Slow Cooker Beef and Ale Stew

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Slow Cooked Beef and Ale Stew is a winter warmer that's great to use with cheaper cuts of beef.

Serves 4
Difficulty Easy
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cooking Time about 6 hours on low


  • 500g braising beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 sticks celery, roughly chopped
  • 2 carrots, sliced lengthways and roughly chopped
  • 500ml bottle of good ale (we like Thwaites Wainwright)
  • 200ml hot beef stock
  • 2 tablespoons tomato puree
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons wholegrain mustard
  • 3-4 tablespoon of flour
  • Splash of Worcestershire sauce (optional)
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to season


  1. Chop up the beef into 3cm cubes and trim off any fat, place into a hot pan and brown it in a little olive oil, then set aside.
  2. Add a little more oil, then fry the onion, carrot and celery until browned, then add the meat back in, along with the flour, mustard, tomato purée and sugar. Give it all a good stir around so the meat is nicely covered, then add the bottle of ale and beef stock. Season generously with salt and pepper.
  3. Depending on the thickness of the sauce you might want to add a touch more flour (sprinkle it in so you don't end up with blobs of flour in your stew), it won't get a lot thicker whilst slow cooking.
  4. Place it all in the slow cooker, then cook on low for 6-7 hours, less if you increase the temperature.
  5. Taste for seasoning once cooked, and add a splash of Worcestershire sauce if you want to give it a little bit of zing!

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    Diana Woolhouse says
    Made this 4 times now to freeze in meal size blocks. it is just the best!
    Posted about over 1 year ago
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    Pauline Coffey says
    This is lovely recipe - so easy to prepare and delicious on cold winter days - as mentioned before it is fantastic when you use the finished dish as a pie, either potato or pastry topped - I add a few fresh sprigs of thyme...yum!
    Posted about over 2 years ago
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    Matthew Edwards says
    Have made this 3 times now! It is so nice. Also I added some bacon lardons to mine last time which made it super tasty!
    Posted about almost 3 years ago
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    Donna Jarvis says
    Absolutely delicious! I make it into a pie and serve with mash. I also throw in some mushrooms. It's a real winner and a definite winter Warner!!
    Posted about almost 3 years ago
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    Trudie Dell says
    Nice in winter but leave for 8 hours on slow.
    Posted about over 3 years ago
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    David Stephens says
    I love this recipe. Every time it starts to get cold, this gets made! It also works well as a pie filling - you cook the stew, then put it into a pie dish and top it with puff pastry and bake for as long as it takes to cook the pastry. Absolutely amazing.
    Posted about almost 6 years ago
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