This Slow Cooker Beef Stew is made by simmering beef, vegetables, and spices together in a crockpot to make a tender and savory soup. It is the definition of comfort food, perfect for warming you up inside and out. Serve this next to Creamy Mashed Potatoes and dinner is made.

A bowl of Beef stew with a spoon and herbs around.

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Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe

Unlike our Classic Beef Stew, this Beef Stew is made in a Crockpot. It’s a great set-it-and-forget-it meal! The stew is slow-cooked for hours until the beef is fall-apart tender and full of flavor. This beef stew recipe consists of hearty beef chuck roast and a variety of vegetables that are softened to perfection while cooking. The flavors from all the ingredients meld together as the stew simmers low and slow, making the stew exactly what it should be  — perfect. 

Ingredients for slow cooker beef stew.

How to Cook Beef Stew in a Crockpot

One of the best parts about this hearty and comforting slow cooker beef stew is how easy it is to make. This hearty soup is the perfect make-ahead meal. Set it to stew in the morning and walk away — it’ll be ready for you just in time for dinner. 

  • Brown the beef: Preheat a skillet on medium-high heat with oil then brown the beef on all sides. Once browned, remove the beef and place in a separate dish. 
  • Sauté the onion: In the same skillet, sauté the onion in the leftover oil and beef juices. 
  • Combine all ingredients: Add soup ingredients into a crockpot. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 7 hours. 
  • Season to taste: Remove bay leaves and season with salt and pepper to taste. 
Step by step process of making crockpot beef stew.

Substitutions and Variations

If you don’t have the exact ingredients the recipe calls for on hand, here are some alternatives or additions to make your beef stew turn out great regardless.

  • Beef: If you don’t have chuck roast, substitute rump roast, bottom round, or “beef stew meat.” These cuts of beef are typically more tough and full of connective tissue, but when slow-cooked, they become perfectly tender. Look for a good amount of marbling (fat) in the meat. More marbling means the meat will be melt-in-your-mouth delicious. 
  • Potatoes: The best potatoes for beef stew are Yukon gold potatoes. Red potatoes and sweet potatoes are also great alternatives as they have less starch and hold up well in a slow cooker. Add them peeled or unpeeled.
  • Tomato paste: If you’re out of tomato paste, you have a few options. For every 1 tablespoon of tomato paste, use 3 tablespoons of tomato puree or sauce. Or, add an equal amount of ketchup (although ketchup does have a slightly sweeter flavor) 
  • Vegetables: Add chopped celery and garlic and sauté briefly with the onion to soften and infuse the flavors. Green beans, mushrooms, and frozen peas are also great additions to this hearty stew.
Slow cooker Beef Stew in crockpot

Tips for the Best Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Why settle on a regular beef stew when you can have an exceptional beef stew? Follow these tips to make your beef stew rich in flavor.

  • Brown the beef and onions: For the best flavor and color, make sure to separately sauté and brown the beef and onions over medium-high heat. It’s okay if the meat is not fully cooked through as it will finish cooking while stewing. 
  • Adjust spices and vegetables: Feel free to add any of your favorite spices or vegetables to diversify the stew. A splash of Worcestershire sauce, a sprinkle of paprika, and sautéed celery are great options. Use what you have in your pantry and refrigerator.
  • Avoid rushing the cooking process: For the most tender and flavorful meat, cook the stew long enough. If you rush the cooking process (skip browning the meat or shorten stew cook time), the meat can remain tough. The longer the stew is cooked, the softer the meat will be. 
  • Limit cooking time: If the stew is cooked for too long (such as overnight), the vegetables can become too tender. Overcooked vegetables will fall apart extremely easily and turn your stew into mush. If you plan to leave the stew in the crockpot, place the setting on “keep warm” after the stew has finished cooking. 

How to Thicken Beef Stew

To thicken the stew, make a cornstarch slurry (start with 1 teaspoon cornstarch and 1 Tbsp cold water) and add to the crockpot at the end. Mix and stew for about 10 minutes or until thickened. Alternatively, add a tablespoon or two of flour when initially browning the meat.

