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This Hearty Beef Stew is comfort food to the max! It's and easy beef stew recipe that's filled with fall apart tender beef in a wonderful hearty sauce. #beef #beefstew #easyrecipe #slowcooker

Hearty Beef Stew

Course: Beef, Main Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy beef stew, slow cooker beef stew recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 461 kcal
Author: Malinda Linnebur
This Hearty Beef Stew is a classic beef stew recipe. It's full of fall apart tender beef in a hearty gravy. Oven and slow cooker instructions included. 


  • 2 pounds (916g) chuck roast, trimmed and cut into 1 1/2" chunks
  • 1 medium onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, cut into large chunks
  • 6 carrots, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 2 pounds (933g) potatoes, cut into large chunks
  • 2 cups (475ml) tomato juice
  • 2 tablespoons quick cooking (minute) tapioca
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste



  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (121 degrees C).

  2. Place meat in bottom of a large pot that has a tight fitting lid. Layer vegetables over meat. 

  3. In a medium bowl combine remaining ingredients and pour over meat and vegetables. Cover with lid. Bake for 5 hours and most importantly DO NOT PEEK!! Not even once!! 


  1. Place meat and vegetables in a 6 quart slow cooker. 

  2. In a medium bowl combine the remaining ingredients and pour over meat and vegetables. Cover and cook on LOW for 8-10 hours. 

Recipe Notes

  1. This recipe will freeze well for up to 3 months. Thaw and reheat as needed. 
  2. Quick cooking or Minute tapioca can be found in the baking aisle next to the pudding. 
  3. Some additions I like to make to the stew are:
    1. Brown the meat and deglaze the pan with a little red wine. This will really add a lot of beef flavor to the sauce. It will also make the sauce a richer color. 
    2. 4 cloves garlic, minced
    3. 1 bay leaf
    4. 1 teaspoon dried thyme
    5. A dash of soy sauce
  4. If you don't have tomato juice a great substitution is 1 (15oz) can tomato sauce and 2 cups beef broth. I do this almost everytime because I don't have tomato juice on hand. 
  5. Can also substitute potatoes with sweet potatoes. 

What to serve with Hearty Beef Stew:

  • Bread. I love toasting up thick slices of bread with a little butter and garlic. Or make some fresh bread crumbs in your food processor and add them to a skillet with melted butter and some chopped garlic. Cook until lightly browned and fragrant. Sprinkle over your beef stew, YUM!!!
  • A simple side salad. 
Nutrition Facts
Hearty Beef Stew
Amount Per Serving
Calories 461 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 104mg35%
Sodium 191mg8%
Potassium 1569mg45%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 33g66%
Vitamin A 10625IU213%
Vitamin C 28.4mg34%
Calcium 83mg8%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate.