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Pioneer Woman’s Crockpot Beef Stew

Pioneer Woman’s Crockpot Beef Stew is a wonderful dish, cooked to perfection with garlic, fresh herbs, potatoes, and carrots.

Pioneer Woman’s Crockpot Beef Stew recipe is similar to other beef stews and provides a tasty, protein-packed supper that the entire family will enjoy!

Pioneer Woman Beef Stew Crockpot
Pioneer Woman’s Crockpot Beef Stew

Why You Will Love This Recipe

Pioneer Woman’s crockpot beef stew is the best. This beef stew was one of my favorite comfort foods when I was a kid, and because I like to make you feel a little nostalgic, I wanted to tell you about Pioneer Woman’s version in this blog.

This stew is perfect for Sunday night dinners, impressing your date, serving with cornbread or a slice of toasted French bread, and warming up on those cold winter nights. Trust me when I tell you that this is a recipe you need in your back pocket!

About Pioneer Woman’s Beef Stew

Pioneer Woman’s Beef Stew includes tender beef that is cooked in beef broth with potatoes, fresh herbs, and a variety of vegetables such as carrots, celery, and onion. I have chosen to enhance the taste of Pioneer Woman’s Crockpot Beef Stew with Worcestershire sauce.

Ingredients That You’ll Need:

This simple beef stew recipe is loaded with savory spices, potatoes, and vegetables to make it satisfying and tasty. You’ll need the following to create it:

  • Beef chuck: You’ll need about 3 pounds of beef chuck, which will end up being about 2 1/2 pounds once you trim the excess fat off.
  • Beef broth: You can use beef broth or beef bone broth in Pioneer Woman’s Beef Stew recipe.
  • Tomato paste: You’ll use some tomato paste to help thicken the broth and to give it a nice tanginess and sweetness.
  • Worcestershire: The addition of Worcestershire sauce enhances the delicious umami taste of Pioneer Woman’s Beef Stew.
  • Balsamic vinegar: Balsamic vinegar helps to give the beef stew a little tang and sweetness.
  • Fresh herbs and seasonings: Both garlic and thyme are used in this delicious and hearty stew!
  • Vegetables: Onions, carrots, potatoes, and peas are my favorite vegetables.
  • Flour: Flour helps thicken the stew when it is finished cooking. Feel free to use all-purpose, whole wheat, or gluten-free flour.

What Type of Beef is Best For Pioneer Woman’s Crockpot Beef Stew?

Pioneer Woman’s Crockpot Beef Stew works well with lean cuts of beef that are low in fat. Because of the breakdown of connective tissue, the longer the beef simmers and cooks, the more tender it becomes.

Chuck roasts are the most suitable alternative. (Bonus: It’s also a less expensive cut than other types.)

How to Make Pioneer Woman’s Crockpot Beef Stew

  1. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a large pan set over medium heat.
  2. Season the beef with salt and pepper. Cooking in batches to allow a good sear, add the beef to the pan and allow to cook until browned, about 5 minutes per batch. Transfer the beef to a 6- or 8-quart capacity slow cooker.
  3. Add the beef broth, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar, thyme, salt, and pepper to the slow cooker, stirring until mixed. Add the garlic, onion pieces, carrots, and cubed potatoes to the slow cooker.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours or on high for 4 to 5 hours. I like cooking this dish slow and low so that the meat becomes tender and the flavors meld together.
  5. Next, transfer 1 cup of the juices from the slow cooker to a medium-sized bowl. Whisk in the flour until there are no lumps.
  6. Stir the flour mixture into the slow cooker.
  7. Add the frozen peas and simmer, uncovered, on high for an additional 10 to 15 minutes, until the beef stew thickens slightly.
  8. Serve immediately with French bread, cornbread, crackers, or biscuits that have been toasted.

What Foods Should I Serve With Pioneer Woman’s Crockpot Beef Stew?

