There's nothing like crunchy autumn leaves and chilly weather to properly usher us into soup season. For time-pressed cooking enthusiasts, there's nothing more convenient than chopping up some seasonal vegetables, browning your favorite cut of chuck roast, and throwing all the ingredients into a slow cooker. There's also nothing quite like coming home to the decadent aroma of a flavor-packed soup that's been simmering for hours—and that's where these beef stew crockpot recipes come in.
Ready to welcome fall into your kitchen? These hearty beef stews aren't just incredibly easy to make—they'll have you and your dinner guests reaching for seconds (if you still have room in your stomach). Keep scrolling for three recipes that'll satisfy every palette, from a Paleo-friendly version to a gravy-like concoction that can be whipped up in less than an hour.
Butternut Squash Beef Stew
The Recipe: Butternut Squash Beef Stew
The Standout Ingredient: The red wine and butternut squash. The vino brings an even richer flavor to the tender beef chuck roast and adds depth to this hearty soup, while the squash has the perfect amount of sweetness and texture.
The Pro Tip: Cut your cooking time by chopping up your veggies ahead of time, and then store them in the fridge so they'll be ready to throw into the slow cooker.
Paleo Beef Burgundy Stew
The Recipe: Paleo Beef Burgundy Stew
The Standout Ingredient: Besides the beef, this Paleo twist on the traditional French dish is utterly mouthwatering, thanks to the combination of garlic (lots of it), mushrooms, and pearl onions.
The Pro Tip: "I recommend you grab a decent bottle of Merlot for braising," recommends Fed + Fit's Cassie Joy Garcia. "My rule of thumb, as it was drilled into me at a young age, is to never cook with a wine you wouldn't drink out of a glass. I chose a beautiful Messina Hof Merlot for this exquisite 'stew.'"
Life-Changing Instant Pot Beef Stew
The Recipe: Life-Changing Instant Pot Beef Stew
The Standout Ingredient: The tapioca balls transform this hearty soup into a gravy-like stew that's sure to be your next go-to dish this fall.
The Pro Tip: If you're in a hurry, you can whip up this decadent beef stew in about 35 minutes using an Instant Pot. If you do go the quickie route, you'll want to brown the meat by transferring the entire stew to a casserole dish and heating it up in the oven uncovered for just a few minutes to get that textured finish.