Easy Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe

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Cheap Beef Stew Slow Cooker Recipe

Looking for a whole hearty meal that’s easy to throw together for a busy day? This slow cooker beef stew recipe is just that! You can prepare it before you go to work, come home, and have a tasty meal ready to serve. How nice is that?

That’s why we love slow cooker recipes so much here at Fabulessly Frugal, they’re convenient and perfect for busy days! They’re also typically pretty inexpensive to make (especially if you shop smart) which is a huge bonus.

Vegetables for slow cooker beef stew

Prepping the Veggies and Meat

Start by washing and chopping all your vegetables. Feel free to change the vegetables up to include your favorites if you want! For my slow cooker beef stew, I went with onions, celery, carrots, and potatoes.

After you’ve done that, add the veggies and meat to your slow cooker. Use one of these awesome liners for easy cleanup!

Easy beef stew broth

Making the Beef Broth

To make the beef stew broth, put water, pepper, garlic, Mccormick seasoning, and if you want, liquid smoke, in a medium-size bowl and whisk it together well. It’s really as easy as that. Once it’s ready, just pour it over the meat and vegetables in your slow cooker.

Finishing the Beef Stew

Now that everything is in your slow cooker, it’s time to cook it up! Turn your slow cooker on low for 6-8 hours, and then wait around for dinner to be ready! Once the time has passed, serve your beef stew with fresh warm rolls or toasted bread. Enjoy!

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Easy slow cooker beef stew recipe

Easy Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe

Try this cheap and easy slow cooker beef stew when you don't have time to cook something up from scratch!
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 6
Adjust Servings: 6


  • 3 cups potatoes peeled (optional) and cubed into bite-size pieces
  • 1 cup onions chopped
  • 1 cup celery chopped
  • 1 cup carrots chopped
  • 2 lbs. stew meat trimmed and cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 packet McCormick Slow Cooker Beef Stew Seasoning
  • 1 ¾ cups warm water
  • 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp minced garlic or 2 cloves
  • 1 tsp mesquite liquid smoke optional


  • Wash and chop all vegetables.
  • Add vegetables and meat to slow cooker.
  • In a medium size bowl, add water, pepper, garlic, liquid smoke and seasoning packet. Whisk well.
  • Pour mixture over meat and vegetables. Mix together.
  • Cook on low 6-8 hours.
  • Serve with fresh warm rolls or toast bread. Enjoy!


Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 8g | Sodium: 126mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g

Ingredients: Beef, Carrots, Celery, Garlic, Liquid Smoke, Onion, Pepper, Potatoes, Water
Meal Type: Main Dish, Fall, Winter, Dairy Free, Egg Free
Categories: Healthy, Meat and Poultry, Soups and Chilis, Vegetables, Slow Cooker

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