Crock Pot Beef Stew is loaded with tender beef, hearty vegetables, and a flavorful broth for a dish that is the ultimate comfort food. After browning the meat, simply toss all of the ingredients in your slow cooker to simmer all day. There’s nothing quite like coming home to a fully cooked meal, especially after a busy day! My Crock Pot Beef Pot Pie is another family favorite you may want to try.
Ingredients & Substitutions
Meat: Chuck roast is probably the best choice for beef stew. It has a good amount of marbling, which adds flavor and keeps the meat moist during cooking. Chuck roast also has a nice balance of lean meat and fat, which makes for a tender and flavorful stew. You could also use bottom round or brisket. Browning the meat before adding it to the crockpot will enhance the flavor, so don’t skip that step if possible.
Vegetables: The more vegetables added to beef stew, the better! I added celery, carrots, peas, potatoes, and onions. Other vegetables that can be added to beef stew include mushrooms, green beans, parsnips, turnips, sweet potatoes, or any of your favorite vegetables.
Wine: A full-bodied, dry red wine like Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot is a good choice, as it will hold up well to the bold flavors of the beef and vegetables. Make sure it is a wine that you would also enjoy drinking for the best results. If you prefer to not add wine, substitute a little more beef broth.
Why is Browning Meat Important?
I can’t recommend enough that you should brown your meat before adding it to the bowl of your slow cooker. Browning, or searing the meat helps to create a better texture, as it helps to seal in the juices and prevent the meat from becoming dry and tough during the slow cooking process. The browning process also creates flavor compounds that can’t be achieved through slow cooking alone, making the overall flavor of the stew richer and more satisfying. If you are short on time, you could skip this step, and the stew will still be delicious; however, it will lack some depth and complexity of flavor you get when searing the meat.
Can I Make the Stew Thicker?
Yes. A simple and effective method to thicken beef stew is to use cornstarch. Here’s how:
- Ladle out about 1/2 cup of the liquid from the stew at least 15 minutes before serving. This will allow the liquid to cool down a bit, which makes it easier to work with.
- Whisk 2 teaspoons of cornstarch into the 1/2 cup of liquid until the mixture is smooth and free of lumps.
- Add the mixture back to the stew, stirring gently to combine. Be careful not to over-stir, as this can break down the meat and vegetables and turn the stew into mush.
How to Store Beef Stew
To store beef stew, first, let it cool to room temperature. Then, you can store in the refrigerator or freezer.
To Refrigerate: In an airtight container, the stew can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Heat it in a pot on the stovetop or use a microwave-safe bowl to warm it up in the microwave.
To Freeze: If you want to store beef stew for a longer period, you can freeze it for up to 2-3 months. Store it in a freezer-safe container or a resealable plastic bag. Label the container or bag with the date and contents, then place it in the freezer. When you’re ready to eat the beef stew, thaw it overnight in the refrigerator. Once thawed, you can reheat it on the stove or in the microwave until it reaches the desired temperature.
Crock Pot Beef Stew
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 ½ pounds chuck beef, cut into cubes
- ¼ cup (31.25 g) all-purpose flour
- 2 ribs celery, chopped
- 3 large carrots, sliced into rounds
- ½ cup frozen peas
- 5 Yukon gold potatoes, cut into bite-sized cubes (about 2 pounds)
- 1 yellow onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- ¼ cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 2 ½ cups (600 g) beef broth
- ½ cup red wine
- To a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat, add oil.
- Once hot, add beef with the flour. Brown the beef in the skillet (4-6 minutes).
- Add the browned beef to the slow cooker along with the remaining ingredients.
- Cook on low for 8 hours, or on high for 3-3 ½ hours, or until the potatoes and meat are tender. Remove the bay leaves and season with more salt and pepper if needed.
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