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Hearty Beef Stew

This hearty, classic beef stew is one of my favorite meals to make on a rainy day.

Beef Stew


Pam @ onceamonthmeals.com


  • 3 cups carrots, chopped
  • 2 cups celery, chopped
  • 4 cups potatoes, chopped
  • 1.5 cups onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4.5 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 0.5 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 pounds stew meat, cubed
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (14 ounces) beef broth
  • salt to taste


Place all ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on high 4-5 hours or low 8-10 hours. Remove bay leaf. Serve. *Note: I like to add frozen peas right before I serve. It adds freshness and color, as well as cooling the stew down a bit.

Freezing Directions:

After cooking in slow cooker, allow to cool, then portion into freezer containers. Seal, label, and freeze. To serve: Reheat in microwave or on stovetop until heated through.

Servings: 8

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21 Responses to “Hearty Beef Stew”

  1. bridgette says:

    i’m concerned about freeing this meal… will the pototes hold up, or become mush?

    • bridgette says:

      i meant freezing! ot freeing… ugh!

    • Tricia says:

      We have done it many, many times before. The best thing to do is to make sure the potatoes are at the bottom of the bag, covered in liquid. Yukon Gold are the best potatoes to use as well.

    • Christy says:

      We accidentally left out the potatoes on our cooking day so we just divided them into smaller bags, froze them with the stew and cooked them the day we ate the stew when we warmed it up. Worked like a champ AND kept the potatoes from getting too mushy.

  2. Tracey says:

    Do you freeze this in one large bag, or do you freeze it in individual servings?

  3. Whitney says:

    Can you assemble all the raw ingredients in a bag and then freeze before cooking? When ready to serve, defrost and put in slow cooker?

    • Pam says:

      You could, but leave out the potatoes as raw potatoes don’t freeze well. You could add those to the slow cooker the day you cook though!

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  5. Sandi says:

    What size slow cooker do I need for this recipe? Mine is only 4qt and I’m thinking it might be too small…

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  7. Val says:

    Hi, this looks really good! How long can you keep it in the freezer?

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  9. Anna says:

    I put this in the crockpot this morning at 7:00 and it was ready when I came home for lunch at 1:00. Super easy recipe I will make it again. Note: I used plain russet potatoes, peeled, and they were totally in tact. Found you on Pinterest!

  10. Penny says:

    I don’t cook much – and when I do I really follow directions to the “T.” That being said, this recipe’s only liquid is a can of tomatoes and a can of beef broth. No water? That’s enough liquid to be cooking all day while I’m at work?

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