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Hearty slow cooker beef stew recipe is a family favorite that we’ve enjoyed for years!! Your crock pot does all the work!

For more of our favorite beef stew variations, be sure to try Mexican Beef Stew and Instant Pot Beef Stew as well!

Slow cooker Beef Stew in a white bowl.

Everyone Loves Beef Stew!

This crockpot beef stew recipe is one of those recipes that we got from the sister of a friend of a friend years ago (grandma has been making this since we were little).

It’s now a family favorite soup that we HAVE to make each winter because it’s so classic and delicious.

But there’s even more to love about this dish:

  • Hearty. Filled with chunks of beef stew meat, carrots, and potatoes, you won’t be left hungry.
  • Easy. You pretty much throw everything in the crock pot and let it cook. It’s more hands-off than our stovetop Beef Stew Recipe.
  • Flavorful. For how simple the ingredients are, this stew is PACKED with savory flavor, and the meat and veggies come out so soft and tender after slow cooking.
Cooking beef stew meat in a blue pot.


  • beef chuck roast – or other stew meat. Cubes should be bite sized; about 1 inch. 
  • Yukon Gold potatoes – The best kind of potatoes to use are red potatoes or Yukon gold. But any kind will do!
  • carrots – You can also add onion, green beans, celery. Add more tender veggies like frozen peas or corn during the last 30-60 minutes. 
  • golden mushroom soup – or another complementary soup flavor like cream of beef or cream of potato
  • water or beef broth
  • package onion soup mix
  • garlic salt and pepper to taste 
  • chopped parsley – optional garnish
Chopped carrots and potatoes for beef stew recipe on a cutting board.

How to Make Beef Stew in a Crock Pot

The only prep work this slow cooker beef stew recipe really requires is chopping all of the vegetables, and cubing the meat. From there, you throw it all in the crock pot and let it cook!

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

For stove top directions, try our Classic Beef Stew recipe.

Pro Tip

Serve with a side of bread. It’s almost a faux pa to serve stew without a side of bread! Here are some of our favorites with this recipe:

Cooked beef stew meat in a pot.

Recipe Tips

  • Thick texture. If you feel like your stew is too thick, simply add more water or broth.
  • Thin texture. If the stew is too thin, we like to mash up a few of the potatoes and stir. You can also remove 1 cup of stew, place it in a bowl, add 3-4 tablespoons of all-purpose flour, stir until smooth and then add the flour mixture back into the stew. You can also use a cornstarch slurry.
  • Searing the beef. To sear; add a little olive oil to a large skillet and over high heat cook each side of the beef cubes just long enough for the outsides to form a delicious crust. 
  • For added flavor, add some of your favorite seasonings like: thyme, bay leaves or even a little Worcestershire sauce.
Potatoes, carrots, and beef in a slow cooker.

Storing Info

  • STORE. Any leftover simple beef stew recipe can be stored in an airtight container and kept in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. Small portions can be heated in the microwave while larger portions are best heated on the stovetop.  
  • Freezer meal. Simply place cooled best crock pot beef stew into freezer bags or storage containers. Keep in the freezer for up to 6 months. When you’re ready to use it, either thaw it in the fridge overnight or heat it on the stovetop.
Slow cooker beef stew served in a white bowl.

For more slow cooker soups, try:

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5 from 97 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
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  • 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. Reva says:

    Can i do on stove top? Just boiling my meat until tender first and adding Some Of The brOth from the meat to give that beef flavor? Then simm for awhile? Thank you

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      That sounds about right 🙂 Enjoy!!

  2. Pamela Louis says:

    What size can of mushroom soup is used in this recipe?

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      It would be the one close to 10.5 ounces 🙂 Hope you like it!

  3. Amy L Huntley says:

    5 stars
    Love me a yummy and hearty slow cooker recipe! this one the entire family came back for seconds! Making it again real soon!

  4. Natalie says:

    5 stars
    This is the ultimate comfort food, right here! I crave it all winter long. Everything is so tender & juicy!

  5. Brad Hierstetter says:

    5 stars
    I’ve made this particular beef stew recipe twice. It is super easy to make and my entire family, kids included, enjoys it.

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      Thank you! It is our favorite!

  6. Theresa says:

    5 stars
    Have the stew cooking now. Smells delicious. Did anyone have to thicken the juices up with flour? Thanks!

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      I did not have to 🙂 Sure hope it was a hit!!

  7. Monica says:

    5 stars
    This is an amazing beef stew. My family and I really loved it. Easy to make and delicious! Will definitely make this again.

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      Glad your family likes it 🙂 It’s our favorite! Thank you for letting me know!

  8. Betsy says:

    5 stars
    Delicious! This is really great Beef stew recipe. I love that it’s a slow cooker recipe. I’m always looking for new slow cooker recipes. Great flavor, great texture.

  9. Natasha says:

    5 stars
    a hearty, warm delicious meal! Love how easy and filling this is. Everyone loves beef steW!

  10. Taylor says:

    5 stars
    The ultimate comfort meal during the fall and winter! So easy and delicious!