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Five Ingredient Slow Cooker Stew


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My mom has a great stew recipe that I love. I have shared it in my cookbook and it is a family favorite. I have yet to find a recipe that I like as much as hers. However, this 5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Stew is close! It is good and also so easy. This stew is flavorful and the beef is amazingly tender.

I am a Canbassador for Cans Get You Cooking and this is a perfect “Cantry” recipe. Two of the 5 ingredients are canned soups! It uses condensed cream of mushroom and tomato soup. I love to keep a well stocked “Cantry” to make recipes. I like to keep items like canned soups, tomatoes, beans, fruit, and vegetables on hand. It makes it so easy as a busy mom to get dinner on the table and this five ingredient slow cooker stew is a cinch!

It starts with adding frozen stew vegetables in to bottom of your slow cooker. Then you top it with stew meat. In a bowl, you combine to two canned soups with a package of dry onion soup mix. Finally, pour this mixture over the stew meat. This cooks for 6-8 hours on low. That’s it!

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Five Ingredient Slow Cooker Stew

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Five Ingredient Slow COoker Stew | realmomkitchen.com

5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Stew


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  • 2 (16 oz) pkg frozen stew vegetables (like with carrots, potatoes, onions, and celery)
  • 1 1/2 lbs. beef stew meat, cubed
  • 1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 (10 3/4 oz) condensed tomato soup
  • 1 envelope dry onion soup mix


  1. Place vegetables in the bottom of a slow cooker. Top with stew meat.
  2. In a bowl, combine the condensed soups and dry soup mix. Pour over stew meat.
  3. Cover slow cook and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Serves 5.
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Recipe adapted from Taste of Home.

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Michael October 5, 2021 - 3:32 pm

Do I use the condenced soup as is or do I need to add water ?

Laura October 7, 2021 - 3:21 am

You use it as is.

Stacey Thompson September 15, 2020 - 2:48 pm

Just curious do you need water?

Laura September 17, 2020 - 9:57 pm

No, but after it cooks you can always add some to get the consistency you like.

Stacey Thompson September 12, 2020 - 12:15 pm

How do you know what scale to use with certain size crock? I use a 4 quart crockpot

Laura September 17, 2020 - 10:00 pm

It might fit in there. If needed, mix it all together and add what will fit in you pot. Then place the rest in a freezer bag for another time.

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Char Schmidt December 29, 2013 - 4:44 pm

Tried today for dinner tonight. So easy. I did add fresh mushrooms and also added about can of red wine to the soup. This is an awesome meal when you have no time to fix your own potatoes, carrots and any other veggies you want in your stew.