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This slow cooker sweet potato beef stew is made with sweet potatoes and chuck roast. It’s an easy, comfort food that’s healthy too! Throw everything in the crock pot so the veggies soften and the meat falls apart.

sweet potato beef stew in a bowl with fresh thyme

When I think of fall recipes, my mind instantly goes to a warm, hearty bowl of beef stew. My mom would make it when we were growing up and it reminds me of family and warmth. Every time I take a bite of this sweet potato beef stew that’s what I think of!

I’ve tested recipes for beef stew a few times, and this time I got it just right. I think a lot of it has to do with the meat you get! You want to make sure you get a meat that’s going to fall apart and shred easily.

A chuck roast is perfect for the crock pot and yields a tender, delicious piece of meat, just like this slow cooker pork roast. Larger cuts of meat are idea for this cooking method because cooking them low and slow makes them so tender.

beef stew with sweet potatoes in a ladel

What meat to use in sweet potato beef stew:

Make sure you look for a boneless chuck roast. This recipe calls for a chuck roast that’s about 2.5 – 3 pounds. You’ll want one with lots of marbling because that’s where all the yummy flavor comes from.

When cooked low and slow in the slow cooker, the chuck roast gets so tender you can use just one fork and it will fall apart. The natural marbling from the meat gets melted down and adds so much flavor.

Are sweet potatoes good in beef stew?

Sweet potatoes are delicious in beef stew! Especially if you follow a paleo or whole30 diet. However, you can opt for regular potatoes in this recipe too if you prefer.

beef and sweet potato stew in a bowl with fresh thyme

How to thicken slow cooker beef stew:

This beef stew thickens on it’s own, without any thickeners like cornstarch or gravy.  Some of the sweet potatoes in this recipe will fall apart and create a thicker stew. In addition, it’s  filled with lots of meat, which makes it thick and hearty too!

Even though it’s paleo, it’s definitely on the thicker side! It has soo much flavor.

There really doesn’t get anything easier than  beef stew. All you need is a few ingredients and a slow cooker to make this recipe. You turn it on low, leave it for 10 hours and you’re done!

two hands holding a bowl of beef and sweet potato stew with a spoon

How to make slow cooker sweet potato beef stew:

Start by chopping all of the vegetables in the recipe: celery, sweet potatoes, onion, mushrooms and carrots. After that, toss them into the bottom of the slow cooker.

Next, heat a large skillet over medium-high eat with a tablespoon of olive oil or coconut oil and place the chuck roast in the pan. Sear it on all sides (about 20 seconds per side) then place it on top of the vegetables in the crock pot.

Finally, top the beef and veggies with beef broth (or bone broth) and the spices then close the lid. Cook on low for 10 hours. Once it’s done cooking, use a fork to pull the beef apart. Stir well and serve.

How to store beef stew:

This sweet potato beef stew can be kept in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. You can also freeze it for up to 3 months! To thaw, place back in the slow cooker on medium heat to melt and warm.

sweet potato beef stew

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I hope you love this recipe as much as I do! It’s a recipe we will be making almost every week in our house.

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Slow cooker sweet potato beef stew

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 hours
Total: 10 hours 10 minutes
This slow cooker sweet potato beef stew is made with sweet potatoes and chuck roast. It's an easy, comfort food that's healthy too! Throw everything in the crock pot so the veggies soften and the meat falls apart.

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  • 2.5 pound chuck roast
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or coconut oil
  • sea salt
  • pepper
  • 8 ounces Bella mushrooms sliced
  • 1 medium yellow onion sliced
  • 4 medium carrots peeled and sliced
  • 3 celery stalks cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes skinned and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 ⅓ cups beef broth or bone broth
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon fresh or dried rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire


  • Spray slow cooker with cooking spray. Place mushrooms, onion, carrots, celery and sweet potatoes in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  • Season the cuck roast with salt and pepper. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Brown roast on all sides (about 20 seconds per side) and place on top of veggies.
  • Combine beef broth, thyme, rosemary and Worcestershire in a small bowl. Pour the mixture over meat and vegetables.
  • Close the slow cooker lid and cook on low for 10 hours. Remove lid and shred beef (it should fall apart easily) then mix well.
  • Serve immediately. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to one week or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Last step! If you make this, please leave a review letting us know how it was!


Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 411kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 8g | Sodium: 64mg | Sugar: 4g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Mindy says:

    5 stars
    This Beef Stew recipe is so good! It’s comfort food for me even though it’s healthy. It has been in our monthly rotation since December and I just finished making it even though it’s 100degrees outside today! Thanks Molly!

    1. Sharon Zack says:

      Is the broth amount enough? It doesn’t cover everything. Thank you

      1. Molly Thompson says:

        Hey! Yes this is enough. The beef renders and all of the juices are enough by the time the cooking is done. Thanks!

  2. Abby says:

    Only 1 1/3 liquid??

  3. Kerry says:

    Another delicious recipe! I made this in the Instant Pot last night and it turned out perfectly (approximately 2 lb roast, so 47 min cook time and 10 min natural release). My husband kept saying “this is sooo good”! We’re getting ready to move and I already packed up my spices, so I doubled the W sauce and seasoned with just salt and pepper. I only had 1 sweet potato and 1 carrot left, so I added a handful of little white taters that were languishing in my tater basket. Sometimes you just gotta get creative! ; ) I served it over rice (yes, it was the last of my rice, too) and now we have wonderful leftovers for two more nights before we load the U-Haul and head south before the snow hits. Yes, we are SUNbirds and we travel with our faithful Instant Pot. : )

  4. Stephanie Rodriguez says:

    5 stars
    This is absolutely delicious!!!! I love the flavor the sweet potato adds. Can you post an instant pot version too?

    Thank you Molly!! 🙂

  5. Leigh Ann says:

    How many servings does this make?

    1. Molly Thompson says:

      It serves about 6!

      1. Twylla says:

        Does the sweet potato get mushy?