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Slow Cooker Hearty Beef Stew

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  • prep time: 20 min
  • total time: 10 hr 35 min
  • serves: 6 people

Colorful, hearty and tender, this slow-cooked stew features all the traditional ingredients of a good beef stew: beef, carrots, onion, potatoes and peas in a rich gravy.


  • 1 1/2  pounds beef for stew, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 cups  medium white potato, cut into cubes (about 1 pound)
  • 4  medium carrot, peeled and sliced (about 2 cups)
  • 2  medium onion, cut into wedges
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 1/4 cups Swanson® Beef Broth or Beef Stock
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup  thawed frozen peas


  • Tips

    • Time-Saving: Or you may cook this recipe on HIGH for 5 to 6 hours.
    • Serving Suggestion: Serve with buttermilk biscuits and tossed salad topped with Ranch dressing.
  • Step 1

    Season the beef with black pepper. Coat the beef with 2 tablespoons flour. Heat the oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add the beef in 2 batches and cook until it's well browned, stirring often.

  • Step 2

    Place the potatoes, carrots, onions and garlic into a 5-quart slow cooker. Top with the beef. Add 3 cups broth, Worcestershire, thyme and bay leaf.

  • Step 3

    Cover and cook on LOW for 10 to 11 hours or until the beef is fork-tender. Remove and discard the bay leaf.

  • Step 4

    Stir the remaining flour and broth in a small bowl until the mixture is smooth. Stir the flour mixture and peas in the cooker. Increase the heat to HIGH. Cover and cook for 15 minutes or until the mixture boils and thickens.


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  • The First Reviewer Was Right!

    Blair R.
    October 6, 2015

    This recipe does taste like Mom's Home Made. It is easy to follow and very good to eat (with lots of gravy)!!

  • Finally! A crockpot recipe that tastes like Mom's!

    February 7, 2015

    Excellent beef stew recipe! One step I added was to deglaze the pan after cooking the beef: place fresh thyme sprigs and basil in hot pan once beef is removed. After 30 seconds, I added Worchester sauce and 1/2 cup beef broth. As it simmered, stir up the fond on bottom of pan-add to crockpot. Served over mashed potatoes on a single-digit, winter's night was amazing! Thanks, Campbell's! (Ps-left out peas, did snip fresh parsley over plate -husband said best stew ever!)

  • Mmmm, I feel so warm & content

    November 3, 2014

    The perfect meal for a raw, windy November day.

    After reading other reviews of this coming out bland, I decided to add a can (about 14 oz) of drained diced tomatoes. I also sliced 3 ribs of celery and added that into the stew as well. This meal was delicious and not at all bland! I think the addition of tomatoes helped "beef" up the flavor.
    We will definitely be making this again!

  • Delicious Autumn meal

    October 23, 2013

    This smelled sooo good cooking throughout the day. Finally when I sampled it it was good but not as flavorful as I thought it should be. Added Kitchen Bouquet to taste (about 2 tsp) and 1tblsp cornstarch/water to make it thicker. Then it was perrrfect. Served with whole wheat rolls.

  • Great Fall meal

    October 21, 2013

    Very easy to make and the grandkids loved it. Next time I would substitute green beans for peas.

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    Made With

    Calories 310
    Total Fat 9 g
    Sat. Fat 2.9 g
    Trans Fat 0 g
    Cholesterol 89 mg
    Sodium 575 mg
    Total Carb 23 g
    Dietary Fiber 4 g
    Sugar 6 g
    Added Sugars 0 g
    Protein 34 g
    Vitamin D 1 %DV
    Calcium 5 %DV
    Iron 24 %DV
    Potassium 16 %DV
    Calories 313
    Total Fat 9 g
    Sat. Fat 2.9 g
    Trans Fat 0 g
    Cholesterol 89 mg
    Sodium 396 mg
    Total Carb 23 g
    Dietary Fiber 4 g
    Sugar 6 g
    Added Sugars 0 g
    Protein 35 g
    Vitamin D 1 %DV
    Calcium 5 %DV
    Iron 24 %DV
    Potassium 16 %DV

    This nutritional information refers to each serving of the entire recipe and not just the products used as ingredients.