To thin beef stew – add more beef broth and season to taste.

Slow cooker with beef stew.

Common Questions

Do I need to sear beef and onion before putting it in the crockpot?

Searing the beef and onion before adding to the crockpot will improve the flavor and texture of the stew; however, it is not absolutely necessary. If you are low on time, add the raw onions and beef directly to the slow cooker.

How long do I cook beef stew in the crockpot?

With 2-inch cubes of beef, it is best to cook on high for 4 hours or low for 7 hours to achieve tender meat. With smaller cubes of beef, the cooking time may decrease. Beef stew is cooked and ready when the beef is tender and falls apart easily when pierced with a fork.

What size crockpot do I need?

This will fit into a 6 quart or larger slow cooker. We used an 8-quart slow cooker.

To Serve Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Beef stew is incredibly easy to serve because it’s a meal in itself. It is loaded with protein, vegetables, and carbs all in one. To top it off, serve Crusty French Bread or No-knead Artisan Bread on the side and dip the bread slices into the savory stew. Yum! 

Alternatively, serve the beef stew as an option in a “soup and salad” dinner. For a salad, try Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad, Cobb Salad or Roasted Sweet Potato Kale Salad.

Slow Cooker beef stew served in a bowl garnished with parsley

Make Ahead

Crockpot beef stew is a great meal to make-ahead, store, and reheat. Prepare the stew in the morning and have the slow cooker do all the hard work for you. You can also prepare it the night prior and follow these tips to store and reheat the leftovers. 

  • Refrigerator: To store for up to three days, refrigerate cooled beef stew in an airtight container. 
  • Freezer: Beef stew freezes really well. To freeze for up to four months, pour beef stew into airtight containers, allowing about an inch of space on top to compensate for expansion when freezing.
  • Reheating: To reheat from the refrigerator, pour beef stew into a pot and heat over medium-low heat, stirring frequently until the soup is warmed through. To reheat from frozen, thaw overnight in the fridge or thaw on the stovetop over low heat, stirring frequently. 

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Natasha's Kitchen Cookbook

Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe

5 from 291 votes
Author: Natalya Drozhzhin
Slow Cooker beef stew
This Slow Cooker Beef Stew is such a comforting soup made by simmering beef and vegetables, in a crockpot to make a tender and savory soup.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 8 servings
  • 2 tbsp extra light olive oil, or high heat cooking oil
  • 3 lb beef chuck roast, cut into 2 inch cubes
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 4 large carrots, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 lb Yukon potatoes, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/3 cup apple cider juice, (NOT vinegar)
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp fine sea salt, or added to taste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • parsley, finely chopped, to serve

Instructions

  • Preheat a skillet with oil. Once the oil is hot, add the beef in a single layer and saute until browned on both sides. Don't crowd the pan and cook beef in batches if needed. Remove and set aside.
  • In the same skillet, sauté the onion until lightly browned, adding more oil if needed.
  • Add all the ingredients to the slow cooker. Set it on high for 4 hours or on low for 7 hours.
  • Remove bay leaves, season to taste, and serve garnished with parsley if desired.

Nutrition Per Serving

415kcal Calories17g Carbs36g Protein23g Fat9g Saturated Fat2g Polyunsaturated Fat12g Monounsaturated Fat1g Trans Fat117mg Cholesterol1248mg Sodium1176mg Potassium3g Fiber4g Sugar5213IU Vitamin A15mg Vitamin C54mg Calcium4mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
415
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
23
g
35
%
Saturated Fat
 
9
g
56
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
12
g
Cholesterol
 
117
mg
39
%
Sodium
 
1248
mg
54
%
Potassium
 
1176
mg
34
%
Carbohydrates
 
17
g
6
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
4
g
4
%
Protein
 
36
g
72
%
Vitamin A
 
5213
IU
104
%
Vitamin C
 
15
mg
18
%
Calcium
 
54
mg
5
%
Iron
 
4
mg
22
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Crockpot Beef Stew
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $$
Calories: 415

Natalya Drozhzhin

Natalya is a food blogger who founded Momsdish.com to make cooking easier. Growing up on a farm in Ukraine, Natalya was inspired by the amazing dishes that were prepared using simple ingredients. Natalya is most notably known for making cooking approachable for any person.

