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Freezer Meal Beef Stew

There's truly no meal better suited to the slow cooker than a delicious Beef Stew! This is my favorite (and the best!) beef stew recipe updated with instructions for making as a freezer meal! Imagine finding this on a busy day and being able to come home to a hot delicious meal!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Servings 6
Calories 288kcal


  • 2 pounds stew meat
  • 1 small sweet onion diced
  • 4 carrots peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 6 oz turnips cut into large bite sized pieces
  • 2 tablespoons small tapioca pearls
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons herb and garlic seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • Thaw freezer bag and add contents to a slow cooker
  • Cover and cook on High 2-3 hours or Low 6-8 hours


  • Be sure to thaw before cooking
  • If you can't find tapioca pearls, you can use tapioca flour or just regular flour. I prefer the tapioca because I feel it thickens nicely without giving the sauce any grittiness.
  • It's not necessary to brown the stew meat first in this recipe


Calories: 288kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 521mg | Potassium: 862mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 6903IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 4mg