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Slow Cooker Irish Beef stew in bowl next to slow cooker.
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5 from 25 votes

Slow Cooker Irish Beef Stew

A delicious beef and potato stew made in your slow cooker.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Course: Easy Dinner Ideas, Main Course
Cuisine: American, irish
Servings: 8
Calories: 84kcal


  • 3 pounds cubed beef or lamb meat
  • cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt divided
  • ¼ cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 2 large onions chopped in 1 inch pieces
  • 8 cups beef broth divided
  • 3 medium potatoes peeled and cubed in 2 inch pieces
  • 1 pound carrots peeled and cut into Hawaiian inch pieces
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste


  • Prepare the slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a gallon size Ziploc freezer bag, add the flour and 1 teaspoon salt. Shake gently to combine. Add the meat to the bag, seal, and turn until the meat is entirely coated by the flour.
  • In a large cast-iron skillet over medium high heat, add the oil. Carefully add about half of the meat to the skillet and brown on all sides. Remove the brown meat and place in the slow cooker to keep warm. Repeat until all of the meat is browned.
  • Add the onions to the skillet, and cook until softened, about five minutes. Stir often to avoid burning. Transfer the onions to the slow cooker.
  • Pour about one cup of the beef broth into the skillet, scraping the bottom with a wooden spoon to remove any cooked on pieces. Pour all of the broth from the skillet into the slow cooker.
  • Add the vegetables to the slow cooker over the meat.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the beef broth, remaining salt, garlic powder, dried thyme, black pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and tomato paste. Pour over the vegetables in the slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or high for 3 to 4 hours.


  • Chuck, tip or round beef roast are all good choices for stew. Marbled fat in the meat keep it moist and tender during a long braise.
  • You can use frozen potatoes and carrots if you like. They save a little time as they are already cleaned and chopped.
  • Be sure to brown the chunks of beef before placing them into the slow cooker. The browning adds a wonderful depth of flavor and color.


Calories: 84kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1540mg | Potassium: 363mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 9514IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 2mg