Beef Stew

Rachel Maria's Recipes

This is the best time of year to make soups, stews, and hot casseroles. I especially love how you can throw a lot of these hot dishes into a crock pot and completely forget about it, until dinner time! Beef stew is one of my favorites. So, I decided to create a simple yet delicious recipe, from scratch. Aside from some veggie cutting and searing of the meat, you can literally just dump everything into your crock pot and go about your business. I prefer a stew with a very rich flavor. I experimented with wine, vinegars, and tomato paste. Trust me. These three ingredients create such a unique and extraordinary flavor! 

You’ll want to serve this stew with some hearty Italian bread or hot biscuits and butter. The broth is so tasty, it’s worth dipping into! Enjoy!

Beef Stew

Beef Stew

Yield: 4-6


  • 1 lb. Chuck Beef Chunks
  • 2 Yellow Onions, chopped
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, chopped
  • 1/2 Stick Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Flour
  • Salt, Pepper
  • 1 T. Tomato Paste
  • 3 T. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 C. Red wine
  • 1.5 Cups Carrots, chopped
  • 1 Cup Celery, chopped
  • 3-4 Medium potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1.5 Boxes (32oz) Beef Broth
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 4 sprigs of Fresh Thyme
  • 1 Bag frozen stew veggies (peas, corn, and/or green beans)
  • 1 T Corn starch or 2 T Flour
  • Salt for Flavor


  1. Melt butter in a large skillet, over a medium flame.
  2. Add and saute onions and garlic until softened.
  3. Place flour, salt, and pepper in a large ziplock. Shake beef cubes in the bag to add a coating.
  4. Add the beef cubes to the pan and sear all sides, for about 5 minutes.
  5. Turn off heat. Remove the beef cubes and place in a slow cooker.
  6. Add tomato paste, balsamic vinegar, and wine to the onions & garlic. Stir with a wooden spoon for a few minutes in the hot pan. Then, add to the slow cooker.
  7. Add carrots, celery, potatoes, broth, bay leaves, and thyme to the slow cooker.
  8. Cook on LOW for 7 hours or HIGH for 5.5 hours. (You can remove beef cubes early to prevent over-cooking.)
  9. Add any additional frozen veggies the last 30 minutes.
  10. You may thicken the broth with corn starch or water mixed with cold water.
  11. Add salt to your liking, before serving.
  12. Serve with bread and butter!

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