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  • Diana
    February 8, 2024

    Best stew and so easy to make. I used three (8oz) steaks and they turned out so tender after slow cooking. I think next time I’ll add peas at the end. Other than that, perfect recipe.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 8, 2024

      So glad you loved it, Diana.

      Reply

  • Mikayla
    January 13, 2024

    I replaced 1 cup of beef broth with red wine and added 3 crushed garlic cloves (because I couldn’t imagine a stew without any garlic at all), but kept it exactly the same beyond that. The apple cider really is the secret ingredient that makes it POP.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 13, 2024

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us, Mikayla!

      Reply

  • Shannon
    January 9, 2024

    I’m making this today for dinner! If I don’t have apple cider juice, could I use regular apple juice?

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 9, 2024

      Hi Shannon. That would be fine. I hope you love the recipe!

      Reply

  • Dina
    January 2, 2024

    Is there a substitution for the apple cider juice? It’s not something I have regularly.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 2, 2024

      Hi Dina, we prefer it with apple cider juice, but you can try omitting it. Here’s what one of our readers wrote ” I also didn’t have apple cider or tomato paste but used red wine vinegar and 6tbsp tomato sauce instead. Would definitely make again!!” I hope that helps.

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  • Lisa E.
    December 26, 2023

    How would you add fresh mushrooms? Would you sauté them first to release their liquid before adding them to the crockpot, so the stew isn’t too “soupy”? Or just throw them in?
    Thanks in advance!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 26, 2023

      Hi Lisa! Either way would work. Let us know how you like the recipe if you experiment with it.

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  • Amy
    December 12, 2023

    My mother has been cooking her entire adult life–which started younger than most of us. Marrying my dad at 16 and living on her own, she’s been cooking forever. She’s also pretty darn good at it. She’s currently undergoing radiation for breast cancer (she’s doing great!) and though I am far from perfect, I’m doing my best to send her meals now and then so that she doesn’t have to think about cooking after daily treatment. She said this was the best beef stew she’s ever had in her entire life. That is some high praise from my mom. The only thing I did different was add a packet of beefy onion soup mix to the crock. This is a keeper!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 12, 2023

      Aww, that’s so thoughtful of you Amy! I bet these home cooked meals bring her so much comfort. Blessings to you all!

      Reply

  • Mary
    October 9, 2023

    Do I have to buy and cut a chuck roast? Can I just use stew meat? Thanks 😊

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      October 9, 2023

      Hi Mary! See my notes above, “If you don’t have chuck roast, substitute rump roast, bottom round, or “beef stew meat.” These cuts of beef are typically more tough and full of connective tissue, but when slow-cooked, they become perfectly tender. Look for a good amount of marbling (fat) in the meat. More marbling means the meat will be melt-in-your-mouth delicious.” I hope that helps!

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  • Angela
    October 8, 2023

    This is quite literally the best beef stew recipe I’ve made in years. One thing I like is a thicker gravy broth in my stew, this was a think broth like a soup. Can you offer advice on how to achieve this without it being a true gravy? Thank you

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 8, 2023

      Thanks, Angela. To thicken the stew, make a cornstarch slurry (start with 1 teaspoon cornstarch and 1 Tbsp cold water) and add to the crockpot at the end. Mix and stew for about 10 minutes or until thickened. Alternatively, add a tablespoon or two of flour when initially browning the meat.

