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Out all day? Come dwelling to this scrumptious Sluggish Cooker Beef Stew; an entire dish which you could set and overlook. 

Pre-children, I’d sometimes take out my sluggish cooker in the course of the winter months, however it was by no means one thing I used that always. Since having children I really feel it not often leaves my countertop. Particularly now that my eldest is at college with a really busy after faculty sports activities schedule.

Though you may prep many meals upfront, what I really like concerning the sluggish cooker is that the meals will not be solely prepped they’re able to serve if you are available via the door.

Cooked Slow Cooker Beef Stew in Slow Cooker

What Is Sluggish Cooker Beef Stew?

Like all stews, sluggish cooker beef stew is meat cooked slowly with greens in liquid. The very sluggish, regular cooking in a sluggish cooker implies that you don’t must be round to “nurse” your stew on the range prime or have your oven on all day.

How you can Make Sluggish Cooker Beef Stew

What meat ought to I exploit?

  • Neglect costly cuts of meat; go for cheap harder cuts of meat. Cuts from the highest entrance of the animal work effectively (Chuck, Blade or Shoulder). Shin or shank additionally work.
  • My favorite is chuck and is what I’ve used on this recipe. It’s properly marbled with fats, which breaks down in the course of the sluggish prepare dinner, making the meat tender and juicy.
  • Keep away from leaner cuts of beef which might dry out throughout an extended cooking course of.

What Greens ought to I exploit?

Beef stew is nice for getting a spread of greens right into a meal. My children appear to devour greens cooked slowly this manner and sometimes argue over who will get probably the most carrots! You possibly can add greens to fit your household’s style buds or as a option to introduce veggies, they usually wouldn’t like, another way.

  • Root greens reminiscent of carrots, parsnips and turnips can all be used.
  • Greens that give good flavour embody onions, celery, capsicum (bell pepper), fennel and mushrooms.
  • Potatoes, particularly waxy ones that maintain their form, are implausible in a stew, candy potato works effectively too.
  • Tender greens reminiscent of frozen peas, broad beans or spinach are nice for including in in the course of the final half hour of the prepare dinner.

Necessary Cooking Steps

  • Searing the meat is probably the most labour intensive a part of this meal. Nonetheless, it’s a step that shouldn’t be skipped and is value spending time on. Sear the meat on all sides and do it in batches, if you happen to overcrowd the pan the meat will steam and it received’t brown effectively.
  • Deglaze the pan (take away the flavourful caramelised brown bits from searing the meat), with a splash of vinegar and saute the onion, garlic and celery in it. This provides a ton of flavour and skipping this step means you’ll lose out in all this flavour.

Beef Stew Process Steps - Browning Beef in Pan & Sautéing Vegetables in Pan

Thick or Skinny Gravy?

This recipe produces a flavoursome, however skinny gravy. That is the way in which my household enjoys it.

I mud the meat in flour earlier than searing and this gives simply sufficient thickness for our liking.

Nonetheless, I’m very conscious {that a} thicker gravy is commonly most well-liked. If you’re a thick gravy lover then add an additional 2-Three tablespoons of flour (relying on how thick you prefer it),  simply after sauteing the onion, carrots and celery. Add the liquids to the pan and stir to dissolve the flour into the sauce.

How lengthy does my Sluggish Cooker Beef Stew have to prepare dinner?

You need the meat to be very tender however to not the purpose that it’s breaking apart within the pot.

  • It’ll take a minimal of 7 hours on low.
  • Past 10 hours is just too lengthy.

Slow Cooker Beef Stew in Bowl

Storing & Re-heating Sluggish Cooker Beef Stew


  • Cool the stew shortly; retailer in an hermetic container and refrigerate for as much as Three days.
  • Reheat on the range prime or microwave.


  • Cool the stew shortly, switch to an hermetic container and freeze for as much as four months.
  • If I’m making stew purposely to freeze, I usually prepare dinner it with out potatoes and as a substitute serve with mashed potatoes. Though it’s completely secure to freeze potatoes, I typically discover the feel adjustments and so they can turn out to be a little bit comfortable and grainy.
  • Thaw, in a single day, in a fridge and re-heat on the range prime or microwave.

Dipping Bread into a Plate of Slow Cooker Beef Stew

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Cooked Slow Cooker Beef Stew in Slow Cooker

Sluggish Cooker Beef Stew

A family-friendly dish which you could set and overlook. Filled with beef, greens and potatoes making it a nutritious and full meal.

Whole Time 8 hours 20 minutes


  • 750g (1.75lb) Chuck Steak *SEE NOTE 1
  • 1 tbsp Plain (All Goal) Flour
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 2 tsp Pink Wine Vinegar
  • 2 Onions, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Garlic, minced
  • 5 Medium Carrots, Lower into massive chunks
  • 2 Celery Stalks, Lower into massive chunks
  • 1 tsp Blended Herbs (dried)
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Puree
  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 500ml (2 cups) Beef Inventory *Use low sodium / home made inventory when serving to a child / younger toddler.
  • 1 Pink Capsicum (Bell Pepper), Lower into massive chunks
  • 200g (7oz) Mushrooms, stalks eliminated
  • 5 Medium Potatoes, Lower into quarters


  1. Lower your beef into massive chunks and toss within the flour. 

  2. Warmth oil, over excessive warmth, in a large, heavy based mostly pan. When sizzling add round one-third of the meat cubes and brown on all sides. Take away and repeat with the opposite two batches. 

  3. Deglaze the pan by including the purple wine vinegar. Add the onions, garlic, carrots and celery and saute, on low warmth, for approx Three minutes. *SEE NOTE 2

  4. Combine the inventory, tomato puree, mustard & Worcestershire sauce collectively and add combination to the pan.

  5. Add the capsicum, mushrooms, potato and seared beef to the pan and stir earlier than transferring to the sluggish cooker. 

  6. Cook dinner on low for 7-Eight hours. 

Recipe Notes

  1. BEEF – I used chuck on this recipe. You need to use any minimize that’s properly marbled with fats, reminiscent of blade, shoulder, shin or shank. Keep away from leaner cuts of beef which might dry out in the course of the lengthy cooking course of.
  2. THICKER GRAVY – This recipe produces a stew with a skinny gravy if you happen to favor a thicker gravy – add 2-Three tbsps of flour at this stage. Sprinkle flour evenly throughout the floor,  stir to coat earlier than including the liquids. Stir once more till the flour is included into the sauce. 
  3. SEASONING – Style and season on the finish of cooking, eradicating parts for infants / younger kids earlier than seasoning. 

Dietary data is a tough information solely, calculated utilizing a web-based calculator. The vitamin details are for one serving, assuming 6 servings. 

Diet Info

Sluggish Cooker Beef Stew

Quantity Per Serving

Energy 464 Energy from Fats 198

% Every day Worth*

Whole Fats 22g 34%

Saturated Fats 8g 40%

Ldl cholesterol 85mg 28%

Sodium 346mg 14%

Potassium 1724mg 49%

Whole Carbohydrates 36g 12%

Dietary Fiber 7g 28%

Sugars 6g

Protein 32g 64%

Vitamin A 183.2%

Vitamin C 64.3%

Calcium 11%

Iron 53%

* P.c Every day Values are based mostly on a 2000 calorie diet.