The stew is a full dinner in a bowl that doesn’t require anything else, but it’s difficult to resist serving it with fresh popovers or Irish soda bread warm from the oven to mop up the gravy! Here are some other foods you can serve with Pioneer Woman’s Crockpot Beef Stew.

How to Store Pioneer Woman’s Crockpot Beef Stew in the Fridge

You can refrigerate any Pioneer Woman’s Crockpot Beef Stew leftovers in an airtight jar for up to 3 to 4 days. Simply reheat in the microwave or a saucepan on the stovetop.

How to Reheat Pioneer Woman’s Crockpot Beef Stew

On The Stovetop:

  1. Place Pioneer Woman’s Beef Stew in a saucepan set over low heat. If needed, add extra broth or water to the stew.
  2. Allow Pioneer Woman’s Beef Stew to boil until heated, stirring often. Reheating the stew will only take around 15 to 20 minutes. Take care not to overcook it.

In The Microwave:

  1. Place the stew in a microwave-safe dish with a lid. Microwave it for 3 minutes, stirring the stew every 60 seconds to ensure it heats evenly.

In The Crockpot:

  1. If you don’t want to fiddle with the microwave or stove, put your Pioneer Woman’s Beef Stew in the crockpot.
  2. Set it to low and make sure there is enough liquid in your stew to avoid scorching. If necessary, add more water or broth.
  3. Reheat the stew on low for 2 to 3 hours, stirring it once in awhile white it warms.

Recipe Tips

  • Sear the beef before cooking it in the crockpot. This is essential! Browning the steak in a pan ahead of time adds more flavor to the stew.
  • Cook it on low. While many crockpot dishes may be cooked on high for 3 to 4 hours, I strongly advise cooking Pioneer Woman’s Crockpot Beef Stew on low for the entire 7 to 8 hours. This will guarantee that the meat becomes tender.
  • Thicken your stew properly. When it’s time to thicken Pioneer Woman’s Crockpot Beef Stew with flour, take 1 cup of beef stock from the crockpot and place it in a bowl. Then, whisk in 1/4 cup flour until no lumps remain and return it to the stew, stirring it to incorporate. If you add flour directly to the stew, it will turn lumpy.
Pioneer Woman Beef Stew Crockpot
Pioneer Woman’s Crockpot Beef Stew

FAQ Section

Which Potatoes Work Best in Pioneer Woman’s Crockpot Beef Stew?

Yukon Gold and red potatoes are excellent for Pioneer Woman’s Beef Stew because they have less starch and hold up better than russet potatoes, which fall apart and break down in the stew.

Can You Sear the Beef For Pioneer Woman’s Crockpot Beef Stew?

Searing the beef adds color, taste, and texture to the stew.

How Do You Store Pioneer Woman’s Crockpot Beef Stew Crockpot in the Freezer?

Allow Pioneer Woman’s Crockpot Beef Stew to cool fully before transferring it to a freezer-safe container and freezing it for up to 3 months. Allow the stew to defrost overnight in the refrigerator before reheating it in the microwave or on the stovetop.

Can Raw Beef Be Cooked in a Slow Cooker?

It is very safe to put raw meat in a slow cooker. If the beef is frozen, defrost it overnight in the refrigerator before using it in the stew.

Is it Necessary to Sear the Beef Before Slow Cooking it?

While beef can easily be put directly into a slow cooker, browned stew meat gains flavor from the caramelization that occurs during browning. Searing the meat also helps to retain the juices and prevents it from drying out. Beef that has been dredged in flour before browning also helps to thicken the stew.

Does Pioneer Woman’s Beef Stew Become More Tender When it Cooks Longer?

Yes. The meat in Pioneer Woman’s Beef Stew benefits from a long, slow cooking time. This guarantees that the outcomes are tasty and fork-tender. When braising beef, acid (from canned tomatoes, wine, or a little vinegar) can also help break down the meat fibers.

Is it Possible to Overcook Pioneer Woman’s Beef Stew in a Slow Cooker?

