Photo: Susie Cushner
Prep Time
35 Mins
Other Time
7 Hours 25 Mins
Makes 8 to 10 servings

Pair this classic beef stew with a loaf of crunchy bread, perfect for sopping up the gravy. Making in a slow-cooker keeps preparation simple and you out of the kitchen.

How to Make It

Coat the beef in the flour. Heat a few tablespoons of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown the meat, a few pieces at a time, adding more oil as necessary. Transfer to a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker. Add the onions to the skillet and cook over medium heat until tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste and coat the onions; transfer to the cooker. Pour the wine into the skillet and scrape up any browned bits; add to the cooker. Stir in the potatoes, carrots, broth, salt, thyme, and bay leaf. Cover and cook on low heat for 7 1/2 hours, or on high for 4 hours. Add the peas and heat through.

Ratings & Reviews

JennSF's Review

March 22, 2014
My husband is SUPER picky about beef stews and crock pot recipes and he LOVED this! It tasted a little heavy on the red wine flavor, but we didn't mind. That's the only reason I didn't give 5 stars. My husband is low-carb so we left out the potatoes and subbed more carrots- I did use the flour but probably could use half the amount next time. I set it to high for 5-6 hours, then on low for an hour or so more. It's a keeper!

Five Stars

June 25, 2016
Made this tonight for friends and it was s huge hit!!! Everyone had seconds, the kids even loved it! Served with some country bread and delicious! Followed the recipe and added just a splash of worsteshire sauce...will keep this recipe to make again and again!!

Jaimem03's Review

February 09, 2014
The only beef stew I ever cook!!! I use dry thyme and cut out the peas but everything else I keep to par! My boyfriend is a trainer and loves hardy stuff and he asks for this on a regular basis! I pair it with a nice glass of red wine and broil crunchy bread with butter and serve!!! It makes my mouth water... It's in my crock pot as I write!!!!!

Carmel2377's Review

October 18, 2013
This was far and away my favorite beef stew recipe! My family didn't go back just for seconds but thirds too! I added some corn and garlic powder (personal preference) and followed the rest of the recipe to the letter. This was absolutely delicious!!

DLoos90's Review

September 19, 2013

22Janet's Review

September 08, 2013

JulieBriand's Review

September 05, 2013

GoneSewing's Review

May 16, 2013
I have been doing this recipe for a few months now and it is just amazing. It is my go-to recipe when I have a busy day and don't have any time to cook. I don't brown the meat, just put it in and cover with a bit of flour. I also use a bouillon container (the concentrated stuff) instead of a broth. I also put in a bit of paprika and this reminds me of the amazing swiss steak my mom makes ;). I also use a lot less salt. I serve it with fresh bread and top with a bit of shredded cheese. And like a previous review said I cook it for a lot longer to make sure the meat is tender (I skip the wine part too).

clbear96's Review

January 27, 2013

goldengirl1's Review

January 21, 2013
This is the best beef stew recipe I have made in a while. My husband loved it!