Slow Cooker Beef Stew is a simple, healthy, weeknight meal that can be prepped ahead of time and cooked low and slow in your crockpot. My recipe includes sweet potatoes, red onion, carrots and fresh herbs, it’s perfect comfort food!
The sauce for my Slow Cooker Beef Stew is rich and flavorful and is tomato based, it cooks down to create a wonderfully tasty beef stew that you’ll love.
How to Make Slow Cooker Beef Stew
The first thing you need to do is cut up your chuck roast into large pieces, I usually make them about 2 inches. Then, you need to brown them in batches in a large skillet, I love my Cast Iron Skillet for this, it does the job perfectly.
Be sure not to crowd the pan or the meat can end up steaming instead of browning.
The next step is to prepare the sweet potatoes, carrots, and red onions by peeling them and cutting them into large chunks, then you can add them to the slow cooker.
Once you’ve done that, add the already browned beef on top of the vegetables as shown in the photo below. Next you need to mix the tomato sauce and paste together and pour over the beef and vegetables.
Once you’ve done that you can add the beef broth mixed with the garlic and cornstarch and pour over the top again. If you are Paleo or Whole30 you can simply omit the cornstarch, or add a little tapioca or potato starch at the end of the cook time if you prefer.
And finally tuck in a couple sprigs of fresh Rosemary to the crockpot beef stew and put the lid on and cook on LOW for 6- 9 hours, or on HIGH for 4-7 hours.
Kitchen Items used to make Slow Cooker Beef Stew
Slow Cooker – You can buy a slow cooker very cheaply these days, I have one similar to this model.
Kitchen Knife – a sharp kitchen knife is a must in any kitchen, this is a relatively inexpensive one.
Measuring Jug – I have a several measuring jugs, but the glass ones are my absolute favorites and I don’t think you can have too many.
Cutting Board – I like to by cutting boards in sets similar to this, and you can put them in the dishwasher to make sure they are properly cleaned.
Slow Cooker Beef Stew
Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe that's rich, healthy, flavor packed comfort food cooked to tender perfection in your slow cooker or crockpot!
- 1 large red onion , peeled and sliced
- 2 sweet potatoes , peeled and cubed
- 4 carrots , peeled and cut into chunks
- 1.5 lb beef chuck, cubed , 700g
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp tomato paste , UK - tomato puree
- 8 oz tomato sauce , UK - use 240mls passata
- 1/4 cup cornstarch , omit for paleo, or use 1 tbsp tapioca starch at end
- 2 cups gluten free beef broth , 500ml
- 3 cloves garlic , crushed
- couple sprigs of fresh rosemary
Peel and chop the red onion, sweet potatoes and carrots as directed in the ingredients list.
Brown the beef in a non stick or cast iron skillet with a little olive oil, do it in batches so you don't crowd the pan.
line the base of your slow cooker with the red onion, carrots and sweet potatoes, then add the browned beef chunks on top.
Mix together the tomato sauce and tomato paste then pour over the beef and vegetables.
Add the crushed garlic, cornstarch, to the beef broth and mix well to combine, then pour into the crockpot.
tuck in two or three sprigs of fresh rosemary into the beef stew and put the lid on.
Set your slow cooker to cook on LOW for 7- 9 hours, or on HIGH for 5-7 hours.
Some slow cookers run hotter than others so I would check for doneness after at the lower end of the cook time listed so that you don't overcook your beef stew.