Slow Cooker Beef Stew

One of my all time favorites is a classic beef stew. To keep it simple and easy I threw together this fabulous recipe that will make you seem like Betty Crocker herself (nobody will ever have to know how little effort went into it)!


Begin by collecting your ingredients. I prefer to use carrots, onion, mushrooms, and potatoes (not pictured) but you can use any vegetables you wish. For this recipe I chose to use brown gravy mix, Italian dressing mix, and Ranch dressing mix (all of which are staple ingredients in my household).

Take your beef of choice…I prefer to use pre-diced stew meat to save time and effort; sprinkle it with a dash of salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Now it’s ready to go into the crockpot. I like to have mine set to low already so it can get going while I prep my veggies.

In a measuring cup, mix the gravy, Italian, and Ranch packets; sprinkle over meat. Now add 3 cups of water.


It’s time now, to rinse and cut your vegetables. I like to use larger chunks since it will be cooking for hours; it prevents them from getting too “mushy”. I also tend to use less veggies since my husband will just pick them out of his. Adjust as you see fit!


Toss your veggies in, mix, and cook on low for 6-7 hours! Serve with Garlic Bread and voila!






Servings: 5
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 6-7 hours


1.5-2 lb. Beef
3-4 Red Potatoes
2-3 Carrots
1 Small Yellow Onion
4 Whole Mushrooms
2 Brown Gravy Packets
1 Ranch Dressing Mix Packet
1 Italian Dressing Mix Packet
Pinch of Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder
3 c. Water


  1. Sprinkle salt, pepper, and garlic over beef. Place in slow cooker set on low.
  2. Mix gravy, italian, ranch packets and sprinkle over beef. Add 3 cups of water and stir.
  3. Thickly cut veggies and stir into crockpot.
  4. Cook on low for 6-7 hours.

Serve with garlic bread and ENJOY!


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