Slow Cooker Hearty Beef Stew

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 4 -6
Author Mother thyme


  • 2 pounds cubed beef stew meat*
  • 7 tablespoons all-purpose flour divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil divided
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 1/2 cups beef stock
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 4 sprigs of thyme leaves removed
  • 1 pound baby red potatoes halved
  • 1/2 pound baby carrots
  • 1 sweet onion peeled and cut into wedges
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt plus additional to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper plus additional to taste


  1. In a large bowl mix together 4 tablespoons flour, garlic powder, onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
  2. Pat meat dry with a paper towel then add to flour mixture and toss to coat.
  3. Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  4. Add beef shaking off excess flour and cook in batches if necessary so you don't crowd the pan.
  5. Cook beef just until all sides are browned then place browned beef in slow cooker.
  6. Add 1/2 tablespoon oil to the same skillet.
  7. Stir in garlic and cook for about 1 minute until fragrant.
  8. Add in beef stock, deglaze skillet and bring liquid to a boil.
  9. Whisk in tomato paste and vinegar until blended then whisk in remaining 3 tablespoons of flour and stir until mixture thickens.
  10. Remove from heat and stir in thyme and season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper or to taste.
  11. Add potatoes, carrots and onion to slow cooker.
  12. Stir in sauce and bay leaf.
  13. Cover and cook on low for 8-9 or on high for 4-5 hours until potatoes and meat are tender.
  14. Before serving remove bay leaf and season with salt and pepper to taste if desired.

Recipe Notes

*You can find cubed stew meat in grocery stores or you can buy a beef chuck trim the fat and cut it into cubes.

Switch it up and substitute freshly chopped rosemary in place of the thyme! It adds great flavor too!