Slow Cooker Caramelized Onion Beef Stew

Cook sweet onions to caramelized perfection in your slow cooker, then simmer with beef and vegetables for a satisfying stew.


6 servings


2 tablespoons butter or margarine
4 cups halved and thinly sliced sweet onions (about 1 1/2 onions)
2 teaspoons granulated (white) sugar
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
1 1/2 pounds beef stew meat
1 cup beef flavored broth (from 32 ounce carton)
1 (.87 ounce) package onion gravy mix
2 cups 1-inch pieces diagonally cut carrots
1 cup 1-inch pieces diagonally cut parsnips
1/2 cup frozen sweet peas


Spray 4- to 5-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In 10-inch skillet, melt butter over medium-low heat. Cook onions and sugar in butter 30 to 35 minutes, stirring frequently, until onions are deep golden brown and caramelized. Stir in thyme and stew meat; place in slow cooker.

In medium bowl, mix broth and gravy mix; pour over meat mixture in slow cooker. Top with carrots and parsnips. Cover; cook on LOW heat setting 8 to 9 hours or until beef and vegetables are tender.

Stir in peas. Cover; cook 10 to 15 minutes longer or until hot.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours 15 minutes

Additional Information

Substitute mushroom beef gravy mix or brown beef gravy mix for the onion gravy mix, if desired.

Serve this saucy beef stew over mashed potatoes with plenty of crusty bread for mopping up the extra sauce.

Nutritional Information

1 Serving (1 Serving): Calories 290 (Calories from Fat 130), Total Fat 15 g (Saturated Fat 6 g, Trans Fat 1/2 g), Cholesterol 60 mg; Sodium 450 mg; Total Carbohydrate 21 g (Dietary Fiber 4 g, Sugars 9 g), Protein 18 g; Exchanges: 1 Starch; 1 Vegetable; 2 Lean Meat; 1 1/2 Fat; Carbohydrate Choices: 1 1/2

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