Small Crock Pot Beef Stew (2024)

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4.41 from 76 votes

Everybody will love this delicious Crock Pot Beef Stew with tender meat and vegetables. The ultimate comfort food that will warm you to the bone.

This small-batch beef stew recipe is ideal for a small household or is quickly doubled to full size. Or make it even smaller for only two servings.

馃悇Ingredients

Beef鈥pre-cut stew meat or trimmed sirloin tip or chuck roast
Vegetables鈥Yukon gold or red potatoes, carrots, frozen peas
Aromatics鈥onion and garlic
Pantry ingredients鈥beef broth, tomato paste, soy sauce, salt, pepper
Optional ingredients鈥攆lour for browning, dry thyme, bay leaf
Thickening鈥tapioca or cornstarch

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
  • 馃悇Ingredients
  • 馃槉Why you should make this recipe
  • 馃懆鈥嶐煃矵ow to Make Crock Pot Beef Stew
  • 鈴癏ow long to cook
  • Meat tips
  • Vegetable tips
  • Cooking tips
  • Other crock pot stew and soup recipes
  • 鈫曪笍How to make this a "for two" or "family size" recipe
  • 鉂勶笍Leftovers鈥攕torage and reheating
  • 鉂揊AQs
  • 馃摉 Recipe
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Featured Comment from Lauren:
"5 stars This beef stew is the best! I made the smaller version and it was absolutely perfect."

馃槉Why you should make this recipe

  • This easy slow cooker beef stew recipe is the best classic old-fashioned comfort food you can have on a cold day.
  • A short prep to enhance the flavor and all-day cooking in the crock pot gets you a delicious dinner when you get home.
  • Melt-in-your-mouth tender beef with excellent flavor and packed with tender potatoes and vegetables in a rich and hearty sauce.
  • It is a complete meal, so there is no need for lots of side dishes. Serve with crusty bread, cornbread, or biscuits.

I started with a Cooks Country recipe (subscription required), but I think it is unrecognizable now. Lots of fuss, as usual from Cooks County, has been removed along with some other adjustments, and the size decreased.

馃懆鈥嶐煃矵ow to Make Crock Pot Beef Stew

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Pre-cut stew beef or trim about 1 陆 to 2 pounds of boneless chuck roast or sirloin tip into 1-inch cubes. Give it a light dusting of flour and place in hot oil over medium-high heat in the large skillet鈥攂rown for about 7-8 minutes. Move the meat to the crock pot, but keep any liquid in the pan.

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While browning meat, peel 2 carrots and cut them into 陆 inch thick medallions. Scrub 陆 pound of Yukon Gold or red potatoes and cut them into 1-inch cubes. Other potatoes could be used, but if using russet potatoes, peel them.

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Dice 1 medium onion and crush or mince 2 cloves of garlic. Add onion, 3 ounces of tomato paste, and 录 tsp salt into the hot pan. Cook until onions are soft and lightly browned. Add the garlic for the last minute.

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When the onion is ready, add 1 cup of beef broth to the pan and scrape any brown bits from the bottom of the pan.

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Add all ingredients except the peas to the crock pot and stir well. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.

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Add the frozen peas for the last hour of cooking.

For more details, keep reading. See the Recipe Card below for complete instructions and to print.

鈴癏ow long to cook

On low, this takes 8 hours, and on high, it takes 4-5 hours. Some beef may take a bit longer, so check the meat and potatoes for tenderness and extend the time by an hour or two if needed.

Meat tips

  • You can use pre-cut stew beef or cut your own from sirloin tip or chuck roast.
  • The more marbling, the more tender the results.
  • Using soy sauce will enhance the beef flavor. Many recipes use Worcestershire sauce, which you can use instead. The tomato paste also will boost the beef taste.

Vegetable tips

  • The potatoes can be any potatoes. If you use russet potatoes, they should be peeled. If you use the specified Yukon Gold or red potatoes, you don't need to peel them.
  • You will get about 1 cup of cubed potatoes from 陆 pound of potatoes.
  • Do not cube the potatoes or the carrots too small, or they can easily overcook.
  • Other common additions include celery, green beans, parsnips, and sweet potatoes.

