Never Fail, Never Watch Beef Stew (Crock Pot)

"Leave it and go do what you have to do, come back and enjoy! I re made this once again and took some GREAT tips into consideration, I made a few changes and tweaked it a bit. Still an awesome crockpot stew !"
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Ready In:
4hrs 20mins




  • Place oil in pan to heat, while dredging beef in flour.
  • Lightly brown the beef on all sides.
  • Place all ingredients in crock pot in exact order: potatoes, carrots, beef, onion, salt¸ and pepper, tomatoes or juice, and water.
  • Never stir it until it is DONE.
  • Cover and cook on high for 4 hours, or on low if you will be gone 8-9 hours.

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  1. Chef Donzo
    I made this recipe and added 2 tsp. beef bouillon for flavor. Still feel it was lacking something. Will try again and add some different spices to help wake it up a bit. 7 hours with my crock pot on low was perfect.
  2. Kathy
    This wasn't as good as my stovetop recipe but it was good enough for when crockpot is the only way I will get dinner on the table. It is very healthy but a little bland. I think spicy V-8 might be a good choice--or maybe a bay leaf. It is a good starting point for a good recipe so thank you for submitting.
  3. Cats Pajamas
    I have made this, I don't know, 3-4 times since I found this recipe last October. I, too, cut the potatoes into quarters or even sixths, just depending on the size of the tater. I use baby carrots and just cut them in half, using enough to make a complete layer across the taters. I trim up the beef a little more and cut the pieces smaller than the butcher, just my preference. Someone posted about using the dredging in a baggie method and warned about not getting the excess flour into the pan, and I wanted to say thank you so much for that tip! I use the reduced-sodium V8 juice, although I'm anxious to try it with my sister's homemade V8 juice (good stuff). About an hour before dinner, I mix it up good and throw in an envelope of McCormick brown gravy mix and stir it in. This is soooo good with a big ol' honkin' piece of sourdough bread on a cold and snowy winter night. Thank you so so so much for sharing this!!
  4. Chef shapeweaver
    My SO asked if I would make stew for dinner,so I made this one on 1/07/08.With my crockpot running hot,even on low it was done in about 5 hours.I personally liked the taste,just need to add a little bit more pepper next time.And far as I'm concerned there will be a next time.Thanks for posting,and "Keep Smiling :)"
  5. BakinBaby
    We absolutely loved it! I did add about 1/4 cup of dry red wine after I browned the beef. And tossed in about 1 tsp. of herbes de provence. Very easy!



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