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Jan 22

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

It was a cold, blustery day and I knew I wanted to make a warm, hearty, comforting dish. I also knew I had a lot planned for the day and not too much time to spend in the kitchen. This Slow Cooker Beef Stew was the ideal meal to meet all my needs. There’s no pre-cooking, you basically just chop everything, toss it in the slow cooker and let it do all the work for you. I love meals like that! The beef and vegetables cook to tender perfection and one serving is super filling. You can even cook this overnight! How easy is that?

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

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Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Yield: 6 (1-1/3 cup) servings


  • 2 lbs raw lean trimmed round beef roast, cut into 1” cubes
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 (7-8 oz ea) potatoes, cubed (mine came out to be 22 oz total)
  • 4 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 ½ cups fat free beef broth


  1. Place the beef cubes in a large Ziploc bag. In a small dish, combine the flour, salt and pepper. Pour the flour mixture over the beef and seal the bag. Shake bag until beef is well coated. Pour the beef into your slow cooker. Pour all the remaining ingredients over the beef and stir to combine. Cook on low for 9-10 hours.

Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints:
7 per serving (SP calculated using the recipe builder on

Weight Watchers Points Plus:
8 per serving (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on

Nutrition Information:
356 calories, 28 g carbs, 4 g sugars, 10 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 39 g protein, 3 g fiber (from

adapted from allrecipes

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49 Responses to “Slow Cooker Beef Stew”

  1. #
    KimA — January 22, 2014 @ 12:31 am

    If you don’t mind a little stronger flavor, it’s nice to add rutabaga in place of some of the potato. 1/2 the calories and 1/2 the carbs…and pretty yummy. Thanks for the great recipes! 🙂

    • Emily Koenigsberg replied: — January 31st, 2014 @ 12:50 am

      Ooh, I’ve never even had a rutabaga before – I’ll have to try it!

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    Miranda Perkins — January 22, 2014 @ 3:05 am

    You are on a roll! Will make this weekend for sure! It is cold here in Arkansas too and this sounds awesome!

    • Emily Koenigsberg replied: — January 31st, 2014 @ 12:51 am

      Aw, thanks Miranda – hope you love it!

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    Caitlin — January 22, 2014 @ 3:58 pm

    You totally read my mind (almost)! With St. Patrick’s day around the corner, I’m feeling like making some of my Irish favorites…well I haven’t found any skinny recipes for Guinness Beef Stew. Of course it will change the nutritional info, but I think all I need to add is a bottle of guinness and a couple TBS of tomato paste. Those seem to be the only consistent elements of Guinness Beef Stew that this one doesn’t already have. Thanks a million (again and again)!

    • Emily Koenigsberg replied: — January 31st, 2014 @ 12:53 am

      Great minds think alike! Let me know how the Guinness version turns out!

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    4 — January 22, 2014 @ 4:04 pm

    My husband was just requesting stew the weekly menu. This looks like a winner!

    • Emily Koenigsberg replied: — January 31st, 2014 @ 12:54 am

      Perfect! I hope you both love it 🙂

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    Stacey — January 24, 2014 @ 4:36 am

    Should the beef weight 2 lbs before or after it’s trimmed?

    • Emily Koenigsberg replied: — January 31st, 2014 @ 12:54 am

      After it’s trimmed 🙂

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    Anonymous — January 27, 2014 @ 3:27 pm

    I’m making this today! I’m a little worried because the broth didn’t cover all the meat and veggies. I’m not an experienced crock pot cook, so I’m trusting the process:-) Thanks!!!

    • Emily Koenigsberg replied: — January 31st, 2014 @ 12:55 am

      I hope you loved it! The liquid didn’t cover the other ingredients in mine either – it will be perfect!

