Slow Cooker Beef Stew with Peas: Delicious Cozy Comfort

This Slow Cooker Beef Stew with Peas is a hearty classic with meltingly fork-tender beef, carrots, potatoes, and peas. All simmered in a rich and fragrant broth.

A comfort food classic, universally adored, and easy to make, with the crockpot doing all the work.

Brown and White Bowl of Slow Cooker Beef Stew with Potatoes, Carrots and Peas

All that’s needed to create this cozy, bowl of steaming, cold-weather perfect stew… is a bit of time.

And the crock-pot gives you that time… easily.

That time will be rewarded ten-fold– I promise.

Leftovers? It’s the very best part.

What You’ll Need to Make Slow Cooker Beef Stew with Peas

The most important thing is to start with the right cut of beef. I recommend a well-marbled chuck roast. This means you can easily see the white veins running through the beef.

While “stew meat” is easy to buy pre-packaged, it’s a simple matter to cut the beef into chunks at home.

And honestly, when asked sweetly, I’ve never had a butcher at the market turn me down when I asked if they could cut it for me. Try asking. It’s so worth the ask!

Ingredients for Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Beef:
Buy 2 lbs of chuck roast, well-marbled beef, cut into about 1-inch cubes.

Vegetables:
I like to use one pound of small baby Yukon potatoes that I quarter. To that, I add an onion, 5 carrots, 4 cloves of garlic, frozen peas, and a handful of fresh parsley.

Pantry:
You will need olive oil to brown the beef, beef broth, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, and flour.

Spices:
A beef stew should be both hearty and flavorful. Add dried thyme, smoked paprika and a couple of bay leaves to the simmering broth.

Uncooked ingredients for Slow Cooker Beef Stew in a Crockpot

How to Make Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Season cubed beef with salt and pepper and cook until browned, about 3 minutes.

Place browned beef, potatoes, carrots, onion, and garlic into a 6-qt slow cooker. In a small bowl, whisk together the beef broth, tomato paste, Worcestershire, thyme, and paprika. Pour into the slow cooker and stir. Season with salt and pepper.

Cover and cook on low heat for 7-8 hours or high heat for 3-4 hours.

Slow Cooker Beef Stew with Peas in a Crockpot

30 minutes before the stew is finished cooking, whisk together the flour and 1/2 cup of the stewing broth. Add the thickening sauce and the frozen peas to the slow cooker and stir. Replace the lid and let cook another 30 minutes until the stew has thickened.

Bowl of Slow Cooker Beef Stew with fresh parsley and red pepper flakes.

Brown and White Bowl of Slow Cooker Beef Stew with Potatoes, Carrots and Peas

Slow Cooker Beef Stew with Peas

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 7 hours
Total Time: 7 hours 15 minutes

Slow Cooker Beef Stew with Peas is a hearty, classic comfort food with meltingly fork-tender beef, carrots, potatoes, and peas. Simmered in a rich, fragrant broth.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 lbs stew meat, cubed into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 pound baby Yukon potatoes, quartered
  • 5 carrots, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Season cubed beef with salt and pepper and cook until browned, about 3 minutes.
  2. Place browned beef, potatoes, carrots, onion, and garlic into a 6-qt slow cooker. In a small bowl, whisk together the beef broth, tomato paste, Worcestershire, thyme, and paprika. Pour into the slow cooker and stir. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Cover and cook on low heat for 7-8 hours or high heat for 3-4 hours.
  4. 30 minutes before the stew is finished cooking, whisk together the flour and 1/2 cup of the stewing broth. Add the thickening sauce and the frozen peas to the slow cooker and stir. Replace the lid and let cook another 30 minutes until the stew has thickened.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 386Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 112mgSodium: 549mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 6gSugar: 6gProtein: 42g

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