Crock Pot Butternut Squash Beef Stew

Crock Pot Butternut Squash Beef Stew

This delicious and healthy Crock Pot Butternut Squash Beef Stew is perfect for this time of year. It’s full of tasty ingredients like spinach and mushrooms, and it is hearty enough to serve on its own, or with a crisp green salad and some crusty bread.

My slow cooker’s busiest season is fall. Back to school means afternoon and evening activities, and those activities mean inconsistent meal times. I love having dinner ready for us whenever we walk in the door and have time to eat. Sometimes that’s 4 pm and sometimes that’s 9 pm, but dinner is always hot.

Feel free to modify this easy stew recipe to fit your tastes.

Hate mushrooms? Skip them.

Have kale on hand instead of spinach? Use that instead.

Don’t like recipes telling you how much garlic to use? I’m not the boss of you. Throw in more! Or less!

Have some celery that needs to be used up? Toss it in.

Hate butternut squash? I’m not sure why you’re reading this recipe, but maybe you should look at these other tasty slow cooker soup and stew recipes instead.

Crock Pot Butternut Squash Beef Stew

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. beef stew meat
  • 1 butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 medium carrots, diced
  • 6 oz. mushrooms, sliced
  • 6 oz. fresh spinach
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 14 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 TBSP chili powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a skillet over a medium-high heat, brown the beef cubes in the skillet on all sides.
  2. Transfer the meat to a slow cooker.
  3. Add all the remaining ingredients, except for the spinach and the mushrooms, to the slow cooker.
  4. Stir ingredients, cover and cook on LOW for 6 hours.
  5. 30 minutes before the stew is done, add mushrooms.
  6. Add the spinach just before serving.

Feedback

Sarah

I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect from this recipe. I was so impressed and really thought the flavors worked great together and it was delicious! Not to mention it’s healthy too!

Stephanie

It’s delicious!

Me

This stew tastes fantastic and is hearty enough to be a one pot dinner if you aren’t in the mood to make any side dishes.

Yield: 8 servings

Crock Pot Butternut Squash Beef Stew

Crock Pot Butternut Squash Beef Stew
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 7 hours

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. beef stew meat
  • 1 butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 medium carrots, diced
  • 6 oz. mushrooms, sliced
  • 6 oz. fresh spinach
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 14 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 TBSP chili powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a skillet over a medium-high heat, brown the beef cubes in the skillet on all sides.
  2. Transfer the meat to a slow cooker.
  3. Add all the remaining ingredients, except for the spinach and the mushrooms, to the slow cooker.
  4. Stir ingredients, cover and cook on LOW for 6 hours.
  5. 30 minutes before the stew is done, add mushrooms.
  6. Add the spinach just before serving.

Notes

Cut the prep time down to just a few minutes by purchasing precubed butternut squash, minced garlic, sliced mushrooms, and by using a small bag of baby carrots.

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