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    Anonymous — January 27, 2014 @ 5:55 pm

    Made this recipe over the weekend, it was excellent! Super tender and very delicious – family loved it. Thanks Emily

    • Emily Koenigsberg replied: — January 31st, 2014 @ 12:55 am

      I’m thrilled to hear you loved it! Thanks for letting me know it was a winner 🙂

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    Anonymous — February 1, 2014 @ 12:19 am

    Made this tonight for dinner. Delicious. My husband loved it too! I can’t believe how easy this was for how delicious it turned out. I added some oregano and garlic powder as we love garlic flavor! Thanks for this recipe.

  9. #
    G-Dawg_Cooking — February 1, 2014 @ 4:31 pm

    This will be on the menu for Thursday, I love that I can pop it into the slow cooker and it’ll be ready when I get home.

  10. #
    Anonymous — February 2, 2014 @ 7:02 pm

    Is there anyway to cut down the cook time? Like maybe 3 hours on high and 3-4 on low?

    • Emily Koenigsberg replied: — February 2nd, 2014 @ 8:56 pm

      I’ve never tried it that way, so I can’t really guarantee any results. If you try it, let me know!

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    Caitlin — February 3, 2014 @ 3:00 pm

    I don’t know if the reply fuction is working propperly…anyway, I posted about making this with Guinness. I made it over the weekend with 1 can of Guinness and 2 TBS of tomato paste. It was SOOO flavorfull. I can’t say if the flavor was much different from your original recipe but I will be making it again before St. Patrick’s Day. Everyone love it, including me, and I actually don’t usually care much for beef stew (weird I know).

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    Anonymous — February 6, 2014 @ 3:38 am

    Made this tonight exactly as it. OMG!!!! So good. Had my brother, his wife and my nephew over for dinner and there wasn’t even enough left for my lunch tomorrow. Will definitely make it again.

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    Anonymous — February 9, 2014 @ 9:32 pm

    Made this last night, and it was awesome! I’ve only tried your wonton cupcake recipes before this (which are super addicting btw). Can’t wait to try more of your recipes!

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    Ginny Hartman — February 26, 2014 @ 11:44 pm

    I have this simmering in my crock-pot right now and it smells HEAVENLY!!! I can’t wait to taste it. I love your style–good home style cooking that makes me feel as if I’m not dieting at all. Thanks for all the work you do to make my healthy eating that much easier. Your site is my go-to for delicious, healthy, weight watcher friendly recipes. Thanks!

  15. #
    Kelly — March 10, 2014 @ 4:20 pm

    I made this last night! It was amazing!! Everyone was sniffing as it was cooking!! My teen daughter ate 2 bowls full…thank you for a keeper!!

  16. #
    Amanda — March 25, 2014 @ 9:15 am

    I see there is 8 points per serving. What is the measurement of a serving?

    • Emily replied: — March 25th, 2014 @ 9:18 am

      The number/measurement of servings is listed right under the recipe title inthe recipe section of the post

  17. #
    Amanda — March 25, 2014 @ 9:18 am

    Just found the serving size! Making this tonight, can’t wait!

  18. #
    Anonymous — May 7, 2014 @ 6:15 pm

    How much is a serving? 1 cup? 2 cups?

  19. #
    Cassie — October 5, 2014 @ 9:28 am

    When I made this the first time, about a year ago, the flour came off the beef and was floating in the stew, any idea what I did wrong?

    • Emily Bites replied: — October 9th, 2014 @ 8:01 pm

      Hm, not sure, I’ve never seen that happen! Definitely try it again.

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    Sarah — October 9, 2014 @ 7:35 pm

    Do you think I could sub sweet potatoes or butternut squash for the potatoes? My partner despises regular potatoes. Any other subs would be appreciated! Thanks.

    • Emily Bites replied: — October 9th, 2014 @ 7:48 pm

      I think sweet potatoes would be great!

