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Hearty Beef Stew (Slow Cooker)

A piping hot bowl of beef stew is always welcome on my table! Any meal that can be made in the slow cooker is extra welcome on my table! This stew is hearty and full of flavor. All that is missing is a few slices of fresh bread!
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 40 minutes
Servings 8 -10
Author Amy


  • 3 T. olive oil
  • 2 pounds of beef stew meat
  • 1 onion diced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 4 medium potatoes diced
  • 4 carrots cut in rounds
  • 4 cups tomato juice
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 T. sugar
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 T. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups frozen green peas
  • 3 T. flour optional
  • Grated cheese for serving
  • Parsley for garnish


  • Heat a stock pot over medium high heat. Add olive oil. Add stew meat and seer on all sides until it is nicely browned. If you have more than a single layer of meat, seer it in batches.
  • Add meat, and diced veggies to slow cooker.
  • Add tomato juice, beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper and sugar to a large measuring cup, or bowl. Mix together. Pour over veggies and meat in slow cooker. Gently stir together.
  • Cook in slow cooker on low for 6-8 hours of on high for 3-4 hours.
  • At this point, if your stew is thinner than you would like...Add 3 T of flour to a measuring cup. Remove 1 cup of broth from the stew and whisk it in with the flour. Add flour and broth mixture back to the slow cooker and stir to combine. Let cook for about 10 more minutes.
  • Add frozen green peas. Stir. Stew will thaw and warm peas.
  • Serve hot with freshly grated cheese and parsley.