Crock Pot Beef Stew

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One of our favorite Sunday dinners is this Crock Pot Beef Stew. Hearty pieces of beef and vegetables slow cooked in gravy. Serve with buttered rolls and you’ll have one fantastic meal!

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

September is here and I could not be happier! Fall is quickly approaching so that means soup and stew season is almost here. Yay! I’m not sad at all to say goodbye to the crazy heat. Summer was fun but I’m ready for the holidays. 🙂 
I can’t think of anything better than eating a warm bowl of Crock Pot Beef Stew on a chilly day. Too bad we’re still soaring in the high 90’s here, but before we know it the weather will be cooling down and we’ll be enjoying this amazing beef stew again. It’s the perfect Sunday meal to make for your loved ones. I’ve been making this for years and love to serve it with our favorite rolls. It is beyond delicious!

Crock Pot Beef Stew

 

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Slow Cooker Beef Stew

 

 

Crock Pot Beef Stew
 
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A delicious beef stew loaded with potatoes and carrots slow cooked in the crock pot.
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 2 (1 ounce) packages dry onion soup mix
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 2 pounds lean beef stew meat (cut up into bite size pieces)
  • 5 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 to 3 cups baby carrots
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 (10 ounces each) cans cream of celery soup
  • 1 cup ketchup (you can substitute tomato sauce if you don't like ketchup)
Instructions
  1. In a large plastic bag, combine the dry onion soup mix and paprika. Add in meat and shake the bag to coat meat with the seasonings. (You may have to do that step in two batches, for all the meat to fit) Once meat is coated, spread out evenly into a greased 7 quart crock pot.
  2. Top meat evenly with diced potatoes, carrots and onion.
  3. Mix the cream of celery soup and ketchup in a small bowl. Pour mixture over the meat and vegetables.
  4. Cover crock pot with lid. Cook on low heat for 8 hours or until meat is cooked through and vegetables are tender. Stir to combine everything then serve.

 

 

 


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        1. I’m cooking it right now and see the cream of celery soup just laying on top. I want to stir it so bad! Am I supposed to wait to stir when it’s done?

          1. Hopefully you waited. Creamed soups need time to break down. If it stayed in a curdled stage, next time temp the soup. Add about one cup of the hot liquid to the condensed soup. Wisk until incorporated then add to the stew. Stir lightly.

        2. I didn’t add water to cream of celery soup the first time and family said, “it’s good, but has no broth”. So second attempt was make up cream of celery soup up per direction on can and everyone liked it better.

      1. This was as easy and delish as recipe looked and read. I was concerned about not adding liquid. Yet, the reviews calmed my concerns.

        It was excellent and will make it again and share this recipe with those I know!

  1. It looks like you used baby carrots. How much of those did you put in? Looks delicious! As soon as it stops being 98 degrees here this will be on my list to make! lol

        1. I used a cup of jarred marinara. (Olive oil, roasted garlic and basil). It was the only tomato-based pantry item I had on hand and it tasted delicious. The only recommendation: if you’re crockpot is newer or gets super hot, go ahead and stir at the 6 hour mark so the meet does t dry out at the bottom. You can turn to warm shortly after. My warm is equivalent to low on most.

  2. This looks way good, but I was just wondering…..does it need a little water to make the liquid and how salty is it?
    Thanks so much. My husband saw the picture and said that I needed to make it.

    1. No it does not need water or any other liquid. The soup and ketchup turn into a glorious gravy! Promise 🙂 (and I don’t think it’s too salty at all)

      1. I have a question I just made this soup today did everything step by step but mine is not soupy its too thick. What should I add

      2. I just made this last night and you are right about the gravy made me want to lick my plate. It was a big hit and my family said this recipe was definitely a keeper. It looked just like the picture

      3. I made this it was very good but it was to salty. I might just put 1 pk of onion soup in next time. Thank you for your recipe.

  3. I am a new subscriber to your blog. I made your Crock Pot Beef Stew this weekend…it was the best I have ever made!!! My husband and our boys loved it. I just shared this recipe with my sisters-in-law. I can’t wait to see what other crock pot meals you post.

