A bowl of slow cooker beef and mushroom stew garnished with a sprig of fresh parsley for color.

Slow Cooker Beef and Mushroom Stew

This Slow Cooker Beef and Mushroom Stew is the perfect comfort food for cooler evenings this fall. The best part is that because it’s a slow cooker recipe, dinner is ready when you walk through the door. Stews always taste better when they’re cooked for a long time at low temperatures. The low and slow cooking method helps the flavors to combine and ensures that the meat will become very tender. Since this recipe is hands off once it’s assembled, Slow Cooker Beef and Mushroom Stew the perfect, delicious, weeknight meal.

What you will need to prepare Slow Cooker Beef and Mushroom Stew

From the Refrigerator:

  • Beef Stew Meat
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Mushrooms

From the Pantry:

  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Beef Broth
  • Bay Leaf
  • Paprika

From the Root Cellar:

  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Potatoes
Carrots, celery, and onions are cut up and ready for the slow cooker beef and mushroom stew

Do some preparation the night before to make morning assembly simple.

To simplify getting the stew assembled and into the slow cooker in the morning, cut your onions, celery, carrots, and mushrooms the night before, and store them in a covered container in the refrigerator. Don’t cut the potatoes ahead of time because they will get black and look unattractive in your stew. You can also cut the stew meat into smaller pieces if your grocery store, like mine, has some humongous chunks of meat in their packages of stew meat. Just store the cut stew meat in a covered container in the refrigerator. In the morning, the whole meal can be assembled in about 5 minutes.

What should I serve with the slow cooker beef and mushroom stew?

We love to serve our beef stew with either some crusty bread, biscuits, or cornbread. If you want a delicious dessert to follow your stew, try adding an easy apple crisp that can bake while you’re eating the stew.

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Slow Cooker Beef and Mushroom Stew

This delicious beef stew recipe cooks all day in your slow cooker, so you can come home to a delicious and hearty meal. We love to serve beef stew with thick slices of fresh bread, biscuits, or cornbread. This recipe makes 5 very generous servings. The total cost for this recipe was $12.18, but the price can be cut in half by purchasing the stew meat on sale or by cutting up a chuck steak or other inexpensive cut of meat yourself rather than buying the pre-cut meat. Even with the high cost of the stew meat, the cost per serving is only about $2.44 per person.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 10 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 5
Calories 375 kcal


  • 1.5 pounds beef stew meat ($7.97)
  • 2 Tbl all purpose flour ($0.02)
  • ½ tsp salt ($0.01)
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper ($0.02)
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can beef broth ($0.99)
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce ($0.08)
  • 1 clove garlic minced ($0.06)
  • 1 bay leaf ($0.05)
  • 1 tsp paprika ($0.02)
  • 1 (8 ounce) package Cremini mushrooms sliced ($1.99)
  • 2 medium carrots sliced ($0.21)
  • 2 medium russet potatoes diced ($0.38)
  • 1 small to medium white onion chopped ($0.29)
  • 1 rib celery (some people refer to ribs as stalks) sliced ($0.09)


  • Put beef pieces into slow cooker.
  • Mix together the flour, salt, and pepper.
  • Pour the flour mixture into the slow cooker with the beef and mix well until each piece of beef is well coated.
  • Add beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, bay leaf, and paprika to the slow cooker. Do not stir.
  • Add mushrooms, carrots, potatoes, onion, and celery to slow cooker.
  • Stir everything together to mix well.
  • Cover and cook on low for 10 – 12 hours or on high for 4- 6 hours or until done.
  • Stir stew before serving.
Keyword all purpose flour, bay leaf, beef broth, black pepper, carrot, celery, garlic, paprika, porcini mushrooms, potatoes, salt, stew meat, white onion, worcestershire sauce

The following nutrition information was calculated for one serving (one-fifth of the beef stew recipe) prepared as written above.

Nutrition facts for Slow Cooker Beef and Mushroom Stew:
Servings:  5
Calroies 375
Total Fat 9.2g
Saturated fat 3.4 g
cholesterol 122mg
sodium 625mg
total carbohydrate 24.6g
dietary fiber: 2.9g
total sugar: 3.8g
protein 46.6g
vitamin D 101mcg
calcium 37 mg
iron 28mg
potassium 1213mg

Disclaimer:  Nutritional information is calculated using online tools such as those available at cronometer.com or verywellfit.com.  We make every attempt to ensure that the information is calculated correctly, but this information should be considered estimates.   Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in fresh produce, and the way ingredients are processed change the effective nutritional information in any given recipe.  In addition, different online calculators provide different results depending on their own nutrition-fact sources, databases, and the algorithms used.   You are solely responsible for ensuring that any nutritional information provided is accurate, complete, and useful.  Under no circumstances will PattyCakesPantry.com be responsible for any loss or damage resulting for your reliance on nutritional information provided. 

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