Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe

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This slow cooker beef stew is loaded with fall-apart-tender beef, potatoes, carrots, peas, and fresh herbs for a delicious and hearty meal!


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil or butter
  • 2 pounds beef stew meat
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1, 6-ounce jar tomato paste
  • 8 cups beef broth
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 stalks celery, diced
  • 5 medium carrots, peeled and sliced into 1/2 inch thick coins
  • 1 1/2 pounds potatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon fresh chopped rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon fresh chopped thyme
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
  • Fresh chopped parsley, for garnish (optional)
  • Cracked black pepper, for garnish (optional)


  1. Add the olive oil or butter to a large skillet (or your slow cooker insert if your slow cooker has a sear function) over medium-high heat. Then, season the beef with the salt and pepper and add it to the skillet, working in batches if needed to make sure that the beef doesn’t overlap. Sear for 3-4 minutes, until browned, then flip and sear for an additional 3 minutes, until browned. Note: if you’re short on time, you can skip this step!
  2. Transfer the beef to your slow cooker, then add the tomato paste and toss with the beef to coat. Pour in about 1 cup of broth and mix everything together to dissolve any clumps of tomato paste, then pour in the remaining broth.
  3. Add the onion, garlic, celery, carrots, and potatoes to the slow cooker along with the rosemary, thyme, and bay leaves. Set to cook for 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low.
  4. When the stew has 30 minutes left to cook, stir in the flour and peas, then continue to cook for an additional 30 minutes, until the stew has thickened.
  5. Once the stew has thickened and the beef shreds apart easily with a fork, stir in the lemon juice, then garnish with fresh chopped parsley and cracked black pepper and serve!



  • If you’d like to include red wine in the stew, reduce the broth to 7 cups and add 1 cup of red wine.
  • If you’re short on time, you can skip browning the beef – it adds a bit more flavor but the stew will still taste great!

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