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Crockpot Beef Stew

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I don’t know about anyone else, but when the forecast is cold and snowy with a slight chance of sunshine, I crave something hot, savory, comforting and filling….and what fits that criteria better than homemade beef stew.  This crock pot beef stew is so easy and you can toss it together in the morning and have a savory dinner before you know it… if you can wait that long after smelling the aroma.  Serve this up with some crusty hot bread and it’s a done deal…

Here’s how it goes…

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First I placed about two pounds of beef stew meat and two tablespoons of canola oil in a large skillet over medium heat…you can do one of two things here….dredge the meat in flour before browning it, or wait until the beef stew is close to done later in the crock pot and add a thickening agent…which is what I did here…

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Then I seared the meat on all sides, tossing frequently…this seals in the juices when it’s cooking in the crock pot… then I removed it from the heat and set it aside… 
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Next, I placed some potatoes, carrots and a sliced onion in a crock pot…

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Then I threw in some celery…

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Then some minced garlic, salt, pepper, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce and beef bouillon cubes…

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And oh yes…I almost forgot…I threw in a bay leaf for good measure…I took it out later before serving it up…

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Next I added in the beef stew meat…

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Then I covered everything with about 4 cups of water….

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Then I placed the lid on the crock pot and went about my business for several hours…

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Looking out at the accurate forecast of cold and snowy with a slight chance of sunshine, smelling the aroma of the beef stew and wishing that it was dinner time…

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Several hours later, when the beef stew was very tender, I placed about 3 rounded teaspoons of cornstarch in a small bowl…

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Then I added a small amount of water…

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Then I whisked it together until it was real smooth…and added it to the crock pot…

Then this amateur photographer took a picture with really bad lighting, therefore you don’t see it, and used a large spoon to mix in the cornstarch.  I replaced the lid and let it cook for another hour… 

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Then I rang the dinner bell and served it up hot with some crusty French bread!!


Crockpot Beef Stew

  • Author: Cindy Gibbs @ My Country Table
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 35


This crockpot beef stew is tender and flavorful with a rich beef broth…the perfect comfort food!


  • 2 pounds beef stew meat
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 pound small ready cut carrots
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 4 large potatoes cut into bite size chunks
  • 2 beef bouillon cubes


  1. Place the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Place the stew meat in the skillet. Sear the meat on all sides and remove from the heat.
  2. Place all of the ingredients in a crockpot with the meat on top. Pour about four cups of water over the meat. Place the lid on the crockpot, turn heat to low and cook for at 8-9 hours.
  3. During the last hour, mix three tablespoons of cornstarch with a small amount of cold water and whisk with a fork until smooth. Add the cornstarch/water mixture to the crockpot and blend in with a large spoon. Replace the lid and continue cooking for one more hour. Remove bay leaf.
  4. Serve hot stew in bowls with some hot, crusty bread!


  • If you don’t want to add the cornstarch during the last hour, you can dredge the beef stew meat in flour before browning it in a skillet. The flour will help to thicken the broth slightly as the stew cooks.


  • Serving Size: 6

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