Cooking tips

  • The secret to tender beef stew is not to undercook the stew. Cook until the meat and vegetables are tender.
  • You can skip the browning of the meat, and cooking the onion on the stovetop will only cause a minor change in outcome. Just dumping the ingredients into the crock pot works.
  • Like all stews and soups, a little more or less of the meat or vegetable will be fine.
  • It is acceptable in the crock pot on the "keep warm" setting for an hour or a bit more if needed for your timing.

Other crock pot stew and soup recipes

Check out these tasty Crock Pot Chicken Stew. For some classic soups, try Crock Pot French Onion Soup, Crock Pot Ham Bone and Bean Soup, Crock Pot Cheeseburger Soup, and Crock Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup.

鈫曪笍How to make this a "for two" or "family size" recipe

This is a very easy recipe to cut in half or double. The full recipe makes about 8 cups of 4 large servings. Perfect for our "for two" household for two meals.

Use the recipe card and adjust the number of servings to half or double.

  1. Use the amount of ingredients in the ingredient list, not the instructions鈥攖hose do not adjust.
  2. The half recipe will fit in a 2-quart mini crock pot.
  3. A double recipe fits in a 6-quart or larger crock pot.
  4. Cook for the same amount of time.

鉂勶笍Leftovers鈥攕torage and reheating

Store leftover beef stew in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4 days or in a freezer for 3 months.

To reheat, thaw overnight in the refrigerator first if frozen. Then reheat on the stovetop in a saucepan over medium heat, but the microwave will work, too.

鉂揊AQs

Should the beef be browned before adding it to the crock pot?

Browning the beef with a dusting of flour before adding it to the crock pot will add some depth of flavor with a Maillard reaction, but you can skip this with only a small effect on the final results.

How to thicken beef stew?

Tapioca or cornstarch is used to thicken this recipe. For tapioca, add 1 tablespoon at the beginning of cooking. For cornstarch, make a smooth slurry of 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of cold water, then add the peas near the end of cooking.

Using a roux with flour is just fussier than it needs to be. Potato flakes are another possible choice.

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馃摉 Recipe

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Small Crock Pot Beef Stew

From Dan Mikesell AKA DrDan

Everybody will love this delicious crock pot beef stew with tender meat and vegetables. The ultimate comfort food that will warm you to the bone. This smaller beef stew recipe is ideal for a small household or is quickly doubled to full size.

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4.41 from 76 votes

Prep Time: 30 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours hours

Total Time: 8 hours hours 30 minutes minutes

Servings #/Adjust if desired 4 serving

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Ingredients

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  • 1 陆-2 lbs stew beef or trimmed sirloin tip or chuck roast - trimmed and cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 1 medium onion - diced
  • 2 cloves garlic - minced or pressed
  • 3 oz tomato paste
  • 1 cup low-sodium beef broth
  • lb red or Yukon Gold potatoes - cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 2 carrots - peeled cut into 陆 inch medallions
  • cups frozen peas
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce - low sodium
  • teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bay leaves - Optional
  • teaspoon dried thyme - Optional
  • 2 tablespoons AP Flour - Optional for browning
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil - Optional for browning

Optional thickening-covered in the pro tips below

  • 1 tablespoon Minute tapioca
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

Instructions

  1. Use pre-cut stew beef or trim about 1 陆 to 2 pounds of boneless chuck roast or sirloin tip into 1-inch cubes. Give it a light dusting of flour and place in hot oil over medium-high heat in the large skillet鈥攂rown for about 7-8 minutes. Move the meat to the crock pot but keep any liquid in the pan.

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  2. While browning meat, peel 2 carrots and cut them into 陆 inch thick medallions. Scrub 陆 pound of red or Yukon gold potatoes and cut them into chunks. Other potatoes could be used but if using russet potatoes, peel also.

