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
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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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  1. Cut the beef into 1 inch pieces and trim fat, as much as desired.
  2. Heat oil in a large non-stick frying pan and brown the beef well. Remove browned beef to the slow cooker.
  3. Deglaze the pan with the beef stock and then simmer until it’s reduced to 3/4 cup. 
  4. 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.)
  5. Measure stock when you think you have reduced it and stop cooking when it’s 3/4 cup.
  6. 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.)
  7. Put all ingredients into slow cooker and cook on high for about 4 hours or low for about 8 hours.
  8. And here’s how it looked when it was done. So, so delicious; hope you will try it if you like garlic.
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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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Weekend Food Prep:

This recipe has been added to a category called Weekend Food Prep to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!


  • 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


  1. Trim beef cubes, cutting off fat as much as desired.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. While beef is browning, cut the garlic into slices and cut the Kalamata Olives in half.
  6. Measure stock to see when it’s reduced to 3/4 cup and add reduced broth to crockpot.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.)
  9. 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. 

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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.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


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.

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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.

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