Easy, hearty, comforting Slow Cooker Beef Stew is a meal-in-one packed with tender meat and veggies swimming in the most amazingly flavorful gravy broth! You won’t be able to stop at just one bowl!
I LOVE Slow Cooker Beef Stew. I grew up on my my mom’s recipe which always included a side of her specialty muffins. And a big side of oh-my-yum. There simply isn’t anything more comforting than a big bowl of hearty beef stew drowning in luscious beef and tomato infused sauce.
This Slow Cooker Beef Stew combines two of my favorite ways to make an EASY meal – a form of soup and in the slow cooker! The most time consuming part of this soup is the chopping of your carrots, celery, potatoes, onions and garlic. But its easy and mindless and perfect to put your kids to work. I loved helping my mom prep her stew – especially because I knew what deliciousness was on the other end.
Add all your veggies and your salt and peppered, seared stew meat to your slow cooker (no need to dust your beef with flour first) along with the most amazing gravy broth. I call it gravy broth because it is not watery like beef broth but rather the perfect silky consistency of a medium-thick gravy.
Unlike many recipes that call for adding cornstarch to the broth the last hour or so in the crock pot in order to thicken (which will NOT result in a velvety thick broth but still be watery), I have found the best method is to make your gravy then add it to the slow cooker. The gravy will seem extra thick but will thin to the perfect gravy broth like consistency as the vegetables simmer and release their juices. Also by making gravy first with flour, you can skip the step of dusting your beef with flour which can result in burnt beef pieces and an undesirable texture/consistency.
The silkiness and flavor of the Beef Gravy Broth is what makes this Slow Booker Beef Stew the “Best” in my opinion. Not only is it lusciously thick but the combination of crushed tomatoes, beef consommé, beef broth, soy sauce, Dijon mustard and the bevy of hand picked spices of paprika, oregano, thyme and cumin infuse the beef and vegetables with flavor as they simmer all day filling your home with the savory aroma of impatience.
But this Best Slow Cooker Beef Stew is SO worth the wait with fall apart tender, juicy, beef and fork tender vegetables smothered in luscious, perfectly seasoned gravy broth. An old comforting classic waiting to become a new family favorite!
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