Slow Cooker Meatball Stew

Total Time
8hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 8 hrs

Easy and tasty recipe. Original came from the Pillsbury SlowCooker Book. I've slightly modified it to suit our tastes. This isn't overly hot but has some nice bit of spice flavour. For added kick, you could add one tsp of dried chili peppers. **May9, 2008 - it appears not all slowcookers are the same so I have made a small adjustment with the addition of water to the recipe. My cooker doesn't require this but it appears to be a minority! So give it a whirl and then adjust recipe to suit yours.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 12-1 cup water
  • 1 lb carrot, small cut & ready to eat
  • 1 lb small red potato, 2 1/2 to 3 inches cut into quarters
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 1 small onion, cut into thin wedges
  • 1 (16 ounce) bagfrozen cooked meatballs
  • 1 (12 ounce) can beef gravy
  • 1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained (Mexican styled preferred)
  • 1 (4 ounce) can diced green chilies
  • 1 teaspoon dried red chili pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 -3 dash hot sauce, Franks Red Hot
  • 12-1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper


  1. ***VERY IMPORTANT - Layer all ingredients into the slow cooker in order shown on the ingredient list!
  2. Cover; cook on LOW setting for 8-10 hours.
  3. Stir gently before serving.


Most Helpful

Wow, this was really delicious! Better than the sum of its parts. I used Trader Joe's turkey meatballs, which are so so plain - but in the stew they were super yummy. I think the beef gravy and chillies make the flavor of this special. I used a powdered au jus gravy and added about 1.5 cups more of water than the recipe called for to make it more soup than stew-like. I also used fresh mushrooms in this, and DH loved them. It really was super and a very satisfying meal.

Maito September 15, 2011

Made as listed. Had to interrupt cooking after 4 hours -- got invited out !! Resumed crockpot coking next day, and noticed for "stew", all juices thin and watery. Added 1/4 cup cornstarch dissolved in juices and let it cook on high for another hour. Very tasty, but did need salt at the table. Thanks for sharing.

NurseJaney January 20, 2012

I made 1 serving and used our mini crock pot. I also made my own mini meatballs and froze them first. The idea was to create a cute little serving for one. I omitted the green chilies and put crushed red pepper flakes in my meatballs. I added a bit of water on another reviewers advice and it worked out well. The meatballs are aromatic and tasty.

2Bleu May 08, 2008

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