Slow Cooker Beef and Herb Dumpling Stew

Mike tried this recipe on March 5, 2023

I haven’t made a lot of soups or stews this winter season. Even while the weather is warming up, I still enjoy having a good bowl of stick-to-my-ribs stew every now and then. This one came up with something new for me – dumplings. I’ve never made dumplings from scratch, so I figured this was worth a good try.

I like that this can be thrown into a slow cooker and left to itself the entire day; there’s no need to be rushing around or checking on it every few minutes. The dumplings were pretty easy too – just mix up the batter, drop it by the spoonful on top of the stew, and let it do the work. The recipe can easily be doubled to feed a crowd, with a double-batch easily fitting into a 6-quart slow cooker. But be careful with the dumplings if you double the recipe – I had batter left over because I made the dumplings smaller and couldn’t fit them all on top of the stew!

Adapted from Slow Cooker Gourmet

Slow Cooker Beef and Herb Dumpling Stew

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 15 mins Cook Time 8 hrs Total Time 8 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 6
Best Season: Winter


A hearty and easy to make stew that simmers all day in a slow cooker, with dumplings cooked in the stew for a true one-pot meal.

Adapted from Slow Cooker Gourmet






  1. In a 4 quart or larger slow cooker combine stew beef, carrots, and peas. Add flour, steak seasoning, and salt, and mix to coat everything with flour.

  2. Add tomato paste, then slowly stir in the beef broth so there are no lumps from the flour.

  3. Cover and cook on Low for 7 hours. Add dumplings and continue cooking (see below).


  1. In a bowl combine all ingredients except the parsley and mix until a dough is formed. Add parsley and continue mixing.

  2. Set the slow cooker to High. Drop dough into the stew in spoonfuls. Cook 45-60 minutes or until dumplings are cooked through.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories 413kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9.4g15%
Saturated Fat 3.4g17%
Cholesterol 130mg44%
Sodium 1236mg52%
Potassium 1147mg33%
Total Carbohydrate 35.6g12%
Dietary Fiber 5g20%
Sugars 8.8g
Protein 44.1g89%

Calcium 8 mg
Iron 138 mg
Vitamin D 13 IU

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


  • Steak seasoning - any favorite steak seasoning could be used, either pre-made or a home recipe. McCormick Montreal Seasoning was used in the dish shown in the recipe photo.
Keywords: beef, stew, dumplings, slow cooker, carrots, peas
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