Better-than-Homemade Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Bobbi Jo Woods Recipe

By Bobbi Jo Woods bwoodzy

20 Min
10 Hr
Slow-Cooker/Crock Pot


* The 3rd time I made this, I had no bay leaf or red wine, but it still came out AWESOME.

* I have used Cajun season salt and also Lowry's when doing the meat-flouring part, and it adds some zest, if you're into that. Also, if you're out of fresh garlic, try using tsp. garlic powder to taste.

* You can use peas or other veggies, but I wanted to make a beef stew recipe as close to restaurant quality (and better than Dinty Moore any day) as possible. Be sure to not use frozen veggies. The texture in the crockpot just won't be right.

* I once used a 40oz chuck arm roast and cut it while partially frozen, which is easier than completely thawed.

* About halfway through, you may notice the potatoes and carrots not cooking as much as you might like. You can lift the lid and turn over the ingredients (only once--opening the pot makes cooking time a lot slower) so that the meat (and the juices the meat creates while cooking) are more on top, and the veggies are more on the bottom. Not only does this help flavorize and tenderize the veggies a bit more, but it also helps to thicken the sauce better.

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
This is a hardy stew that will make a perfect meal for your family on a cold winter night.  You could start it in your crockpot in the morning before you leave for the day, and a delicious supper will be waiting for you when you get home!


2 lb
beef, cut into 1 inch cubes
1/3 c
all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp
1/2 tsp
ground black pepper
2 clove
garlic, minced
bay leaf
1 tsp
1 Tbsp
worcestershire sauce
1/2 c
red wine
1 1/2 c
beef broth
onion, medium
potatoes, cubed
carrots, sliced

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef, Beef Soups
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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Cheryl Holden Martha
Jan 14, 2010
I made this and it was delicious.
Sunny Shaine sunnyme
Feb 25, 2010
This is a great recipe. I used a boneless chuck roast and I, too, cut it up while it was frozen...The flavor was delicious and it was nice and tender. Thanks!
Sheila Mann SheilaMann
Feb 27, 2010
Years ago, before I learned to cook, I used to buy those packages of "stew meat" at the grocer's....what a mistake! Now, like these gals, I know better and cut up my own chuck roast...
Lana Bade Sunflowercooks
Mar 3, 2010
I make this one add onion soup mix and yams ,husband loves it.Great reipe!Thankyou for sharing!
Gina P Gina8492
Mar 5, 2010
I made this for our dinner tonight. I didn't have any red wine already opened but did have a cream sherry open so I used it instead. I also added some leftover fresh corn near the end of the cooking time. Very good and I will definitely make again.
Yvette Young vetvet526
Mar 8, 2010
we are not allowed to have any alcohol in the house. so how important is having the red wine in this dish?
Paul Bushay chefbunyan
Mar 8, 2010
Yvette, the alcohol will cook out, leaving just the good hearty, fruity flavor of the wine.
Laura Curtin lcurtin
Mar 10, 2010
I made this last night and it is truly the best beef stew my husband and I have ever tasted. I tweaked the recipe. I did use a tsp of cajun seasoning. I also used burgandy wine and sea salt. Since I increased the recipe by 1/3, I cooked on high in my crock pot for 6 hours. Oh, and I also used certified angus meat cubes. Everything was perfect. Serve with crusty bread and salad and you are good to go!
Kate mccleary katiedid64
Mar 28, 2010
This stew is a similar version of what I make but the seasonings are awsome and as you know the slow cooker makes this so much easier.
Thank you Bobbi jo
Kitchen Crew JustaPinch
Sep 5, 2010
Janet awarded this recipe a Blue Ribbon!

This is a hardy stew that will make a perfect meal for your family on a cold winter night.  You could start it in your crockpot in the morning before you leave for the day, and a delicious supper will be waiting for you when you get home!
kathy young you
Oct 3, 2010
I love any thing that cooks in a slow cooker!
Brandi Kirkpatrick IdGirl25
Oct 11, 2010
Mmmm, this is what I was looking for!
FREDA GABLE cookin4me
Oct 23, 2010
How did we get these pictures showing all the steps?? Share with us. Very nice pictures. Stew is good any time, but especially on a cold dreary day!. . .
Brandi Kirkpatrick IdGirl25
Oct 24, 2010
I noticed that when my recipe made Blue Ribbon that step-by-step pictures were added. I am assuming this is something that the "test kitchen" provide.
Marcia Wilson letumeatcake
Nov 1, 2010
I just wanted to say "Thank You" for this recipe, it is wonderful. We really did enjoy it, flavors are amazing. Thanks again!!