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Slow Cooker Beef Stew

It’s pretty cold in most of the country, and that means we’re dealing with the dreaded winter blues that only a bowl of hot comfort food can cure. Our favorite go-to meal this time of year is a classic beef stew made with hearty beef, mushrooms, carrots, onions and red wine – and you can’t make this delicious dinner any easier than with the convenience of a slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Yield: Serves 8
Author: Hamilton Beach Test Kitchen


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 pounds beef stew cubes
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) whole peeled tomatoes, cut into pieces
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) beef broth
  • 3/4 cup red wine
  • 2 packets onion soup mix
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 8 small red potatoes
  • 1 bag (16 oz.) carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 package (8 oz.) sliced mushrooms
  • 1 large onion, cut into eighths


  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, salt and pepper; add beef. Toss to coat.
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add half of the beef. Cook until browned on all sides. Repeat with remaining beef.
  3. Place browned beef in slow cooker crock. Stir in tomatoes, beef broth, wine, onion soup mix and basil until well blended.
  4. Add potatoes, carrots, onion and mushrooms.
  5. Cover slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 6 hours or LOW for 12 hours until meat is tender.


If you have a slow cooker with stove-top safe cookware, substitute the cookware for the skillet in the directions above. After browning, place cookware in base. Cover and cook as directed in recipe.

Hamilton Beach® Slow Cookers take the convenience of slow-cooked dishes a giant step further. Several models of slow cookers, such as the Stay or Go® Slow Cooker, address one of your greatest concerns—getting your finished dish to a potluck or party without messy spills.

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  1. I just use dried onion. I also have a recipe to make a copycat onion soup mix. I don’t use the beef bouillon called for in the recipe. I buy a low-sodium vegetable broth powder & use that. Also this broth powder is MSG-free.

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