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  3. Dice 1 medium onion. Crush or mince 2 cloves of garlic. Add onion, 3 ounces of tomato paste, and 录 tsp salt into the hot pan. Cook until onions are soft and lightly browned. Add the garlic for the last minute.

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  4. When the onion is ready, add 1 cup of beef broth to the pan and scrape any brown bits from the bottom of the pan.

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  5. Add all ingredients except the peas to the crock pot, and stir well. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours. Add the frozen peas for the last hour of cooking. Cook longer if needed for tender meat and vegetables.

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Recipe Notes

Pro Tips

  1. Images are for a double batch.
  2. This makes about 2 quarts as written and will fit a 3-quart crock pot. I recommend a double recipe and use a 6-quart or bigger crock pot. How to cut the recipe in half is covered in the post.
  3. I prefer to cut and trim a chuck roast or sirloin tip for this, but beef stew meat will work fine.
  4. If you're in a hurry, skip the whole browning skillet steps. Just dump it in, and it will be great.
  5. Check for beef tenderness before stopping cooking. Some beef may take a bit longer.
  6. Leftovers are good in the refrigerator for 4 days or 3 months in a freezer.
  7. Nutrition is calculated on a large serving size of about 2 cups.

Optional thickening

Tapioca or cornstarch is used to thicken this recipe. For tapioca, add 1 tablespoon at the beginning of cooking. For cornstarch, make a smooth slurry of 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of cold water, then add the peas near the end of cooking.

Using a roux with flour is just fussier than it needs to be. Potato flakes are another possible choice.

To adjust the recipe size:

You may adjust the number of servings in this recipe card under servings. This does the math for the ingredients for you. BUT it does NOT adjust the text of the instructions. So you need to do that yourself.

Nutrition Estimate

Calories : 434 kcal (22%)Carbohydrates : 24 g (8%)Protein : 37 g (74%)Fat : 22 g (34%)Saturated Fat : 10 g (50%)Cholesterol : 117 mg (39%)Sodium : 951 mg (40%)Potassium : 1283 mg (37%)Fiber : 4 g (16%)Sugar : 6 g (7%)Vitamin A : 5472 IU (109%)Vitamin C : 20 mg (24%)Calcium : 63 mg (6%)Iron : 5 mg (28%)

Serving size is my estimate of a normal size unless stated otherwise. The number of servings per recipe is stated above. This is home cooking, and there are many variables. All nutritional information are estimates and may vary from your actual results. To taste ingredients such as salt will be my estimate of the average used.

Course : Main Course

Cuisine : American

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Publisher Note: Originally published March 5, 2011. Updated with expanded options, refreshed photos, and a table of contents to help navigation.Also, the technique has been updated a small amount to current my practice.

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  1. Gail

    I hate peas. I want to do it with frozen green beans. Do I cut them in half and cook longer?

    Reply

    • Dan Mikesell AKA DrDan

      Frozen green beans are tougher than peas. You can add them with the potatoes but you can just replace the peas with then add near the end. No need to cut them up.

      Dan

  2. Anne

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    Dr. Dan,
    What a different (wonderful) change from the usual stew with brown gravy. The tomato paste took it to another level, with a lovely color and tangy tomato taste. I did use stew meat (it was very high quality), coated it with highly seasoned flour, and browned until the coating was crispy. This flouring actually made a nice gravy without use of any added thickeners. The carrots and peas took on the essence of the sauce without losing their individual flavors. I did choose to serve this over mashed potatoes, rather than put the potatoes into the stew, this time.
    It's just my husband and myself--he says this is a "keeper".
    Thanks so much--Anne Davis

    Reply

  3. Judy

    The grocery store gave me instant tapioca instead of minute tapioca. Is there a big difference if I use it to thicken the stew?

    Reply

    • Dan Mikesell AKA DrDan

      Hi Judy,

      You should be fine. In many applications, they can not be substituted but here we are using it for the starch to thicken. Either would work.

