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Crock-Pot Beef Stew Recipe
This simple and easy beef stew recipe is our families go-to recipe for a warm and hearty stew full of tender beef, carrots, onions, potatoes and celery simmered away in a rich thick broth that is full of flavor.
Servings Prep Time
6 – 8People 20Minutes
Cook Time
6 -8Hours On Low
Servings Prep Time
6 – 8People 20Minutes
Cook Time
6 -8Hours On Low
Thickening Slurry
  • 2tablespoons All-Purpose Flour(or gluten-free flour if you are on a gluten free diet)
  • 1/4cup Water
  1. Heat a large frying pan over medium-high heat until hot. Add the olive oil and then spread the beef stew meat in the hot pan in a single layer and let it brown for 4 to 5 minutes. Using tongs flip the meat over and brown on the other side.
  2. Place the browned beef in a 6 quart slow cooker.
  3. Add the minced garlic and the red wine vinegar to the hot pan and deglaze the pan quickly scraping up the browned bits from the pan (this is where the flavor lies). And pour the deglazing liquid and garlic over the meat in the slow cooker.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients to the slow cooker (vegetables, beef broth, tomato paste, pepper and French onion soup mix) and stir everything together.
  5. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours.
  6. During the last half of cooking create a thickening slurry by stirring together the flour (or gluten free flour or cornstarch if using) and water in a small bowl or cup until there are no lumps in your slurry. Stir slurry into simmering beef stew and let it cook the final half hour before serving.
  7. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

You can easily make your own French onion soup mix instead of buying the packets at the grocery store. You may wish to make your own if you cannot find French onion soup mix locally or you want to be able to control the ingredients and salt content in your dishes. This recipe’s nutritional information is calculated based on using 1 envelope of Lipton’s French Onion Soup Mix. I have made my own mix in the past but this week I was short on time and just grabbed the store bought stuff. Homemade French Onion Soup Mix: 

  • 1/4 cup dried onion flakes
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium beef bouillon granules
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Mix all ingredients together and store in an air tight container.
  2. One recipe equals 1 envelope of store bought onion soup mix.
  3. Feel free to double (or triple, etc, this recipe to make sure you have more on hand).
  4. Dried mix is best used within 1 year of making for the best flavor. After that the flavor may diminish but the mix is still perfectly safe to use.
Nutrition Information
Nutrition Facts
Crock-Pot Beef Stew Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 568 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 95mg 32%
Sodium 811mg 34%
Potassium 476mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 83g 28%
Dietary Fiber 11g 44%
Sugars 6g
Protein 41g 82%
Vitamin A 269%
Vitamin C 14%
Calcium 5%
Iron 40%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.