Slow Cooker Beef and Bean Stew

Slow Cooker Beef and Bean Stew

The weather lately has been feeling decidedly fresh and winter is definitely on it’s way. I’ve wasted no time in getting reacquainted with my slow cooker since I got back from my trip, because slow cooked meals are generally cheap, healthy and super simple to throw together. And I’m pleased to report that this stew is no exception!

This recipe was  inspired by one I saw for Caribbean Stew but I couldn’t find the Caribbean ingredients so I added some of my own. This stew might not be Caribbean but it is definitely delicious!

You get a lot of bang for you buck with this meal because there’s only a little meat but with the addition of the butter beans and chickpeas, that little bit of meat goes a long way. It’s super tasty, super filling and is going to be high on rotation on our dinner menu this winter!

Are you a fan of the slow cooker too?


500g chuck steak, cut into chunks

450g pumpkin, cut into chunks

1 onion, roughly chopped

1 red capsicum, roughly chopped

3 cloves garlic, crushed

2.5cm piece of fresh ginger, finely chopped

1 tablespoon sweet paprika

225ml beef stock

400g can chopped tomatoes

1 x 400g butter beans

1 x 400g can chickpeas

Slow Cooker Beef and Bean Stew

How to

  1. Heat a large heavy bottomed saucepan without adding any fat. Add the meat and cook, stirring for a few minutes until lightly browned.
  2. Add the pumpkin, onion and capsicum and cook for a minute, then add the spices, stock and tomatoes and bring to the boil.
  3. Transfer the mixture to the slow cooker and cook on LOW for 7 hours. Add the chickpeas and beans to the stew and season to taste. Recover and cook on HIGH for 30 minutes.
  4. Serve with rice.

Other info

Preparation Time: 20 minutes plus 10 minutes pre-cooking  Cooking Time: 7 1/2 hours


  • I love my slow cooker in Winter and this recipe looks deliciously easy, and super nutritious.

    • It’s great for a big family like yours because it can really feed a crowd! I’m using my slow cooker for the third time this week, and it’s only Thursday! LOL!

  • Merilyn

    Thanks sammie!
    Will tell dad about this as he love his slow cooker!
    Mr m would love it too!
    Have a good one hun!
    Much love mx

    • I think of your dad every time I use the slow cooker and think to myself, “I wonder if Merilyn’s dad will like this?” True story! David certainly gave it the thumbs up!

  • Sarah Norman

    i love this type of comfort food. However, my husband says tomatoes are the devils food (along with bananas and onions) so no lovely bean and beef stew for me 🙁

    • It’s so funny, David used to eat bananas all the time, but he no longer cares for them! LOL! I don’t know how I would manage cooking without onions or tomatoes. Will hubby eat tomatoey sauce like passata? Because that might work instead 🙂

  • I love any kind of dish with beans and this looks like serious comfort food! Yummo!

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    There is so much love in this dish Sammie! 😀

  • This looks delish! It’s locked in my meal plan for next week – thanks Sam x