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Beef and Mushroom Crock Pot Stew

How to make a fantastic beef and mushroom stew in a crock pot.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 4 ½ pounds beef chuck roast or two beef chuck roasts each weighing about 2-¼ lbs
  • 4 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • 7 ½ ounces Baby Bella mushrooms about 9 mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 cups beef stock
  • 3 cloves garlic peeled and minced
  • 7 ounces fresh carrots about 4 carrots, washed, peeled & cut into ¼ inch pieces
  • 1 pound small red potatoes cut into ⅛'s
  • 1 large yellow onion peeled, halved, quartered and then cut into eights
  • 2 ribs of celery hearts washed and cut into ¼ inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Old Bay Seasoning or use your own favorite seasonings
  • 2 bay leaves

Instructions

Prep the Ingredients

  • Wash and dry all the vegetables that need to be cleaned. I removed the bottom halves of the mushroom stems with a paring knife. 
  • Slice, cut, chop or mince what needs to be prepped.
  • In a medium sized bowl, add the flour, salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
  • I like to remove the chuck roast from the packaging, give it a rinse and dry before working with it.

Brown the Beef

  • Heat up a pan large enough to hold one of the chuck roasts over medium heat. When hot, add the roast and let it sear until one side becomes brown and easy to turn to the other side with kitchen tongs. If the meat is stuck to the pan, it needs a little more time.
  • Flip and brown the other side. When done, transfer to a cutting board and when cool enough to work with, cut the roast into pieces. I cut mine into 1/2 inch pieces but you can go larger. I wouldn't go too much larger than 1 - 1/2 inches unless you are going to serve one or two pieces per person.
  • While the meat is cooling down to handle, add the other piece of meat. I'm assuming you purchased two pieces and not one 4 - 1/2 pound roast.  When browned, repeat the process of cutting the beef into pieces.
  • When all the meat is cut into pieces, add it to the crock pot.

Add the Other Ingredients

  • After the beef cubes are added to the crock pot, sprinkle some of the seasoned flour and stir. Add more flour and stir again. Keep adding flour and stirring until you use it all up.
  • Add the beef broth, stir, then the vegetables, stir, then the Worcestershire sauce, Old Bay Seasoning, stir and then the bay leaves.
  • Place the cover back on and cook on High for 5 hours or Low like I did for 9 hours.