this hearty and delicious slow cooker beef stew is The perfect comfort meal on a cold winter’s night!
Well, folks, it definitely is winter here in Minnesota!
Blustery cold winds, plenty of snow and sub-zero temps.
Ah yes, a skier’s or snowmobiler’s dream weather.
But it sure isn’t mine.
I prefer indoor activities when the weather is nasty outside, thank you very much.
And because I have a full schedule today, I decided to give that good ole’ workhorse and favorite kitchen appliance of mine, my slow cooker a chance to shine!
I swear whoever invented this small appliance was seriously a genius!
Can I get an amen?! I mean really. What could be easier than piling all the ingredients for a meal into one pot, turning it on and letting it do all the work for the next 6-8 hours?
And this stew recipe I decided to make? Well, friends. It’s had a fair share of changes and updates since I first started making it 20+ years ago.
But it’s still one of my favorite winter meals because it’s jam-packed with big chunks of veggies and a rich broth that warms you up from the inside out.
The perfect comfort food!
And like I said, it’s so easy to make because your slow cooker does all the hard work.
Even so, stew just isn’t stew in my book unless it has all the right ingredients.
Like meat. Years ago I used regular stew meat. Now there’s nothing wrong with that, and you can certainly use it in this recipe, but I can’t tell you how much better your stew will be if you spend just a bit more $ and buy a nice lean sirloin tip roast.
I usually try and buy a 4lb roast and then I cut it in half. I use one half for this delicious beef stew and the other half goes in the freezer for another meal. Say for stir fry or beef tips over noodles.
I also use to make this stew with just regular diced tomatoes. Again, you can do that too, but if you want just a little bit of extra ‘zip’ than I would definitely recommend using the ones that have chili peppers in them. They add just a bit of heat (not too much) and compliment the rich broth perfectly.
I hope you enjoy this hearty and comforting beef stew as much as we do!
Here’s the recipe!
Slow Cooker Beef Stew
A rich hearty stew filled with big chunks of veggies and tender beef.
- 2 lbs sirloin roast cut into 2 inch chunks
- 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground pepper
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 3 tbs olive oil
- 1 tbs butter
- 1 large onion diced
- 1/2 lb mushrooms
- 6 cups low sodium beef broth
- 2 tbs tomato paste
- 1 10 oz can diced tomatoes with green chilies
- 4 medium potatoes cut into 1-2 inch chunks
- 3 carrots cut into 1-2 inch chunks
- 3 stalks celery cut into 1-2 inch chunks
- 1 tsp thyme
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 tbs cornstarch
- 2 tbs water
Add flour, salt, pepper, and garlic powder to a shallow dish. Dredge meat into the flour mixture and shake off excess. Place 2 tbs of the olive oil in a frying pan. Brown meat over medium-high heat turning on all sides. (May need to do in batches so the meat does not steam instead of brown.) Set browned meat on a paper towel lined plate. Place additional 1 tbs olive oil and butter into frying pan. Add mushrooms and onion. Saute for 3-4 minutes. Pour mushrooms and onions into the bottom of a slow cooker insert. Add meat, broth, diced tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, celery, thyme and bay leaves. Stir until all combined. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4-5 hours. 30 minutes before serving. Whisk together cornstarch and water to make a slurry. Pour into the stew and stir well.
What are some of your favorite comfort foods?
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