Easy Beef Stew

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This cozy beef stew is the ultimate comfort food! My family loves it. Recipe from Real Food Real Deals.

One of the meals I remember loving as a child is beef stew. I think my mom used a packet of Lipton onion soup mix to flavor the broth, and she kept the vegetables basic (potatoes, carrots, and celery).

My son hasn’t enjoyed beef stew when we’ve made it in the past, but I decided to give it another try recently. I used Martha Stewart’s beef stew recipe as a guide, but I changed it around a bit to suit our tastes. My version has less beef and more veggies than hers, which reflects my philosophy of eating smaller amounts of high-quality meat and maximizing the vegetables.

The flavor of this stew is wonderful, and it’s so simple to make. You just throw everything in the slow cooker and walk away.

Easy Beef Stew

This easy beef stew is full of comfort food flavor.
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beef stew
Prep Time:15 minutes
Cook Time:4 hours
Total Time:4 hours 15 minutes

Recommended Equipment


  • 1 lb stew beef cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic mashed
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 2 tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbs white whole wheat flour or gluten-free flour
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 lbs potatoes cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 lb carrots cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper


  • Place the stew meat in the pot of a slow cooker.
  • Stir together the garlic, tomato paste, vinegar, flour, and water in a medium bowl. Spread the mixture over the meat.
  • Add the potatoes, carrots, and onion to the pot. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper.
  • Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours. The stew is done when the vegetables are tender and the meat is fully cooked.
  • Serve warm.

Approximate Nutrition Info

Calories: 307kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 1168mg | Potassium: 1521mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 15355IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 114mg | Iron: 9mg
Servings: 5
Calories: 307kcal
Cost: $1.81 per serving

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Beef Stew Price Breakdown

The total cost of this recipe is $9.07, or $1.81 per serving.  This beef stew is wonderful comfort food, and the cooking method couldn’t be easier.


    1. Faye, I don’t have experience with a rice cooker so I’m not sure. The stove top and oven will work for this recipe too. Check the Martha Stewart version I mentioned in the first paragraph for the method.

  1. I love the idea of not having to brown the meat first! My favorite beef stew uses V8 as the braising liquid in the slow cooker, which is tasty and delicious, but I really hated the extra effort and dishes that browning the meat first causes.

    Thanks, Annemarie!

  2. This looks like a great recipe! My husband loves beef stew but I rarely make it. I do have a crock pot but I’m embarrassed to admit I’ve never used it!! Crazy I know. We’re away at the moment so do you think you could also make it in a Dutch oven on athe stovetop? Brown the meat first then toss in the rest?

    1. Yes, Dana, you can also make it in a Dutch oven. You don’t even need to brown the meat first (which is why I love this recipe!). Click over to the Martha Stewart version that I mentioned in the top paragraph. She explains how to make it in a Dutch oven.

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