Let’s Make Chunky Beef Stew in The Crock Pot!

Savory Chunky Beef Stew for a Winter’s Night!

Provencal Beef Stew in Bread Bowl

My Chunky Beef Stew goes together in a snap and your crock pot does the rest of the work!  This stew is full of hearty beef chunks, bacon, potatoes, baby carrots, whole pearl onions and mushrooms and cooks up in a tomato and brown gravy sauce.  This is sure to warm you up on a cold winter day!  

Homemade Bread Bowls!

Here, I’ve served Chunky Beef Stew in my “Homemade” Bread Bowls that are made with frozen bread dough.  Check out that recipe too!

Chunky Beef Stew Recipe:

Chunky Beef Stew in the Crock Pot
 
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds beef stew meat
  • 4 bacon slices, cut in 1 inch pieces
  • 2 12 oz jars brown gravy
  • 14.5 oz can diced peeled tomatoes with the juice
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound fresh whole baby carrots
  • 8 new red potatoes, quartered
  • 10 oz bag pearl onions OR 2 small onions, cut into eights
  • 8 oz whole fresh mushrooms
  • 1 cup red wine ( optional - but I always add it)
Instructions
  1. In medium skillet, cook the bacon ( I use kitchen scissors to cut it up quickly) and the beef stew meat until browned. Do not drain.
  2. Combine the beef stew meat, bacon and liquid in the crock pot along with the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.

Ingredients..( The only thing I added was the optional 1 cup of red wine because I really like the depth of flavor the wine adds to this stew)

Provencal Beef Stew Ingredients

Success Secret:  Use kitchen scissors to easily cut the meat into pieces!

Use kitchen scissors to cut the bacon into pieces and then brown the bacon and stew meat in a skillet.

Provencal Beef Stew Cut Bacon with Kitchen Scissors

Add the browned meat along with the liquid from the skillet to a sprayed crock pot and add the remaining ingredients.  Note:  If you are using the pearl onions, boil them separately for about 3 minutes, cut off the ends and the skins should slide right off.  The other option is to use 2 small onions and cut them into eights , however I really like the look of the pearl onions best.

Adding Carrots to Provencal Beef Stew

Adding Tomatoes to Provencal Beef Stew

Adding Beef and Bacon to Provencal Beef Stew

Now just set the crock pot on low and let it simmer away for 8 to 10 hours.  You won’t believe the aroma that will fill your kitchen as this stew cooks!  If you don’t have 8 to 10 hours to let this cook on low…no worries!  You can let it cook on high for 3 hours and then turn it to low for another 3 hours and that will work just fine.  

Here you see the finished beef stew in the crock pot…

Provencal Beef Stew in Crockpot  

I made my EASY “Homemade” Bread Bowls to serve this stew in.   

 

Try this crock pot recipe too!

Vickie’s Mom’s Sunday Pot Roast Dinner

 

 

Remember….Let’s make life special by sharing great food with our family and friends!  Enjoy!


Mom’s Sunday Pot Roast Recipe

My Mom made this pot roast recipe every Sunday when I was growing up.  Slow cooker recipes are great for the busy cook!  I’ve added the secret trick to lump free gravy and with the crock pot convenience this is hard to beat!

 

Video: Mom’s Sunday Pot Roast Dinner


This crock pot pot roast dinner is full of down-home goodness!  And, I’ve included a “success secret” for lump free gravy — every time!

Watch the video recipe here:

 

 

Mom's Sunday Pot Roast Dinner
 
Recipe type: Main Dish, Crock Pot
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 3 cups baby carrots
  • 6 to 7 potatoes, peeled and cut in half
  • 3 pound chuck roast
  • 1 can Cream of Mushroom soup
  • 1 can French Onion soup
  • 2 onions, peeled and cut in half
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Spray the crock pot with cooking spray.
  2. Place the baby carrots and potatoes into the crock pot. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Place the chuck roast on top of the vegetables. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Pour the Cream of Mushroom soup and French Onion soup on top of the roast.
  5. Place the onions on top.
  6. Cook on LOW for 10 hours.
  7. Remove the roast and vegetables. Turn the crock pot on HIGH and sprinkle in Wondra instant flour. Whisk until thickened - about 1 minute.

Ingredients:

3 cups baby carrots

6 to 7 peeled potatoes, cut in half

3 pound chuck roast

1 can Cream of Mushroom soup

1 can French Onion soup

2 onions, peeled and cut in half

Salt and pepper

 

Spray the crock pot with non stick cooking spray.  Place the carrots and potatoes in the crock pot and season with salt and pepper.

Lay the roast on top of the vegetables.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Pour one can of Cream of Mushroom soup and one can of French Onion soup on top of the roast.  Place the onions on top.

Cover and cook on LOW for 10 hours.

 

When ready to serve, remove the roast and vegetables to a platter. Turn the crock pot on HIGH and whisk Wondra instant flour into the liquid to make the gravy.  Whisk until thickened – about 1 minute.

To download the printable pot roast recipe WITH how-to photos, click here:    Mom’s Sunday Pot Roast Dinner

 

 

This pot roast recipe is a great example of easy crock pot cooking!  Remember, lets Make Life Special by sharing great food with our family and friends!  Enjoy!

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