Crockpot Brunswick stew is a hearty meal with shredded beef, tomatoes and vegetables. Easy leftover beef recipe or use fresh if you have it.
Looking for a super hearty meal? This Crockpot Brunswick stew is the bomb. Great pork, shredded beef recipe, or use ground beef for a cheaper meal. Potatoes, lima beans and corn add some texture and voila dinner is served. One of many easy Crockpot recipes we love on our site. (affiliate links present)
Slow Cooker Brunswick Stew
Ok so this is super versatile because you can use just about any type of leftover meat you have on hand. Make pulled pork the other night and have a few cups sitting in the fridge. Make this! Use shredded beef if you like those flavors and you have that instead.
Many prefer the nutrition of using shredded chicken instead, so really anything goes friends. I always have cans of diced tomatoes on hand and the veggies (other than the potatoes) can go in frozen if you want.
Let’s talk a little bit about slow cooking shall we?? First off I have a few different varieties and I love them all. Each one has an occasion to be used like….
- This is my favorite 6 quart programmable one with a locking lid so it’s great for bringing to a potluck too.
- If you just want to serve a few appetizers you should get this one that sit side by side one another.
- I prefer not to use liners, but rather just spray olive oil inside before adding my food for easier cleanups.
Let me give you a peek of my pretty thang I bought recently. It goes with my kitchen so I can just leave it out on the countertop all the time. 😉
You can even start with frozen meat if that is what you have on hand. Did you know you could make Crockpot frozen chicken shredded, tender and flavorful in a few hours? You totally can. And since the meat is already precooked the cook time for this isn’t long at all.
What can I do with tough roast beef leftovers?
This is a great choice. You can save it by letting it cook low and slow in all of these other ingredients to add flavor and moisture. Want to load this up with a ton of vegetables? Go for it! Just make sure there is enough liquid to cover it all but the more the merrier.
How to Make Old Fashioned Brunswick Stew
- Pre-cooked chicken, pork or beef
- or a combination of two like pork and chicken are great together
- even bbq pork leftovers add an amazing flavor, even with the barbecue sauce left on it
- Diced tomatoes
- Tomato sauce
- Sweet corn kernels
- Lima beans
- Beef broth
Then add the seasonings you like, the ones added here are listed below in the printable recipe card below. If you want to make this a bit spicy, add a bit of hot sauce into your Crock pot if you like. Non stick cooking spray isn’t really necessary but you could use it.
Why do they call it Brunswick stew?
Nobody knows really who came up with this. Both a county in Virginia and the city in Georgia claim to have come up with it. But in Germany there’s a city named this and they too use it as their claim to fame. So…who knows really but it’s made it to America where we of course have made our own tweaks and everyone makes it differently.
Once the protein in your Crockpot Brunswick stew is pre-cooked you just dump it all in and go. It truly is an easy cheap Crockpot meal for sure. Especially if you’re using leftovers for a second dinner, it’s like a 2 for 1.
Southern Brunswick Stew Recipe
Can you use frozen meat to make this? For sure, you’d just have to prepare that the day or early in the morning to begin with. You can follow our Instant Pot frozen roast recipe, use a frozen pork shoulder in Instant Pot or frozen chicken in Instant Pot.
- Allow the meat to cool long enough to shred or dice the meat up
- Add this and all other ingredients listed below into your slow cooker
- Follow rest of instructions to make stew
Chicken Bruswick Stew Recipe Slow Cooker
This will make quite a bit. If you are feeding 6-8 people you’ll be set. If you have less you can certainly cut this in half and decrease the cook time by about an hour. Remember, you’re really just warming the veggies, softening the Russet potatoes, and melding the flavors together. Use chicken, beef or pork.
There is a detailed recipe card you can print at the bottom of this post with all ingredient amounts necessary. Here is a quick step by step though to see how easy it is to throw together.
- If you want to soften the onions you can do this in a skillet over medium heat with your celery and minced garlic. Once onions are transluscent turn off and pour contents into slow cooker.
- This added step is not a must but will bring out more flavor.
- Now add all other remaining ingredients into your slow cooker. Stir and cook on low for 7-8 hours on low or 4 hours on high.
- Season with salt and pepper and enjoy your tomato based stew
I always recommend low and slow all day for better flavor and a more tender texture overall. Food cooked on high is necessary only when you have large pieces of meat that are frozen like our slow cooker beef chuck roast, other than that don’t do it friends.
Easy Brunswick Stew Recipe
Slow cooked all day and ready for y’all to enjoy it after a busy day, it’s a great meal that feeds lots of bellies. If you do have leftovers you can totally save them and they reheat quite well.
Can Brunswick stew be frozen?
Yep! If you love to batch cook, this one, our Crockpot venison chili, and Crockpot Puerto Rican stew are great one to make a double serving of. You can freeze before cooking and then throw it into your pot on low and let it cook all day, or better yet allow it to defrost overnight and then cook.
If you had a helping but have a lot left allow it to cool completely first. Then transfer to a gallon freezer bag.
That is the best way so that you can zip it closed and lay it flat so it saves a lot of space. Then you can make other dishes and stack a few with very little space used up. Airtight containers work well too. In the fridge this will stay well for up to 3 days, or a month in your freezer so decide for yourself.
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Crockpot Brunswick Stew
- 2-3 lbs shredded beef precooked
- 28 oz diced tomatoes
- 15 oz tomato sauce
- 2 c corn frozen kernels
- 30 oz lima beans canned, drained
- 2 potatoes cubed
- 2 tbsp minced garlic
- 1 onion diced
- 1 stalk celery sliced
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp garlic salt
- 24 oz beef broth or water, more to thin out if desired
- If you want to soften the onions do this in a saucepan with celery and minced garlic together. Once onions are transluscent turn off and pour contents into slow cooker. Not a must but will bring out more flavor.
- Add all other ingredients into slow cooker. Stir and cook on low for 7-8 hours on low or 4 hours on high.