Total Time
3hrs 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 3 hrs

Found this on the Trader Joe's website and made it my own. It was my first time making a stew and it came out delicious! I know there are more extravagant beef stew recipes, but this was really easy to make. Hope you enjoy.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Season flour with salt and pepper. Dredge the meat in flour.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet. Brown meat in two batches. Place browned meat in slow cooker.
  3. Add remaining oil (1 tbsp) to the heated skillet and cook carrots, celery, onion & potatoes for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Place sautéed vegetables in crock pot on top of meat.
  4. Pour broth (and wine if using) into skillet and stir to deglaze the pan. Pour mixture over meat and vegetables.
  5. Add thyme, cover and cook on the high setting for 2 hours. Drop the temperature to the low setting and continue cooking for an additional 3-4 hours, or until meat is fork tender. (The recipe stated that you could also do the entire cooking process on low for 6-8 hours -- I did the entire cooking process in 3 hours on high, which is why I listed the cooking time as 3 hours).
Most Helpful

I used beef broth and red wine in this and added a clove of garlic and some fresh mushrooms. At the last moment I also threw in some frozen peas. I cooked it for 8 hours on low. The meat was nice and tender and the flavor was excellent. Thanks for sharing. Made for Spring PAC 2012.

CJAY April 15, 2012

The only thing I did different from the recipe was that I didn't use the thyme. It's not our favorite spice/herb. Instead I put in about 1/2 teaspoon of ground sage, which has a similar taste but a bit milder. My DH loved it so much he had me save the one serving which was left for his lunch tomorrow. This was a very good flavored stew. Since I prefer to have Beef Stew have a rich brown color I will add some kitchen bouquet next time. Thanks for a nice dinner. Made for PAC Spring 2012.

CarrolJ April 10, 2012