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  • Dianne Johnson
    September 28, 2023

    please save the vinegar for the BBQ chicken—her recipe of that is WOW WONDERFUL too

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  • Tish
    September 23, 2023

    Not sure if this recipe needs the added expense of the apple cider juice. But, the recipe is very good. My husband couldn’t get over how good the broth tasted. Thank you for the recipe!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 23, 2023

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Tish! That’s so great!

      Reply

  • Anne Boggess
    August 30, 2023

    As a cook of 50+ years, I have a few suggestions. Season the meat with salt and pepper prior to cooking. Always season your protein prior to cooking. While cooking the onions, I added some mushrooms and at the end of the cook in the skillet, I put the tomato paste in the skillet to brown, slightly. A Lidia Bastianich tip. Also the recipe doesn’t indicate if the beef broth is salted or not. I have started using unsalted broth to ensure I don’t get my dish too salty, something I have previously done. Thanks for the recipe!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      August 30, 2023

      Thanks for sharing, Anne.

      Reply

  • Angela
    August 6, 2023

    So I wasn’t able to add the apple cider, because as I decided to change the recipe I was using the morning of, I didn’t have any, and I also did not have tomato paste on hand, but, I seasoned and the beef and coated in flour before searing, and I also sprinkled flour on veggies ( help to thicken the stew while it cooks ), and I DID want some acid in there, and the only thing I really had on hand that I could think to use was tomatoe sauce. I only added like 1/4 cup. Also added cayenne pepper and a splash of worcestshire…..delicious!!! Next time though, I will make sure I have apple cider and tomato paste on hand, as I’d really like to try it with the juice.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      August 6, 2023

      Hi Angela! That’s great, I’m glad it turned out. You’ll love the original recipe too.

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      • Susan Louis
        September 5, 2023

        I have never liked beef stew but this recipe has changed my mind – it was delicious!! I honestly don’t know how you remain so kind when replying to some people’s comments – especially the comments where people get sideways with you because they didn’t pay attention to the instructions. I have ADHD and even I saw the NOT apple cider vinegar!! Anyway, your recipes are always amazing and your kindness is greatly appreciated – by those not trying to rewrite your recipe. 😂

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        • NatashasKitchen.com
          September 5, 2023

          Hi Susan! Thank you so much for the wonderful feedback. I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe!

          Reply

  • Laura
    June 18, 2023

    Love the basics of your recipe! Making this today for Father’s Day (hubby’s fav). I’ve added the following: Beef Stew seasoning packet, Brown gravy packet, red wine, garlic (chopped), celery, mushrooms (sliced), used baby carrots. I drudged the meat in flour before browning (don’t crowd in the pan). The last hour I will add frozen peas and pearl onions. Happy Father’s Day to all the amazing fathers!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 18, 2023

      Thanks for your your good comments and feedback, Laura! I hope you’ll love all of our recipes that you will try.

      Reply

  • Debbie
    May 7, 2023

    Just made tonight. Flavor is excellent. Just wonder how to thicken all the liquid. Maybe take a cup and put on the stove with cornstarch added. Added peas as others suggested. Will definitely try again. Maybe lower beef broth too?! Thanks Natasha!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 8, 2023

      Hello Debbie, I recommend reading this part in the recipe “How to Thicken Beef Stew” I hope that helps.

      Reply

  • Nikolai
    May 1, 2023

    Absolutely delicious and easy to make. The lamb stew with red wine recipe has more depth but this one is not far behind. I find using chicken stock makes the broth less heavy. Thank you for this recipe.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 1, 2023

      Hello Nikolai, you’re much welcome! Thank you for your excellent comments and feedback, we’re so glad that you enjoyed this recipe!

      Reply

  • Christina .M
    April 28, 2023

    I made this last night and my husband had three bowls. My picky eater I truly ate this. And my 14 year old son not only ate it last night but this morning requested that he have it for lunch for school. I was wondering can I use this same ingredients for this stew as pot roast too

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    • Natasha
      April 28, 2023

      HI Christina, I haven’t tested that but it does sound delicious. Let me know if you test that out.

