Slow-Cooker Old-Fashioned Beef Stew

A simmering bowl of beef stew on a winter day is the perfect way to warm right up. This stew is sure to spread a savory aroma around the house while it cooks, and only takes 20 minutes to prepare. With beef, carrots, potatoes, onions and celery, warmed to perfection in a beef broth, this stew is packed full of flavor.


6 servings


1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 1/2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into bite-size pieces if needed
4 medium carrots, cut into 1/2-inch slices (2 cups)
3 medium red potatoes, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (3 cups)
1 large onion, cut into 1-inch pieces (1 1/2 cups)
1 medium stalk celery, cut into 1-inch pieces (1 cup)
3 cups vegetable juice
3 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca
1 tablespoon beef bouillon granules
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon pepper


In 12-inch skillet or Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add beef; cook 4 to 6 minutes, stirring frequently, until browned on all sides.

Spray 4- to 5-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In cooker, mix browned beef and remaining ingredients.

Cover; cook on LOW heat setting 9 to 10 hours.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 9 hours

Additional Information

To store this stew for later, refrigerate in a shallow container so it cools rapidly. Once completely cooled, cover tightly and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

To freeze this stew, pour into freezer containers, leaving 1/4 - 1/2 inch headspace (because soups expand as they freeze) and store for up to 6 months.

Want to take your slow-cooker meal to an outing? Simply wrap the slow-cooker in a towel or newspaper to keep it warm. Attach rubber bands around the handles to secure it for travel.

Because tapioca is one of the few thickeners that does not break down during long, slow cooking, it can be added at the beginning of the cooking time. Thickeners such as flour and cornstarch are best added at the end of the cooking time.

For food safety reasons, recipes made in the slow cooker need to reach a safe cooking temperature (140°F/60°C) within 3 hours. That's why it isn't a good idea to assemble the ingredients and refrigerate them or use frozen ingredients.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving: unavailable

Recipe Courtesy Of

Betty Crocker

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