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Beef and Ale Stew Slow Cooker

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The most delicious easy beef and ale stew slow cooker recipe! Tender melt in the mouth slow cooked beef in a rich warming gravy. Just serve with mashed potatoes for an easy family meal idea.

It’s that time of year when we just can’t get enough of easy slow cooker recipes. Delicious one pot stews, warming casseroles and pot roasts.

There’s literally nothing better that slow cooker beef and ale stew with dumplings!

I must admit I love to make slow cooker dinner recipes in the autumn and winter. They’re simple, usually low cost and I love that all I have to do at dinner time is cook up some potatoes, rice or pasta to go alongside.

Our extra tasty beef and ale stew slow cooker recipe takes just a few minutes food preparation in the morning and then just leave the slow cooker to do it’s thing.

And that night you’ll be coming home to a delicious beef and ale casserole. I like to serve this beef stew recipe with Aunt Bessie Dumplings for speed and some crusty bread for mopping up the juices.

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What’s the best type of beef for stew in the slow cooker?

braising steak ready for using in slow cooker stew

Here’s where cooking slow cooker stews really starts to save you money! Because the absolute best beef for stew is the cheaper cuts.

The best type of beef for slow cooker stew is braising steak (also known as chuck steak) this cut of beef is low cost and becomes super tender in the slow cooker, it will literally melt in your mouth.

And don’t be afraid of using some of the fatty parts, the fat will melt into the stew making it more flavoursome.

You can also use beef skirt and shin, both these cuts of beef are wonderful when slowly cooked, tenderising beautifully.

What’s the best ale to use in beef and ale stew?

When using ale in a beef stew you really want to opt for a lovely flavourful, full bodied, malty ale. My favourite ale to use in beef stew is Hobgoblin Ruby from Wychwood Brewery

This has a delicious fruity finish which pairs beautifully with beef. The tasty gravy this ale helps to make is fantastic! A total treat to eat.

If you accidentally use an ale in your beef stew that’s too bitter in your casserole, you can counter this by stirring through a tablespoon of dark fruits jam or adding a couple of teaspoons of dark brown sugar. This will counteract the bitterness and sweeten up your stew.

How to make beef and ale stew in the slow cooker

It’s super easy to make our everyday dinner ideas – just load up your slow cooker with our diced beef recipe – just soften the onions, brown the braising steak, add in the tomatoes, vegetables and ale and cook on low for 8 hours. A simple, tasty slow cook beef recipe.

Can I freeze leftover beef and ale stew?

Yes, of course, just cool the stew down thoroughly and properly and then store in an air tight container in the freezer. I usually use it up within 3 months of freezing.

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When using the stew – be sure to defrost it properly and reheat properly.

How to turn beef stew into a pie?

beef stew made into a pie with a sheet of ready rolled puff pastry - the word pie written on top with offcuts of pastry

Now… I’m not a pie purist! I’m happy to call a dish of stew with a puff pastry lid on top a pie! And I’m happy with that!

So to turn our beef and ale stew slow cooker recipe into a pie – just tip the stew into a large oven proof dish – I usually use an enamel roasting tin for this.

And as you know I like my cooking to be low effort… so I top the stew with a sheet of ready rolled puff pastry.

I decorate the top a little with the off cuts, brush the top with beaten egg and then bake in the oven until the pie filling is piping hot throughout and the pastry golden brown on top.

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What to eat with beef and ale stew

I like to spoon the beef and ale stew into bowls and add a cheat-y Aunt Bessie Dumpling or two and serve with a side of crusty bread for mopping up the gravy.

You could also try our beef and ale casserole slow cooker meals with oven baked potatoes and peas or with a pile of buttery mashed potatoes.

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How to use up leftover stew?

Looking for tasty ways to use up leftover beef stew then we’ve got you covered – try out our tasty leftover stew recipes here.

More diced beef recipes you’ll love!

  • Easy beef curry – a budget friendly dinner, braising steak oven cooked slowly in a tasty curry sauce to make a melt inn the mouth beef curry, just serve with rice.
  • Italian beef stew – use your leftover roast beef to make this quick and easy Italian style beef stew for Monday night dinner.

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Yield: Serves 4

Beef and Ale Stew Slow Cooker Recipe

beef and ale stew in slow cooker served next to crusty bread.

Delicious slow cooker beef stew recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes


  • 1 tbs olive oil 
  • 2 onions - roughly chopped 
  • 4 carrots - peeled and sliced 
  • 3 sticks celery - sliced 
  • 600g braising steak - cut into bitesized pieces 
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes 
  • 350ml Ale - we use Hobgoblin 
  • 2 bay leaves 
  • 1 tsp dried thyme 
  • salt and pepper to taste 


  1. Add a splash of olive oil to a large saucepan and gently fry the onions and celery.
  2. Add the meat and brown.
  3. Tip in the carrots, tinned tomatoes and pour over the ale.
  4. Add the bay leaves and thyme and season well with salt and pepper.
  5. Transfer to the slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours.
  6. If stew needs thickening - add a couple of teaspoons of cornflour to a cup and mix to a paste with cold water - then stir it through the stew to thicken.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 546Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 146mgSodium: 213mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 4gSugar: 7gProtein: 42g

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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