      Dan

  4. Cindy

    Small Crock Pot Beef Stew (19)
    We loved it!

    Reply

  5. Katherine A Dietz

    In the notes to make the recipe it says it was written for a 3 qt crockpot. In answer to a few of the questions it says to cut the written recipe in half, which is it?
    Thanks Katherine

    Reply

    • Dan Mikesell AKA DrDan

      The original recipe was what I now call a double and needs a 6 quart or larger crockpot. As written now, it is 3 quart. Some of the older comments were for the original larger recipe. So follow the recipe card and instructions in the post. Please note that all images are for a double recipe. Instructions and ingredients are for a single recipe.
      Dan

  6. Lauren

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    This beef stew is the best! I made the smaller version and it was absolutely perfect. We didn鈥檛 have Tapioca, so I added cornstarch at the end. It was so delicious there were no leftovers, so the gumminess wasn鈥檛 an issue.

    Reply

  7. Sara

    howdy all, Dr Dan, just to clarify, are you browning the whole piece of beef first, and then cutting it up ? or could it be cut up first, dusted with flour and then tossed in the pan and browned?
    Fall has begun here in Upstate NY, will probably try this recipe next week !!!
    Sara

    Reply

    • Dan Mikesell AKA DrDan

      Hi Sara,
      You don't have to brown but it adds some taste. I suggest, trim and cut up first, then flour, then brown. The flour helps browning and also will add some thickening later during cooking.
      Dan

  8. Megan Roesch

    Hi, I am going to make your recipe for Beef Stew today. What size crockpot should I use?
    Thank You for sharing your recipe.

    Reply

    • DrDan

      Hi Megan,
      Welcome to the blog.
      Anything under 5 qt will be too full. I use a 6.5 qt. If cut it half, 3 qt. is a good minimum.
      Dan

  9. Alexis

    Is the only liquid besides the soy sauce 14 oz beef broth? Does that end up being enough?

    Reply

    • DrDan

      Hi Alexis,
      Welcome to the blog.
      Yep, it is a stew so thick. Fluid does come out of some of the components. If it is too thick for you, add some more broth.
      Dan

  10. Dea

    Well once again, another winner of a recipe from you!!! Made this today and I was salivating the entire day, the house smelled soo good! The stew tasted as good if not better than it smelled!! It was husband approved which is important and we have plenty of leftovers to look forward to later in the week! This has got to be the most flavorful stew I've ever made... it's definitely a keeper! Thank you once again!

    Reply

    • DrDan

      Hi Dea,
      Welcome to the blog.
      This is a recipe I only do a few times per year and always say I'm going to do it more. It is also on my conversion to pressure cooker list (if that ever happens).
      Thanks for the note.
      Dan

  11. Thomas

    Sounds good, and pretty easy. Your directions (both in the post and in the recipe) say to add 6 oz. of tomato paste, but the ingredient list only has 3 oz. Can you let me know which is correct?

    Reply

    • DrDan

      Hi Thomas,

      Welcome to the blog.

      The model recipe used 6 oz, which is a full can, but is a bigger recipe. I have done this recipe 25-30 times and now use 6 oz. for this size of recipe. When I re-edited the post last winter, I made it 6 oz and missed the one spot.

      Sorry for the error. The increase in the tomato paste enhances the deep beefy taste.

      Dan

  12. Michele

    This recipe is super easy and tasty! Thank you for posting the least intimidating beef stew recipe on the internet. I will definitely try the thyme next time, just to see if I'm missing anything.

    Reply

    • DrDan

      Hi Michele,
      Thanks for the note. I do like relatively simple cooking.
      Dan

  13. Judy Uhl

    Do you peel your potatoes or leave the skin on?

    Reply

    • DrDan

      Usually on. Also I have started to coat the cubes of meat with flour and brown that either before or after the onion part then do the rest of the recipe as stated.

  14. Jack B

    Hi Dr. Dan,
    Have you tried this in an electric pressure cooker? If so, how long did you cook it for?
    Thanks!

