Crockpot Beef and Mushroom Stew

I just ate a bite of this. I was trying not to. I’m going out to breakfast soon but I woke up to the beautiful smell of meat in my house, so I couldn’t help myself. That would just be stupid to not try it. Meat in the morning is the best way to start the day. Oh go on, giggle to yourself you pervert. Real original.

There are a lot of things that freak me out in this world. Like a lot. I could make a list of all of them, since I like to do that, but that would make me look like a freak. And I wouldn’t want that happen now would I??! Anywho, I sometimes like to think about all the weird stuff in the world. It’s fun. Like Tom Cruise’s hair. It moves a lot. Especially when he’s trying to look young and hip in action movies. Why wouldn’t you cut your hair for that? But seriously. Stop being unattractive just because you have a wife and child. You know what else is freaky? Cars that parallel park themselves. How does that make any sense?! No but seriously. I live in Colorado. If you didn’t know, it snows in Colorado. You expect me to feel comfortable with my car driving itself into a parking space around other cars?! You must be high Toyota. High as an effing kite.

Now let’s talk about some things that really matter. Like what freaks me out in a guy. Jake says I’m never going to date anyone because I have unrealistic standards. Which is true. But there are a few things that will never be acceptable to me in a guy. Like a guy who shaves his legs. Or wears puca shell necklaces. Or pierces his nipples. All three of those things freak me out. I’m lucky to have my own legs shaved…but a guy who has the time to shave his own, that’s just stupid. Dudes are suppose to have hairy legs. They’re suppose to be fuzzy. So when a guy looks like a naked rat, I know it’s never going to work.

Has anyone noticed that there are a stupid amount of Cutie’s clementine commercials? Ugh, please stop. We get it, kids like peelable fruit.

I want dark chocolate walnuts.


Paleo Crockpot Beef and Mushroom Stew


  • 1.52lbs beef stew meat
  • 1 package sliced button mushrooms
  • 1 package whole shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 package baby portobello mushrooms
  • 1 sweet potato, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed (use the flat part of a knife. be smart here people)
  • 1 cup pearl onions, placed in warm water for 5 minutes then peeled
  • 1 cup chicken or beef broth (or water if you don’t have that on hand)
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. This is pretty simple, so if you get lost, I pity you.
  2. Pull out your crockpot.
  3. Place all mushrooms, garlic, and pearl onions in the bottom of your crockpot. If you are still trying to find the best crock pot out there, you can find some coupons for a quality crockpots at Best Buy!
  4. Throw meat and sweet potatoes on top.
  5. Add the rest of your ingredients. I just put all the spices on top of the meat and sweet potatoes. The meat juices will run down onto the musrhooms while the sweet potatoes won’t get mushy since they are on top of all the wet ingredients.
  6. Cook at low for 6-8 hours.
  7. Eat up!

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


54 thoughts on “Crockpot Beef and Mushroom Stew”

  1. Wow, this looks amazing. I love the idea of all those different mushrooms, I've never done it like that before. I love putting vinegar in beef stew – I think of it as my 'secret ingredient'. Happy New Year!

  2. It was super good!! The vinegar definitely makes a difference, especially with the mushrooms! Let me know if you try it out!

  3. Thank you for this recipe! Working full time and operating a blog is tough sometimes and crock pot recipes make my life easier! I am going to use bison stew meat instead of beef since we don’t eat beef. I’ve been doing a lot of chicken crock pot recipes so this one is a nice change!

  4. Hahaha I hear u on the men with shaved legs and shell necklaces….doesn’t that just happen in california? I hope so lol. That’s where I’m from, stupid is in the water to help make these decisions lol. Anyywayss…I’m also trying this recipe this week. I think its a cooking week.

  5. Nicole Gesselman

    AAwwwww You have saved my life on all your wonderful recipes!Thanks for all your hard work! This one I have to agree is soooo effing yummy!

  6. O.M.G. indeed!!! Oh Juli, this stew is the best stew that has *ever* come out of my crockpot! I love stew, I’ve tried SO many recipes, and I’ve been disappointed to the point of giving up. UNTIL NOW! It tastes like the most lavish and savory flavors from the most expensive restaurants are having a gala in my mouth…the *mushrooms*…oh. my.
    Thank you for this blessing of brilliance that you have bestowed on me and my household (and my neighbors who’ve had to smell it all day…suckas!) 😉

  7. This was awesome. It’s also made me fall in love with my crock pot. It was the second time I’ve used it in 2 years…I’ll be using it a lot more now. 🙂

    Thanks to you, my roomie thinks I’m an amazing cook. 🙂

  8. TOO FUNNY !!! A friend of mine just started dating a guy….met him and wearing a puca shell necklace. Those went out in the 80’s right….yikes 🙂 Have been looking at thr food on your blog……..soooooooo much good stuff ! Needed help with recipes. Will be back ! THanks…..hugs

  9. Super yummy and flexible recipe! I just poured in a bunch of boxed red wine (lol) instead of the vinegars but otherwise pretty much stuck to the recipe and my fiance and I thought it was amazing! Will definitely make this again. Can’t wait to try some more of your recipes – thanks for sharing!

