Slow Cooker Stew: Beef, Wild Game, or Chicken!
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One of the great things that comes with the cold weather of a Minnesota fall and winter is the opportunity to make some pretty amazing warm and hearty meals. This slow cooker stew is one of our favorites because it’s ridiculously easy and absolutely delicious.
Ridiculously easy as in my kids have been able to make this for a l-o-n-g time. And absolutely delicious as in, there are four adult sized people in this house (my teens are over 6 feet tall, yo) and the only way we have leftovers is if we make two slow cookers of stew.
Two. slow. cookers.
While many people will use beef stew meat for this slow cooker stew, we use wild game meat. In fact, this meal has come to be known as Bear Stew at our house, and when our annual bear hunt is successful, we use almost every single bit of the meat to make slow cooker stew throughout the fall and winter. Venison would also work for this recipe, or any other red meat you have on hand.
And although I haven’t tried it yet, I suspect that shredded chicken would work for this slow cooker stew, as long as you change out the beef broth for chicken broth.
Ingredients for Slow Cooker Stew
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2 pounds cubed red stew meat (beef, bear, vension, etc.) or chicken, shredded
1/4-1/2 cup flour (for thickening stew)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1-2 cloves minced garlic
1 bay leaf (optional, we very often don’t have this on hand)
1 tsp paprika
1-2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 large onion, diced
2 cups beef or chicken broth (you may want more or less, depending on how thick you like your stew)
3 medium potatoes, diced
4 carrots, sliced
How to make Slow Cooker Stew
In a small bowl, mix the flour, salt, and pepper. You can either put the stew meat in a plastic bag with this flour mixture and shake it up to coat it…or you can do it the easy way and just put the meat in the slow cooker, pour the flour mixture over, and mix it up really good.
(I’m all about as few steps as possible when possible. Farm life is busy, and there are probably 14 other things you need to take care of besides this slow cooker stew, right?)
Add all the rest of the ingredients to the slow cooker. Dump them in, give it all a little stir. (Easy, right?)
Cover it up, and turn your slow cooker on. On low, this slow cooker stew will be done in 10-12ish hours. On high, it takes 4-6ish hours.
We have also made this in our Power Cooker (similar to an Instant Pot), with a cook time of 45 minutes. Equally as delicious.
When this slow cooker stew is ready to eat, make sure you get yourself a bowl. It goes quick!
Slow Cooker Stew
Looking for something warm, heart...and easy? Then this slow cooker stew is perfect! Made with beef, wild game, or chicken, it's sure to hit the spot!
- 2 lbs. stew meat (beef, bear, vension, chicken), cubed or shredded
- 1/4-1/2 cup flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 bay leaf, optional
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1-2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 large onion, diced
- 2 cups beef or chicken broth (you may want more or less liquid, depending on how thick you like your stew)
- 3 potatoes, diced
- 4 carrots, sliced
1. Combine the flour, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Place meat in slow cooker, pour flour mixture over meat, stir well to coat.
2. Add all other ingredients to the slow cooker, stir.
3. Cover slow cooker. Cook stew for 4-6 hours on high, 10-12 hours on low. Enjoy!
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