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Flavorful Slow Cooker Beef Stew

This amazing flavorful slow cooker Irish Beef stew is full of awesome vegetables and is slow cooked to perfection. No alcohol needed for this delicious dish!

Beef Stew is one of my favorite meals. Because I am so picky, I never really tried it until I became an adult. There is this famous chain restaurant in NYC called Hale and Hearty and they put me on to the best Beef Stew I have EVER had in my life.

Until this recipe right here. Stews are such a great way to keep you warm during those winter nights! Plus you can throw everything in a slow cooker, set it and forget it.

Cozy Comfort: Slow Cooker Beef Stew that Warms the Soul

Hello food aficionados! Today, we’re diving into the hearty world of Slow Cooker Beef Stew. Imagine tender cubes of sirloin steak, mixed with comforting root vegetables, all simmered to perfection in a savory medley of creamy soups. Yes, you read that right—this beef stew makes use of not one, but three different kinds of canned soup for an effortlessly rich and satisfying meal. It’s an easy, set-it-and-forget-it recipe that’ll have everyone clamoring for seconds.

Slow Cooker Beef Stew FAQs

Can I use other cuts of beef?

While sirloin is lean and becomes tender during the slow cooking process, you could also use chuck or beef stew meat if you prefer. These cuts are usually more economical and become very tender when slow-cooked.

Do I need to use all three types of canned soup?

The trio of canned soups—cream of mushroom, cream of celery, and tomato—combine to create a rich and flavorful base. However, you can mix and match or use homemade soup if desired.

Can I add other vegetables?

Certainly! Feel free to throw in other veggies like green peas, corn, or even some chopped spinach for added nutrients.

This recipe uses lot of different veggies too like carrots, potatoes and celery. And it’s so good the kids likely won’t even notice how healthy it is for them!

My favorite way to have beef stew is with a side of crusty bread. Sourdough is at the top of the list but some day old Italian bread can work too! I use it for dipping and it is the best culinary experience!

Tips and Tricks

  1. Brown the Beef: Consider browning the beef cubes in a skillet before adding them to the slow cooker. This adds another layer of flavor.
  2. Layer Smartly: Always place the hard, slow-to-cook veggies like potatoes and carrots at the bottom of the slow cooker for more even cooking.
  3. Fresh Herbs: A sprinkle of fresh herbs like thyme or rosemary halfway through cooking can really elevate the flavors.


  1. Spicy Stew: Add some crushed red pepper flakes for a little heat.
  2. Creamy Deluxe: Add a dollop of sour cream or a splash of heavy cream in the last 30 minutes of cooking for a creamier texture.

Where to Serve

This beef stew is perfect for cold winter nights, family gatherings, or potluck dinners. Serve it as a standalone dish with some crusty bread, or pair it with a simple green salad for a complete meal.


Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. For longer storage, freeze the stew in individual portions for up to 3 months.

Most Irish Beef Stew has alcohol like red wine and maybe even a little whisky. We are keeping the recipe PG today–so no alcohol-but still with the same delicious flavors.

Common Problems and How to Avoid Them

  1. Soggy Veggies: To avoid overcooked vegetables, consider adding quick-cooking veggies like peas or corn towards the end of the cooking time.
  2. Bland Taste: The canned soups already have salt, but taste the stew before serving and adjust seasoning if needed.

Tips for Making this Recipe with Kids

  1. Prepping Veggies: Let the kids help peel and chop the softer vegetables like potatoes and carrots.
  2. Soup Mixing: They can assist in combining the canned soups and the dry onion soup mix in a bowl before it gets added to the slow cooker.
  3. Stir Duty: With supervision, allow them to give the stew a good stir halfway through cooking.

Topping Options

  1. Cheese: Grated Parmesan or cheddar adds a delicious salty tang.
  2. Fresh Herbs: A sprinkle of fresh parsley or chives adds color and a burst of flavor.
  3. Croutons: For some crunch, consider some homemade or store-bought croutons.

What ingredients do you need for this Slow Cooker Irish Beef Stew?

  • 2 pounds sirloin steak, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 3 large carrots, sliced
  • 4 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 sticks celery, chopped
  • 1 (10.5 oz) can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 (10.5 oz) can cream of celery soup
  • 1 (10.5 oz) can tomato soup
  • 1 packet dry onion soup mix

When can I serve this amazing beef stew?

Anytime is great, cold nights are a perfect match and honestly, anytime you don’t want to spend hanging out over the stove. Let’s be honest, we have ALL spent a lot of time at the stove lately.

Why This Recipe Works

  1. Simplicity: The slow cooker takes care of the hard work, making it ideal for busy households.
  2. Flavor Depth: The combination of three different soups gives the stew a complexity of flavor without requiring a laundry list of ingredients.
  3. Versatility: It’s a recipe that’s easy to tweak based on your family’s preferences and the ingredients you have on hand.
  4. Kid-Friendly: Simple steps and straightforward ingredients make this a great recipe to involve the little ones in cooking.

All in all, this Slow Cooker Beef Stew is the epitome of comfort food. It’s rich, hearty, and guaranteed to warm you up from the inside out. Happy slow cooking, everyone!

Enjoy and stay warm!

Slow Cooker Beef Stew
Yield: 8 servings

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 hours 8 seconds
Total Time: 10 hours 15 minutes 8 seconds

A super easy Irish Beef Stew Recipe with yummy vegetables that is slow cooked to perfection.


  • 2 pounds sirloin steak, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 3 large carrots, sliced
  • 4 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 sticks celery, chopped
  • 1 (10.5 oz) can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 (10.5 oz) can cream of celery soup
  • 1 (10.5 oz) can tomato soup
  • 1 packet dry onion soup mix


  1. In a slow cooker or Dutch oven, layer beef and chopped vegetables.
  2. Stir together soups and seasoning packet, pour over meat, carrots, potatoes, and celery.
  3. Stir and cover.
  4. Cook in the slow cooker on low setting for 8-10 hours.
  5. Serve hot with bread or crackers


**(Or bake in a Dutch oven at 275 degrees for the same amount of time)

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