Beef Stew (Slow Cooker)

Beef Stew | The Gluten-Free Homemaker

The other day I was in the kitchen when a heard a noise coming from one of my cabinets. I was pretty sure we didn’t have mice, but what could it be? I opened the door cautiously. Imagine my surprise when I heard the noise again and realized it was my crockpot! Yes, she was crying out for attention. You see, I have been very guilty of crockpot neglect. I didn’t just forget to get her out after the hot summer months were over. She’s been neglected for a long time.

I do have an excuse. There’s been a new love in my life–my pressure cooker. He’s very sleek and handsome and cooks meals in minutes rather than hours. But my poor crockpot. It’s not as if she’s totally useless. I pulled her out of the cabinet and gave it some thought. Then I remembered there is one thing my pressure cooker is not good at. One thing that we like to eat and my crockpot is great at. One thing that I happened to have the ingredients for. Beef stew!

My pressure cooker is not good at making beef stew because the vegetables cook way to quickly. In a crockpot, the vegetables cook more slowly. I set to work making beef stew, and boy was my crock pot happy! She proudly sat on my counter all afternoon and as expected, produced a fine pot of beef stew by dinner time.

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Beef Stew (Slow Cooker)
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Serves: 8
  • 2 pounds stew meat, cubed
  • ¼ cup rice flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 large carrots, thinly sliced
  • 4 medium potatoes, diced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, sliced
  • 1½ cup beef broth
  1. Place the meat in the crock pot. Sprinkle the flour, salt, and pepper over top and stir to coat the meat.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
  3. Cover and cook on low 8 hours or high 3-4 hours.
  4. Stir and remove the bay leaf before serving.

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  1. The Happy Housewife says

    Sounds like a great recipe. I can’t wait until I can make your Mexican casserole. Have you posted that one yet, if not you should. I would also post the spice cake, that was sooo yummy!
    Thanks again for dinner, we all had a great time, the kids are still talking about it. Liam starting talking about Ryan tonight during dinner!

  2. Lisa@BlessedwithGrace says

    I love a good beef stew. It is cool here, tonight, and I am wishing for this stew! I am so glad you joined us for our Tempting Tuesday! I hope you keep coming back.

  3. Deanna says

    Growing up I was terrified of the pressure cooker! It used to yell, scream and steam when it was ready and I would go hiding. Maybe that is why I am so in love with my crockpot today. It is so loved the handles are broken and it is standing on 3 legs. But I can’t stand to replace it.

    I can’t wait to try your recipe!

  4. Sherry says

    This sounds delish! I can never get my potatoes right in the crockpot as they never seem to be done. I’m actually doing a roast in the crockpot today but I’m going to do potatoes on the side, I think.

    Have a great day!

  5. Carrie says

    That looks really delicious Lisa! I LOVE LOVE LOVE homey comfort foods! I will definitely have to try your recipe!

  6. Linda says

    The key to getting the potatoes done is cut thin slices or dice them pretty small. This time I diced them.

  7. A happy heart at home says

    Mmmm, I love beef stew! I haven’t made one a long time. I will definitely make some this winter. I put turnip/rutabaga and shredded green cabbage in mine. The cabbage cooks down and thickens the stew. Yum!


  8. lana says

    Looks Good! Thanks for sharing a new way to cook gluten free. I’m sure it would be better for all of us!

  9. A happy heart at home says

    RYC: Thanks for the compliment about the photo, but I found it on the Taste of Home website. I usually post where I find photos, but I forgot that time. Have a great week!


  10. says

    I love crockpot beef so I will follow this recipe to make it for my family enjoy in this dinner as that’s so great. Thanks so much for sharing the great post.

  11. Michelle M. Sims says

    If my husband said it once he said it 20 times how good this recipe was and THAT is a great compliment !!!! Great stew recipe. Will be prepared often in this house.

  12. Tommy's Dad says

    This is such a good recipe! I make it a little different owing to our available ingredients and my own personal seasoning preferences (paprika, red pepper flakes, and Italian seasonings are my *friends*), but the basic recipe here is terrific! We serve it over a rice/quinoa blend, and the smells of that and the stew cooking are pure mouth-watering happiness. I think we’ve used our slow cooker twice as much since we found this recipe. Thank you!

  13. says

    This line confuses me:
    “This recipe is naturally gluten free except for a little rice flour, which could even be omitted.”

    In theory, the rice flour is gluten free as well. So the recipe is gluten free even with the rice flour! 😉 Unless you’re getting contanminated rice flour? I suppose if you needed a different thickening agent couldn’t potato starch work? No idea…

    I look forward to making this! I’ve never done beef stew in my crockpot (which I don’t even know why I have I maybe use it twice a year…) and never without regular flour. Hopefully this works out well for me!

    • says

      You’re right. That is a confusing line, and I have deleted it. Rice flour is gluten free. I think what I was trying to get at was that it didn’t require special gluten free ingredients except for the rice flour.

  14. Ian says

    Hi all,

    I am busy trying this recipe tonight. The lot looks like a layered cake gently sweating away.

    Wish me luck! Smells good.

  15. Candy says

    I’m trying to make this recipe for a gluten free family that just a had their second baby last night. I picked up the only acceptable looking flour at my local grocer (they had fava bean flour, but I was unsure it’d produce the same results that AP flour would) which was Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Gluten Free Baking Flour (blend of ptoato, sorghum, tapioca, garbanzo and fava beans, package says).

    Will this work in place of the rice flour??

    • says

      I wouldn’t use bean flour. You could omit the flour, and if you want to thicken it after it cooks, try adding a little corn starch mixed with cold water.

      • Laurie says

        I use instant potato flakes to thicken mine. I have been looking around to see what others do, though! Just in case I spy a good tip!

  16. Tina says

    Really, really good beef stew! My husband is not usually a big fan of beef stew and he really liked this one! Thanks!

  17. Kelly Brink says

    Question! I never have very good results from my Crockpot. My friends said that maybe it’s because I have a large, oval one – possibly 6 or 7 qt.? Do you typically use a round, 4 qt. one? If so, I guess I can try doubling the recipe…
    NOTHING is worse that doing all the prep, waiting all day and having a meal not taste good!! : ( Thoughts?

    • says

      Mine is a large oval one like yours. I actually have two. They are two different brands, and one gets hotter than the other. That seems to be common among slow cookers. If your food seems to be getting over cooked, try only using low and/or cooking for a shorter amount of time.

  18. Kim Harner says

    House sitting for some friends this past week while they are away for spring break. They will be arriving home early early Sunday morning. I was thinking of making this for them to enjoy Sunday as they have no food in the house now! :) Seems easy enough and based on the reviews can’t go wrong. They are gluten free eaters (the parents anyway). I hope to make this tomorrow!


      • Kim Harner says

        So, I made it & the house was smelling real good! They haven’t tried it yet but I sampled a bit last night. Yum! I ended up just cooking it on the stove though. I didn’t have time to get it together to cook in crock pot. Sounds funny saying I don’t have time for the crock pot…ha! But yesterday that was the case. My hubby said I can make this for us any time!

  19. Heather says

    Gonna be trying this one tomorrow. Hopefully quinoa flour will work okay as rice flour is verboten due to hubby’s allergies.

  20. Suanne Zankowski says

    Thanks so much for this great tasting recipe, so simple. It is definitely crock pot season and I’ve added this dish to my “No Fail Lazy Cook” collection. Bravo

  21. rebecca says

    I made this for a dinner party two nights ago. SO easy and SO delicious! Everybody was raving about it. I think it’s the best beef stew I’ve ever eaten. I added 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika, per one of the other commenters’ suggestion. Thank you!!

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