Friday, December 16, 2011

Easy Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe

I don't use my slow cooker nearly as much as I should. In fact, it usually gets used only once a year and that is to make Corned Beef for my husband St. Patrick's Day birthday. But I got a hankering for beef stew this week so I dug it out and gave it a whirl. I cheated a little bit by using a seasoning packet, but all other ingredients are fresh. I recommend using organic potatoes as they are on the Dirty Dozen list for retaining a high amount of pesticides. Onions never need to be organic as they retain very little to no pesticides. Carrots fall somewhere in the middle, so I play it safe and always go organic.

Easy Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe

  • 1.5 - 2 pounds of stew beef, cubed
  • flour
  • 3 tbsp cooking oil
  • 2 cups chopped carrots
  • 3 medium potatoes, cubed
  • 1 medium onion, cut into wedges
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 packet McCormick Beef Stew Seasoning Mix

  • Coat beef cubes in flour.
  • Heat oil in skillet over medium heat, add beef and brown.
  • In slow cooker layer the beef, potatoes, carrots and onion.
  • Mix seasoning packet with 3 cups of water and pour on top of ingredients.
  • Cook on low for 10 hours or high for 5 hours.
  • Serve alone with a hearty bread or over Pennsylvania Dutch Noodles.


  1. I love how simple this recipe is. My friend has been wanting to make beef stew and I think I am going to suggest this!

  2. I adore my slow cooker. I would totally marry it if I could.

    This stew looks SO good -- love that you served it over egg noodles. My kids would be all OVER that!

  3. mmmm, now i want beef stew but I always serve it with rice :)


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