        1. The recipe instructions say to cook it on low heat for 8 hours. If you cook it on High I would imagine it would take 4 to 6 hours. All crock pots heat differently.

        2. Just made this recipe. Although nice and hearty, I think the ketchup taste is too strong. I will definitely make it again….maybe next time I’ll take it easy of the ketchup and instead add A-1 and/or Worchestershire.

    1. I just made this (it is amazing and easy btw!) and if you HATE ketchup, I can definitely taste ketchup in the end result.. Maybe try bbq sauce instead?

    2. I agree about the ketchup taste. I personally liked the taste, but all my husband could taste was ketchup. Trying it next week with a can of Campbell’s Golden Mushroom soup in place of the ketchup. Will determine if I should add ketchup toward the end of cooking, possibly 1/4 cup if need be.

    3. Then don’t add it! I just don’t put any ketchup in it at all. I use it the first time and like you I’m not a fan of ketchup. And I could t even eat it because the ketchup just took over.

  4. Hi Holly, Thanks so much for always answering back to our comments. I have a question for you. Do you have any yummy recipes for wheat and/or white bread? Thanks so much!

    1. I have a really good recipe for french bread on my blog. It looks like french bread, but tastes more like really good white bread! lol I use it for sandwiches all the time. Here’s the link –> https://life-in-the-lofthouse.com/fabulous-french-bread/

      Also, these french bread rolls are super easy to make and make for great little sandwiches. This is my go-to roll recipe! –> https://life-in-the-lofthouse.com/french-bread-rolls/

      Let me know if you try them! 🙂

  5. I have got to make this!! Just wanted to double check on the cup of ketchup. 1 cup, is that correct? Just seems like a lot. Just wanted to be certain. 🙂 It looks delicious!!

  6. GREAT!! Everyone loved it. Thank you so much. We did change one thing… Instead of ketchup we used some of our local BBQ spots sauce 😀

  7. I made this stew this weekend, and my husband and my sons loved it,. I felt it was a little salty. When I was just re-reading the recipe. It says ” 2 (1 oz) packages dry onion soup mix.” I have never seen 1 oz packages of onion soup mix….so I am confused, cause I used 2 normal packages of onion soup mix, did I use too much??

  8. I made this today – It was delicious! I made a few changes. I cut up a chuck pot roast into cubed stew size meat. I added 2 cups of frozen peas, an extra onion, about 3/4 cup of chopped celery, and salt and freshly ground pepper. I also cooked it in my crockpot on high instead of low. (For 4 1/2 hours.) After around 3 hours, I stirred it. So very good! Definitely a keeper! Thank you Holly for your great recipe!

  9. I was just wondering because i am on crunch time and i really want to have this tonight, if i put this on high for 4 hours, will it turn out just as good?

  10. Hi! Do you know if this could be frozen beforehand, maybe without the liquid, and then dumped in the crockpot in the morning with the liquid?

  11. I cooked this recipe a couple days ago for me and my roommates! It was delicious and so easy. One thing I did differently was brown the meat once I coated it with the onion soup mix to get that flavor to penetrate better, and it turned out sooo good. Thanks for posting this!

  12. I got the cream of celery soup that requires you to add a cup of water… Do i do this or just use it without the water?

  13. Just put mine in the crockpot!!! As I’m re reading the directions I realized I forgot to peel the potatoes…oops. I scrubbed them really well under cold water though. I hope it still tastes good!! Too early haven’t had coffee yet..haha..

  14. I’m making this right now I used more carrots than you did and a little more onion just wondering when does the soup turn into a gravy I feel mines not it’s still only been an hour

  15. So excited to try this recipe! Making this for our Halloween party. After the stew finishes I plan on putting it in a hollowed out pumpkin to serve 🙂

  16. I made this stew on Saturday. It was beyond fantastic!! Not only did I make a delicious meal for my family, but, I got to go out and have fun while it was in the slow cooker. Couldn’t have been easier or tastier! Followed the recipe to a T – wouldn’t change a thing. Thanks so much for sharing.

