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Bachelor Beef Stew for the Slow-Cooker

Bachelor Beef Stew

This recipe coined its name because it is so simple to make, even a bachelor could whip it up. Using frozen vegetables to streamline the prep and cooking, you will enjoy this hearty slow-cooker meal.
Course Beef, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword beef, slow-cooker, stew
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Total Time 7 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author JoAnn


  • 2 cups frozen chopped onions
  • 3 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 8 ounces baby carrots
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Minute tapioca
  • 3 Bay leaves
  • 3 pounds beef steak tips
  • 1 lbs. frozen French fries - of your choosing
  • Optional: 1 cup of frozen peas


  • Set up the slow cooker.
  • Microwave onions, tomato paste, 1 Tablespoon oil, garlic powder, and thyme in a bowl for about 5 minutes. 
    Stirring every 2 minutes, until onions are tender. Pour into the slow cooker.
  • Stir into slow cooker; chicken broth, beef broth, carrots, soy sauce, tapioca, and bay leaves.
  • Season beef tips with salt and pepper.
  • Add meat to the slow cooker, making sure all meat is submerged into the sauce.
  • Cover and cook until beef is tender; 1st hour on high; then turn to low for 6 - 7 hours.
  • After 6 - 7 hours, test the tenderness of beef by picking up one tip with a fork, if it will easily break apart, the meat is done.
  • Transfer all the beef tips to a cutting board and shred into bite-size pieces.
  • Let remaining stew in slow-cooker settle for about 5 minutes; then using a large spoon, remove the fat from the surface of the stew.
  • Discard the bay leaves.
  • Microwave the frozen French fries with the remaining Tablespoon of oil, in a bowl, stirring occasionally until thawed and warm, about 6 minutes.
  • Stir warm potatoes into the stew. Stir in shredded beef. Stir in optional frozen peas.
  • Allow to heat through for about 5 minutes.
  • If stew is too thick for your liking, you can gradually add beef broth as needed.
  • Turn off the crock pot and serve.