Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe

Best winter comfort food recipes

Embrace the colder weather with our best ever winter recipes. Curl up with hearty stews, comforting puddings an warming drinks

Looking for winter recipes? Want to make the best comfort food? Try our hearty mains like beef stew, chilli or roast chicken. Tuck into a cosy winter dessert with our crumble recipes or self-saucing puddings. Pair your feast with one of our winter cocktail recipes.


Best winter recipes

Beef and red wine stew

Cook beef shin in red wine, stock and herbs until meltingly tender, then serve with creamy mash for a crowd-pleasing weekend meal.

Rosemary salt roast chicken

Try our expert recipe for the most golden roast, crisp-skinned chicken – the perfect Sunday lunch.

Slow-cooker sausage casserole

Give your slow cooker some love with this winter warmer, packed with hearty ingredients including sausages, bacon and borlotti beans.

Mulled hot chocolate

Use leftover red wine to create a drink that marries two of the best winter warmers – mulled wine and hot chocolate. Quick, easy and guaranteed to keep you toasty.

Apple crumble

Check out this really easy old-school apple crumble. You can’t go wrong with this foolproof recipe, sure to be a family favourite.

Slow-cooker chilli with jalapeño cheddar cornbread

A bit of everything goes into this chilli – dark chocolate, lager and Worcestershire sauce, along with plenty of herbs and spices. Throw all the ingredients into a slow-cooker and let the mince soak up the flavours.

Mulled wine winter puddings

Looking for individual festive desserts that are easy to make? Try our mini winter puddings with mulled wine – perfect for feeding hungry mouths over Christmas.

Slow-cooker Irish stew

This hearty, traditional stew is just the ticket as the winter months roll in. Put the lamb and veggies in a slow cooker and leave for four hours.

Steak and blue cheese pie

A golden-crusted puff pastry pie, stuffed with braising steak, blue cheese, brown ale and thyme. Perfect for a comforting meal on chilly winter nights.


We’ve added rum to this winter classic to compensate for the evaporation of alcohol during cooking, but it’s not essential. Cheers!

Celery and stilton soup

This comforting, velvety soup is full of flavour and simple to make. You’ll need a wedge of stilton, a bunch of celery and a healthy glug of cream for this bowlful of deliciousness.

Spiced toffee apple and ginger cake

The apple sauce makes this cake deliciously squidgy. Serve warm as a pudding with cream or ice cream, or at room temperature with a hot drink.

Pork belly and potatoes baked in milk, bay and smoked paprika

This recipe is inspired by an Italian dish that would usually use rolled loin. Pork cooked in milk is tender and succulent – this recipe is more about the meat than the crackling. For optimum crackling, cook for longer at the higher temperature before reducing.

Rich cottage pies with cheesy mash

Put a cheesy twist on this classic crowd-pleaser with these individual pies topped with creamy cheddar mash.

Venison steaks with stir-fried sprouts

Serve delicate slices of seared venison with a bubble-and-squeak-style hash made from Brussels sprouts, floury potatoes, walnuts and fruit for a satisfying supper for two.

Terry’s Chocolate Orange brownies

What could be better than scoffing a Terry’s Chocolate Orange? Adding it to a brownie batter, of course! Try our deliciously decadent recipe, or check out our classic chocolate brownie recipe.

Slow-cooked brisket with red wine, thyme and onions

This simple slow cooker beef brisket recipe makes a perfect Sunday roast on a winter evening.

Mulled beer

Forget cider and wine – mulled beer is the thing to be drinking this festive season. Our recipe has wintry flavours of cinnamon, cloves, star anise and clementine.

Slow-cooker beef stew

This hearty stew is full of iron, protein and natural antioxidants. Pop beef shin, red wine and veggies into a slow cooker and leave for four hours.

Savoury spiced baklava

This bake is a savoury spin on the classic Middle Eastern dessert. It makes a fantastic vegetarian substitute for meat at a roast dinner.


Put a rosy glow in your cheeks with this classic winter cocktail, made with egg yolks, sugar, cream, sherry, rum and plenty of fresh nutmeg.

Baked spinach-and-ricotta-stuffed shells

Fill giant pasta shells with creamy ricotta and spinach for a simple vegetarian bake, on the table in under an hour.

Baileys pecan blondies

Take your blondies up a notch and top with a white chocolate Baileys ganache to give them a boozy, festive twist.