Slow Cooked Beef Stew

Growing up we ate a lot of stew. It was on the menu often. It was one of my dad’s favorite ways to eat beef, so we had it frequently.

For a long time I did not like stew. I think I ate too much of it growing up, but my husband loves it, so I find myself now cooking it.

I have realized what a great meal it is for feeding a family. It is a meal in one. Meat, potatoes, and vegetables all served together. Meals like that are perfect for busy families.

One of my favorite ways right now to cook stew is in the crockpot. My mom did not have a crockpot until I was older, but if she would have had one when I was growing up, I am sure she would have used it for stew.

Using a crockpot for stew makes it so easy. You can start this in the morning and by 6:00 you will have a healthy and hearty meal waiting for you.

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  1. I make beef stew almost exactly the same way, only I always add frozen corn and peas in an effort to eat more veggies.
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  2. Could I ask what gf flour blend you use? Thanks!

    • @Colleen, Really it is whatever I have on hand. I have tried several and not found one that I really like so it varies. What I have right now is Bob’s Red Mill, which works in a recipe like this, but has too much of a bean taste for most things I think.

  3. I grew up with stew as well, but my father used to say that it’s a shame we have to have stew before we can have meat pie. He LOVED meat pie and Mom would make two huge pies out of the leftover stew; one for dinner the second night and the other to freeze for the future. I have to admit, there’s just something about a meat pie that beats stew any day. LOL But, boy, does it ever make the house smell good while it’s cooking!

  4. How many does this serve? I am considering making it for a dinner party we are having this week.

    • It serves my family of five with enough left for my husband’s lunch the next day. So I would say 6, but that depends on what you are serving with it and if they are adults or kids.

  5. Do you think I could cut up a chuck roast (on sale) to use instead of the stew meat?

    • Yes, I think that would work fine. In fact I have done it before, just be sure to trim off some of the fat from the chuck roast as those sometimes tend to be fatty. I hope that helps.

  6. Stew is one of our favorite meals but I never have put paprika in it. I am having it tonight so will give it a new twist. I use deer meat and do it in the pressure cooker don’t know if I have ever made stew other then the pressure cooker. Thanks for all your recipes really use a lot of them and my granddaughter is gf so it really is a big big help.

    • My mom uses her pressure cooker for meat all the time. I have one and have used it some, but I don’t use it nearly as much as I should. I think a pressure cooker was my mom’s key to getting a good dinner on the table quickly using inexpensive cuts of meat.

  7. Lynn – the slow cooked beef stew looks delicious – how many people does it serve?

  8. Barbara Milner says:

    I need help to thicken a stew made in in slow cooker using stock

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