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    Jessie W. — January 3, 2015 @ 8:01 pm

    Made this tonight. Did it on high for 5 hours. Turned out amazing! Only swap was I used unsalted beef stock instead of beef broth. Had to up my points though because I would say it made 5 servings instead of 6 (it was so good I had to have more)! Thanks for the great and easy recipe! 🙂

    • Emily Bites replied: — January 5th, 2015 @ 9:36 am

      I’m so happy to hear you loved it! 🙂

  22. #
    Emily Emiley — January 6, 2015 @ 5:34 pm

    This beef stew was the best I’ve ever cooked! The meat fell apart after simmering all day, and the veggies were perfectly cooked. All of the seasonings were balanced so well, and it was totally flavorful. Thanks for the great recipe!

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    Marilyn — January 8, 2016 @ 6:47 pm

    Hi, I’m not sure you’ll see this since the recipe is old but my mom can’t eat gluten and I was wondering what you’d recommend instead of the flour — cornstarch? 1:1 ratio? Thank you!

    • Emily Bites replied: — January 9th, 2016 @ 11:36 pm

      I have never tried it with cornstarch, so I don’t feel comfortable recommending that – I’m not sure. I think I’d probably just try it omitting the flour first.

  24. #
    Holly — January 14, 2016 @ 2:47 pm

    I wanted to comment on the gluten free option – there are lots of gluten free flours available that can be subbed 1:1. Look in your baking aisle or the organic/health food section of your grocery store. My husband is celiac and we are a gluten free household. Be sure to check all your ingredients (broth, Worcestershire sauce, spices) as well. I just made your blueberry baked oatmeal with gf ingredients and they turned out delicious!

    • Emily Bites replied: — January 15th, 2016 @ 8:42 am

      Thank you Holly!

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    Kara — November 19, 2016 @ 5:27 pm

    I recently had a baby, am back to work full time and searching for WW friendly slow cooker recipes. The problem is that I don’t have a ton of time in the mornings. I am guessing the potatoes would brown if you chopped them the night before but can everything else be chopped ahead of time? And could the beef cubes sit in the bag with flour overnight? Thank you!

    • Laura replied: — March 21st, 2018 @ 1:42 pm

      I actually prepare and set my crock pot before bed, and dish it out in the morning! My hubby works crazy hours and then he can take it to work with him! We wake up to a delish smell!!! ❤️

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    Lauren — November 26, 2016 @ 1:36 am

    This might be a silly question, but do you peel the potatoes before cubing them? This sounds SO tasty and comforting, and I want to make sure it comes out just right! ☺️

    • Emily Bites replied: — November 26th, 2016 @ 8:22 am

      I left them on but you can do either :). Enjoy!

  27. #
    Liz W — October 22, 2017 @ 7:47 pm

    Just tried this and it was super yummy! The only thing I did differently was I turned it on high halfway through because the veggies weren’t cooking quick enough but it could be my crockpot.

  28. #
    April — January 16, 2018 @ 12:20 pm

    My family and I love this recipe! However, when I put this exact recipe into my recipe builder it comes out to 9 (freestyle) sp. I thought you should know so you could double check your calculations.

    • Emily Bites replied: — January 16th, 2018 @ 2:04 pm

      Mine look right as well! Feel free to use your own if you feel more comfortable.

  29. #
    Marcia Maras — February 19, 2018 @ 9:54 am

    HELP! I just opened the slow cooker / instant pot after 9 1/2 hours on low ( novice user and inexperienced cook!). The meat isn’t all cooked and what is isn’t tender. The potatoes which are small pieces aren’t cooked either!
    How can I save the dish? The meat was from Whole Foods!

    • Emily Bites replied: — February 19th, 2018 @ 11:08 am

      I’m sorry, I have no idea how that would happen! I don’t have any experience with using the instant pot to slow cook but after 9 1/2 hours the meat should DEFINITELY be cooked. Perhaps there is something wrong with your pot or the lid wasn’t shut correctly? I wish I could help!

  30. #
    Tara — March 2, 2018 @ 2:10 pm

    Does this freeze ok?

  31. #
    Corrie — March 24, 2018 @ 11:25 pm

    Made this tonight, so delicious. Definitely worth the wait! Can’t wait to try more of your recipes

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