Saturday, March 9, 2013

Slow Cooker Hearty Beef Stew

Slow Cooker Hearty Beef Stew

Beef Stew
Photo Source: Creative Mess 2013

This hearty beef stew is part of the slow cooker freezer meals that I wanted to try. This meal is easy and it tastes great. I like being able to throw all of the ingredients in a Ziploc bag then put it in the freezer. When I am ready, I just pull the beef stew out the night before to thaw and put it in the slow cooker in the morning. By dinner time, I have this great aroma of the old fashion beef stew! I made some corn bread muffins to go with it. This meal was a hit with my family! Definitely will be making more of this.

This recipe was adopted from the Six Sisters Stuff and is a part of their 8 Slow Cooker Freezer Meals in One Hour. I did all of the eight freezer meals which the beef stew is the first that my family and I have tried so far. As we try each of the freezer meals, I will share my results.

The recipe:

1lb beef stew meat (I cut mine up from bottom round)
4 carrots, cleaned and sliced
4 red potatoes, cleaned and cut into large cubes. (I left the skin on, but you can peel if you choose)
1 package of dry onion soup mix
2 cans of 98% fat free cream of mushroom soup (I used fat free low sodium)
1 8 ounce can tomato sauce
1 10 ounce package frozen green peas 


Place all of the ingredients in a resealable gallon sized freezer bag. Mix it up, close the bag, and place it in the freezer.

When ready to use, remove from freezer and thaw in the refrigerator 24 hours.

Empty the beef stew into the slow cooker. Cook on LOW for 7-10 hours or HIGH for 5-6 hours

Serve with some warm corn bread muffins.

This meal fed 2 adults and 1 child. We had left overs for the next day.

Beef Stew
Photo Source: Creative Mess 2013


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  1. New follower from Let's Get Social.
    It's raining (pouring, actually) and has turned cold again. This beef stew would be so good right now.

  2. I love the kind of meals that you can prepare ahead. Slow cooker meals are great! I stopped by from Harvest of Friends Blog Hop.

  3. Hello! New follower from the hop! <3

  4. stumbled on your blog via the blog hop at:

    o wow that looks amazing!!! can i have your left overs!? LoL

    New follower via email! :-)

  5. We came across your blog! We would love to have you share your beef stew at our Strut Your Stuff Saturday link party at We also have a new sister site that we launched in January. You can post your recipes and make money! It's so exciting! Drop by and check it out! Have a great day! -The Six Sisters

  6. Oh this sound so good... How does it do in a crock pot? Thinking a good meal for sometime this week....Thank you for linking up to

    Thanks for sharing!

  7. What a great idea to toss beef stew into the freezer. I know that saves a ton of prep time later, and I love that idea.

    Thanks for sharing. I'm visiting today from Raising Imperfection. :)

  8. I love beef stew ... and I love that you accompanied it with cornbread! YUM!

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. :)

    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo

  9. Need stew is one of my favorite foods but I love my moms the beat but this recipe sounds so easy that I am tempted to try it!

    Thank you for linking up to Raising Imperfection!
    Make sure to check back on Friday to see if you were featured.

  10. This sounds so delicious, I will actually schlepp my two kids BACK to the grocery store to get beef to make this this week! Thank you!

  11. thanks for linking up to Sat. Dishes! ~ Paula

  12. Thanks for adding your link at Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop.
    You know, I have a beef stew recipe, too. Never used onion soup mix but sounds like a great idea!

  13. I love crock pot meals. Thank you for linking up at Fluster's Creative Muster. Hope to see you next week!

    Robin @ Fluster Buster

  14. I luv cooking with the crock pot! Happy WW :)

    ~ Jill

  15. Thank you for sharing your recipe with us at the 'Time for a party'-linky, at the Fine Craft Guild. Looks like you are such a happy cook!!!

  16. yum, I really need to use my crock pot more often. Thank you for hopping in at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop xo

  17. I love beef stew :)
    Thanks for sharing for WW!

  18. Yummmm! I hear this calling my name for Saturday!
    Thank you so much for sharing on Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine's Corner. I'm Jen, the co-host this from Through My Creative Mind. I'm your newest follower...I'd love it if you stopped by and did the same :-)
    Make sure to come back every Monday for Creative Show and Tell!

    Jen @ Through My Creative Mind

  19. This is close to my recipe but I don't use the onion soup. It's a staple in my cupboard though and I can't wait to try it. My husband loves the flavor.

  20. This looks delicious. Thanks so much for sharing with Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop. Have a great week.
    Debi, Charly, Marci, and Suzan

  21. Thanks so much for sharing this yummy tidbit on Tutorial Thursdays.
    I look forward to seeing what you make this week.

  22. I found your blog on a blog hop! Love it.

    I am your newest follower and I hope you will follow me back so that we can continue to share ideas! :)

    Naptime Nothings

  23. I'm stopping by and following you from the Bloglovin Bloghop. Did I mention that I'm a beef stew junkie!! this recipe looks delicious and easy, for a not-so-good cook like myself. I'd rather be crafting than cooking, but I think I could pull this one off:) Thank you for sharing ~ Amy @ StowandTellU


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