Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe

Brown sugar and salsa add contrasting flavors to this slow cooker beef stew recipe.

Spring 2015

  • A slow cooker helps to make this recipe for Sweet and Smoky Beef Stew a cinch to have on the table as soon as everyone’s home from school and work.
    Photo by Fotolia/arfo

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Sweet and Smoky Beef Stew


• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 3 pounds beef stew meat
• 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
• 3 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 quart salsa
• 2 cups beef stock
• 1/4 cup vinegar
• 1/2 cup packed brown sugar


1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add beef in batches, and cook until browned. Remove from skillet and transfer to a slow cooker.

2. Add onion, garlic, salsa, beef stock, vinegar and brown sugar to slow cooker. Cook on high for 6 to 8 hours, or until beef is fall-apart tender.

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