Slow Cooker Beef & Ale Stew

If you're looking for a comforting winter warmer, you definitely need to try my Slow Cooker Beef & Ale Stew. Melt in your mouth beef in a thick and rich gravy with deliciously sweet carrots - yum.

Course Main Course
Cuisine British
Keyword Slow Cooker, Beef, Ale
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 12 hours 5 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 475 kcal


  • 700 g braising steak
  • 200 g smoked bacon lardons
  • 30 g plain flour mixed with 1 tsp sea salt & ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 550 g carrots sliced
  • 1 stick of celery sliced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary
  • ½ tbsp thyme leaves
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 500 ml dark ale
  • 1 beef stock pot
  • 1 tsp sunflower oi


  1. Add the bacon lardons to your slow cooker if you can use it directly on the hob, alternatively add them to a pan. Cook them until crisp and set aside
  2. Mix the flour together with the salt and pepper. Depending on how much oil the bacon left, add a little more if needed
  3. Coat the beef lightly in the flour and then brown it in the slow cooker/pan in batches
  4. Once all of the beef has been browned, add it back to the slow cooker
  5. Add the bacon and the rest of the ingredients to the slow cooker and stir to combine
  6. Cook on low for 8-9 hours. Remove the rosemary sprigs and serve

Recipe Notes

I use a 3.5L slow cooker for this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Beef & Ale Stew
Amount Per Serving
Calories 475 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Sodium 1258mg 52%
Potassium 480mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 16g 5%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 7g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 460.2%
Vitamin C 14%
Calcium 5.5%
Iron 3.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.