Slow Cooker Meatball Stew

"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."
Slow Cooker Meatball Stew created by mersaydees
Ready In:
8hrs 15mins


  • 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) bag frozen 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


  • ***VERY IMPORTANT - Layer all ingredients into the slow cooker in order shown on the ingredient list!
  • Cover; cook on LOW setting for 8-10 hours.
  • Stir gently before serving.
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  1. mersaydees
    Slow Cooker Meatball Stew Created by mersaydees
  2. mersaydees
    Very good made as directed -- DH liked it, so that's a plus! This looked awesome all layered going into the crockpot. My only regret is that I didn't use homemade meatballs. Thanks, Beautiful BC! Made for Best of 2011 Cookbook tag game as recommended by Maito.
  3. NurseJaney
    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.
  4. Maito
    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.
  5. 2Bleu
    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.

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