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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

Today’s delicious-ness is warm, chunky and super duper simple! This beef stew is one of those recipes that we got from the sister of a friend of a friend of a friend years ago (grandma has been making this since we were little).

It has become a family-favorite and is one we HAVE to have each winter, because it’s so classic, hearty and delicious.

We love it for the chunks of beef, carrots and potatoes. 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

Making Ahead + Storing Info

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:

More Collections: Winter Dinner Ideas

5 from 41 votes

Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
Hearty slow cooker beef stew is a family favorite that we've enjoyed for years!! Your crock pot does all the work!
Servings: 8
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 6 hours
Total: 6 hours 10 minutes


  • 3 pounds beef chuck roast or other stew meat cubed
  • 8 Yukon Gold potatoes cubed
  • 6 medium carrots peeled and sliced
  • 2 (10.5-ounce) cans golden mushroom soup
  • 2-3 cups water or beef broth
  • 1 (2-ounce) package onion soup mix
  • garlic salt and pepper to taste (optional)
  • chopped parsley optional


  • Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker.
  • Cook on low for approximately 6 hours, then serve. Season with garlic salt, pepper, and chopped parsley, if desired.



Stove top directions. Cook meat with 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a large pot over medium-high heat until well browned. Add mushroom soup, onion soup mix, and water or beef broth. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour. Add potatoes and carrots and simmer for 1 more hour, or until vegetables are fork-tender. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.
For added flavor. If you like, you can sear your meat in a pan on each side before cubing it and adding to the slow cooker. This will give it a nice flavor and a crisper outside.


Serving: 1cup, Calories: 456kcal, Carbohydrates: 34g, Protein: 37g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 10g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 117mg, Sodium: 194mg, Potassium: 1428mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 7669IU, Vitamin C: 36mg, Calcium: 66mg, Iron: 5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
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  1. 5 stars
    My husband’s allergic to mushrooms, so I substituted the golden mushroom for 1 small can of cream of potato, a spoonful of tomato paste, and a slurry of beef broth/a spoonful of flour (i improvised with whatever I had). I added celery. Followed everything else exactly, using beef broth, and the stovetop instructions. Best stew we’ve had in a long time. Thank you for this easy and delicious recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    Toss this in the crockpot and you will have the most amazing dinner around. It is my go to beef stew and is always a crowd pleaser! My kind of dinner, easy, and DELICIOUS!!!! Go to comfort food!!!

  3. 5 stars
    Good recipe, one thing i do different in slow cookers is to keep the roast whole while cooking and break it up in the pot when about to serve. The meat is more tender this way. If doing in a pot on the stove then definitely cube first., but slow cookers perform better imo when the roast is left whole and cooked overnight.

  4. 5 stars
    I cannot believe how simple and good this stew recipe is! I added some Worcestershire sauce and it was delicious!! Thank you!!

  5. 5 stars
    Wonderful flavor. I added crimini mushrooms. I struggled with cooking it only 6 hours on low with the amount of ingredients. Kept it on for 8 and it was perfect.

    1. 5 stars
      Cook on high for the first few hours then drop to low but tbh, you can cook it on high the entire time with no ill effects, its just tenderizes the meat even more. A slow cooker on high is equivalent to a stove top simmer.