Slow Cooker Hearty Beef Stew
630 mins (prep 30, cooking 600)
16 ingredients
6-8 servings
I've never been a big fan of beef stew, but I really enjoy this recipe that I got from Cook's Country. The meat comes out fork-tender, the broth is rich and just thick enough to coat a spoon, and the vegetables are perfectly cooked. This way of preparing beef stew keeps the vegetables from turning to mush by steaming them on top of the stew in a "hobo pack". The stew is thickened without giving it a starchy texture by using Minute Tapioca. Also, you get a big beefy flavor by slipping in a few tablespoons of soy sauce. It takes a little more prep time, but you can do most of the prep for this recipe the night before the ingredients go into the slow cooker. I think the extra time preparing it is worth it! Just prepare the recipe through step 7 and refrigerate the browned beef and onion mixture in separate containers. In the morning, just transfer everything to the slow cooker and proceed with step 8. The cooking time will run to the high end of the ranges given in the recipe. If you're going to be away from your slow cooker for more than 10 hours, cutting the vegetables into larger, 1 1/2- to 2-inch pieces will help them retain their texture.

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Serving Size (320.12 g)
Servings 6
Amount per Serving
Calories 344.68 Calories from Fat 100.71
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11.19g 103.33%
Saturated Fat 2.23g 66.98%
Trans Fat 0.19g %
Cholesterol 3.15mg 6.31%
Sodium 19472.58mg 4868.14%
Total Carbohydrate 44.38g 88.77%
Dietary Fiber 9.13 g 219.08%
Sugars 24.48 g %
Protein 19.37g 232.42%
Vitamin A 11777.61IU% Vitamin C 29.07mg%
Calcium 120.24mg% Iron 4.58mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
boneless beef chuck roast, medium onions, red potatoes, fresh thyme, minute tapioca