Hearty Slow Cooker Beef Stew

(Weight Watchers Friendly Crock Pot Cooking Day 130)

I’m beginning to think I was crazy to challenge myself to use my crock pot everyday for a year to make Weight Watchers friendly recipes and post them here.

Stephanie made it look so easy.

It’s Not!

On the bright side – this year-long project is now more than 35% complete :-)

I’ve got my Mom to thank for this hearty slow cooker beef stew recipe, which is adapted (a lot) from the Ninja Cooking Easier, Healthier & Better Cookbook.

Hearty Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Is there anything more comforting than coming home at the end of a long cold day to the smell of a hearty stew  simmering away in the crock pot?

Served with some warm, crusty bread, it’s hard to beat.

There’s really no wrong way to make beef stew. I tend to use whatever combination of vegetables and seasonings I’ve got on hand and never have made it exactly the same way twice.

This makes a big batch, but the good news is that it tastes even better the next day and you can freeze the leftovers for future quick and easy dinners and/or lunches.

To make this hearty slow cooker beef stew work with Simply Filling, I think it would be necessary to omit the flour, resulting in a thinner stew. Now that I’m in Maintenance, I’m not a Simply Filling purist (if I ever was).

And let’s be real, eating too much homemade beef stew isn’t what landed me in Weight Watchers in the first place!

Hearty Slow Cooker Beef Stew
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Hearty slow cooker beef stew, a classic made easy, thanks to the crock pot!
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 8
  • 2 pounds lean stew beef
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups beef broth
  • ½ cup tomato sauce (4 ounces canned)
  • 4 medium red potatoes, cut in cubes
  • 2 medium onions, sliced into wedges
  • 1 cup baby carrots
  • 2 cups frozen corn kernels
  • 2 can (about 15 ounces) cut canned string beans, drained
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, crushed
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  1. Ideal Slow Cooker: 6-Quart
  2. Season the beef with salt and pepper, then toss with the flour to coat the meat.
  3. Grease the crock pot with nonstick cooking spray.
  4. Place the beef in the slow cooker.
  5. Stir in the broth, tomato sauce, potatoes, carrots, corn, green beans, garlic and thyme.
  6. Cover and cook on LOW for 7 to 9 hours, or until the beef and vegetables are fork-tender.
  7. Stir in chopped fresh parsley.
  8. Taste and add salt and pepper if necessary.
Martha's Notes
Nutrition Estimates Per Serving (1-1/2 cups): 276 calories, 3.8 g fat, 37.3 g carbs, 5.4 g fiber, 22.8 g protein and *7 Weight Watchers Points Plus

For greater depth of flavor and color, brown the beef in a little oil first and then deglaze your pan with a little beef broth and then continue with the recipe.


Source: adapted from Ninja Cooking Easier, Healthier & Better Cookbook

If you liked this hearty slow cooker beef stew you might also like:

Weight Watchers Italian Beef and Lentil Slow Cooker Stew
Hearty Slow Cooker Beef and Vegetable Soup
Lightened Up Easy Slow Cooker Beef and Mushrooms

*PointsPlus® for hearty slow cooker beef stew calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

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