  17. Hi Holly, I currently have this in the crockpot (yay!) and was wondering if you knew the nutrition info? Thanks so much for sharing – I’ve pinned a ton of your recipes and can’t wait to try them all!

  18. I’ve been using my insta pot pressure cooker with a lot of slow cooker recipes. Would u know the equivalent amount of time to cook
    This recipe in a pressure cooker versus a slow cooker?

  19. Do you think I could make this on the stove in a large pot instead of in a slow cooker or crockpot? Making this tomorrow for dinner.

  20. Just to clarify, you DON’T put all of the dried soup mixes in right? You only put in whatever coats the meat and discard the rest? Thanks!

  21. This recipe was REALLY good. I added 3 chopped up celery stalks. It was easy and simple to make. Perfect comfort food. This will definitely be added into my arsenal of Crock Pot recipes for the winter.

  22. I recently made this it turned out pretty good . But can I use something other then the ketchup ? I’m not big on it and the ketchup flavor really stuck out to me .

    1. Katie, I would imagine you could use a 10 oz. can of tomato soup but not sure on the results. I love the flavor of this stew and I don’t taste ketchup, so I’ve never had to substitute it before.

  23. This was delicious! I substituted the celery soup for cream of potato because that was what I had on hand. Hubby, kids, and I all agreed this recipe is a keeper. Thank you for sharing!

  24. I just made this this morning I’m excited to try it however I forgot to grease the crockpot will this make a big difference??

  25. plan on making a version of this tonight… I am going to put it on high though seeing I am staring it in the afternoon instead of being able to let is sit all day on low. I am also going to use cream of mushroom and nix the ketchup.. I might add crushed tomato because I know I have that and not paste.. not sure yet. I will let you know how it come out.

  26. I made this tonight and it was wonderful ! I’m not a fan of ketsup so I used 1 cup of tomatoe sauce. It was perfect !! Thank you for the delicious recipe !!

  27. I made this this weekend and we loved it! I subbed the ketchup for a can of tomato soup and the flavor was wonderful! Next time I think I will cut the meat in half and maybe add celery since I love soups with heavy veggies! Thanks for sharing!

  28. I am currently making this beef stew and after reading the comments about the ketchup, is there any thing I can add to the stew in the event the ketchup it’s too overpowering?

  29. So after re-reading the instructions, I realized I didn’t grease the inside of the pot beforehand Hope that won’t make such a difference! Will post my opinion after dinner!

  30. Best stew I have ever had!! Love this so much. Opposed to the others who didn’t like ketchup I didn’t taste it much at all but am a big ketchup fan thanks for a great dinner even for a college kid!

  31. As a college student..this was super easy to make this morning. My husband and I love trying new recipes and can’t wait for dinner tonight. I will comment later on how it tastes/any changes I would make. The only change I made while making it (since I read the other comments from people) was the ketchup. I did 3-4 squirts of ketchup and stirred it with the cream of celery soup and see if that will make a difference or not. (;

    Thanks Holly!!

  32. Just a quick question.is the cream of celery soup and ketchup the only thing for the juices? . Or am i supposed to add water to?

  33. Question could I do this in a pressure Cooker??? I got one for Christmas as a gift and can’t find any recipes I think my family would enjoy but this looks wonderful. TIA

  34. I made this for dinner tonight working with what I had on hand so I had less carrots, one less potato, and half the meat, however it turned out 10000000000% DE-FREAKIN-LICIOUS!!!! I did change a few things though, because my two year old was to be eating it as well, I chopped the baby carrots into thirds, I also only used 1/3 of the ketchup since some of the comments suggested it was too much, added a splash of worcestershire and a splash of ACV! It is soo good!!!! Thank you for sharing the recipe!!!

  35. I wanted a more beefy flavor so I used 1/2 cup ketchup and added 2 beef bouillon cubes. very yummy. My entire family enjoys this and many other recipes you have shared.

    1. This worked perfect, way less ketchup taste and makes for an awesome beef stew recipe, I added a bit of beef broth too. Love beefy tasting beef stew!

