Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on August 5, 2013

Slow Cooker Freezer Pack Costco Plan - 20 Meals for $150 in Less Than 2 Hours |

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This recipe is part of the 20 Slow Cooker Freezer Packs from Costco for $150 meal plan. Note that this is written as a single recipe, but is doubled in the Costco meal plan, so you will have enough ingredients to make 2 packs.

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Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 8 hours in slow cooker


  • ¼ of the stew beef, about 1 lb.
  • 3 potatoes, quartered
  • 2 cups baby carrots
  • 1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms, optional
  • 3 cups broth
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper


Assembly Instructions: Add all ingredients to the pack, in the order they were listed. Remove as much air as you can or vacuum seal the pack. Freeze up to 6 months in a refrigerator freezer, or 12 months in a deep freezer.

Cooking Instructions: Thaw the slow cooker pack in the refrigerator overnight, or in a bowl of warm water for about 30 minutes. If the pack is partially thawed, cook on low for 8-10 hours. If the pack is completely thawed, you can cook on high for 6 hours or low for 8 hours.

Side dish suggestion: This one-dish meal doesn’t need a side dish, unless you want to add one. I would suggest a simple green salad or broccoli.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Judy W August 11, 2014 at 8:04 pm

Is it 3 cups of beef broth that is used in this recipe?


Jen W October 29, 2014 at 10:14 pm

I am assuming it is chicken broth that was on the Costco list for this meal plan, but you could obviously change it out to beef broth


PirateMomPenny August 13, 2014 at 11:24 pm

Would it be ok to freeze without the beef broth…and then add into the crockpot at cooking time?
I’m thinking this would save room in my freezer. Thoughts?


Molly August 18, 2014 at 3:31 pm

How often/when should I be stirring?


Michelle October 8, 2014 at 1:48 am

Sounds good but I would not freeze the potatoes. Add them fresh because otherwise your potatoes in the stew will taste watery and mushy. I find that both potatoes and rice don’t freeze very well.
Note: You can freeze mashed potatoes for other dinners, if you mix them with sour cream before freezing them.


Michelle October 8, 2014 at 1:49 am

Oh I almost forgot, always add a bay leaf to the beef stew and it will taste better.


Michele October 13, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Has anyone made this? How did it turn out?


Jessica November 17, 2014 at 2:19 pm

It is deliciously simple! One if my fav beef stew recipes. The potatoes freeze well, especially russett. Adding broth later is a great idea!


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