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Beef stew

Beef Stew (Crockpot Recipe)

A comforting, classic recipe for beef stew - crockpot version! Tender beef chunks with carrots and red potatoes all wrapped up in a buttery, velvety thick gravy.
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword slow cooker
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 469kcal
Author Lauren's Latest


  • Crockpot


For the Beef Stew:

  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 4 large carrots peeled and sliced into large coins
  • 2 lbs red potatoes halved or quartered, so they are all the same size
  • 2 pounds stew meat
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 5 cups beef broth
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme

Beef Stew Thickener:

  • 6 tablespoons salted butter very soft, at room temperature
  • 6 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped, optional


Prepping the Beef Stew for the Crockpot:

  • Prep onions, carrots and potatoes and place into cold crockpot.
  • Dry stew meat as best as you can using paper towels. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and flour and toss to coat evenly. Brown meat in batches, using a large, heavy-bottomed skillet and olive oil. Cook over medium high heat to form brown crust, but not to cook thoroughly. As meat browns, transfer over to crockpot.
  • Once all meat has browned, de-glaze pan with about 2 cups of beef broth and pour into crockpot. Top with remaining broth, bay leaves, Worcestershire sauce, thyme and more salt and pepper.
  • Cover and turn crockpot to high. Cook 4-5 hours or until meat is very tender and carrots and potatoes are fork tender. Remove bay leaves and thyme sprigs.

How to thicken Beef Stew:

  • In a small bowl, stir butter with flour and cornstarch until a smooth paste is formed. Spoon the butter-flour paste into the crockpot and stir gently to melt and spread it evenly though the contents of the crockpot. Cover and cook another 20 minutes to thicken completely.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Stir in chopped parsley if desired. Serve hot.


Calories: 469kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 897mg | Potassium: 1196mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 6445IU | Vitamin C: 16.7mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 4.7mg