Crock Pot Beef Stew

beef stew with vegetables potatoes and herbs sitting in a crock pot

Crock Pot or Not Beef Stew

This is the only recipe you will ever need for a hearty beef stew any day of the week. You can use the Crockpot to "set it and forget it" or leave the stew in a heavy bottom stock pot and simmer stirring a minimum of every hour. It's totally up to you and what is going on in your life that day.


  • 3 Lb. Roast Chuck or Bottom Round cubed
  • 2 Large Onions chopped
  • 4 Stocks of Celery chopped
  • 4 Carrots chopped
  • 4 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 2 Cups Beef Stock
  • 3 Medium Potatoes cubed
  • 2 Cups Frozen Peas
  • 5 Sprigs of Fresh Thyme
  • 3 Bay Leaves
  • 3 Cups Water
  • ½ Cup Flour
  • ½ Cup Hot water
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • Start by cubing the meat into bite sized pieces
    Raw Beef Sliced and cubed on cutting board
  • Start with a larger heavy bottom stock pot( We will transfer to a crock pot for finishing) heat on high heat with oil, add cubed beef (make sure to season with salt and pepper) cook on high for 5 minutes.
    Chunks of raw beef in a red heavy cast iron pot
  • Take the meat out of the pot and set aside, use the same pot that the meat was in and add the onion, celery, and carrots. Continue to cook for 5 minutes, onions should start to look translucent. Add fresh garlic and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
    Carrots celery and onions cooking in red cast iron pot
  • Add the beef stock to deglaze the pot (you can continue to cook in this same pot or transfer now to a crock pot).
  • Add all the ingredients into the pot; meat, potato, frozen peas, bay leaf, and fresh thyme, cover with 3 cups of water and cook on medium/low for 5 hours (if you use a crock pot cook on high for 4hrs).
    Carrots beef celery onions cooking together in a pot
  • Thicken the stew with a “slurry” take a coffee mug and add a ½ cup flour and whisk with ½ cup of HOT water stirring fast with a fork, getting all the lumps out.
  • Add the “slurry” to the stew and stir in, cook for another 1 hour.
  • Taste and add additional salt/ pepper as needed


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