Hearty Beef Stew Hearty Beef Stew

Hearty Beef Stew | Food styling by Claire Stubbs | Prop styling by Alanna Davey Image by: Maya Visnyei

Cocoa powder might seem like an unusual ingredient to add to a savoury stew, but it adds an extra hit of toasty richness and colour, but without any of the sweetness you might associate with dessert. It’ll be your new favourite secret ingredient!

  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Total time 8 hours & 30 minutes




Sprinkle beef with salt and pepper; place in slow cooker. Add carrots, onion, garlic, mushrooms, thyme and bay leaves.

Whisk together broth, wine, tomato paste, cocoa powder and Worcestershire sauce; pour over beef. Cover and cook on low until beef is tender, about 8 hours. Skim fat from surface of cooking liquid. 

Discard thyme and bay leaves. Whisk cornstarch with water until smooth; stir into slow cooker. Cover and cook on high until thickened, about 15 minutes. 

Gremolata: Meanwhile, in small bowl, stir together parsley, lemon zest and garlic. Spoon stew over mashed potatoes; sprinkle with Gremolata.

Test Kitchen Tip:  Save on washing another pot for mashed potatoes by adding 675 grams of halved mini potatoes to the slow cooker with the stew. Using slotted spoon, remove potatoes and mash to desired consistency.

Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Nutritional facts Per each of 8 servings: about

  • Fibre 2 g
  • Sodium 762 mg
  • Sugars 3 g
  • Protein 35 g
  • Calories 305
  • Total fat 13 g
  • Potassium 705 mg
  • Cholesterol 94 mg
  • Saturated fat 5 g
  • Total carbohydrate 12 g


  • Iron 30
  • Folate 10
  • Calcium 4
  • Vitamin A 32
  • Vitamin C 17
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Hearty Beef Stew