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Slow Cooker Beef Stew with Coke®

A hearty Slow Cooker Beef Stew with Coke® with tender chunks of beef, onion, carrots, sweet potatoes, and peas is just the meal for a chilly fall night. A Coke® mini gives it a little sweetness and adds to the flavor.  I’ve had great success using it in a number of recipes including BBQ sauce and the crowd-pleasing Coca-Cola Cake which is one of my all-time favorite desserts.
Slow Cooker Coke Beef Stew


Now that it’s September, I’m free to talk all about pumpkins and my favorite holiday right?

Slow Cooker Coke Beef Stew


  I have so many fond memories of Halloween both from my own childhood and from my years as a mother. Next to Christmas, there’s no better time to capture those precious family memories and pictures that you’ll cherish for years. I still like to pull out the photo from my son’s first Halloween from time to time. He wore a bumble bee costume that I made him and he was the cutest thing ever. If you’re like me, you still remember practically every costume you wore for Halloween as a child. I’ve long forgotten the gifts I received for Christmas, but I’ll always remember those costumes!


Slow Cooker Coke Beef Stew


For Halloween, I’ve always liked to serve a make ahead meal for dinner so that I can be a part of all the excitement. Halloween evening can be a little chaotic.


This Slow Cooker Beef Stew with Coke® is the perfect solution to getting a meal on the table. It can be prepped in the morning and then the crock pot does the rest. Eight hours later you have a warm, filling, and nutritious meal to feed you little goblins before they go trick-or-treating.


Next to my cast iron pan, there’s no item in my kitchen that gets more use than my crock pot.  A crock pots is a lifesaver for a busy mom and it is fabulous for making beef stew.


Slow Cooker Coke Beef Stew


The best thing about cooking beef in the crock pot is you get the incredible taste of something that’s been cooking all day, but you don’t need to spend any time in the kitchen except for a few minutes of prep. That leaves you time to do all the millions of other things that moms do.


Except for the Coke® and sweet potatoes, this is a traditional beef stew recipe with all the hearty flavors you associate with beef stew. I used sweet potatoes because they are ideal for fall and Halloween but you could use russet or red potatoes instead.


Slow Cooker Coke Beef Stew


When serving Coke® as a refreshment, I’ve really grown fond of the mini cans and bottles. The mini cans are just 7.5 ounces and the bottles are 8 ounces. That’s just the right portion size for an everyday family treat. No need to worry about half-empty cans getting left behind. These mini cans can easily be consumed in one sitting.


Slow Cooker Coke Beef Stew


Pour one in a glass full of ice, serve up a bowl of beef stew, and get ready for a night full ghosts and goblins!


Slow Cooker Coke Beef Stew



Slow Cooker Coke Beef Stew

Slow Cooker Beef Stew with Coke®

A hearty Slow Cooker Beef Stew with Coke® with tender chunks of beef, onion, carrots, sweet potatoes, and peas is just the meal for a chilly fall night. 
PREP: 15 minutes
COOK: 7 hours
TOTAL: 7 hours 15 minutes


  • 2.5 pounds beef chuck roast
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
  • • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) beef broth
  • 1 heaping tablespoon heaping tomato paste
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (7.5-ounce) Coke® mini
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups mini carrots
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces, or russet
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup frozen peas, defrosted


  • Trim any excess fat from the chuck roast and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces.
  • Combine flour, seasoned salt, and pepper in a large plastic bag. Add beef and shake to coat well.
  • Heat oil in a large pan. Add beef and cook until browned on all sides.
  • Place beef in crock pot.
  • Add onion to same pan, adding a little more oil if needed. Cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
  • Add tomato paste and enough beef broth to deglaze the pan, using a wooden spoon to scrape the brown bits off the bottom.
  • Pour contents of pan into crock pot along with the rest of the can of beef broth and all remaining ingredients EXCEPT peas.
  • Cover crock pot and cook on LOW for 7 to 8 hours. Add peas about 30 minutes before end of cooking.


Calories: 654kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Main Course

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17 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Beef Stew with Coke®”

  1. Linda Sangster

    Trying this for first time.Can hardly wait till it’s ready for dinner.Smells divine.Will post later on how it turns out.

  2. When it’s not 100 degrees outside, I’m totally up for this! The coke must give it such a delicious flavor!

  3. Oh man this is making me soooo ready for fall! Now if only the weather would cooperate! Sounds delicious!!

  4. Mary @ LOVE the secret ingredient

    It’s still a bit too hot for stew here in NY, but if it rains this weekend like its supposed to, this may be a cozy option to cook up!

  5. Sarah @Whole and Heavenly Oven

    Yaaay for soup season again! I seriously cannot even stop drooling over how amazing this beef stew looks, girl! Love the addition of coke–so fun for the kiddos!

  6. I love slow cooker recipes, it makes dinner so easy. I love beef stew, but I’ve never thought to add coke. Definitely need to give that a try soon!

  7. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    Now this looks like the best comfort food for a cool, fall evening! I love that you used coke in here, Christin! I usually make a bbq pork roast with rootbeer, so I will have to try this similar version! Looks fantastic!

  8. Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen

    Wow! This stew with coke sounds incredible, Christin. I bet this must have tasted awesome. Such a gorgeous and hearty dish!

  9. Thao @ In Good Flavor

    Leave it to you to put make beef stew so interesting! The Coke is such a unique touch. It must make the broth that much richer in color and imparts a bit of sweetness. Such a great idea!

  10. Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel

    What a fun secret ingredient!! I would never thing to put coke in beef stew, but I bet it adds some great flavor and tenderizes that beef right up!

  11. Annie @Maebells

    I can imagine how amazing your house must have smelled while this simmered in your kitchen! It looks totally delicious! Yay for Fall food!

  12. Jess @ whatjessicabakednext

    I LOVE slow cooked beef and stews are fab during autumn or winter! I really like the sweet addition of the Coke – great idea, I’ll definitely try that! 😀

  13. Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat

    The addition of Coke sounds really interesting here, I’d never thought of that before! And you are right, this is perfect for Halloween night dinner!

  14. Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats

    Love this twist on beef stew! I’m so glad it’s fall and time to enjoy some stew again!

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