  36. Just put it in the crock pot! So excited to try. I’m with some of the others…I do not love an overpowering taste of ketchup so I made a change…I put 1/4 C ketchup and 3/4 cup beef broth. We shall see! Hope it’s good because we have company coming! 🙂

  37. Do you really need a 7 qt slow cooker for this? I have a 5 or 6 qt and I would think that would be. If enough since it only makes 8 cups.

  38. I made this tonight and it was sooooo delicious! I added a can of diced tomatoes and peas! Soooo yummy! Thanks for the awesome dinner!

  39. The ketchup made it to sweet and taste a lot like ketchup. I added beef broth to simmer down the ketchup taste and some black pepper. Helped a lot and taste better. I also added some parsley towards the end. Taste a lot better.

  40. ***Highly Recommended*** I made this last night with positive comments all around, actually great comments and I have a family of harsh critics. I read the reviews and decided to reduce the tomato sauce/ketchup to 1/2 cup, I also added a couple of teaspoons of crushed garlic to the soup mix before adding to the slow cooker, plus 1 cup of frozen peas about an hour before serving. I used a small slow cooker with beef that must have come from an old cow, tough as! I ended up cooking it for 6 hours on high, it took that long for the contents to heat up and meat to become tender. Thank you for such a wonder slow cooker recipe that will be made over and over again.

  41. I just made this. I was worried about the comments saying it would taste to much like ketchup, so I did 1/2 cup instead. It was absolutely delicious and all my family had seconds. I will be making again. I also used canned whole potatoes to cut on prep time. Thanks!!!

  42. Hi holly I wold love to make ur stew but sadly we can’t get cream of celery soup in nz do u know what I can use instead that will still be yum?

  43. This is THE recipe I’ve wanted! Absolutely delicious and super easy. I messed up by grabbing a can of cream of celery and a can of cream of chicken soup instead of 2 cream of celery soups but they worked fine. Deeeeeelish!!!

  44. Do you have a recommendation to add to it to help dilute the ketchup taste a bit? I have about two hours left on mine and it smells very ketchup-y.

    Thanks in advance!
    Sarah

    1. I don’t notice the ketchup flavor being too strong, so I’ve only made it as written. We really love this stew! People have tried replacing the ketchup with tomato soup with good results so maybe try that next time. 🙂

  45. May be a stupid question but you say to layer all the ingredients with the soup mix on top. Can I mix it or do I just leave it with the meat at the bottom???

  46. I’m making this for dinner tonight. I did not have cream of celery soup, so instead I’m using cream of mushroom. Also, I’m using tomato soup rather than ketchup… hopefully it still turns out delicious!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  47. I thought this was great. However, instead of ketchup, I used a can of tomato soup and a half of a cup of low sodium beef broth. I will definitely be making this again!

  48. Made this for dinner tonight and it was a hit!! I didn’t change a thing and it was so good. The whole family loved it! Thank you for sharing. Definetly will be making again!!!

  49. I put the ingredients together tonight. Gonna put it on in the morning and timer is set.
    Looking forward to tasting the stew

  50. Just put this on! It’s really cool and rainy here in my part of Tennessee today. I’ve had this recipe on hand since September and thought today was the perfect day to try it! Can’t wait to taste it. Got it in a little late, though so I’m having to cook it on high for about 5-6 hrs! Luckily I’m home to keep a good eye on it. I’ll let you know what the family thinks!

  51. Mine is in the crock pot now! Can’t wait to taste it! (Hope the Katsup doesn’t over ride the meaty hearty taste!). Added some celery and celery salt just in case! Loos so good Holly!

  52. I followed the instructions exactly and this stew was so delicious! I was really skeptical about the ketchup but all the flavors cook down and meld together. I cooked the stew for 7 hours on low and then the last hour on high because at the 7 hour mark my potatoes weren’t cooked as much as I would like but after an hour on high they were perfect!

  53. We finally had some cool weather here in California so I made the beef stew last night for my adult son and his friend. They RAVED about it! None of us had a problem with the ketchup issue but we all like ketchup. I followed the recipe exactly except I added an entire bunch of celery cuz we love it. I have a 7 quart slow cooker and there was plenty of room. It was wonderful and the recipe has already been transcribed into my “keeper list”. Thanks for a great recipe! We’re having leftovers tonight!!! Yay!

