Classic Slow-Cooker Beef Stew

Beef Stew
Molly Aronica


  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 pound beef stew meat (such as bottom round), cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 cup baby carrots
  • ½ pound mushrooms, quartered
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 1 cup red wine
  • ½ tablespoon salt
  • ½ tablespoon black pepper
  • ¼ tablespoon cumin
  • ¼ tablespoon cinnamon
  • 3-4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 cup brown rice, cooked (for serving)

This recipe is a classic and straightforward version of the hearty dish, with additional flavoring from a hint of cumin and cinnamon. Traditional beef stews tend to include new potatoes, which this one does not. Instead, serve it over a bed of brown rice to add an extra nutty bite.

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In the slow cooker (if yours has this capability), add the oil and heat. Meanwhile, dredge the stew meat in flour and add to the slow cooker, searing on all sides. (If your slow cooker can't do this, then heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Then add the flour-covered meat, a few pieces at a time, to the heated pan — sear the meat on all sides and transfer to the slow cooker.)

Add the mushrooms, onions, peas, and carrots to the slow cooker and stir in the tomato paste. Pour the stock, wine, spices and herbs into the slow cooker and cover. Set the cooker on low heat for 7 ½ hours. Serve the stew over brown rice. 


Calories per serving:

445 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber Dairy Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 53g 81%
  • Carbs 70g 23%
  • Saturated 12g 58%
  • Fiber 15g 61%
  • Trans 1g
  • Sugars 22g
  • Monounsaturated 30g
  • Polyunsaturated 10g
  • Protein 128g 256%
  • Cholesterol 286mg 95%
  • Sodium 5,968mg 249%
  • Calcium 281mg 28%
  • Magnesium 265mg 66%
  • Potassium 4,262mg 122%
  • Iron 19mg 106%
  • Zinc 29mg 192%
  • Phosphorus 1,590mg 227%
  • Vitamin A 186µg 21%
  • Vitamin C 58mg 97%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 78%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 2mg 144%
  • Niacin (B3) 39mg 193%
  • Vitamin B6 4mg 177%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 172µg 43%
  • Vitamin B12 10µg 173%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 7mg 33%
  • Vitamin K 74µg 92%
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