  10. This was another great recipe. I just used 2 packs of sliced mushrooms and one chopped yellow onion and it still came out great. Juli I am learning a lot about paleo cooking by following your simple recipes.

  11. i’m a new follower of yours. yay you! you’ve got another one. i’ve never replied to a blog before. yay you again! this post had me cracking up for two reasons:

    1) i am that unoriginal pervert who when reading the first paragraph thought to myself, “yep. just what every girl wants first thing in the morning. a nice piece of meat.” i work as pastry cook, this joke never gets old in the kitchen. at least to me.

    2) as i read your last paragraph, i thought, “hmm, what freaks me out in a guy? well for starters, if he doesn’t shave his legs.” HA! i come to crossfit from a cycling background. i spent 10 years around boys who shave. no icky hair brings out the definition of finely chiseled muscles.

    i find you amusing. i know you do too, and that’s awesome. thanks for all the great recipe ideas and clever posts!

      1. Righteous young jb. We’re out here in west Fla loving your food/blog. I think a friend of mine met u in tx.

  12. OH NO, what happened? I made this and it had a terrible taste with a faint vinegar bitterness. It lacked any body and taste. Can’t figure out how to salvage it. Too bad, I’ve made so many good dishes from this site. Maybe some bacon would have added flavor?

  13. I am sharing this with anyone who will listen. My husband and I LOVED it. It was so flavorful and delicious. I made it twice this month!

  14. Is there another type of beef you recommend besides stew meat? The last time I used it in beef stew it was SO chewy and not tender at all 🙁

  15. Hi Juli! I love how your recipe is so pure and unprocessed. I want to try it out, but I like beef stew that is a little on the thick side, however I do not wish to add wheat flour. What would you suggest to add to get this consistency? I thought about using a little arrowroot powder. What do you think? Thanks!

  16. This is a great recipe! I made it for my hard working hubby last night, it was a hit! I hate to use food as a reward but he works outside in the miserable NY cold all day and sex only lasts so long. I only changed a wee bit….used only about 8 ounces of plain old white mushrooms because that’s all I had, and subbed the 1 cup broth for 1 cup burgundy wine, I do that some times. Delicious, I have to hide it in the fridge from myself because I know he’ll want the leftovers tonight!!

  17. Hey Juli,
    As I was woefully attempting to peel the pearl onions (after putting them in warm water as directed) and cursing at the cute little bas—-s, I thought there must be a bettter way, and sure enough I found this. I haven’t tried it, but others say it works! Anyway, I just thought I would share. BTW you should host Saturday Night Live or something you funny, funny girl. Buh bye for now:

    Dump pearl onions (with skin) into boiling water (on high heat)
    Bring water back to boil
    After 1-2 mins, take the onions out, and dump them in cold water (or ice bath)
    After 1-2 mins, take the onions out of cold water
    Take an onion, hold it between your index finger and thumb, and squeeze. The onion will pop right out of the skin. Repeat this step for each onion. Tip: squeeze from the root end to assure that just the skin comes off, not layers of the onion.

  18. Made this just the other day. Super yummy and super easy! Hubby loved it. Used two sweet potatoes. Didn’t have pearl onions, so used a sweet onion (sliced) instead.

    Will definitely make it again.

  19. I made this and added some other veggies as well and I used pork chops. It’s so good. I’m going to make it again with beef.

  20. Totally agree with you on the cuties commercials.
    I’m going to make this stew tonight (and probably eat it for breakfast even though I’ll have made a green protein shake)!

  21. I made this yesterday. I tasted it and thought it was too vinegary (is that a word? my fault, I didn’t measure) so I let it cook longer. Then I fell asleep on the couch and it cooked all night. Whoops. This morning I added more broth. The veggies did not hold up but they thickened the broth. The meat was unbelievably tender proving what you said about cooking it longer if the meat was not fork tender. 🙂

    It tastes amazing! You really can’t f this recipe up! THANK YOU!

  22. Made this today since it is stupid cold today in Colorado and it is freakin amazing. You are amazing!! Love your hilarious posts, of course Jackson pics and especially all of your suweet recipes 🙂

  23. This is probably thee best dish I’ve made in my crock pot to date!! The taste is incredible, and I like the fact that the meat and veggies are not drowning in broth.

  24. great recipe!

    keep the weekly workouts coming. digging the at home / hotel gym workouts. i travel a lot for work, and love having a workout at my fingertip.

  25. This may seem crazy, but we’re not mushroom lovers. Would recipe still be yummy with just beef and other veggies, no mushrooms?

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