  54. This looks absolutely delicious!:) I was just wondering how it would work to cut the recipe in half? It’s only my husband and I so that would be a lot of leftovers!!

  55. We loved this stew. On of the best I’ve ever made. Only had cream of mushroom soup. Did add and extra pound of beef, 2 bay leaves, a tsp. each of thyme and herbs de Provence, 1/3 c red wine & 3 cloves of minced fresh garlic. Will try with cream of celery next time.

  56. I started making this and then read the comments about it tasting too much like ketchup and got a little worried. So I tasted it and it was a tad too much for my liking but, I just added 1 can of beef broth and a bay leaf. It was amazing 😉 Thank you for sharing this recipe!

    1. 11/14/16. I made this tonight in the large oval size crockpot. I followed the recipe to a T! My carrots weren’t cooked all the way, and the ketchup taste was too heavy. My husband said it reminded him of tomato soup. After we ate the first two bowls. I added a can of beef broth as Christina said and turned it back on for two more hours. Going to give it a try. What can it hurt? Will get back to you and let you know if it helped any.

  57. I’m making this tomorrow and I am so excited/nervous !!!!! I have seen some of the reviews about the ketchup being a bit much,,I HOPE it works out for us!! We are also making fresh french bread to go along with it. :):):)

  58. I’m so glad I read the comments before making the stew. My husband and oldest son HATES ketchup. So, I added 2 tablespoons of tomato paste instead of ketchup. I also threw in a bag of frozen green beans. This recipe was awesome, my family loved it after a long day on the field of playing baseball. Thanks so much!

  59. I just made this amazingly delicious beef stew tonight. I cooked it on high for 5 hours and it’s perfect. I made it with 50% less sugar and sodium ketchup. For those of you that don’t like ketchup, it DOES NOT taste like ketchup. It’s a wonderful gravy. To the cream of celery and ketchup mix, I add some minced garlic. When everything was done cooking I dumped a can of drained peas in and this is absolutely perfect. Read all of her directions and follow it to a “T”. The directions are very simple enough but it seems like folks are asking questions in the comments that she already explains in the directions. Just read. 🙂 Absolutely easy and delicious! Thank you, Holly!

  60. Looks great and sounds simple! I have a 4-quart crockpot….is this too small for this recipe? If I cut it in half, how long would you recommend cooking it for?

  61. I have made those beef stew a few times and added some modifications:
    Substitute cream of celery soup for cream of mushroom soup
    Add 1-2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
    Add about a teaspoon of onion powder
    Substitute chili powder for paprika
    1/4-1/2 cup ketchup (to your preference, since the taste is a little over powering)
    Add a can of corn 1 hour before taking off heat

    We love this beef stew 🙂

  62. This stew is perfect! was a little nervous after reading the comments about the ketchup but you cant taste it at all.
    Thanks Holly!!

  63. Definitely had a strong ketchup/tomato-ey taste. Added beef stock and it cut down on the taste but not enough. Would definitely be good without the ketchup, and maybe some sory of beef stock or gravy in its place. Onion soup made the beef delicious!

  64. Used the homemade equivalent of two cans of cream soup + 3 tbsp. tomato paste + 1 tbsp. A1 steak sauce and a splash of Worcestershire sauce for the gravy. Nothing against canned soups — I just forgot to pick any up at the grocery store. Thank you for sharing! We’re going overnight with this recipe and delivering tomorrow to a friend who’s recovering from surgery. Smells delicious…visions of beef stew no doubt will be dancing thru our heads this eve.

  65. Am so excited and nervous am making this stew, but I forgot onion dry spoup mix instead I got d Ranch Dip Mix?!!! I hope it turns out?!

  66. Made this last night. Only used half cup of ketchup and it turned out really good. I also just tossed in a bowl instead of a bag and it was easier. I started it late so cooked on high for 4-5 hours and it made the meat a little too done. So next time I’ll cook on high for only 3-4 hours. Super easy and perfect for busy weekdays.