      Reply

  • maureen
    April 27, 2023

    Sooo many people added apple cider vinegar. Apple cider is NOT an ingredient that is a regular pantry item like vinegar is. Hence, the mistake. Of course, I added the vinegar and didn’t even realize it was wrong until I read reviews. UGH. Since most beef stew recipes do not have this as an ingredient I would eliminate it in the receipe…..unless you think it ups your *likes* when people comment on the vinegar because I can’t imagine keeping it with so many people making the mistake.

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    • Natasha
      April 27, 2023

      Hi Maureen, That is such a bummer. It definitely would not taste right with that much vinegar. I hope you give it a try as written with Apple Cider. I had hyperlinked the ingredient in red to our apple cider recipe in hopes of preventing that mistake, but I will further clarify by writing ‘juice’ and (not vinegar) in the recipe card.

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    • Ashley Blount
      February 11, 2024

      Why should she eliminate it from her recipe because grown adults can’t read!?!

      Reply

  • Alexandra Everett
    April 23, 2023

    This is my favorite beef stew recipe by far!! I added peas at the end because I LOVE PEAS in my beef stew. Soooo good

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 23, 2023

      Hey Alexandra, peas sound like a great addition to the recipe. Thanks for sharing this review with us!

      Reply

  • Heather
    April 23, 2023

    Hi. I am wondering why that you put apple cider vinegar in this dish?
    Thanks, Heather

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 23, 2023

      Hi Heather, please use Apple Cider only and not vinegar.

      Reply

  • Allen T
    April 23, 2023

    Everyone loved it. Delicious and very easy to make. I used sparkling apple cider (all I could find this time of year) that I let sit out for a little while to lose some of carbonation

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 23, 2023

      Sounds good and glad to hear that you enjoyed making this recipe!

      Reply

  • Anthony Alexander
    April 12, 2023

    Can I make the other recipe with the bacon and wine in the slow cooker?

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 12, 2023

      Hi Anthony! Yes, I think that would be fine. You can experiment with it. You may want to sauté the bacon first then add.

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  • Kate
    March 30, 2023

    Oh my goodness. I read the comments and I, too, used apple cider vinegar! I can’t believe I did that. It’s cooking now. I hope I didn’t ruin it!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 30, 2023

      How did it go?

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      • Christina .M
        April 28, 2023

        I did the same thing and they loved it with the apple cider vinegar.

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  • Sue Porter
    March 15, 2023

    I followed the recipe to the letter – flavor was good but the beef was dry & tough. I used choice stew meat. Ideas?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 16, 2023

      Hi Sue, it’s hard to say without being there what caused that. It could be due to a different cut of meat, but it also could be due to the sear. Crowding the pan when sauteeing your meat may release a lot of juices too.

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    • Tracy Fish
      October 9, 2023

      Stew meat can be any meat the store puts in it. It’s so much better to buy a chuck roast and cut it up. You know what you’re getting that way 👍

      Reply

  • Valerie Rosen
    March 13, 2023

    Can you tell me if I cook it on high for 4 hours will it come out just as tender as on low for 7?

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 13, 2023

      Hi Valerie! Yes, you can cook on high for 4hrs or low for 7hrs. But the longer it cooks the more tender it will be.

      Reply

  • Regina Tom
    March 12, 2023

    Terrible! Don’t try it using the slow cook function on the insta pot!

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    • Natasha
      March 14, 2023

      Hi Regina, an instant pot should have the same functionality as a traditional slow cooker. Can you share more details as to what may have gone wrong? It may help someone else.

      Reply

  • Kris Zimmerman
    March 12, 2023

    I am making this today for the second time. This was the best tasting beef stew I have ever had!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 12, 2023

      That’s wonderful, Kris! So glad you loved it!

      Reply

  • Christa
    March 12, 2023

    Made the Beef Stew last night and had it cooking on low all thru the night , it came out perfect and so tasty , I added frozen peas in also ..

