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Stephanie’s Slow-Cooker Stew

Start this warming one-pot meal before you head out for the day. By the time you get home, the well-seasoned meat will be tender and mouthwatering. —Stephanie Rabbitt-Schappacher, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 7-1/2 hours
  • Makes
    5 servings (about 1-1/2 quarts)


  • 1 pound beef stew meat
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) beef broth
  • 1 can (11-1/2 ounces) V8 juice
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 medium sweet onion, chopped
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas


  • In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 12 ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or until meat is tender. Discard bay leaves.
  • In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into stew. Add corn and peas. Cover and cook on high for 30 minutes or until thickened.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/3 cups: 273 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 865mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 4g fiber), 22g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1 starch.

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  • hknorman1964
    Dec 5, 2020

    No comment left

  • Paul
    Oct 26, 2020

    DELICIOUS!!!!! The only changes I would make is not to chop the onion but quarter it instead. In addition to or instead of the V8 juice I would add a can of tomatoes. Otherwise everything was perfect. I'm by myself so this gives me something over two nights.

  • Ayari
    Sep 17, 2020

    It was simply delicious. What more is there to say?

  • xenazoe
    May 20, 2020

    Very good recipe! I was looking for a recipe with traditional flavors and lots of depth to the sauce and this delivered. I browned the meat first and deglazed the pan with red wine first. Definitely a recipe I'll be making again!

  • Frieda
    Apr 3, 2020

    This recipe was absolutely amazing. My family ate it once and asked if I could make it next week. I don't think I have had that request for stew that was not my own recipe. I will keep this recipe, it is definitely a keeper.

  • Nsncy
    Mar 26, 2020

    I made this tonight, although I changed it a bit with the V8 which I did not have, I made my own. I left out the celery because my daughter hates celery. I also used 1 1/2 lbs of stew meat and added two small potatoes more. Otherwise I used the seasonings in the recipe. It turned out really good. I will make this again.

  • Jaicy Jo
    Feb 12, 2020

    We love this recipe; delicious

  • lmccarthy51
    Nov 20, 2019

    I keep all of the above ingredients on hand to make another batch of Stephanie's slow cooker stew. Great for those cold winter days that are or will be here soon!

  • Barney
    Nov 20, 2019

    Used what i had on hand! I had tomato sauce so i used that! Added 6 potatoes and thickened with flour ! WE really liked it

  • shereeder
    Nov 20, 2019

    This is the ONLY beef stew my daughter will eat. I don't put in the celery and I use my own homemade tomato juice for more flavor. Turns out tender every time. I do add a bit more cornstarch because I like a thicker stew. All in all, this is so worth making.