Slow-Cooker Beef Stew

June 21, 2017

Slow-Cooker Beef Stew

Searing beef on the stovetop adds a few minutes to your slow cooker routine, but it’s well­worth the payoff in flavor. Serve this stew with a side of steamed green beans for a balanced weeknight meal that makes your kitchen smell inviting all day long.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours

Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories 220
  • Sugars 5 g
  • Carbohydrate 19 g
  • Dietary Fiber 3 g
  • Protein 21 g
  • Cholesterol 50 mg
  • Fat 7 g
  • Sodium 180 mg
  • Saturated Fat 2.1 g
  • Potassium 690 mg

This Recipe Serves 5


  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 1 lb lean beef stew meat (such as round), visible fat trimmed and cut into 1­inch cubes
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cups fat­free, low­sodium beef broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 large carrots, chopped 8 oz mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cubed 1 onion, diced
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper


  1. Place the flour in a large resealable plastic bag. Add beef and toss to coat.
  2. Add oil to a pan over high heat. Add beef and sauté for 6­8 minutes, turning frequently until evenly browned.
  3. Transfer beef and all remaining ingredients to a large slow cooker.
  4. Cover and cook in slow cooker on low for 8 hours.

Dietitian Tip: Buy a cut of beef with “round” in its name and make sure to trim off all visible fat. A slow cooker is the perfect way to transform this lean cut of meat into a tender stew.

Make It Glutenfree: Use gluten­free flour and ensure the beef broth is gluten­free and this recipe can be made gluten­free.

Recipe Cost: $10.50

Choices/Exchanges: 1 Starch, 1 Nonstarchy Vegetable, 3 Lean Protein