Classic Beef Stew in a Crock Pot

Total Time
4hrs 35mins
Prep 35 mins
Cook 4 hrs

This is the best beef stew I've ever made. It tastes great with a crunchy loaf of bread. I got this recipe from Real Simple (March 2004 edition). You'll need a 4 to 6 quart slow cooker. Browning the beef adds more flavor.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Put the flour in a large Ziploc bag.
  2. Add the beef and seal.
  3. Toss to lightly coat the beef.
  4. Heat a few tablespoons of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  5. Brown the meat in small batches, adding more oil as necessary.
  6. Transfer to the slow cooker.
  7. Add the onions to the skillet and cook over medium heat until tender, about 10 minutes.
  8. Stir in the tomato paste and coat the onions then transfer to the slow cooker.
  9. Pour the wine into the skillet and scrape up any browned bits and then add to the slow cooker.
  10. Stir in the potatoes, carrots, broth, salt, thyme, and bay leaf.
  11. Cover and cook on low heat for 7 1/2 hours or on high for 4 hours.
  12. Add the peas and heat through before serving.
Most Helpful

5 5

OMG! I died and went to heaven. This was the best stew I have ever made. I did not use the crock post but simmered it on the stove for 4 1/2 hrs. The beef cubes just melted in your mouth. I took it easy on the wine, only about 1/2 cup and used more beef broth. I used a whole box. I used fresh carrots, potatoes, frozen string beans that I added half way through and then frozen corn added 1/2 hour before serving. I made homemade bread in my bread machine. I put my husbands on mashed potatoes but I ate mine from a bowl. It was out of this world and this will be my stew recipe from now on. It made the whole house smell luscious! Thanks for the recipe, Mrs. Habu! I posted a pic.

5 5

This is a big hit even with the kids! As long as they don't see what goes into it! The flavours are rich and homey. Love it!

5 5

This was the best stew I've ever made. I did however tweaked it up a bit. I used a chuck roast, used the suggested Brandy with water and added one 14 oz can of crushed tomatoes. The gravy was thck and tasty! This willbe a part of my recipe repetoir FOREVER! my husband has asked me to make it again!