Slow Cooker Beef and Ale Stew

What better way to weather the effects of the Polar Vortex than with Slow Cooker Beef and Ale stew.  Right?  First, let’s talk about the Polar Vortex….does this remind anyone of The Day After Tomorrow?  The term alone makes me think if I stick my face outside it will instantly freeze.  Like in a nano-second.  Like a wooly mammoth.  Isn’t that how the dinosaurs died?  Am I freaking you out yet?  Sorry, let’s move on.

I also have the Ebola Virus…or a cold…either way, I feel like I never want to get out of bed.  But being a mom, that’s not possible.  Plus, I have to keep plugging away in the kitchen like a mad scientist.  And when I’m sick, I feel foggy and can’t think straight so there were some not so good ideas in the kitchen lately.  I’ll spare you from the nitty gritty but I’m glad it was trash day today.  I had to get rid of the evidence.

This Slow Cooker Beef and Ale Stew was a good idea.  It’s an old recipe that I adapt over and over again.  It all depends on what type of alcoholic beverage I have lying around that day.  This day we had ale leftover from New Year’s.  We have a lot of ale leftover.  Apparently, we didn’t have a lot of ale drinkers that evening.  You will see recipes with ale again, I’m sure.  Hang tight.  I’m on it.

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I know a lot of you work and are looking for dump and go recipes….you can do that to this if you’d like but, I warn you, the flavors will be a little dim.  Browning the meat creates so much depth to the stew I really think you should not skip this step.  You could brown the meat, sauté the vegetables and deglaze the pan in advance, store the ingredients in the slow cooker crock in the refrigerator and then plug it in before you go to work.  It’s really worth the time you put in when preparing the stew and, I promise, you will be rewarded.  Just like I promised you with these short ribs and this pot roast…..see, there’s a theme there. Brown the beef. 🙂

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If you’re going to ignore my advice and skip the browning steps… the cut up chuck roast in the bottom, place the vegetables on top, herbs on the veggies and then dump in the ale and broth.


But brown in advance….that’s all I’m sayin’. (and serve with crusty bread)

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Slow Cooker Beef and Ale Stew

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Beef Stew
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 441 kcal
Author: Kellie

Simple Beef and Ale Stew is classic comfort food made in the slow cooker.



  • 3 pounds chuck roast cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 onions cut into large chunks
  • 3 large celery stalks chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped carrots
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 12 ounces beer
  • 3 1/2 cups low sodium beef stock
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour divided
  • salt and pepper


  1. In a large sauté pan, heat the olive oil over med-high heat. Quickly toss the meat with 3 tablespoons flour, salt and pepper. Add the meat to the frying pan and brown on all sides. Do not crowd the pan and cook in batches if necessary. (It took me 4 batches for a 3 pound roast.) Transfer the cooked beef to a bowl and set aside. Add the onion and celery and cook over med-high heat until softened and the onions are translucent. Add the carrots and cook for 2-3 minutes, stir in the garlic and sauté for 1 minute longer. Stir in the thyme and bay leaves and then add the ale. Stir the mixture being sure to scrape the brown bits off the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon or spatula.
  2. Transfer the meat to the slow cooker and add the vegetable/ale mixture on top. Pour the stock over the stew mixture and cover. Cook the stew on high for 5-6 hours or low for 8-9 hours. (If using the dump and go method cook the stew on low for 8-10 hours.)
  3. Transfer 3/4 cup of the stew broth to a small bowl and whisk in the remaining flour quickly (and will be hot) until there are no lumps. Slowly whisk the flour/broth mixture into the finished stew and allow to cook for another 10-15 minutes to thicken slightly. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Leftover stew can be stored in an airtight container refrigerated for up to 3 days and frozen for up to 6 weeks.
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Beef and Ale Stew
Amount Per Serving (0 g)
Calories 441 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 117mg39%
Sodium 377mg16%
Potassium 956mg27%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 4225IU85%
Vitamin C 8.6mg10%
Calcium 73mg7%
Iron 4.9mg27%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Slow Cooker Beef and Ale Stew



18 comments on “Slow Cooker Beef and Ale Stew”

  1. The stew looks delicious! I have one question: when you say the “dump and go” method, do you mean not cooking the meat and veggies beforehand or is that a must? Thanks!

  2. Hi Kellie! I am visiting from SITS and am thrilled I have found your site! Your beef and ale stew looks delicious, perfect for the colder weather and bouncing back from illness, which really really stinks when you are Mom, I know all about that 🙂

  3. Hi! Stopping by to share the love from SITS Tribe Challenge! I am def. going to have to try this delicious Beef Stew recipe!

  4. This looks so YUM! I want this in my tummy right now! I think I know what I am making for dinner tomorrow…. nom nom nom

  5. This stew looks amazing! I’m thinking of making it this weekend and would like to add in potatoes, corn and perhaps peas…should I increase the amount of broth mixture or is there enough there that it would be ok? Thanks 🙂

    • Thank you! There is definitely enough broth to add potatoes to the stew. I have done this in the past with great success….the starch in the potatoes actually help to thicken the broth. Very good move!

  6. This is beautiful Kellie! I make something similar with potatoes but have never thought to use beer, I use red wine. I am now thinking Guinness – wonder how that would be? All I know is my hubs loves stew and he loves Guinness – so Me thinks it would be a good thing! Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. I don’t really like beer – unless something is braised in it! Looks beautiful and delicious!

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  10. wow, that look delicious, thanks for posting up this recipe, looks quite simple to make to. Thanks


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