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Is there anything that screams comfort food more than your classic beef stew? I call this “Harvest Hearty Beef Stew” because it is filled with vegetables and herbs harvested from our garden. This recipe takes advantage of slow cooking in a crockpot allowing the flavors to infuse and the beef to transform to a tender, melt in your mouth morsel.
Harvest Hearty Beef Stew
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
7 hrs
Total Time
7 hrs 15 mins
Beef stew is a nutritious and delicious way to make use of winter storage crops. This basic recipe will serve you well through the long winter.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 320 kcal
Author: Grow a Good Life
  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat for about 1 to 2 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, blend pepper, salt, and flour together until combined. Add stew beef and toss to coat. 

  3. Add beef to hot skillet and sear until browned all over, about 4-5 minutes. You may have to do this in batches so you don’t crowd the pan. Remove seared beef and add to your slow cooker. Leave behind the juices and brown bits.

  4. Add onions to the skillet and sauté until softened, about 4-5 minutes. Add carrots, celery, garlic, and sauté 4-5 minutes more. 

  5. Add 1 cup of beef broth to the skillet to deglaze the pan. As the broth bubbles and simmers, scrape the skillet with a wooden spoon to release all the flavor infused brown bits stuck to the bottom of the pan. Turn off heat and transfer everything in the skillet to your slow cooker.

  6. Add the remaining ingredients to the slow cooker: potatoes, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, paprika, bay leaves, thyme, and enough beef broth to cover. Stir to combine. 

  7. Cover, and cook on low for 7-8 hours, or on high for 4-6 hours, stirring occasionally until the beef is tender. Remove bay leaves and thyme sprigs before serving. Taste and adjust seasoning, if needed.