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Crockpot Beef Stew

We had a gorgeous  Fall weekend in Southern California. It instantly made me crave comfort food. Beef Stew was the first thing that popped in my head.

Before you go and make this there is one thing you should know, it has turnips it. They have a pretty strong flavor, so if you have never had them before I would leave them out. If you don’t love turnips, leave them out. So basically if you’re not head over heals about turnips don’t use them.

Here’s how to make this crockpot classic.

1) Coat your meat with flour and brown in olive oil. Once the meat is browned, add it to the crockpot.

2) Add chopped onions to the same pan you cooked the meat. Saute until tender.

3) Add tomato paste to the onions and stir to coat the onions.

4) Add the meat, onions, carrots, potatoes, turnips, beef broth, and seasonings. Cook on low for 9-12 hours or on high for 4-6 hours.

Once the crockpot has worked it’s magic, you have a delicious tasting bowl of stew.

Recipe adapted from Real Simple


  • 1.5 pounds  beef stew meat
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3-4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 2 cups chopped potatoes (2 inch peices)
  • 1.5 cups baby carrots
  • 1.5 cups turnips (optional)
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt & pepper to taste


Turn on crockpot to either high or low setting depending on how long you want to cook it. Heat olive oil in medium skillet. Coat meat in flour and cook in olive oil just until the browned. Remove beef and place in crockpot. Add onions to the same skillet you cooked the meat in. Saute until tender. Add tomato paste to onions and stir until onions are coated. Place onions in crockpot. Add broth, potatoes, turnips, carrots and bay leaf to crockpot. Cover and cook for either 4-6 hours on high or 9-12 hours on low. Once cooked, add salt and pepper to taste, then tossed peas in cook until peas are heated through.


12 Responses

  1. Blog is the New Black said on October 10, 2011 at 11:57 am

    This looks like such a simple, but flavorful fall meal! I even have stew beef in the freezer. YUM!

  2. Heather @ Heather's Dish said on October 10, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Fall comfort for sure! Sounds amazing 🙂

  3. Anna @ On Anna's Plate said on October 10, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Mmmmm…love dishes like this in the fall and winter 🙂

  4. emily (a nutritionist eats) said on October 10, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    I love crock pot meals!!! 🙂

  5. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) said on October 10, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    I’m glad you enjoyed the weekend. It was amazing here in Atlanta! I’m starting to crave chili like crazy now!

  6. Maryea (Happy Healthy Mama) said on October 10, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    I had a crock pot meal tonight. They are the best! I need to stock pile slow cooker recipes for after the new baby arrives. this one looks great!

  7. Kim @ Spoonful of Sass said on October 10, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Well now I officially feel the need to try turnips! I’m actually kind of ashamed I never had one!

  8. Samantha @ Bikini Birthday said on October 11, 2011 at 6:32 am

    Did you put parsnips in it too? It looks like parsnips in that second last picture.

  9. Nicole, RD said on October 11, 2011 at 8:03 am

    That looks like fantastic comfort food. A little ironic that the west coast has fall there and the Midwest has summer weather. I’m getting anxious to whip out the fall flavors. Love the addition of turnips…mm!

  10. Lauren at Keep It Sweet said on October 11, 2011 at 8:52 am

    That really is pure comfort food! I like turnips so I’d definitely try this with them.

  11. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking said on October 11, 2011 at 9:48 am

    What a beautiful beef stew! There’s nothing better during the brisk fall months than firing up the Crock Pot and having dinner ready without barely lifting a finger, haha. Thanks for sharing your recipe, Estela.

  12. Anne at Always Half Full said on October 12, 2011 at 8:17 am

    This looks phenomenal. It’s on my menu for next week!