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 12, 2023

      Sounds amazing! Thank you for sharing. I’m glad it was a hit.

      Reply

  • Sahana
    March 9, 2023

    I’d love to try this. Looks so delicious. Don’t have a crock pot, can I make this in a insta pot or ninja foodie ? What settings would I need to use? Thanks

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 9, 2023

      Hi Sahana, I haven’t tried this in an Instant Pot to advise on the outcome. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe.

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  • Lucille
    February 19, 2023

    Hi I am going to make this but short on time in the mornings can I brown the meat night before and in the morning put everything in the crock pot?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 19, 2023

      Hello Lucille, that will work. You can also read the Make-Ahead tips that I provided in the recipe for more info.

      Reply

  • sabrina
    February 19, 2023

    hello, i am putting this together today; i want to add green beans do you suggest i add in the beginning or later on?
    thank you

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 19, 2023

      Hi Sabrina, if you don’t want it to be mushy you can add it a bit later.

      Reply

  • Pissed off mother
    February 18, 2023

    All the comments are appreciated, but are NOT needed!!! And, with it being part of the “recipe,” it printed out all these pages I did NOT need and wasted my ink! I wasn’t able to select something like pages 3-6….NO…the entire 37 pages printed!!! A waste of my paper AND a waste of my ink!!! Ink is NOT cheap nowadays!!!!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 18, 2023

      I believe the issue is that you did not click on the “print” button from the recipe card. This will only print the recipe, which is 1 page, 2 pages max.

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    • Suzanne
      March 7, 2023

      Sounds like user error on your part and not the blog writer…..

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      • Dianne
        March 21, 2023

        I agree–click on the right things or you will get a LOT of unnecessary prints–NO FAULT OF THE lady doing the recipes.

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    • Helen
      January 11, 2024

      Before you actually print the recipe, the screen shows you how many pages it will print. You can choose “all” or type in e.g. 1-3 or 2,4. If by chance you press print and the pages start flowing, then push the Stop/Exit button on your printer. No need to blame Natasha because you are not knowledgeable with the process. Hope this helps 🙂

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    • Holly
      January 11, 2024

      If this ever happens again, just hit the Stop/Exit button on your printer.

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  • David
    February 2, 2023

    Can you add butternut squash to this stew can would it be ok to add it at the start or later on in the cooking process

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 2, 2023

      Hi David, I honestly haven’t tried that to advise. You can probably add it later, we’d love to know how it goes if you try this!

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    • Patricia
      April 23, 2023

      It takes the same time to cook as the potatoes and carrots; add the squash when the other veggies go in.

      Reply

  • Michelle
    January 22, 2023

    Loveddd it! Didn’t completely brown the beef and it was still tender. I also didn’t have apple cider or tomato paste but used red wine vinegar and 6tbsp tomato sauce instead. Would definitely make again!!

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    • Michelle
      January 22, 2023

      I cooked this on low and only recommend making recipes in the slow cooker on low.. the way they were meant to be 😉

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 22, 2023

      We’re glad you enjoyed this!

      Reply

  • Melissa
    January 11, 2023

    I used “beef stew” and cooked on high as recipe showed but the beef is tough. I did brown the meat but it wasn’t seared so perhaps that is why it came out tough? I will try again!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 11, 2023

      Hi Melissa! If you don’t have a chuck roast, substituting with a rump roast, bottom round, or beef stew meat will work but these cuts of beef are typically more tough and full of connective tissue. When they are slow-cooked, they become perfectly tender though so it could have been in the searing process, or maybe it would do better cooked on low for longer. Look for a good amount of marbling (fat) in the meat. More marbling means the meat will be melt-in-your-mouth delicious. I hope that helps!

