A hearty stew for your slow cooker (or Instant Pot)!
One of the best feelings is coming home after a long day, knowing that you’ll soon be walking into your home to the aroma of an already prepared dinner.
We’re guessing you probably agree. Slow cooker meals are the best! Not only is the chopping, dicing and prepping completed beforehand, but clean up is a breeze and leftovers are always a win.
You can’t go wrong with the heartiness and ease of this classic Slow Cooker Beef Stew recipe.
This recipe is truly a one-dish wonder and one you’ll want to add to your menu! The variety of wintery, fiber-rich veggies, the perfectly cooked potatoes, and the hunks of tender beef will have your taste buds singing and your family happy. A generous portion will provide you with an adequate source of protein, fats, carbs and fiber making this a perfectly-balanced meal all in one bowl. However, if you’re wanting a little somethin’ more to go along with this Slow Cooker Beef Stew, we highly recommend to serve it up with our delicious Gluten-free Garlic Cheddar Biscuits (Red-Lobster copycat biscuits). They’re perfect for dunking into the last bit of soup at the bottom of the bowl.
Hold in the flavors by sautéing the beef cubes before adding to the slow cooker.
While this step isn’t necessary, we both agree that the beef cubes hold-up better and the flavors are bolder when sautéed on medium heat in a bit of fat just until browned on all sides. Wondering which fat to use? See our 3 must-have oils for the kitchen here.
However, we’re all about ease here so if time is not in your favor (we get it!), go ahead and throw the raw beef in the slow cooker, right along with the rest of the ingredients. Set the slow cooker on low and carry on with your day.
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Adding 2 Tbsp. of potato starch will thicken this Slow Cooker Beef Stew just a bit.
In addition to sautéing the beef, another optional step is to add potato starch to the hot stew. This will thicken it up nicely and make it extra stew-like if that’s your jam.
As most soups & stews are, this recipe makes a perfect freezer-meal to have on hand. We like to portion them into individual servings, about 2 cup portions, and have them on hand for emergency meals. Meaning those days when you’ve just got nothin’ in the fridge and zero ambition to cook-up a meal.
Is your mouth watering yet? We know you’ll love our Slow Cooker Beef Stew recipe! Give it a try and let us know what you think.
This recipe has been edited to also include Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker instructions!
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