Beef Stew Recipe for 3 quart Slow Cooker

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 3 quart slow cooker beef stew recipe

I enjoy a nice, hot bowl of stew when it’s cold outside. Making your own beef stew is easy, cheap, and most importantly delicious.

Unfortunately for me, I only have a 3 quart slow cooker (Crock-Pot 3-Quart Manual Slow Cooker, Stainless Steel). The good: the slow cooker was free. The bad: most slow cooker recipes are for 6 quart slow cookers. After some experimentation, I’ve come up with a beef stew recipe I really enjoy for my 3 quart slow cooker. Note: If you have a 6 quart slow cooker, you can double all the ingredients.

The recipe makes about 3-4 servings. I like to serve it with some warm, crusty bread, like a warmed baguette.


  • 1 lb beef stew meat, cut in to 1 inch cubes (My grocery store sells 1 pound packs of beef stew meat already cut in to 1 inch cubes.)
  • 1 large potato, diced
  • 12 pound of baby carrots, cut in half crosswise
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped (I buy the pre-washed, pre-cut celery sticks and chop them up. I use about 5-6 celery sticks.)
  • 12 onion (large), or 1 small onion, chopped
  • 18 cup all-purpose (plain) flour
  • 14 teaspoon salt
  • 14 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 14 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 12 teaspoon paprika
  • 12 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce


  1. Prep the meat
    • Place raw meat in slow cooker.
    • In a small bowl, mix together the flour, salt, pepper, and seasoned salt.
    • Pour the mixture over the meat, and stir to coat meat with flour mixture. I use my hands to coat the meat with the flour mixture.
  2. Prep the vegetables
    • Chop and dice the vegetables per the ingredients.
    • Put all of the vegetables in a large bowl, and mix them together.
    • Add bay leaf to vegetable mixture.
  3. Prep the broth
    • In a small bowl, mix the beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, and minced garlic together.
  4. Combine all the ingredients in the slow cooker
    • First I add the broth mixture to slow cooker
    • Next I slowly add vegetables to slow cooker, and mix with the meat and broth
    • Once everything has been added to the slow cooker, I give everything another stir to mix together.
  5. Start cooking
    • Cover the stew.
    • Cook on Low setting for 10 to 12 hours, or on High setting for 4 to 6 hours. Most times I cook on high for 5-6 hours.
  6. Enjoy your beef stew!