Italian Beef Stew In the Crockpot Or Slow Cooker

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Today’s recipe is for Crockpot Italian Beef Stew, it’s one of the easy crockpot recipes I enjoy making. The prep for the recipe is quick. Then once you have it in the crockpot it’s time for you to do all your other things while the crockpot it finishes cooking it. I check on mine every so often when I’m at home, giving the beef stew a good stir. As the stew cooks, the smell in the house is amazing. It’s a flavorful dish that I like to pair with noodles or pour it over potatoes or even next to rice.

Although this is not a dump and then run recipe. You could probably skip the dredging and pre-cook part if you really were pressed for time. You know recipes are easily adapted. I really think that the dredging and partial cooking to the beef for the stew add to the flavors by melding the garlic, onions, peppers and floured meat together.

You could even finish cooking this on the stovetop but, it would definitely need lots of stirring. You’d need to make sure it doesn’t run out of the liquid and use a lid. With all this said,  let me share how easy it is to cook this slow cooker beef stew recipe. But, if you rather cook beef stew on the stovetop try this Italian Beef Stew Stovetop Recipe

Crockpot Italian Style Beef Stew

Slow Cooker Recipes | Beef Stew Recipe

How to make beef stew in the crockpot

Slow Cooker Recipes Dredging the meat for beef stew

First Steps For making beef stew

  1. Using a Chef’s knife prepare veggies per recipe directions, set to the side.
  2. Then add the beef, flour, salt, and pepper to the gallon-size plastic bag. Shake until meat is fully coated.
  3. Heat olive oil in the pan and add meat to a large non-stick skillet.

How to braise beef for stew

Slow Cooker Recipes Dredged beef being cookedwith onions and garlic

This process and these steps the same whether you make the beef stew on the stovetop, crockpot or slow cooker. 

  1. Cook meat on medium/low heat. Add the garlic and onions.
  2. Next, cook in oil by turning with a spoon as not to scorch. Add a little more oil if needed.
  3. Add peppers cook 5 minutes on low.
  4. Add beef broth. Mix together, let cook 5 minutes and pour carefully into the crockpot.
  5. Add tomato sauce into the slow cooker.
  6. Fill emptied tomato sauce can half full of Maderia wine add to the sauce. About Madeira Wines
  7. Add half a bag of mini carrots.

Steps for making Italian beef stew in the slow cooker (or crockpot)

Slow Cooker Recipes Cooking beef for crock pot

Cook on high in the slow cooker for about 4 hours. Until meat is tender, and the internal temperature is met 160 F.

Slow Cooker Recipes Italian Style Beef Stew

Serve with noodles or a side of potatoes or even rice. Printable Recipe for Slow Cooker Beef Stew below.

Slow Cooker Italian Beef Stew

Slow Cooker Recipes Beef Stew

Italian Beef Stew Recipe

Yield: Serves 6

Italian Beef Stew (Crockpot or Slow Cooker)

Crockpot Italian Beef Stew - This recipe can be made in the crockpot, slow cooker or Instant Pot on a crock-pot setting. Easy to make, flavorful dish that can be served with noodles, mashed potatoes, rice.

Italian Beef Stew - This recipe can be made in the crockpot, slow cooker or Instant Pot on a crock-pot setting. Easy to make, flavorful dish that can be served with noodles, mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, or rice.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes


  • 1-1/2 to 2 lbs. stew meat lean
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • Olive Oil
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 red pepper chopped
  • 1 poblano chili pepper seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 bag mini carrots
  • 1 tsp. Italian spices
  • 1/2 tsp. thyme
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1- 14.5 oz. can tomato sauce with green peppers celery and onion (or plain)
  • Maderia Wine half a can measure from your emptied stewed tomatoes
  • 1-14.5 oz. beef broth


  1. Wash and chop all your veggies keep garlic and onion together in one bowl, add peppers in another bowl.
  2. Take beef from package dump into a plastic baggie with flour, salt, and pepper.
  3. Start to heat about 3 tablespoons olive oil.
  4. Add the floured meat mixture to the heated pan, then cook a bit.
  5. Turn and add garlic and onions, continue cooking on a med./low heat.
  6. When slightly browned add the peppers cook about 3-5 more minutes.
  7. Then add beef broth. Stir together then add entire pan to the crockpot.
  8. Next, add the stewed tomatoes. Use the empty can to measure Mederia Wine half-filled into can.
  9. Pour measured Maderia into the crockpot.
  10. Add the rest of the spices.
  11. Then add carrots.
  12. Cook on high 4 hours. *see notes


Cook on high at least 4 hours. Check for meats tenderness. If the internal temperature has not been met it needs to be cooked longer. It will be finished when the meat is a tender and the internal temperature of 160F has been met. Serve with noodles, potatoes, rice or bread.

Optionally you can add potatoes into your stew as shown in the video tutorial.

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 701Total Fat 24gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 14gCholesterol 299mgSodium 1052mgCarbohydrates 18gFiber 3gSugar 8gProtein 102g

Not all nutritional information is 100% accurate.

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