  67. I just wanted to know if you can taste the ketchup? Feel like my sister would have a cow & not want to eat it if you can. & also is it possible to double this recipe?

  68. Thank you so much for sharing this. I made this tonight and it was delicious. my son that is very picky even liked it.

  69. Hi
    Pinned this last week and now have it in my crock pot for tonight. The weather has been Hot here in NW GEORGIA but tonight it is supposed to be RAINY and temps dropping so I thought this would be Great for a Rainy Night in Georgia!

  70. I”m extremely new to slow cooking, I”m going to make this tomorrow. when it says add to greased slow cooker are you just rubbing grease on the sides and bottom so it doesn’t stick or are you adding a certain amount of grease? also can you just spray with pam. sorry don’t want to sound dumb,but like I said extremely new

    thanks

  71. I currently am on hour 7 of this stew in the crockpot!! It smells absolutely delicious! I am dying to take the lid of to stir but am hesitant please let me know if I can stir it or not!! Thank you!

  72. Tried this tonight. It was absolutely incredible. Like everyone else, I was dying to stir it but ignored the urge. So glad I did. It broke down into a nice gravy. Yum!

  73. Our kids celebrate Christmas with their in-laws and we come together for a giant relaxing time later. Today the wife and I celebrated Christmas with the beef stew. I suggest that you plan to make it twice. The first time, follow all instructions exactly and remember that the final results may be hard for you to predict. It’s wonderful, and perfect for us, but save the changes for the second time. The condensed cream of celery soup was genius. Just right thickness for a stew. Thank you.

  74. OMG. It is -29 degrees tonight for New Year’s Eve and I’ve had this in the crock pot all day. This was FABULOUS. The only thing I did different was add a splash of worchestshire and a beef bullion cube to it. Absolutely amazing and warmed our bellies on this freezing night. Thank you!!!

  75. I have this cooking in my slow cooker right now! I substituted tomato sauce for the ketchup based off of reviews and me not loving ketchup! I can’t wait to try this!

  76. I’m trying this recipe right now! It looked so easy and it really was! I didn’t have baby carrots so I used chopped regular carrots and I don’t like potatoes so I substituted turnips (mama’s secret to get me to eat stew) . Hope it comes out good!

  77. I made this exactly how the recipe states. The only thing I did different was cook on high for 4 hours because I started at 1 and didn’t have time to leave on low for 8 hours. It came out so incredibly good!! Don’t change anything! I will make this again!

  78. I cooked this recipe is, and it was great. Why are so many people complaining about “too many ingredients”? Must be advocates of franks hot sauce/HP sauce to flavor their bland foods

  79. Hi! I have made this recipe a few times and love it! I am wondering, have you have made it in an instant pot yet? How long do you think it should cook in an instant pot? Thank you!

  80. I have made this several times now! I always toss everything in to the slow cooker and stir…only because i always forget to do the first step with the beef haha
    It definitely is not a healthy stew but sure is delicious!
    Thank you for the recipe!!

  81. After reading all of the comments I did 1.5 packets of onion soup mix, 1/2 cup of ketchup and added 2 dashes of Worcestershire sauce on top once I assembled everything in the crockpot. Everyone loved it!!!! It was delicious!!! This will definitely be a staple in my house!

  82. I make this every week! It’s so good and easy to make. The only difference is I only use half cup of ketchup. Perfect for cooler days!

  83. I’m just getting ready to make this but realized I only got one can of cream of celery soup. I can’t get to the store to get another one do you have any suggestions what I can use for the second can of soup?

    1. Any other cream of soup would work! Chicken, mushroom, etc. If you don’t have any of those you can still make the recipe, the sauce just won’t be as thick. Hope this helps!

  84. Made this today for my men’s group meeting tonight. Made it straight by recipe but added crushed red pepper for a little heat – stew was amazing, none left!

  85. Just the recipe I was looking for!! We ran out of gas in our house this weekend – the only thing we’ve got to cook with is the slow cooker. Great winter recipe.

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