Rustic Beef Stew (Slow Cooker)


  • 2 lbs beef stew meat, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup red wine (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 4 potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup frozen peas (optional)
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish (optional)


  1. Season and Coat Beef:
  • Season beef stew meat with salt and black pepper. Coat the pieces with flour, shaking off excess.
  1. Brown Beef:
  • In a skillet, heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Brown the beef on all sides. Transfer the browned beef to the slow cooker.
  1. Sauté Onion and Garlic:
  • In the same skillet, sauté chopped onion until softened. Add minced garlic and cook for an additional minute.
  1. Deglaze and Add to Slow Cooker:
  • Deglaze the skillet with a bit of beef broth, scraping up any browned bits. Add this mixture to the slow cooker.
  1. Combine Ingredients in Slow Cooker:
  • To the slow cooker, add the remaining beef broth, red wine (if using), tomato paste, dried thyme, bay leaves, carrots, and potatoes. Stir to combine.
  1. Slow Cook:
  • Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or until the beef and vegetables are tender.
  1. Add Peas (Optional):
  • If using frozen peas, add them to the slow cooker during the last 30 minutes of cooking.
  1. Adjust Seasoning and Serve:
  • Taste and adjust salt and pepper as needed. Remove bay leaves before serving.
  1. Garnish and Enjoy:
  • Garnish with chopped fresh parsley if desired. Serve this hearty and flavorful rustic beef stew directly from the slow cooker.
  1. Enjoy:
    • Enjoy this comforting and rustic beef stew, perfect for chilly days. The slow cooking process allows the flavors to meld, resulting in a delicious and tender dish.

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