Slow Cooker Beef Stew

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DELICIOUS Slow Cooker Beef Stew is a family favorite that we’ve enjoyed for years!! Your crock pot does all the work – just add your stew meat, carrots, potatoes, mushroom soup, water, and onion mix!

Slow cooker recipes always come in handy, and especially soup recipes made in the crockpot! This stew is just as simple and easy to make as our crock pot chicken stew, but with a savory beef flavor.

Beef Stew in a white bowl

hearty and simple slow cooker stew

Hey guys! Kellyn here, with another mouth watering Tried and True recipe. Today’s delicious-ness is warm, chunky and super duper simple!

This is one of those recipes that we got from the sister of a friend of a friend of a friend years ago (my mom has been making this since we were little). I think that automatically makes it good, since its been passed to friendsΒ so many times. πŸ™‚

We love it for the chunks of beef, carrots and potatos. Oh yeah – it’s also great because it’ SIMPLE!! You pretty much throw everything in the crock pot and let it cook.

chopped carrots and Potatoes for beef stew recipe

Chop, throw, and go!

The only prep work this slow cooker beef stew really requires is chopping all of the vegetables, and cubing the meat. From there, you throw it all in the crock pot with just THREE other ingredients (mushroom soup, water, and onion soup mix), and let it cook!

Simple as that!

Tips and variations:

  • If you like, you can sear your meat in a pan on each side before cubing it. This will give it a nice seared flavor and more crisp outside.
  • The best kind of potatoes to use are red potatoes or yukon gold. But any kind will do!
  • If you don’t like cream of mushroom soup, you can try something like cream of beef or cream of potato. It will have a slightly different flavor!
  • Top off your soup with some fresh parsley before serving!

Beef stew in the crock pot

Beef stew is a great soup for freezing. Simply place soup (completely cooled) into freezer bags or storage containers. Keep in the freezer for up to 6 months. When you’re ready to use it, either thaw in the fridge overnight or heat on the stovetop.

Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container and kept in the fridge for 3-5 days.

slow cooker beef stew in a white bowl

Recipes like this slow cooker beef stew make me want to grab a blanket and turn on “While you were sleeping,” Right? Just me? (Ok, anything makes me want to watch that movie!)

Well, movie or no movie, this stew is truly awesome. And with just a few simple steps, it’ll be in your crock pot and ready for dinner in no time!

For more slow cooker soups, try:

Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe

5 from 2 votes
DELICIOUS Slow Cooker Beef Stew filled with chunks of beef, potatoes and carrots - a family favorite that is hearty, simple and great for fall.
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 253 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 3 lbs stew meat uncooked (we used chuck roast and cubed it ourselves)
  • 12 potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 1 package carrots peeled and sliced
  • 2 cans golden mushroom soup
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 package onion soup mix


  1. Add all ingredients to your crock pot.

  2. Cook on low for approx 6 hours. ENJOY!


Kellyn Carpenter

Kellyn is a mom of 4 and loves to try and test out new recipes. She loves to find the best dinner and dessert recipes around and share them with those in the blogosphere.

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    1. I’m not sure of the ounces but it’s the only bag of full-size carrots I see at the grocery store. You peel those and slice them and add them to the stew. You are welcome to add as many or as little carrots. πŸ˜‰

  1. This stew is so simple and to the point! I always seem to go overboard (just made a stew a couple of days ago that took forever!) At least I know if I am not in the mood to stand at the stove for hours that I can make this in the slow cooker πŸ™‚

        1. I haven’t done this particular stew on the stove, but you would probably need to brown your meat first, then add your ingredients. I’m not sure how long it would take, but I would bring it to a boil, then simmer until potatoes & carrots are tender & meat cooked.

  2. I’m making this now but it’s been 6 hours and the meat still isn’t cooked. How much longer should I cook it for in increments? Thanks.

  3. Just wanted to tell you how very much my family and I are enjoying your recipes…I’m especially concentrating on the 20 slow cooker ones now. Thank you so very much! (My website is under construction but I have started).

  4. My family loved this!!! My 10 year old said she thought it was so good and didnt really want β€œstew”. Everyone had seconds.