    Reply

    • DrDan

      Don't have one so I haven't tried it. I still remember the great pressure cooker explosion my mother had from years ago.

  15. Bill Schick

    What is a serving size? 1 cup? 1/2 cup?

    Reply

    • DrDan

      A little over a cup.

  16. Darlene

    Would you have a recipe for dumplings to go with the stew? I'm not sure if they would be doable in a crock pot.

    Reply

  17. Susan

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    Sure did love this beef stew. It had been too long, and I had never used the crock pot! Just for fun, sometime, steam some frozen Brussels sprouts till ready to eat and add with/or instead of the peas. It's a family favorite around here and the only way SOME people will eat Brussels sprouts (I cut them in half BTW). Kind of like adding cabbage to veg. soup. Cheers!

    Reply

  18. Jill

    When did you brown the meat? Before the onions?

    Reply

    • DrDan

      In the recipe and at ATK the meat is not browned. However I now usually brown the meat after the onion. I remove the onion then add the meat to get some nice searing then deglaze. Not really necessary but I think a little more taste.

  19. Lamia

    Can you sub cornstarch for the tapioca? And if so, how much do you recommend? Thanks!

    Reply

    • DrDan

      Yes and no... The corn starch thickens nicely BUT it tends to break down with ongoing cooking and does not reheat well. So yes if you do it at the end and eat the whole thing. Not good otherwise. I have no luck with flour and crock pots at the end of cooking but here I brown the meat so coating with flour prior to the browning is also an option. Potato flakes are another possibility.
      DrDan

  20. Backi

    I'm not sure where the tapioca goes? I'm a novice :)

    Reply

    • DrDan

      Just add it at the beginning and it will be fine. If you skip it, it will be a little thinner.
      DrDan

  21. Nikki

    I just made this and it was the best stew ever. I substituted half homemade chicken broth and half red wine for the beef broth, because that is what I had in the house. Just delish, and I never, ever comment online. Even my super picky oldest child, who eats nothing, pronounced it good.

    Reply

    • DrDan

      This is one of my most under-appreciated recipes. I do really like this one also.
      Thanks for the note
      DrDan

  22. Linda

    My husband and I just love your recipes. We especially enjoy the instructions and the pictures which make preparing the food easy. And the occasional misspelled word makes us chuckle and wonder if it's on purpose!!!

    Reply

    • DrDan

      Thanks for the comment. This misspells are me at full speed. I need to slow it down a bit at times...

  23. Martha (MM)

    Thanks so much for linking up your slow cooker recipes for my slow cooker recipe index. I have to say that yours look so appetizing! These are just the kind of meals I was looking for!

    Reply

  24. Jeffrey and Juli

    Juli here. I totally agree with you that Cook's Illustrated Recipes are completely fussy and overly complicated. Jeffrey thinks the fussiness is worthwhile, but it would absolutely make me crazy to cook the way CI does every day. Your beef stew looks great! Thanks for the recipe variation for the crock pot.

    Reply

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FAQs

Can you cook meat in a small crockpot? 鈥

For smaller batches, use a 2 quart crockpot so it can come to temperature quickly. Change up the spices. If you make a lot of Mexican recipes, make ground beef in the crock pot with taco seasoning instead! Or, divide the meat once cooked and season each batch based on how you'll be using it.

Do you have to brown stew meat before putting it in the crock pot? 鈥

Slow cooker recipes don't always instruct you to brown meat before adding it to the pot, but there are some advantages to doing so. If you sear meat to a crusty brown with a little oil in a hot skillet, the meat develops more complex flavors and improves the dish.

How many pounds of stew meat for 2 people? 鈥

(You could get by with 6 ounces of meat per person, but a half pound ensures you'll have leftovers, and leftover stew is a very good thing.) Buy pre-cut stew meat or buy a large chunk of meat and cut it into 1 1/2- to 2-inch cubes yourself.

