Slow Cooking My Way Through Winter – Easy Beef Stew #whatscooking

Did you know that January is slow cooker month?  Nothing beats a hot ready to eat meal on a cold winter day.  In my house growing up slow cookers were reserved for warm meat balls at wedding and baby showers, my mom didn’t cook in them very often.  It was not until I met Hubs that I realized the full potential of the wonderful meals you can make in a slow cooker– stews, chili, pasta sauce, roasts, ribs… the possibilities are endless.

The slow cooker helps me create healthy meals that I can get on the table fast.  With the craziness of December I fell out of my menu planning routine and we were often scrambling for dinner ideas at 5:30 at night.  Not an ideal situation when you have 2 hungry little boys wanting to eat NOW.  With the arrival of 2014 I was determined that to get back into a better routine with meal planning, and preparing dinners the night before to cook the next day in the slow cooker is a big part of that.slow cooker curry

I recently tried a few slow cooker recipes from Kraft Canada and have to say the results were delicious!  The Slow Cooker Chicken Curry is a tasty way to introduce children to curry without it being overpowering.  I modified the recipe to reduce the salsa to 1 cup and used chicken breasts (instead of thighs) and shredded them with a fork once they were cooked and then mixed back in.  Served with a side of naan, or rice and dinner is ready.Easy Beef Stew Recipe slow cooker

All of the men in my house could not get enough of the Seriously Simple Beef Stew.  I modified the recipe a bit and used leftover roast beef (also cooked in the slow cooker).  I chopped and prepared everything in the slow cooker the day before and refrigerated overnight.  The next morning I just put the slow cooker into the base turned on to low, viola dinner is ready when I walked in the door.Easy Beef Stew Recipe slow cooker

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Easy Beef Stew

Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours


  • <span style="font-size: 16px;" data-mce-style="font-size: 16px;">2 cups of Cooked Roast Beef cut into 1 inch chunks</span>
  • <span style="font-size: 16px;" data-mce-style="font-size: 16px;">5 Potatoes chopped into 1 inch chunks</span>
  • <span style="font-size: 16px;" data-mce-style="font-size: 16px;">6 carrots chopped</span>
  • <span style="font-size: 16px;" data-mce-style="font-size: 16px;">1 can of Peas</span>
  • <span style="font-size: 16px;" data-mce-style="font-size: 16px;">1 can of Corn</span>
  • <span style="font-size: 16px;" data-mce-style="font-size: 16px;">¾ cup Kraft BBQ Sauce divided – we used hickory, but you could use Original, garlic or whatever is your favourite.</span>
  • <span style="font-size: 16px;" data-mce-style="font-size: 16px;">2 cups water</span>
  • <span style="font-size: 16px;" data-mce-style="font-size: 16px;">4 Bacon Strips cooked, cut into 1 inch pieces - I had these left over and didn't want them to go to waste, they are optional </span>


  • <span style="font-size: 16px;" data-mce-style="font-size: 16px;">Add in all ingredients reserving ¼ cup of BBQ sauce in slow cooker and mix together.</span>
  • <span style="font-size: 16px;" data-mce-style="font-size: 16px;">Cover with lid. Can be refrigerated overnight or cooked immediately.</span>
  • <span style="font-size: 16px;" data-mce-style="font-size: 16px;">Cook on low for 8 hours (or high for 4 hours), until vegetables are tender.</span>
  • <span style="font-size: 16px;" data-mce-style="font-size: 16px;">Stir in remaining ¼ cup of Kraft BBQ Sauce and serve.</span>


 Do you use your slow cooker often?  What are your favourite things to make?

Disclosure:  I am part of the Kraft’s Whats Cooking ambassador program.  All opinions are strictly my own.

43 thoughts on “Slow Cooking My Way Through Winter – Easy Beef Stew #whatscooking”

    1. This winter has been a tough one for sure – lots of snow, cold and ice. Having a hot dinner to warm you up is so important!

    1. We use the slow cooker all year long, but even more so in the winter time. Nothing better than coming home to a hot dinner that is ready to eat.

  1. We just had a really simple beef stew last night but I love your idea of using bacon and bbq sauce – i’ll have to try it that way next time it sound sgood.

  2. Darlene Schuller

    4 stars
    Yeah, I had to pin this.. beef stew is my ALL TIME favourite ‘warm me up’ food!! Thank you so much for sharing!

  3. I definitely need a slow cooker so i can try recipes like this! looks absolutely delicious. As soon as i get one for christmas i am totally trying this out 🙂

  4. Great recipes! We love using our slow cooker. One of our favorites is cabbage stew! But we are also HUGE fans of curry 🙂

  5. That stew really does sound good! Might just have to throw it in the slow cooker tomorrow! Easy dinners are good right now leading up to the holidays!

  6. Alayne Langford

    I don’t eat red meat so I have to make sure my hubs and my kids get their fair share, so out comes the slow cooker. I like that you used leftovers to make your stew, great idea! Thanks for the tips!! 🙂

  7. 5 stars
    I love beef stew, especially made in a slow cooker! We like to make butter chicken in ours and we use our slow cooker more in the summer!

  8. yummy looks delish i must try your recipe , i love my slow cooker and beef stew 🙂 thanks for sharing !

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