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Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 20 mins


  • 2 lbs beef stew meat
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 5 potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 4 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 3 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 (.87 to 1.0-ounce) packets brown gravy mix


  • In a large bowl, generously salt and pepper meat and stir with flour until meat is coated.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet and brown meat.
  • In the slow cooker crock, place potatoes on bottom, top with carrots, celery, browned meat, then onions on top.
  • In another bowl combine gravy packets and garlic powder with beef broth. Pour mixture into crock.
  • Cook on low for 7 to 8 hours, stirring once in the last hour.


Find the gravy too thin?  Simply mix 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of cold broth or water in a small bowl.   Stir the mixture it into the slow cooker.  Cover and increase the heat to high for about 20 minutes or until the sauce has thickened.