Crock-Pot Meatball Beef Stew + Video

Recipe for meatball stew in slow cooker

Warm up with a large bowl of this hearty and delicious clay pot meatball stew. This slow cooker recipe features tender dumplings simmered all day in a delicious sauce with carrots, potatoes, and onions.

Slow-cooking meatball meat


This recipe came about because I had a longing for a meat stew dish, but my kids were raising their noses at that idea for dinner. It’s not that they don’t like beef stew when I make it, just that they just didn’t feel it that particular day, I guess.

So I was rummaging through the freezer trying to find something for dinner and came across a bag of frozen dumplings that I had bought about a month ago when they were on sale and had a coupon. I think I paid like $2.00 for them (my “day job” is to run a coupon website)

Now normally my kids are on dumplings. I think there’s something about the fun rolly-polly shape that makes them appealing to kids. So I thought maybe I could combine what I wanted (beef stew) and something my kids would like (dumplings) and came up with this super delicious recipe for meatball meat stew made in the slow cooker.

Brilliant moment of mom if I say it myself.

My recipe starts with a bag of frozen dumplings (I like the Farm Rich brand). But if you want to make your own pre-cooked frozen meatballs… Of course, do it.

I’m a busy mom of 5 kids (plus 2 grandchildren living at home right now too) and that means I sometimes seek the comfort of frozen dumplings.

You do what you have to do sometimes.

Then add potatoes, carrots, onion and garlic.

You can also add some diced celery if that floats your boat. Our family doesn’t like cooked celery, so I didn’t use it, but I understand that celery is a fairly common ingredient in stew.

Again, it’s not my thing!

Then you add some spices. I really alé it here. Bay leaves, oregano, rosemary, black pepper and a pinch of salt.

Pour into some low-sodium beef broth (I used the store bought, but of course you can use homemade).

Then, to thicken it, I made a suspension with a little flour and water and poured it. And he turned it on to cook. I let it cook for a while and took a taste test (don’t worry, the dumplings are already cooked, so don’t worry about drinking raw meat broth) and felt like something was missing.

So I started looting the pantry and spice closet. Do I add more garlic? More onions? More spices? Different spices?

And then I saw it, far back in the spice closet. A box of onion soup mix. Hidden behind cumin and dried vanilla pods (you really should find a recipe that uses dried vanilla pods!).

So, I threw away that envelope of onion soup mixture and hoped for the best.

And when it was over, and my older daughters FINALLY came home from the store with my rolls to serve it (it was assignment day… They were looking for cheap jewelry and new winter scarves even though I told them I needed rolls in a hurry so I could feed the little children hungry for wild beasts.

So once we served the meatball stew and got everyone to settle down with rolls and spoons. We sat down to eat and the word around the table was…

“Oh mom

, this is so good” “

You have to do this again mom

” “Parker

is feeding his carrots to the dogs

!” “

Dis is nummy gama

” “

Hey, baby, we have to do this again!”

“Parker… You have dishes tonight… if you don’t stop feeding the dogs your carrots…”

I hope you enjoy this clay pot dinner recipe as much as my team did. The dogs loved carrots. 🙂 Culinary specialist with more than 10 years of experience in the restaurant industry.

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