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Slow Cooker Cheater Beef Stew

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  • Author: Karen Petersen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6-8 hours on LOW
  • Total Time: 0 hours
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


If you’re looking for the easiest beef stew recipe you may have found it! The ingredients are dumped into your slow cooker and then you can come back to a cooked dinner several hours later. This recipe requires little to no prep and only 5 ingredients. No sauteing, chopping or browning. And best of all it tastes great!


  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 1 1/2 pounds beef stew meat
  • 1 (1 oz) packet onion soup mix
  • 3 Tbsp brown gravy mix
  • 1 (24 oz) bag frozen stew vegetables (see note)
  • Cornstarch


  1. Add water, stew meat, onion soup mix, gravy mix and vegetables to your slow cooker. Stir.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours (every slow cooker cooks differently yours may be faster or slower)
  3. Remove the lid and stir. If you want to thicken the stew you can make a cornstarch slurry. Mix 2-3 Tbsp of cornstarch with 2-3 Tbsp of cold water and stir until smooth. Add the slurry into the pot. Turn the slow cooker to high and cook for 10-15 minutes without the lid. Once it’s thickened serve and enjoy!


I used my Ninja Auto-iQ 6 Quart Slow Cooker.*

If you don’t want to use frozen vegetables you can cut up your own potatoes, carrots, celery and onions.

To make gluten free: use a gluten free gravy mix package and onion soup mix packet.

  • Category: Beef
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American