Crockpot Java Beef Stew with Mushrooms and Baby Reds

Crockpot Java Beef Stew with Mushrooms and Baby Reds

When it’s cold outside there’s no meal more comforting than beef stew a this java beef stew is always a hit! Well it was definitely cold outside today, and the snow was coming down heavily.  A perfect day for the slow cooker to do all the work with just a few minutes of prep on my part. I love making stew for dinner because it’s so easy to adapt, making it easy to use what you have on hand. This meal is satisfying and delicious and smells amazing when you walk in the door from a tough day.

If you haven’t heard of adding coffee to beef dishes, you are missing out. It’s a great addition and doesn’t make your end result taste like coffee. Keep in mind, since this is cooked in a slow cooker you don’t use a lot of liquid. The cooking process will develop liquid of its own. If you were to make this in a Dutch oven for example, you would increase the coffee and the broth considerably.

This is one of my favorite stew recipes, I make it all the time! It’s great for those nights when you won’t be home until after soccer practice, dance recitals and dental appointments!

Pair this stew with my pull apart dinner rolls and you have a satisfying meal for your family.

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Crockpot Java Beef Stew with Mushrooms and Baby Reds
Crockpot Java Beef Stew with Mushrooms and Baby Reds
Category: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
  • 2 pounds beef stew meat
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 1½ pounds baby reds, quartered
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups slivered onions
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 5 cloves garlic, kept whole
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • ¼ cup brewed coffee
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  1. Dry the beef stew meat using paper towels. Dredge the beef in the flour and brown in a large skillet in one tablespoon of the olive oil. When browned, empty the meat into the slow cooker. Add the potatoes and toss with the beef. Sprinkle potatoes and beef with the thyme and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Do not clean the skillet. There will probably be some brown bits in the pan and that’s good! Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and saute the slivered onions and sliced mushrooms until the begin to get tender. Add the garlic and saute for a minute longer. Transfer the onion mixture to the slow cooker.
  3. Put the skillet back onto the stove and add the broth and coffee. Use a spatula to deglaze the pan getting all those yummy brown bits mixed into the broth mixture. Simmer for a few minutes just to get it all mixed together, then add the broth mixture to the slow cooker.
  4. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-7 hours or on high for 4-5 hours. 20 minutes before serving, add the peas to the slow cooker and continue cooking until done.``
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Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 486.5 Fat: 17.1 Saturated fat: 5.4 Unsaturated fat: 9.5 Carbohydrates: 29.7 Sugar: 2.9 Fiber: 4 Protein: 51.4 Cholesterol: 134.5


  1. says

    Loved this recipe, Amanda! I’ve added coffee to stews, and also used coffee (ground) as a dry rub for a pork tenderloin that is to die for!

    You are absolutely right, you cannot taste the coffee, but it gives some depth of flavor that is definitely not there without it…

    (your dish is beautiful too, wavy, white, perfect with the stew)

  2. says

    I really need to try adding coffee to some beef. A friend of mine just made a coffee rubbed flank steak too. I’m surprised that you only put in 1/4 of a cup, I guess that way there is only a hint of flavor….

    • says

      Hi City Share :) True I only used a 1/4 cup of coffee. The reason is because this is a crock pot dish, and with crockpots you are only supposed to use a small amount of liquid. The coffee paired with the beef broth is a nice combo and if it had been cooked in a Dutch oven the measurements would have been considerably different :)

  3. says

    I just saw a pot roast recipe that had a coffee glaze, so this must be the thing to do. I have some baby onions too and was planning to make a stew, so I’m going to use your idea of the coffee in the broth. Can’t wait! It looks great.

  4. Ian says

    Thanks. Is the coffee a mixture of coffee and water or just coffee on it’s own? Would plain chocolate work as an alternative?

    • says

      Hi Ian, just coffee on its own. There isn’t very much because its a crock pot recipe I’m not sure about the chocolate, maybe just sub beef broth, or you can use instant coffee mixed with water or decaf.

  5. Tina says

    Do you mean coffee grounds? or a 1/4c brewed coffee? Ive never used coffee much in cooking but it sounds so yummy!Sorry to sound so daft! :)
    Thanks, Tina

  6. heather says

    I made this last night put slow cooker on high for five hours it came out delicious. The coffee really adds to the flavor.


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