Slow Cooker "Cowboy Steak and Bean Stew"!

This is a hearty stew that you can just throw in the slow cooker and cook all night or all day and you have a wonderful warm meal waiting for you when get home from a long day of work or Christmas shopping.   This is also economical and healthy.  You can double the recipe and feed a fairly good size crowd also if you are having visitors for several days during the holidays.  This would be perfect for one of the more casual days and is a good change from all of the holiday dinners. You can place this in an oven proof dutch oven and cook it in the oven also or on the stove top. 

 Here is what you will need for this stew:

1 - 1 1/2 lbs. beef steak, cubed (I used top round)
2 Tbs. oil
1/2 lb. dried white beans (navy or great northern)
7 cups of water
1  1lb. can of crushed or stewed tomatoes, undrained
1 cup onion, chopped
1 cup celery, sliced
1 cup potatoes, diced
1 cup turnips, diced (optional, if you don't care for turnips add more potatoes)
3 beef bouillon cubes or 1 can beef broth
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. chili powder
2 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
dash of Tabasco according to your taste

Brown the steak in the oil in a skillet.  Wash the dried beans.   Place the steak, beans, water and all of the other ingredients in the slow cooker and stir together.  Cook on low for 7-8 hours.  Taste for seasoning, it might need a tad more salt.

If you are going to bake it in the oven, mix it all together in an ovenproof Dutch oven on the stove top and bring to a boil.  Cover and place in the oven at 325 degrees for 4 hours.

"Cowboy Steak and Bean Stew"!


  1. Kathy ... do the beans cook completly without soaking overnight? Sounds good!

  2. The beans don't have to be soaked before cooking, gram. The white beans cook a little faster than pintos and will be done after the 7-8 hours in the slow cooker or 4 hours in the oven.

  3. this is another "Kathy's keepers"!

  4. I made this for a church meal and then made it for a women's group. It was time intensive with all the dicing but it got rave reviews.

  5. how about the size can of beef broth?

  6. is beef steak rib eye steak

  7. It is not time consuming if you do what I do. I plan my shopping list according to my menu. When I get home from shopping, I prepare the vegies for stew or salads or whatever and use the sealnmeal to package them so when I plan to use diced items they are in the freezer and ready to go. I also sometimes place all the ingredients in one bag to freeze. Then I have only one day of time consuming prep. It is great to plan ahead!

  8. Got this in my crockpot now. Can't wait to try it! I am going to fix some Mexican cornbread with mine.

  9. Outstanding recipe for cold Fall nights. Made this for dinner, substituted turnips for potatoes, and oh my goodness. With cornbread, it's perfect! Thanks for this great dinner-recipe.

  10. betcha it is good with chicken and chicken broth!

  11. trying this today!



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