Slow Cooker Beef and Beer Stew

As Homer Simpson famously said, “Let’s get someone else to do it!” Whether it’s dining out or dining in, there’s nothing better than having someone else – or in this case, something else – cook for you. Hence the modern popularity of slow cookers. Today’s salt free recipe couldn’t be simpler or more delicious. Brown some beef cubes, pop them into the cooker, along with fresh veggies, broth and beer, cover, simmer and POOF! Dinner is served. Recipe from Kitchen Basics Healthy Cooking with Stock.

Serves 8.

SODIUM CONTENT: 126 mg per serving

Nutrition Facts: Slow Cooker Beef and Beer Stew


1 1/2 lbs. beef stew meat, cut into cubes
2 T. flour
freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 T. olive oil
2 c. Kitchen Basics Unsalted Beef Stock
2 c. light beer
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch rounds
2 medium celery stalks, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 c. button mushrooms, sliced
2 c. cubed potato
1/2 t. dried thyme


Measure the flour into a mixing bowl or gallon-sized ziptop plastic bag. Add freshly ground black pepper to taste. Place the beef in the bowl or bag, then toss or shake well to coat.

Heat the oil in a large saute pan over medium-high, add the beef and brown on all sides. Remove beef and transfer to slow cooker. Add the stock and beer to the saute pan and stir, scraping up all of the bits stuck to the bottom of the pan. When the liquid comes to a boil, pour over the meat in the slow cooker.

Add the remaining ingredients, as well as freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours, or until beef and vegetables are tender. For added heft, serve over cooked egg noodles or rice.

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13 Responses to Slow Cooker Beef and Beer Stew

  1. looks delish!! glad that there are some ‘stock options’ (hahahha) open to you! i always forget about this blog–can you link it to your other one or are you keeping them separated purposely?


  2. Christy says:

    thanks babe – it WAS delish! i will talk to the IT man tonight about better linking the two. i could add a “pages” link in tab bar at the top (on the blog), but surely there must be something prettier.. no, def not trying to keep the two separate, though they may appear to be. both are MEEEEEEEE thru & thru.

  3. Christy says:

    okay nat – the sites are now linked through the pretzels photo on my blog. that’s as purdy as it’s gonna get for now. (read: that’s as much as i know how to do ;)) XO~!

  4. tona says:

    This recipe is soooooo delicious. We didn’t include the mushrooms this time…I chopped too many potatoes and there wasn’t room in the crock pot 🙂 . Next time!! We served it with freshly baked frozen bread dough…so yummy!

  5. Christy says:

    Hooray!! SO glad you liked it Tona. This is truly one of my favorites. Tons of flavor, so tender and so honking easy!!! Doesn’t get better than that! XO

  6. Regina says:

    i am making this this week! maybe tonight for tomorrows lunch! i’ll let you know how it comes out!! SO EXCITED!!!!!

  7. Christy says:

    Oooh I’m excited for you! This is such an easy, delicious recipe. Hope you love it!

  8. regina says:

    OH MY!!!!! I made this last night timed it so it would be done in time for me to bring it to work for lunch! It couldnt have been easyer! The smell was driving me crazy all night long. It filled the house with a warm old time feeling. It ereminded me of visiting my grandmom and eating her beef stew ( I missed that smell so much)! I was in heaven at lunch time what an amazing tast it was filling and just fell apart in your mouth! I give this dish a *****
    thank you so much!


  9. Pam says:

    Is there a substitute for the beer? I’m looking for low sodium recipes. Thank you!

    • Christy says:

      Hi Pam! Instead of beer I’d recommend something slightly acidic and flavorful – maybe try an equal amount of low-sodium tomato or vegetable juice, or perhaps low-sodium broth w an added tablespoon or two of malt vinegar. Hope this helps! Best wishes, Christy

  10. Dane says:

    Do you have the nutritional information for this recipe?

    • Christy says:

      Hey Dane! I just calculated and posted the complete nutritional info for the recipe. Some of the earlier recipes are lacking complete nutrition facts; some have only sodium content, some have NOTHING (for shame!) I started adding the full stats in roughly 2011/2012.

      Please do comment and let me know when you find one that’s “nude” and I’ll be happy to calculate and add the facts. Hope this helps!

      Thanks and best wishes, Christy

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