Classic Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Beef stew
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  • 9 hrs 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 9 hrs
  • Yield: 4 to 6 Servings
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This is a basic beef stew for the slow cooker made with beef broth, potatoes and carrots, onions, and a variety of seasonings. This is a great fall or winter stew for any night of the week. Just set the crock pot and forget it!

If you have time, brown the beef in a skillet in a small amount of oil before you add it to the crockpot. Browning enhances the flavor and gives the beef color.

What You'll Need

  • 10 small new potatoes, halved, unpeeled
  • 12 small whole white onions, peeled, fresh or frozen, thawed
  • 30 baby carrots, 8 ounces
  • 1 red or green bell pepper, seeded, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried leaf oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped, or 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch

How to Make It

  1. Place the halved potatoes, onions, and baby carrots in the slow cooker. Add bell pepper and beef.
  2. In a small bowl combine the beef broth, oregano, paprika, parsley, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Pour the mixture over meat and vegetables.
  3. Cover and cook the stew on LOW for 8 to 10 hours.
  4. Turn pot on HIGH. In a small bowl dissolve the cornstarch in the water; stir into cooked stew mixture. Cover and continue cooking the stew on HIGH 15 to 20 mins. or until thickened, stirring occasionally.