A Canadian Prairie Comfort: Slow Cooker Spicy Beef and Potato Stew

Hello, it’s Elaina once again, your culinary guide from the heart of the Canadian prairies. Today, I’m excited to share a dish that is not just a staple in my Winnipeg home, but also a true representation of our local cuisine – my Slow Cooker Spicy Beef and Potato Stew. This hearty, comforting stew, brimming with succulent beef, tender potatoes, and a kick of spice, is a testament to the homely warmth of prairie cooking.

Slow Cooker Spicy Beef and Potato Stew

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Slow Cooker Spicy Beef and Potato Stew

This is a tasty beef stew recipe that makes a nice dinner all the more enjoyable!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 40 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 45 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Canada
Servings 8 people
Calories 274 kcal


  • 1 large pan
  • 1 slow cooker


  • 2 1/2 lbs. Beef chuck steak cubed
  • 1 cup beef stock unsalted
  • 2 bay leaves dried
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 lb. Potatoes cubed
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • green onion chopped for garnish
  • salt and black pepper to taste


  • In a large pan, stir-fry the garlic and onion in oil over medium-high heat for about 1-minute or until aromatic.
  • Add beef pan and cook until browned, stirring occasionally. Transfer to the slow cooker.
  • Add your beef stock, stewed tomato sauce, soy sauce, bay leaves, and Worcestershire sauce. Cover your slow cooker with lid, then cook for 4 1⁄2 hours.
  • Add your potatoes to slow cooker during the last 1 1⁄2 hours of cook time. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Transfer your beef stew into a serving bowl, and garnish with chopped green onions.
  • Serve and Enjoy!


Keyword bay leaves, Beef chuck steak, beef stock

About Slow Cooker Spicy Beef and Potato Stew

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This Slow Cooker Spicy Beef and Potato Stew holds a cherished spot in my recipe collection. It’s the kind of meal that wraps you in a warm hug on chilly evenings, or when you need a little pick-me-up. It’s a testament to the bounty of our local farms, with its medley of fresh vegetables and high-quality beef.

Cooking Tips

So, what’s the secret behind my Slow Cooker Spicy Beef and Potato Stew? First off, it’s all about the beef. I recommend sourcing your beef from a local farm or butcher, where you can find the freshest cuts.

Next, let’s talk vegetables. The combination of potatoes and other vegetables not only adds a hearty texture but also a variety of flavours. Don’t be afraid to experiment with other vegetables too!

Lastly, the slow cooking process. Low and slow is the way to go. This allows the beef to become tender and the flavours to meld together beautifully.

Serving Suggestions

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Now, how should you serve this comforting Slow Cooker Spicy Beef and Potato Stew? Here are five ideas:

  • Ladle it over creamy mashed potatoes for a classic comfort food combo.
  • Serve it with a side of crusty bread to soak up all that delicious sauce.
  • For a healthier option, pair it with steamed brown rice.
  • Add a sprinkle of fresh herbs like parsley or thyme for a pop of colour and freshness.
  • Or simply enjoy it as is, letting the robust flavours shine.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some questions I often get about my Slow Cooker Spicy Beef and Potato Stew:

  • ‘Can I use other meats?’ Certainly! This stew works well with lamb or chicken too.
  • ‘Can I add more vegetables?’ Absolutely! Feel free to add your favourites.
  • ‘What if I don’t have a slow cooker?’ A large pot on low heat will do just fine.
  • ‘How long can I store the leftovers?’ They should be good for 3-4 days in the fridge.
  • ‘Can this be made vegetarian?’ Yes, just replace the beef with a hearty vegetable like mushrooms or eggplant.

And there you have it – a glimpse into my kitchen with my comforting Slow Cooker Spicy Beef and Potato Stew. It’s not just a meal; it’s a tribute to our local farmers and a taste of the Canadian prairies. I hope this dish brings warmth and joy to your table, just as it does to mine. Happy cooking!

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