Yes, if you cook Pioneer Woman’s Beef Stew beyond the point of it becomes its most tender, it may dry out. If your serving time is delayed, set your slow cooker to warm until you’re ready to dine.

Pioneer Woman Beef Stew Crockpot
Pioneer Woman’s Crockpot Beef Stew

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Pioneer Woman’s Crockpot Beef Stew Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving

  • Calories 360.2
  • Total Fat 7 g
  • Saturated Fat 2.5 g
  • Cholesterol 108.9 mg
  • Sodium 872.3 mg
  • Potassium 1361.3 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 29.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber 4.8 g
  • Sugars 2.9 g
  • Protein 43.1 g
  • Vitamin A 106.4%
  • Vitamin C 55.7%
  • Calcium 4.7%
  • Iron 35.2%

Nutrition Facts Source: Source

Pioneer Woman’s Crockpot Beef Stew

Difficulty:BeginnerPrep time: 20 minutesCook time:7 hours Rest time: minutesTotal time:7 hours 20 minutesServings:6 servingsCalories:360.2 kcal Best Season:Available

Description

Pioneer Woman’s Crockpot Beef Stew is a wonderful dish, cooked to perfection with garlic, fresh herbs, potatoes, and carrots.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a large pan set over medium heat.
  2. Season the beef with salt and pepper. Cooking in batches to allow a good sear, add the beef to the pan and allow to cook until browned, about 5 minutes per batch. Transfer the beef to a 6- or 8-quart capacity slow cooker.
  3. Add the beef broth, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar, thyme, salt, and pepper to the slow cooker, stirring until mixed. Add the garlic, onion pieces, carrots, and cubed potatoes to the slow cooker.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours or on high for 4 to 5 hours. I like cooking this dish slow and low so that the meat becomes tender and the flavors meld together.
  5. Next, transfer 1 cup of the juices from the slow cooker to a medium-sized bowl. Whisk in the flour until there are no lumps.
  6. Stir the flour mixture into the slow cooker.
  7. Add the frozen peas and simmer, uncovered, on high for an additional 10 to 15 minutes, until the beef stew thickens slightly.
  8. Serve immediately with French bread, cornbread, crackers, or biscuits that have been toasted.

Notes

  • Sear the beef before cooking it in the crockpot. This is essential! Browning the steak in a pan ahead of time adds more flavor to the stew.
  • Cook it on low. While many crockpot dishes may be cooked on high for 3 to 4 hours, I strongly advise cooking Pioneer Woman’s Crockpot Beef Stew on low for the entire 7 to 8 hours. This will guarantee that the meat becomes tender.
  • Thicken your stew properly. When it’s time to thicken Pioneer Woman’s Crockpot Beef Stew with flour, take 1 cup of beef stock from the crockpot and place it in a bowl. Then, whisk in 1/4 cup flour until no lumps remain and return it to the stew, stirring it to incorporate. If you add flour directly to the stew, it will turn lumpy.
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Nutrition Facts

Servings 6


Amount Per Serving
Calories 360.2
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 2.5g13%
Cholesterol 108.9mg37%
Sodium 872.3mg37%
Potassium 1361.3mg39%
Total Carbohydrate 29.9g10%
Dietary Fiber 4.8g20%
Sugars 2.9g
Protein 43.1g87%

Vitamin A 106.4 IU
Vitamin C 55.7 mg
Calcium 4.7 mg
Iron 35.2 mg

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Sally

Wednesday 6th of December 2023

This recipe didn't dissapoint! I did double the wash your sister sauce. Will be a family fave from here on out.

Brianna

Thursday 26th of October 2023

Can you make this in a Dutch oven instead of slow cooker? If so what would the cooking time be? Thanks

Kathy

Thursday 19th of October 2023

Can you cook this recipe in a stainless pot on slow? Your recipe sounds delicious but I do not have a crockpot anymore!

Petra Dixon

Sunday 15th of October 2023

Great recipe. This is a keeper.

Erin Table for Seven

Sunday 8th of October 2023

Yes