Slow-Cooker Beef and Barley Stew

A slow-cooker is nice to come home to and the ideal appliance for cooking less tender but flavourful cuts of meat. Barley, a good source of fibre, thickens the stew without the need for flour. Serve this warming comfort food over mashed potatoes or with thick slabs of crusty whole-grain bread.

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Slow Cooker Time: 8 to 10 hours

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Servings: 4

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  • 1 lb (500 g) Ontario Beef Stewing Cubes
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) vegetable oil
  • 2 Ontario Onions, chopped
  • 2 Ontario Carrots, chopped
  • 2 cups (500 mL) beef broth
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) pot or pearl barley, rinsed
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) each packed brown sugar, tomato paste and red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL)  each salt and dried thyme leaves  
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) pepper
  • 1 cup (250 mL) frozen peas, thawed


Trim any excess fat from beef, cut any large pieces smaller. Heat 1 tbsp (15 mL) oil in large skillet over medium-high heat; cook beef until browned, in 2 batches if necessary.  Transfer to slow-cooker.

Add remaining oil to pan; cook onions and carrots a few minutes until lightly softened. Stir in broth, barley, brown sugar, tomato paste, vinegar, salt, thyme and pepper; bring to simmer. Pour into slow-cooker; cover and cook on Low for 8 to 10 hours (or on High for 4 to 5 hours) until beef and barley are tender. Turn off slow-cooker. Stir in peas and let stand for 10 minutes to heat peas.

Nutritional information

1 Serving

  • PROTEIN: 34 grams
  • FAT: 17 grams
  • CARBOHYDRATE: 38 grams
  • FIBRE: 5 grams
  • CALORIES: 439