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  • Brooke
    January 9, 2023

    Curious if anyone has tried Natasha’s Beef Stew recipe to
    compare it to her Slow Cooker Beef Stew recipe. I love the Beef Stew recipe with the red wine, bacon and mushrooms, but this sounds like a much easier recipe to throw together on a busy day! Just curious, but I’m sure it’s delicious! All of her recipes are spot on!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 10, 2023

      Thank you for your great comments and feedback. Let’s see if others can comment and share some comments and tips.

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  • Karen
    January 9, 2023

    Oh no help!!!! I added apple cider vinegar in the stew…Now what can I do

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 10, 2023

      Hi Karen, how did it go? We’re you able to taste it? I’m afraid there’s nothing you can do after using apple cider but you can try to adjust the seasoning like add sugar etc…

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      • Jennifer
        March 19, 2023

        I also misread the recipe and added apple cider vinegar, but added too much and came to the comments to see if there was a way to cut some of that vinegar taste. Otherwise it’s delicious and if I hadn’t added too much I feel confident you wouldn’t be able to taste the difference. Any advice Natasha? *fingers crossed*

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        • Natasha's Kitchen
          March 19, 2023

          We’d like to know how it goes, I hope it still turns out well!

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    • Pamela
      January 16, 2023

      I did the same thing! In crock pot and haven’t tasted I hope I didn’t ruin it

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    • Kat
      January 31, 2023

      I did the same thing…but didn’t know it was a mistake until I read this comment. Fortunately, it was a happy mistake…my husband and I enjoyed this beef stew immensely. The ACV, in my opinion, wasn’t overpowering at all. I think I’ll make it again with ACV, since it worked out beautifully in the end.

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      • Chrissie
        March 28, 2023

        I also mistakenly put acv… it’s still cooking, hope this comes out good! Fingers crossed

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  • Darlene Regan
    January 9, 2023

    Apple cider or apple cider vinegar?
    Looks delicious and I can’t wait to make it this week!!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 9, 2023

      Hi Darlene, we used apple cider.

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  • Laura
    January 6, 2023

    I’m making this while home and sick and without apple cider. What other item could I use?

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 6, 2023

      The apple cider will add a little sweetness to it but you can replace it with more broth if you don’t have this.

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  • Arielle
    January 5, 2023

    I made this last night and I have never been more impressed with myself! Ha! It was so flavorful! I look forward to making this again on a cold Sunday afternoon!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 5, 2023

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Arielle!

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  • Jolene Walters
    January 1, 2023

    It looks delicous and easy. However I only have a 3 qt. cooker. Coulc I cut the recipe in half and would that change the cooking time?

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 2, 2023

      Hi Jolene. I have not tested it in a smaller cooker. The one I used for this recipe, as depicted in the photos above, is a six qt. One of my readers reported cutting the recipe in half using a 3 qt cooker. I hope that helps.

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  • Mandie Patterson
    January 1, 2023

    I don’t have apple cider. Can I use apple juice? Also, I want to put fresh green beans and mushrooms in it. Should I put those in the beginning or later? I don’t want them to get soggy and mushy.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 1, 2023

      Hi Mandie, that should work too. If you try that, we’d love to know how it goes!

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  • Maurissa
    December 28, 2022

    Wow this was delicious! I added celery and garlic and also had to sub puréed tomato for the tomato paste but everything else was the same! I didn’t even need to season it more after it was done! It was perfect 🥰🙌 thank you so much for this wonderful recipe \o/

    Acts 2:38 + John 3:5 = Titus 3:5 🙂 KJV

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 28, 2022

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Maurissa! Blessings to you!

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  • Stef
    December 6, 2022

    I made this Natasha and I’m making it again right now and it was the bomb diggity! So good. OMG I can’t thank you enough for showing me and help me make a darn tootin good stew.

    Loved cooking it for 7 hours. Don’t even want to try the 4. LOL Thanks again. Love it!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 6, 2022

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite, Stef!

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  • Mark
    December 5, 2022

    Made this last night! Added a splash of red wine and some quartered mushrooms towards the end about an hour before fishing time. Delicious amazing beef stew! Thanks Natasha!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 5, 2022

      Hi Mark! So glad you loved the recipe. Thank you for the feedback.

