Crock Pot Beef Stew (Homemade) – an easy slow cooker recipe made with tender meat, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes and celery. The perfect comforting dish on a cold day. Plus recipe video.
Once the cooler temps hit, there is nothing better than a big pot of soup or stew to warm you up. Beef stew is a popular favorite around here and since we make several variations of this delicious beef stew regularly, I wanted to give the photos a little update along with a new video.
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Crock Pot Beef Stew
Making beef stew in a slow cooker is my favorite way on a lazy Sunday. Cooking it low and slow takes very little effort and makes the beef so amazingly tender while allowing deep, rich flavors to develop.
The best part about any homemade soup or stew recipe is that you can customize them by adding whatever vegetables you prefer or have on hand.
Some tips for this Crock Pot Beef Stew
- chop the carrots and celery the day before and add them to a zip-top freezer bag in the fridge
- peel and chop the potatoes and onions and store them in a zip-top freezer bag in the freezer. This prevents the potatoes from changing color and the onions from spreading odours in the fridge.
- cut the beef into chunks and place in zip-top freezer bags. Store in the fridge.
It’s an extra, more involved step but completely worth it for that caramelized and hearty depth and extra layer of flavor you get.
On those days you are pressed for time, you are totally free to skip the browning if you’d prefer an easy dump and go recipe.
This Slow Cooker Beef Stew recipe makes a big batch with enough for lots of leftovers. In fact, I think I love the flavors even more the next day. All those thick rich and deep flavors get a chance to build even more overnight.
So delicious and the perfect meal for busy weeknights or a cozy Sunday dinner.