Slow Cooker Beef Stew with Mushrooms

by Erica Dinho on February 11, 2011

Beef and Mushrooms Stew

I loved  making this dish. The aroma of slow cooked meat with mushrooms and herbs throughout the house was deeply comforting and satisfying.

There really is something to slow-cooking meat on a cold, snowy day like the ones we are having so often here in the Northeast this crazy winter.

This is a simple, rich and tasty dish that is as good reheated as it is the first day.

Buen provecho!



(4-6 servings)

  • 2 pounds lean stewing beef, such as chuck or round, cut
  • into chunks
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cups of beef stock
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pound portobello mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 oz. dried porcini mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup red wine(optional)


  1. Place the beef in a bowl. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper and toss to coat evenly. In a large fry pan over medium-high heat, warm the olive oil. Working in batches if necessary, sauté the beef until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  2. Add the onion and garlic to the pan and sauté over medium-high heat for 1 minute. Add 1/2 cup of beef stock and wine, if using, and deglaze the pan, stirring and scraping up the browned bits from the pan bottom with a wooden spoon.
  3. ransfer the beef to a slow cooker and add the onion mixture and the rest of the ingredients. Cover and cook according to the manufacturer’s instructions until the beef is very tender and the sauce is thick but still fluid, about 3 hours on high or 6 hours on low.
  4. Spoon the stew onto individual plates with white rice or into a large serving bowl. Garnish with the thyme and serve immediately.
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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Miss Meat and Potatoes February 11, 2011 at 10:27 AM

Oh my goodness! How perfect for this chilly weather. Thanks for sharing!


2 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) February 11, 2011 at 10:59 AM

That looks very tasty! Chuck is so flavorful when slow-cooked. Yum!


3 Belinda @zomppa February 11, 2011 at 1:06 PM

The smell of this stew in the house would be the best thing on cold days…which there are too many of these days!


4 Atreyee February 11, 2011 at 1:57 PM

Hey Erica,
long time no see…my fault too. HOw have you been. I have been reading your posts and loved your recipes. But my bad for not leaving comments! Anyways this as usual looks good. You ever think about writing a book on columbian home cooking? I bet it will be great !


5 gloria February 11, 2011 at 3:54 PM

Erica look fantastic! Hope you have a lovely weekend! gloria


6 Chef E February 11, 2011 at 6:25 PM

Ummm~ Some comfort food…I like goodness like this…mushrooms rock!


7 Sharon @ Fun and Life February 11, 2011 at 7:17 PM

I love beef stew. The meat becomes so nice and tender. This looks delicious! :)


8 pierre February 13, 2011 at 7:52 AM

it is still cool here in Paris so a good time for stews !!Cheers Pierre


9 Ivy February 13, 2011 at 1:53 PM

I don’t eat beef often but I know I would enjoy this one.


10 Chris February 13, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Slow cooked chuck roast is fabulous, I love it!


11 norma February 14, 2011 at 1:33 PM

I just go gaga over beef stew. Slow cooked and tender…yummy!


12 A Canadian Foodie February 15, 2011 at 10:16 AM

The dried porcini would make this stew sing!
I am with you on the low and slow in the ugly weather.
The house smells so welcoming.


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