This traditional Beef Stew is loaded with tender bites of juicy beef, golden potatoes, carrots, peas, red wine, onions, garlic, and a hearty beef broth. It's the BEST Slow Cooker recipe for Fall and Winter.
2 ½poundsstew meat, see notes
3Tablespoonscold butter, separated
2cupsyellow onion, diced
1cuphigh-quality cabernet sauvignon, merlot works as well. See notes.
2tspbetter than bouillon, or 2 beef bouillon cubes
5medium carrots, cut into ¼ inch cubes
1lb.baby Yukon gold potatoes, halved or quartered
1large branch rosemary
1/4cupCold Water + 3 tablespoons Corn Starch, Optional
Cut meat into 1-inch cubes, discard any large pieces of fat. Fat marbleized into the meat is fine!
Sprinkle beef with black pepper, garlic salt, and celery salt. Toss to coat. Sprinkle flour over the meat and toss again.
Heat 3 Tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the meat in batches, don’t overcrowd the pan). Brown on each side for 45 seconds. Add more oil if needed. Transfer to slow cooker.
Reduce heat to medium and melt 1 Tablespoon butter. Add onions and cook for 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Use a silicone spatula to clean the bottom of the pan, removing any brown remnants. This will give the soup lots of good flavor. If necessary, add a splash of wine to help loosen it. Transfer the onions/garlic mixture to the slow cooker.
Add all remaining ingredients except for the peas, corn starch mixture, and 2 tablespoons of cold butter.
Cook on low for 7 ½ to 8 hours or high for 3½ to 4 hours, until the vegetables are softened and the potatoes are fork tender.
Add the peas during the last 15 minutes of cooking.
Optional: To thicken, combine ¼ cup COLD water with 3 Tablespoons of cornstarch. Slowly add it to the stew, stirring to incorporate. It will continue to thicken upon standing.
Turn off the heat. Remove the bay leaves and rosemary stem. Swirl in 2 tablespoons of cold butter for a smooth, velvety finish. This is a technique that chefs use called “Monter au Beurre”.Optional: Add 3 drops of Kitchen Bouquet for an even darker color.
StorageStore in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.Best cuts of Beef for Stew• Chuck roasts (the best option) • Rump roasts • Bottom roundsYou can also season and sear a whole roast for about 8 minutes total, and then cut it into cubes. This results in less moisture loss, but there is also less surface area to season and add a seared texture to.Note 2: Red Wine SubstituteAn equal amount of beef broth or red grape juice may be used instead of wine, along with 2 Tablespoons of Red Wine Vinegar. The acidity helps to break down and tenderize the meat.For an Irish twist on this recipe, use 1 cup of extra stout Guinness instead of wine.Optional ingredient additionsCelery, green beans, parsnips, and sweet potatoes.