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beef and vegetable stew served from the black crockpot pan into white bowls, pile of french baguettes at the side of the bowl on a wooden board

Warm up on a cold day with a bowlful of easy beef & vegetable stew – a budget slow cooker recipe that the whole family will love for an easy midweek meal.

This week’s blast of autumn had me reaching for the slow cooker so I could simmer up a lovely one of my favourite family meals.

Days filled with wind and rain call for an easy beef & vegetable stew slow cooker style, with fresh crusty bread and a glass of red wine on the side (for the adults anyway)

This is just one of my best weekday recipes and oh so perfect for a lazy Sunday instead of making a roast dinner.

Beef and Vegetable Stew Ingredients

To make our easy beef stew recipe you will need…

  • 1 tbs olive oil – you can use sunflower or rapeseed oil if you prefer.
  • 2 brown onions – sliced into thin half moons
  • 500g braising steak – chopped into small bitesize pieces
  • 6 carrots – scrubbed and cut into large chunky pieces
  • 2 parsnips – peeled and cut into large chunky pieces
  • 250ml – red wine, we make our beef and vegetable stew with red wine but if you don’t like to add wine to your food just swap this for beef stock.
  • 500g passata
  • 2 tsp chopped rosemary – again I grow this at home by the door.
  • Salt & pepper
  • Tin of butter beans – feel free to swap this for any other bean you prefer or even lentils.
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How to make beef and vegetable stew

This beautiful easy beef stew crock pot recipe is super simple to make. It’s just a matter of throwing some onions, carrots, parsnips, braising steak into the slow cooker and topping them with red wine and tomatoes – add a handful of herbs and leave the slow cooker to work its magic.

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  • Heat the slow cooker to low.
  • Lightly oil the inside of the slow cooker pan with olive oil.
  • Place the slow cooker pan on the hob over a low heat (if your pan is not removable use a separate pan for this part & tip into the slow cooker later).
  • Add the onions, and braising steak and gently fry to brown the meat. If you’re wondering should you brown beef before stewing, you really don’t need to when using the slow cooker, I just think it gives it a better flavour.
  • Add the carrots, parsnips, red wine and passata and stir in the bay leaf and rosemary. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Bring the beef stew to the boil then transfer to the slow cooker and cook on low for 8-10 hours.
  • Once the stew is cooked I like to add a tin of butter beans – just tip them in and warm the stew for around 10 minutes on the hob before serving.

Try serving with our delicious mustard mash

Can I make beef and vegetable stew in the oven

Sure you can!

You can cook our hearty beef and vegetable stew in the oven instead of the slow cooker – just cook on 180C for around 2 1/2 hours or until the meat is beautifully tender and falling apart. 

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What vegetables can I put in beef casserole?

It’s your beef casserole so you throw in whatever vegetables you fancy – for a rich beef and vegetable stew try….

  • adding mushrooms, celery, turnips or swede
  • throw in some chunkily chopped Jerusalem artichokes 
  • add in some tinned lentils 

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How do I make my beef casserole more tasty?

You can add some extra flavour to your stew really easily. Try…

  • Stirring in more herbs, try thyme, oregano or sage.
  • Add in some flavourful mushrooms like porcini to add a rich, earthy flavour.
  • Try using jarred caramelised onions in place of regular onions, they add a sweeter more intense flavour.
  • Spice things up – try adding spices, like cumin, fenugreek or even smoked paprika.

How do you make beef stew meat tender?

Cooking beef stew in the slow cooker is a super easy way to make sure the beef stew meat is tender.

Cooking it at a low temperature for a long time really tenderises the meat so it literally falls apart.

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Yield: Serves 4

Beef and Vegetable Stew - Slow Cooker Recipe

beef and vegetable stew served from the black crockpot pan into white bowls, pile of french baguettes at the side of the bowl on a wooden board

A rich and warming stew to snuggle up with on a cold night

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tbs olive oil 
  • 2 onions - sliced into half moons
  • 500g braising steak - chopped into bitesized pieces 
  • 6 carrots - peeled and chunkily chopped 
  • 2 parsnips - peeled and chunkily chopped 
  • 250ml red wine 
  • 500g passata 
  • 1 bay leaf 
  • 2 tsp chopped rosemary 
  • salt and pepper to taste 
  • can butter beans 

Instructions

  1. Heat the slow cooker to low.
  2. Lightly oil the inside of the slow cooker pan with olive oil.
  3. Place the slow cooker pan on the hob over a low heat (if your pan is not removable use a separate pan for this part & tip into the slow cooker later).
  4. Add the onions, and braising steak and gently fry to brown the meat.
  5. Add the carrots, parsnips, red wine and passata and stir in the bay leaf and rosemary. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Bring the casserole to the boil then transfer to the slow cooker and cook on low for around 8 hours - until the meat is cooked through and falling apart.
  7. Once the stew is cooked I like to add a tin of butter beans - just tip them in and warm the stew for 10 minutes on the hob before serving.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 566Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 121mgSodium: 189mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 8gSugar: 9gProtein: 38g

Nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use and how careful you are with measuring - this nutritional information is given as a general guide only and may not be accurate - you should always calculate your own nutritional information especially if you have specific dietary requirements.

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