Slow Cooker Beef and Potato Stew

a white bowl filled with rustic beef and potato stew sitting on a green kitchen towel on a wood surface

5 from 2 reviews

This rustic beef and potato stew is squeaky-clean healthy, hearty, and requires minimal time standing over the stove.


  • 2 tablespoons grass-fed butter, ghee, avocado oil, or coconut oil
  • 3 pounds beef stew meat
  • 1 tablespoon fine sea salt, more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, more for garnish
  • 1/2 white onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 pounds gold potatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 29 ounces canned crushed tomatoes
  • 1 quart beef or chicken broth, homemade or store-bought
  • 4 sprig fresh rosemary, plus additional to garnish
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 1 lemon)


  1. Melt the butter in the belly of a stove-top safe slow cooker insert or in a large pot. Liberally season the beef with the salt and pepper and then, working in batches so that you don’t crowd the pan, brown the beef for about 3 minutes on at least 2 sides, or until the beef forms a nice deep brown color. Transfer to a separate bowl and continue to brown the rest of the beef.
  2. Once the beef is finished browning, add the onions and garlic to the pan with the beef drippings and remaining butter. Saute for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the onions are translucent and the garlic is fragrant, but not burned. Add the beef back in along with the rest of the ingredients, save for the lemon and parsley (we’ll add those at the very end). Place the rosemary on top of the rest of the ingredients and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours in the slow cooker.
  3. Just before serving, mix in the fresh lemon juice and any additional salt you think it may need. Serve in individual bowls and garnish with a fresh sprig of rosemary and fresh cracked black pepper, if desired.


Instant Pot Version:

  1. Set your Instant Pot to ‘saute’ mode and add the oil.
  2. Add the seasoned beef and sear on all sides, approximately 3 minutes per side.
  3. When the beef has been seared on all sides, press Cancel and add remaining ingredients other than rosemary and lemon juice to the instant pot.
  4. Cover pot, lock on the lid, and set the steam release valve to Sealing
  5. Select the Meat/Stew or Pressure Cook button and set the cook time to 40 minutes.
  6. When the cooking cycle has finished do a quick release by moving the valve to Venting.
  7. Serve as stated above.