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The Best Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe

One of the easiest recipes I have ever made - and it's super hearty and filling! This also can be made into a freezer meal and is so nice to pull out of the freezer on a day when you don't have time to cook.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy slow cooker recipe, slow cooker, Stew
Servings: 6
Calories: 372kcal


  • Slow Cooker
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Non-stick Cooking Spray


  • 1 pound beef stew cubes
  • 4 large carrots (sliced)
  • 4-6 red potatoes (cut into large cubes)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 packet dry onion soup mix (about 1 ounce packet)
  • 2 cans cream of mushroom soup (10.75 ounces each)
  • 1 can tomato sauce (8 ounces)
  • 1 package frozen green peas (10 ounces)


  • Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Place beef cubes at the bottom of the crock pot. Layer carrots, then potatoes, placing bay leaf on top.
  • In a separate bowl, mix remaining ingredients and pour over beef and veggies.
  • Cover with lid and cook on low 7-10 hours (you could cook it on high for 6-7 hours, but I highly recommend the low and slow method).


How to make this into a freezer meal:
  • Before cooking, place all ingredients in a resealable gallon-sized freezer bag. Mix together and zip bag closed.
  • When ready to eat, remove from freezer and thaw in fridge for 24 hours. Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray and pour contents of bag into slow cooker. Cook on LOW for 7-10 hours (or HIGH for 5-6 hours).


Calories: 372kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 1953mg | Potassium: 1725mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 8885IU | Vitamin C: 42mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 5mg