Slow Cooker French Onion Beef Stew

Prep Time 45 minutesPrep Time
Cook Time 8 hoursCook Time
Total Time 8 hrs 45 mins Total Time
Serves 6



  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 2 sweet yellow onions
  • Pinch salt
  • Pinch sugar
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup sherry
  • 1 1/2 lbs. stew beef hunks (see note)
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 1 parsnip, chopped
  • 8 ounces baby bella mushrooms, quartered
  • 6 cups beef broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 sprig (of several branches) fresh thyme
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


To caramelize the onions, melt the butter in a large skillet over low heat. Add the onions and toss with the sugar and salt. Allow to cook, stirring every 8-10 minutes, for about 40 minutes, or until onions are a uniform golden brown. Add the garlic and stir until fragrant. Place the onions in the slow cooker

Turn the heat up to high and add the beef pieces, searing for a minute or two on each side. Deglaze the pan with the sherry, scraping up any browned bits with a spatula, then pour the mixture into the slow cooker

Add the other vegetables, beef broth, bay leaf, and thyme to the slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours. 


Recipe Notes

 If you can't find prepackaged stew beef, feel free to substitute with chuck roast or pot roast sliced into chunks. 

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