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  • Laura Heffernan
    November 23, 2022

    My husband threw this together yesterday; it was a delicious, savory meal for dinner last night. The chunks of stew meat were so tender. Highly recommend!!!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 23, 2022

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Laura!

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  • Stef
    November 20, 2022

    I finally found the size. Reading on a phone isn’t great 😂🤣

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 20, 2022

      Glad you found it!

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  • Stef
    November 19, 2022

    I thank you for this recipe and can’t wait to cook it. I just ran thru everything and for the life of me can’t find the pot size you cooked it with.

    Did you use a 6qt or 7qt?

    Thank you.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 20, 2022

      Hi Stef, this will fit into a 6 quart or larger slow cooker. We used an 8-quart slow cooker.

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  • Connie
    November 19, 2022

    It was good, but think next time I will either leave out the vinegar or reduce it to 1 T. Otherwise it had a rich beefy flavor. Came together easy and definitely a keeper. Thanks Natasha!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 19, 2022

      Thank you for the feedback, Connie!

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      • Sunny
        January 15, 2023

        Hi Natasha,
        I’m making this for the first time and I too put in vinegar as it appears several have. Perhaps you could edit that on your ingredient list and emphasize CIDER, not cider vinegar. Also I am really hoping that tablespoon of salt nicely absorbs into all the vegetables because right now it is SO salty! I have made several of your recipes over time and all have been wonderful…let’s see how this goes!

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        • NatashasKitchen.com
          January 16, 2023

          Hi, Sunny! I appreciate the feedback. Thank you for bringing this to my attention so we can prevent this from happening again. I hope you can save the beef stew.

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          • Alexa
            March 10, 2023

            I have also unfortunately added apple cider vinegar… I didn’t pour all of the 1/3 cup , because i thought “wow this is strange, to add so much vinegar “, (still added most of it in….)
            Very nervous, and hope that I didn’t make it all go to waste…

    • Susie Buck
      November 21, 2022

      Hi Connie-

      I almost did what you did-it is apple cider and not apple cider vinegar. The apple cider will add a little sweetness to it.

      It was a good recipe. My husband really liked it as well.

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      • Connie
        November 21, 2022

        My bad! Thanks for pointing this out to me as I totally skimmed over the apple cider and taking for granted it was vinegar! Like you, we really liked it in spite of the vinegar!! Ha!

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    • Anthony Alexander
      April 12, 2023

      Maybe you’d have given the recipe 5 stars if you had used apple cider, which is what is called for, instead of vinegar.

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  • Liliya
    November 17, 2022

    What can I substitute the apple cider with in this recipe?

    Thank you

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  • Roxanne McCormick
    November 17, 2022

    Hi just wanted to know ingredients say apple cider is that apple cider or apple cider vinegar? Thanks 🙂

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  • Inna
    November 16, 2022

    Bought all ingredients now Can I make this in pressure cooker or Dutch oven? I recently gave away my slowcooker 😞

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 16, 2022

      Hello Inna, I have not tested that to advise. Let’s see if others can comments and share their experience if they have tried this method before.

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  • Kristyn
    November 15, 2022

    This is one of my favorite Sunday go-to meals!! It’s hearty, rich, & so delicious!!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 15, 2022

      So glad you love it!

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  • Sara Welch
    November 15, 2022

    Enjoyed this for dinner last night and it was a complete success! Hearty, bold and delicious; easily, a new favorite recipe for soup season!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 15, 2022

      So glad you enjoyed it, Sara! Thank you for the review.

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  • Angus MacDuff
    November 15, 2022

    I like to add a drained jar of Aunt Nellies onions after the meat is tender.

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  • Kristen
    November 15, 2022

    This recipe was delicious. It has been such a rainy day and this was just what I needed.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 15, 2022

      I love this on rainy days! So comforting. I’m so glad you loved it too.

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