The recipe below is the first one I made when I got my crock pot for Christmas 2 years ago. This stew recipe is for a 6 quart slow cooker. Depending on the size of your slow cooker, the amount of ingredients may vary.

INGREDIENTS

1 lb stew meat 
1 pkg stew seasoning 
3 pkg brown gravy mix 
1 regular size pkg of mixed vegatables 
3 beef bullion cubes 
1 tsp Worchestire sauce 
8 cups of water 
1 Tbs flour 
1 Tbs Butter 
3 Medium Potatoes 
Cooking oil 
Cornstarch* 
Onion and Garlic powder to taste*

TECHNIQUE

Step One: Coat a frying pan lightly with cooking oil. (You may also use cooking spray for less calories.) Place 1 lb stew meat in pan. Cook until brown. Meat does not need to be cooked all the way.*To save time, you can brown stew meat ahead of time. After browning, place in freezer. This will keep the meat fresh for a few months. If browning the meat the day before, place in refrigerator.

Step Two: Peel and Dice 5 potatoes. Place in your slow cooker along with the stew meat, gravy mix, stew seasoning, mixed vegatables, bulion cubes, worchestire sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, and water. Take flour and butter and mix in a small mixing bowl. Place mixture in the slow cooker. This will help the sauce thicken as your stew cooks.Turn the slow cooker on low. Cook 8-9 hours on low or 4-5 hours on high.

*If your stew is not as thick as you would like at the end of cooking time, take 1 Tbs of cornstarch and mix together with 1 Tbs of water. Place in slow cooker. Repeat the process until you reach the desired thickness.