Garlic Lover’s CrockPot Beef Stew (Video)
There’s a generous amount of garlic in this Garlic Lover’s CrockPot Beef Stew and the garlic gets sweet and delicious in the slow cooker.
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I have so many cookbooks that invariably a book gets pushed to the bottom of the pile, and then I rediscover it. That’s exactly what happened when I made this Garlic Lover’s CrockPot Beef Stew, inspired by a recipe from The Olive and the Caper (affiliate link), a book about Greek Cooking written by Susanna Hoffman.
The inspiring recipe calls for 100 cloves of garlic, and although I used quite a bit less than that, this is a stew for people who really like the flavor of slow-cooked garlic. If you’ve never had garlic that’s been cooked for a long time, it’s sweet and delicious, and this stew smells amazing while it’s cooking.
And even if you decide not to go for a whole cup of garlic cloves or use regular olives instead of Kalamata Olives, I promise this garlicky crockpot beef stew will be so delicious!
What ingredients do you need for this recipe?
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- beef chuck roast
- Olive Oil (affiliate link) (for browning beef)
- canned beef broth (affiliate link) or reduced-sodium beef broth
- garlic cloves
- Kalamata Olives
- Capers (affiliate link)
- Bay Leaves (affiliate link)
- dried Greek Oregano (affiliate link)
- can of diced tomatoes with juice
- tomato sauce
- tomato paste (optional)
- Red Wine Vinegar (affiliate link)
- fresh ground black pepper to taste
What ingredients give this CrockPot Beef Stew Greek flavors?
Besides the garlic, the ingredients that give this this slow cooker stew those Greek flavors that so many people love include tomatoes, Kalamata Olives, capers, bay leaves, Greek Oregano, and a touch of red-wine vinegar.
Can this CrockPot Beef Stew cook all day?
I cooked this on high for a little over four hours, but if you’re looking for something that can cook on low all day, this recipe would also be perfect for that. I do recommend browning the beef, which you can do the night before and keep it in a container in the fridge overnight, just in case your mornings are a bit rushed!
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How to Make Garlic Lover’s CrockPot Beef Stew:
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- Cut the beef into 1 inch pieces and trim fat, as much as desired.
- Heat oil in a large non-stick frying pan and brown the beef well. Remove browned beef to the slow cooker.
- Deglaze the pan with the beef stock and then simmer until it’s reduced to 3/4 cup.
- While the stock simmers, prepare one cup each of sliced Kalamata Olives and Garlic Cloves. (I used peeled Christopher Ranch Garlic Cloves for the garlic, which made it easy.)
- Measure stock when you think you have reduced it and stop cooking when it’s 3/4 cup.
- Gather the capers, bay leaves, diced tomato, tomato sauce, tomato paste, red wine vinegar, and also some Greek Oregano (which didn’t make it into the photo! (You can do all this preparation the night before and keep ingredients in the fridge in a covered container if your mornings are busy.)
- Put all ingredients into slow cooker and cook on high for about 4 hours or low for about 8 hours.
- And here’s how it looked when it was done. So, so delicious; hope you will try it if you like garlic.
Make it a Low-Carb Meal:
I’d love this Garlic Lover’s CrockPot Beef Stew with Pureed Cauliflower with Garlic, Parmesan, and Goat Cheese, Air Fryer Artichoke Hearts, or Cauliflower Rice with Basil, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts for a tasty low-carb meal.
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Garlic Lover’s Crockpot Beef Stew
Garlic Lover’s Crockpot Beef Stew is a perfect slow cooker meal for people who love roasted garlic.
- 3 lb. beef chuck roast, trimmed as desired and cut into pieces about 1 inch
- 1 T olive oil (for browning beef)
- one 15 oz. can reduced-sodium beef broth
- 1 cup garlic cloves, peeled and cut into lengthwise slivers
- 1 cup Kalamata Olives, cut in half lengthwise
- 2 T capers, rinsed
- 3 bay leaves
- 1 tsp. dried Greek oregano
- one 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes with juice
- one 8 oz. can tomato sauce
- 2 T tomato paste (optional)
- 3 T red wine vinegar
- fresh ground black pepper to taste
- Trim beef cubes, cutting off fat as much as desired.
- In heavy frying pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat and brown half of beef cubes, turning several times so it’s well browned on all sides.
- Put browned beef in crockpot and brown the rest of beef, adding more oil if needed. Put second batch of browned beef cubes in crockpot.
- Add beef broth (or homemade beef stock) to frying pan, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan, and simmer until beef broth is reduced to 3/4 cup.