Is it better to cook stew on low or high in slow cooker? 鈥

While many slow cooker recipes can be made on high for 3-4 hours, I highly recommend cooking this beef stew on low for the full 7-8 hours. This will ensure that the beef gets nice and tender. Thicken your stew properly.

What size slow cooker do I need for 2? 鈥

3-4.5 quart

What happens if you don't brown meat for stew? 鈥

The flavor of the stew might be slightly less complex, and the sauce a little paler. You could add a bit of soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce and it would taste just fine. Browning or searing meat on high heat is essential for a stew with a deep rich flavor.

What is difference between crockpot and slow cooker? 鈥

The pot of the slow cooker usually sits on a base that houses the heating element on the bottom, while Crockpots have their pots inside of a container (or crock) and get heating from all sides. Therefore, slow cookers heat up slower than crockpots, with the heat level higher on the bottom of the pot.

What happens if you don't brown meat before slow cooker? 鈥

The meat will still become moist and fall-off-the-bone tender. However, the slow cooker will never be hot enough to brown the meat, so if you decide to skip this step be aware that the finished dish may look paler than expected.

What gives beef stew the best flavor? 鈥

Add spices such as turmeric, coriander and cumin at the early stage of cooking, when you are frying onions and garlic, to enhance the taste of the beef stew. Fresh herbs like coriander and bay leaves also contribute a distinct flavour without making the dish too spicy for the younger members of the family.

What does 3 oz of stew meat look like? 鈥

3 oz portion is similar in size to a deck of cards 鈻 1 oz of cooked meat is similar in size to 3 dice. A 1-inch meatball is about one ounce. 4 oz of raw, lean meat is about 3 ounces after cooking.

Is 2 lbs of beef enough for 4 people? 鈥

Use calculator to help determine how much meat to buy.

A question we often get is 鈥淗ow much meat do I need?鈥 The starting rule of thumb is: Boneless Meat: 1/2 lb. per person for adults and 1/4 lb. per person for children.

Do you put tomato paste in stew? 鈥

Stew is basically meat braised in liquid, along with other ingredients鈥攖ypically potatoes, carrots, onions, and possibly some sort of tomato. The tomato can be tomato paste, diced tomatoes, or even whole canned tomatoes that you break up with a spoon while it cooks. But no one said that the main liquid should be water.

Can I use chicken broth instead of beef broth? 鈥

Like beef broth, chicken broth is a kitchen staple and makes a good substitute if you are all out of the meaty broth. This savory, salty liquid has a milder flavor than beef broth but is a good one-to-one replacement. Chicken broth also has a similar nutrition profile to beef broth, low in calories and high in sodium.

Should I stir my slow cooker stew? 鈥

Due to the nature of a slow cooker, there is no need to stir the food unless it specifically says to in your recipe. In fact, taking the lid off to stir food causes the slow cooker to lose a significant amount of heat, extending the cooking time required. Therefore, it is best not to remove the lid for stirring.

Can you cook a small amount in a large slow cooker? 鈥

Making a Really Small Recipe in a Really Big Slow Cooker

Add the recipe ingredients to the baking dish, sized so it's two-third to three-quarters full, then place the dish inside the bowl of the slow cooker. Cover with the lid and cook as directed.

What is a 1.5 quart slow cooker good for? 鈥

Those in the 1- to 1.5-quart category are great when cooking for one or making dips, while 2.5 quarts and larger is best for cooking for two to three or those who prefer leftovers.

What size slow cooker do I need for 1 person? 鈥

If You're Cooking for One or Two People: Buy a 3-Quart Slow Cooker. If you're cooking for one to two people and you're not a fan of leftovers, or simply don't have the space to stash them in the fridge or freezer, a 3-quart (or 3 1/2-quart, as they're sold by some brands) slow cooker is just right for you.

How do you use a small slow cooker? 鈥

  1. Place the stoneware into the heating base, add your ingredients to the stoneware, and cover with the lid.
  2. Simply plug the unit in and program the timer to the specified cooking time. ...
  3. When cooking is done, unplug your slow cooker and allow it to cool before cleaning.

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