The Best Easy Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Hearty comfort food begins with a delicious bowl of this easy Slow Cooker Beef Stew, perfect to warm you up all winter long and will be surprised how simple it is to make.

If you love soup you also need to try this  slow cooker creamy sausage and potato soup and slow cooker cheesy ham and potato soup, they are two of my most popular recipes that I know you will love.

slow cooker beef stew in a black slow cooker with a silver ladle for serving inside the slow cooker. Placed on a light background with a gold spoon placed in the on the right side, a simple beef stew recipe by The Food Cafe.

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Easy Beef Stew Slow Cooker

Beef stew is one of my Dad’s favorite things to eat and I love how easy and delicious this beef stew recipe is to make in the slow cooker.

Full of nutrient rich vegetables, potatoes, and beef, cooked slowly in a beef broth gravy base this stew is bursting with  flavor in each bite.

Beef stew made in a black slow cooker with beef tips, baby red potatoes, diced carrots and onions, and seasoned with dry onion soup mix being scooped out with a silver ladle, by The Food Cafe

I don’t know what I would do without my slow cooker.  Hands down it is the best cooking tool I own and use consistently.  I lead a simple and easy cooking life and that is why this beef stew recipe in the slow cooker is my kind of meal.

Literally this healthy beef stew takes 10 minutes or less to throw together and is seasoned with two things; dry onion soup mix and a little garlic salt and it tastes amazing!

Beef stew made in a black slow cooker with a silver ladle spooning beef stew out of slow cooker, by The Food Cafe

How do I make the perfect stew in the slow cooker?

  1. Spray a 6qt slow cooker with nonstick cooking spay and add chopped onions, carrots, and red potatoes.Sliced potatoes, carrots, and onions in a black slow cooker ready for beef stew, by The Food Cafe
  2. Add refrigerated cooked beef tips in gravy, one package dry onion soup mix, 2 teaspoons of garlic salt, and two cups of beef broth.  Mix to combine, cover and cook. A black slow cooker with sliced carrots, onions, and red potatoes topped with beet tips in gravy, dry onion soup mix, garlic salt, and beef broth with a wooden spoon with a white handle to mix everything together to make slow cooker beef stew by The Food Cafe.

This Irish beef stew is another great option if you are looking for a stew to cook right on your stove top, and if you want to make your own beef tips here is a great slow cooker beef tips recipe you can make and add to your stew or just serve on its own.

How long does beef stew take in slow cooker on low?

  • cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.  Cook until vegetables are tender and stirring halfway through.
  • cook on high 3 hours.

Do you have to cook the meat before you put it in the slow cooker?

No, you don’t have to cook the meat before going into the slow cooker, however it does provide great flavor by caramelizing it a little first.

For this slow cooker beef stew meat I made it very easy by adding cooked, refrigerated beef tip in gravy, so all you have to do is open the package and pour the beef right into the slow cooker.

beef stew being ladled out of a black slow cooker with a silver ladle full of carrots, beef, onions, potatoes and garnished with fresh chopped parsley by The Food Cafe.

Can you overcook stew?

Yes.  The cooking time for this easy beef stew in the slow cooker is on low for 6 to 8 hours and on high for 3 hours.  You don’t want to over cook your vegetables so they are mushy and over cook your beef so it’s tough.

Make sure to stir your beef stew at about he halfway point wether you are cooking it on low or high and see how the vegetables and meat are progressing.  Some slow cookers can cook faster or slower than others.

Easy beef stew with carrots, potatoes, onions, and beef made in the slow cooker dished into a black bowl served with a gold spoon with white handle, by the food cafe.

If you love your slow cooker as much as I love mine, and want a simple and hand down delicious beef stew recipe where you don’t even have to brown your beef? Then you have come the right place.

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Easy beef stew slow cooker recipe made in a black slow cooker with baby red potatoes, diced carrots and onions, beef tips with a gravy broth, simple and easy by The Food Cafe.

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Easy Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Servings: 8 people
Hearty comfort food begins with a delicious bowl of this easy Slow Cooker Beef Stew, perfect to warm you up all winter long and will be surprised how simple it is to make.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
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Ingredients

  • 1 15 oz package refrigerated cooked beef tips in gravy
  • 1 lb baby red potatoes cut in half
  • 4 large carrots cut into pieces
  • 2 cups slow sodium beef broth or water
  • 1 medium onion cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 package dry onion soup mix
  • 2 tsp garlic salt
  • Fresh chopped parsley for garnish

Instructions

  • Spray a 6qt slow cooker with nonstick cooking spay and add chopped onions, carrots, and red potatoes.
  • Add refrigerated cooked beef tips in gravy, one package dry onion soup mix, 2 teaspoons of garlic salt, and two cups of beef broth. Mix to combine. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, or low 3 hours, stirring halfway through to check vegetables.
  • Garnish with fresh chopped parsley
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Beef stew, crock pot beef stew, Slow cooker beef stew
Author: Shannon

Nutrition

Calories: 141kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 15g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 35mg, Sodium: 764mg, Potassium: 688mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 101.9%, Vitamin C: 9.3%, Calcium: 3%, Iron: 9.5%

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