Slow Cooker Beef Stew (Homemade) makes the perfect comforting dish on a cold day. Best of all, this recipe is easy to make and simmers in the crock-pot for the most tender meat with carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes and celery. Plus recipe video.
It was the ultimate cold weather food and we’d always go for seconds and thirds throughout the day. It was the best bowl of comforting goodness...especially if we went outside to play in the snow.
Even now, it’s still one of my favorite lazy Sunday meals I make for my own family.
We make various versions of this beef stew.
The great thing about soups and stews is that you can customize them by adding whatever vegetables you prefer or have on hand.
Make ahead and meal prep tips for this Slow Cooker Beef Stew (Homemade)
- 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.