its thing, kind of easy.

Heaven knows how much I love my CrockPot.

Raw potatoes and vegetables, with a bay leaf, in a slow cooker.

I love how I can toss all of the ingredients into the slow cooker, walk away and go live life. (Whether that means I’m working, spending the day with my family, running errands or vegging on the sofa (and watching Netflix).)

The CrockPot is heaven sent (here is the one that I have), I bought it from Costco but you can get it anywhere.

A white bowl full of beef stew with cooked celery, carrots, and potatoes showing.

If you’re looking for another amazing stew recipe, you should check out this Red Wine Beef Stew. It’s my favorite stew recipe, and I love serving it over creamy garlic mashed potatoes. Plus it’s another way to get rid of leftover red wine that’s sitting in your fridge (I know, what’s that?).

Gluten Free Beef Stew

To make this beef stew gluten free, you just have to switch out the all purpose flour for a gluten free friendly version,

My personal favorite is arrowroot flour or tapioca flour.

However, you can use an all purpose gluten free flour if you would like as well (here’s how to make it).

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

A close up of cooked carrots, celery and the rest of the beef stew cooked in the slow cooker.

Whether you cook this classic stew recipe on high for 4-6 hours or low on 8-10 hours. One thing to make sure is that the meat is so tender that it falls apart. I usually wing the amount of Worcestershire sauce, but I’m guessing it’s about 2 tbsps.

TBK’s Pro Tip: When it doubt, go small and adjust and taste towards the end.

Don’t forget to check out the Instant Pot Gluten Free Beef Stew.

Beef Stew Ingredients

  • 1lb stew meat
  • All purpose flour (or arrowroot for gluten-free)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Potatoes (russet or baby potatoes work best)
  • Carrots
  • Celery stalks
  • Onion
  • Bay leaves
  • Beef broth (if you don’t have a carton at home make it with this beef base).
  • Worcestershire sauce

This crock pot beef stew recipe has such simple meat and vegetables as ingredients, but together they make a delicious meal.

How to Make CrockPot Beef Stew

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If you’re like me and are more of a visual learner, watch the CrockPot Beef Stew recipe video!

This beef stew recipe is perfect for those busy nights. There are only two steps to this favorite comfort food recipe:

  • Dump the ingredients in the slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook, then walk away.

I understand that most stews typically start with browning the meat, but it’s not needed with this recipes. The beef falls apart after that many hours in the slow cooker, it’s to die for.

A bowl full of beef stew fresh out of the Crockpot.
TBK’s Pro Tip: If you want to save some money, you can buy a chuck roast and cut it into chunks yourself for the stew meat. You’ll have plenty leftover that you can freeze for next time.

Leave me a comment and answer this question for me: What’s your favorite go-to CrockPot creation?

More Easy CrockPot Recipes

Crockpot beef stew recipe
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CrockPot Beef Stew

A classic beef stew recipe using one of my favorite kitchen tools - a CrockPot.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword crockpot beef stew, slow cooker beef stew
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 317kcal


  • 1 lb stew meat
  • 1-2 tbsps AP flour
  • 1 tsp Salt and pepper each
  • 3 potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 2 carrots peeled and sliced
  • 2-3 celery stalks diced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 small bay leaves
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1-2 tbsps Worcestershire sauce


  • Add the stew meat to the bottom of your Crockpot/slow cooker and toss with the flour, salt, and pepper. Add the rest of the ingredients.
  • Cover and cook on high 4-6 hours or low 8-10 hours.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 44.6g | Protein: 22.5g | Fat: 5.7g | Saturated Fat: 2.1g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 244.1mg | Fiber: 4.3g | Sugar: 6.5g
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Close up shots of beef stew

16 comments on “CrockPot Beef Stew (with Video)”

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  2. Look great, wishing I had a bowl right now!Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday! Pinned to my Fav Recipe board! Have a great week!

  3. This stew looks delicious the only I’d change is I’d add more vegetables like peas or corn etc

  4. This inspired me to make for dinner today. I am having one of those days I don’t feel like cooking but I have a lot of baking to do. This is perfect because by the end of the day I will not feel like being in the kitchen anymore.

  5. No liquids?

    • It says 1 1/2c of beef broth 🙂 You scared me for a minute, thought my thyroid brain got the best of me (wouldn’t be the first time).

  6. Can you be more specific about how much “one package” of stew meat is? One pound?

    • You bet, sorry I assumed that all stew meat packages were the same size. It’s about a pound I believe…but hey – the more the merrier 😉

    • Thank you!
      I’ve already made this once. It was delish! Thanks for posting and for your answer.  I’m using beef roasts I have in the freezer, that’s why I wanted the weight. Thanks again!

  7. My husband will be smoking a brisket tomorrow and I know we will have meat left over? Do you think I could use it in this recipe? If so, since the meat is already cooked, should I add it after the rest of the ingredients have been cooked, or do you think that it would make it even more tender cooking it in the juices all day?

  8. “Great twist on the original recipe! Thai is one of my favorite, too.
    I have all the ingredients in the house, this will be dinner tonight. Love it.”

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