- While beef is browning, cut the garlic into slices and cut the Kalamata Olives in half.
- Measure stock to see when it's reduced to 3/4 cup and add reduced broth to crockpot.
- Add garlic and olives to crockpot along with rinsed capers, bay leaves, oregano, canned tomatoes and juice, tomato sauce, tomato paste (if using), red wine vinegar, and pepper.
- Cook on high for about 4 hours or a little longer, until meat is tender and flavors are well blended. (This could also be cooked in the slow cooker on low for 8-9 hours.)
- Serve hot.
I used my Crock-Pot 3-1/2-Quart Slow Cooker (affiliate link) for this recipe, but it could have been a little smaller. This freezes really well, so if you only have a big slow cooker I’d just double the recipe.
You could also cook this on top of the stove in a heavy dutch oven if you have a stove that will simmer at very low heat. I haven’t made it on the stove, so I don’t know exactly how long the cooking time would be.
Recipe adapted from The Olive and the Caper (affiliate link) by Susanna Hoffman.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 665Total Fat: 42gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 24.4gCholesterol: 188mgSodium: 726mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 3.3gSugar: 3.6gProtein: 59g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This Crockpot Beef Stew has 10.7 net carbs per serving when served alone in a bowl, so it should work for low-carb diet plans. It’s a perfect main dish for any phase of the original South Beach Diet.
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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This Garlic Lower’s CrockPot Beef Stew recipe was first posted in 2008. The photos were updated in 2015 and the recipe was last updated with more information in 2023.
44 Comments on “Garlic Lover’s CrockPot Beef Stew (Video)”
Yum! Thank you for this recipe! I received a crockpot as a gift, but have no clue what to do with it. This looks like it would be a winner. 🙂
Yum – I made something very similar last winter and loved it. This is perfection!
Beef stew with olives and capers sounds really tasty.
I love garlic and red wine and this recipe is *perfect* for me!
Nice looking stew Kalyn! Isn’t amazing how much garlic mellows when it’s been braising for awhile.
Rasshmi, I’m not an expert at cooking with meat substitutes like tofu or tempeh, but I do think portabella mushrooms would taste great in this as a substitute for the meat. It would be a slightly different flavor, but equally good, in my opinion.
Hmm, maybe I’ll try making it like that myself, sounds good.
Now THAT is one awesome stew! I gave my crockpot to my daughter (somehow I rarely used it), and I know she’ll love this recipe.
Thaks for sharing.
Hi Kalyn, am the silent and honest reader from London,i love your recipes.is there any personal suggestion from you to replace meat in this recipe or any recipe which involves meat like chicken,lamb,beef……??
Wow, I’ve never would have thought to put olives and capers in a beef stew. Very interesting, I will have to try it.
ooo… I LOVE kalamata olives and have never thought to pop them into a stew. What a nice twist!
Very glad to hear people are liking the sound of this recipe. I just loved it. (Plus anything that cooks without being watched and makes your house smell good gets my attention.)
Angak, the link for “a month of South Beach recipes” is a link for the monthly archives of January 2007, when all the recipes I posted for the month were phase one. The snack post is simply the last day of the month, but if you scroll down farther, you’ll get a lot of phase one recipes. You can also search for phase one by using the recipe archives; every recipe link in the archives lists the phase it’s suitable for.
I’m just getting started on south beach and your site is very helpful. However, the link on the right to “a month of phase one recipes” does not work. I keep getting the snack post. Is that link no longer available?
Thanks for the link, Kalyn – I appreciate it! The linguine recipe is one of my favorites. My post desperately needs a better photo – this will be my reminder to get on it!
That looks so good! I love to use my crockpot and am always looking for a great new recipe. Gotta try this one!
Anything with Kalamata olives and capers is ok by me… and I’ve never had them in a stew! Sounds like a good choice for our next rainy day.
I do not have a crockpot but I make these kind of dishes in a large baking dish on slow heat in the oven. Works well. I simply love garlic and this is going to be a wow dish!
I’m always looking for great recipes for my slow cooker. I love the combination of beef and olives.
That looks just delicious! I think it’s time to bring out my crockpot. You won me over with the slow cooked garlic and olives. Yum!
Thank you for the recipe and for mentioning the crockpot size that you used. Many people don’t know that this can make or break a dish. I have three different sizes for this very reason. This recipe has been put on my to-do list.
That sounds delicious Kalyn! I make a garlic curry with an obscene amount of garlic because I loved it’s slow cooked flavour so much. I also love to roast it whole and then squeeze the cloves out – yummy!