Slow Cooked Hearty Beef Stew

This winter, give your home a cozy and warm embrace with the nourishing aroma of slow-cooked beef stew. For those cool days that call for something hearty, this stew is what you need to make them infinitely better!


Slow Cooked Hearty Beef Stew

Warm up this winter with a savory, slow-cooked beef stew that's so comforting it feels like you're getting an enormous hug. The richness of the flavours is sure to tantalise your taste buds!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Servings 4


  • 800 g diced beef
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 4 slices of bacon diced
  • 1 tsp minced garlic optional
  • Fresh thyme
  • 4 tbsps tomato paste
  • ½ cup red wine dry
  • cups beef stock
  • cup tomato puree
  • 10 button mushrooms quartered
  • Salt and pepper


  • Heat ½ of the oil in a large heavy based pan and sauté ½ of the diced beef, browning all over. Remove and add the the bowl of a slow cooker.
  • Sauté remaining beef and oil, transferrring to the slow cooker when browned all over.
  • To the same pan add the diced onion and bacon, sauté until translucent.
  • Add the garlic and fresh thyme sprigs, sauté for a further 2 minutes. Stir through the tomato paste.
  • Deglaze the pan with the red wine, beef stock and tomato puree.
  • Pour the sauce over the browned beef and stir through the quartered mushroms.
  • Turn the slow cooker on high.
  • Cover with lid and allow to cook for 4-5 hours or until meat is lovely and tender.
  • Adjust seasoning and thicken if desired (see notes for tips on thickening) or enjoy as is.
  • Serve with favourite veggies or mashed cauliflower.


* To thicken the sauce you can add a little (and by a little I mean a little! I'm talking ⅛ of a tsp) of xantham gum or you could use 1 tbsp of arrowroot powder if xantham gum isn’t your thing! Mix with a tbsp of cold water to form a slurry before adding to the stew and cooking our for a 10 minutes.
*If you prefer to thicken the sauce without a thickening agent, drain the liquid into a pan and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the liquid reduces and thickens. Then pour the sauce over the meat and stir through.

2 Responses

  1. 5 stars
    I have been trying to find recipies that would taste good and still be good for you and this is one of my favourites. keeps me full for a very long time and I dont feel guilty after!

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