Making your dinner with a slow cooker is probably the ultimate in convenience. Being able to throw your choice of meat and a bunch of veggies into it and then leaving it cook for 6-8 hours is an easy peasy way to make enough meals in advance to last you all week. And if you’re looking for a new tasty recipe to make with your slow cooker, then you’re in luck. This easy 7-ingredient slow cooker beef stew recipe makes one incredibly protein-packed meal. It’s made by taking one pound of beef chuck and combining it with a flavorful blend of ingredients that includes garlic, onion, sweet potatoes, cinnamon, and more. If you’re a fan of homemade hearty stews, then you definitely can’t go wrong with this recipe.
An Easy, Hearty Beef Stew Without the Hassle
Making this stew recipe couldn’t be any simpler – you’ll simply need to add all of the ingredients into your slow cooker and leave it to cook on low for 6-8 hours or so. You’ll be making the stew using one pound of boneless beef chuck along with olive oil, sweet potatoes, garlic cloves, onion, bay leaf, a stick of cinnamon, organic chopped tomatoes with basil, and a single cup of homemade bone broth. Not only does this great mix of ingredients add a TON of flavor to the stew, but it also ends up making it quite a nutritious meal option as well.
The beef chuck provides a ton of protein and saturated fat for you, which helps to make this stew such a nice and satisfying meal option. Adding the sweet potatoes along with the beef helps to ensure you’re getting plenty of essential vitamins and minerals as well. They’re a great source of B-complex vitamins, magnesium, potassium, iron, manganese, and calcium. In addition to that, sweet potatoes are also a rich source of antioxidants and may help to lower your risk of developing diseases like cancer. (1)
Garlic and onion is another one of my favorite ingredient combos to add to my soups and stews. They just work so incredibly well together when it comes to enhancing the flavor of pretty much everything they’re added to. More importantly, both ingredients are also super good for you. On top of giving your immune system a boost, garlic and onion may help protect you from cancer while also decreasing your risk of heart disease by reducing LDL cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. (2)
Adding garlic and onion isn’t the only way that this recipe makes a stew that tastes out of this world good though. The combination of cinnamon, bay leaf, and organic tomatoes with basil all work in tandem to give this recipe it’s incredibly distinctive taste. They also help to make it even more nutritious – cinnamon is an extremely popular culinary spice all over the world thanks to the great taste it offers, and because it contains some pretty potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. (3)
After cooking the stew for 6-8 hours, you can discard the cinnamon stick and bay leaf – that’s all the time it takes for them to infuse the stew with a delightful amount of flavor. It’s really that straightforward to make this easy beef stew recipe. As always though, don’t let the simplicity of this recipe fool you. This stew tastes so good that I’m certain it will become a meal you’ll be making quite often indeed!
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Easy 8-Ingredient Slow Cooker Beef Stew for a Protein-Packed Meal
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 6 hours
- Total Time: 6 hours, 10 minutes
- Yield: 6 1x
- 1 pound boneless beef chuck, fat trimmed, cut into ½ -inch pieces
- 1 ½ tsp olive oil
- 3 cups 1-inch pieces peeled sweet potatoes
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 stick cinnamon
- 2 (14 oz) cans organic chopped tomatoes with basil
- 1 cup homemade beef bone both
- salt, black pepper to taste
- fresh chopped parsley (optional)
- Place all the ingredients in a slow cooker and mix to combine.
- Cover with a lid and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until the beef is tender.
- Discard the bay leaf and cinnamon stick.
- Serve warm with chopped parsley if using.