Hearty Keto Beef Stew (Stove Top & Crock-Pot Instructions )
Keto Beef stew is a classic American dinner known to be comforting and hearty. With the right ingredients, you can make a keto-friendly beef stew that is thick, full of flavors, and low in carbs. Make it on your stovetop in a dutch oven or a crockpot for an easy keto healthy one-pan meal that will fill your tummy and warm your soul.
How to make keto beef stew
Beef stew…ahhh…it is real comfort food in my book. When I thought about making a Keto/Low Carb Beef Stew, I wasn’t sure how it would turn out or what vegetables to use! I thought, how will I make a deliciously healthy beef stew without potatoes and carrots? (since they are too high in carbs). I was hesitant about using radishes at first, but the combination of radishes, tomatoes, celery, mushrooms, and onions will quickly make you forget those potatoes and carrots! Trust me. They make this simple gluten-free keto beef stew taste just like the old-fashioned beef stew our parents would make back in the good ole days!
Pair this low-carb beef stew with my Keto Cheddar Biscuits, and I can guarantee you’ll go back for seconds.
Don’t miss my variety of Keto Soup & Chili recipes to keep your belly full and help you stay on track with a keto or low-carb diet.
Keto Beef Stew Ingredients:
- Beef Stew Meat- Any beef would work, but some are better than others. See my stew meat tips below.
- Onion, Garlic, Celery ribs, Mushrooms, and Radishes– These are the low-carb veggies used to make your beef stew hearty and healthy.
- Beef broth– Look for the low sodium kind so you can control the salt yourself.
- Canned diced tomatoes and tomato paste– Canned tomatoes add perfectly diced tomatoes with their juice. Tomato paste is super concentrated, adding lots of extra tomato flavor without the added liquid.
- Worcestershire sauce and Bragg’s Liquid Aminos– These add that umami flavor that goes a long way.
- Xanthan Gum- This is a low-carb thickener I use to thicken the stew.
This Keto Beef Stew Recipe is gluten-free. I would suggest checking the ingredients you use in your kitchen to ensure there is no hidden gluten.
Steps for making this keto beef stew on the stovetop:
Step 1: Cut your stew meat into small chunks and sear them in a skillet or dutch oven until they get nicely browned. Do not add all the stew meat at once, but sear in batches instead; otherwise, the dutch oven temperature will lower, and it won’t brown.
Step 2: Add onion, chopped celery, and garlic to the same pot and saute for 3-4 minutes over medium heat. Sauteeing veggies help to infuse flavor.
Step 3: Add the butter to your pot, then the mushrooms, and cook for 4-6 more minutes.
Tip: You can also add a steam bag of riced cauliflower to this recipe. I would sautee it after it has been steamed with the mushrooms to add flavor.
Step 4: Add the radishes and cook for four more minutes. This step helps infuse the radishes with flavor.
Step 5: Stir in the tomato paste until it is combined, then deglaze the pan by adding ½ cup of the beef broth, scraping the browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Add the rest of the beef broth, canned tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, Bragg’s Aminos, red wine vinegar, pepper, parsley, and bay leaves, then boil on medium-high heat. Stir in the stew meat and simmer on medium heat with the lid on for 30 minutes. Remove the lid from the pot and simmer for 30 more minutes to reduce the liquid.
Tip: You can also substitute beef bone broth for regular beef broth.
Step 6: Remove ½ a cup of the liquid from the beef stew in a bowl and whisk in the xanthan gum. Once it is combined, add it back to the pot while stirring. Simmer on low heat for 15-20 minutes or until the stew reaches desired consistency and the beef is tender. If the beef still feels tough, continue to simmer until it breaks apart easily with a fork.
Tip: If the stew gets too thick, you can add more beef broth. Remove the bay leaves and sprinkle fresh parsley on top before serving.
What can I use instead of potatoes in the stew?
A good substitute for potatoes that is low carb might surprise you. I know it did me. Radishes are the perfect vegetable that cooks like potatoes in this recipe.
Are radishes good cooked? Yes! Because they are boiled in the liquid radishes, they take on the flavor of the stew and soften nicely. You’d never know the difference. My family had no idea they weren’t eating potatoes! Radishes are the perfect low-carb veggies for a low-carb diet! One cup sliced has 3.9g carbs and 1.9g of fiber, which is only 2.1g of net carbs.
How to thicken your beef stew without carbs
The trick to making a keto-friendly beef stew is to ensure it comes out thick like a stew and not watery like a soup! And when it comes to keto sauces, finding a low-carb thickener is the challenge. In this recipe, I boiled the stew to reduce the liquid, which also helped intensify the soup’s flavors, then I added the Xanthum Gum as the last step. You can find complete directions in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Beef stew seasoning
I kept the seasoning simple by using bay leaves, parsley, and pepper to season the beef stew. You can add more flavor to make your beef stew how you like it. Here are other low-carb ways to season your stew.
What can I add to the stew for flavor?
- Thyme (goes great with mushrooms)
- Chili Powder
- Mustard Powder
- Onion/Garlic Powder
- salt and pepper (add salt to taste)
Can I Make this Keto Beef Stew Recipe in the Crock-Pot?
Yes! I’ve included instructions in the recipe card to make this beef stew in the slow cooker in addition to the stovetop recipe, although I always make it on the stove. You will need to reduce the amount of broth since the slow cooker typically doesn’t allow liquids to reduce in the same way and thicken.
How to Make Stew Meat Tender?
1. Use the best stew meat for low-carb beef stew.
The cut of your meat is what matters most. The best and also least expensive choice is chuck roast. You can find pre-cut, pre-packaged beef in most food stores. Some are even labeled “stew meat.” If this is easiest for you, use that. However, you don’t know what kind of meat you’re getting. Make sure to ask the butcher to cut some fresh chuck beef into one-inch cubes. This type comes from the cow’s shoulder, and although it is usually a more tough cut of meat, it is ideal for low and slow cooking like beef stews.
2. Allow the stew meat to come to room temperature before searing
To prevent the meat from becoming tough when searing, set it on the counter for a bit beforehand to allow it to come to room temperature.
3. Don’t Crowd the Pan
It’s so easy when you are in a hurry to crowd the pan when searing meat. However, too much stew meat in the pan reduces the temperature and makes it difficult to get a nice sear. I always sear my meat in smaller batches to keep the temperature hot to get a good sear.
What to serve with Keto Beef Stew?
- Leafy Garden Salad – This stew is chock full of delicious tender beef and hearty veggies for a comforting one-pan meal. We often serve with a delicious garden salad to keep it simple.
- Cauliflower Rice – Instead of high-carb regular rice, serve over steamed rice cauliflower for a fantastic low-carb alternative.
- Creamy Keto Cauliflower Mash – If you generally enjoy Beef Stew with mashed potatoes, this creamy keto cauliflower mash is a fantastic alternative that is low in carbs without sacrificing flavor.
Can it Be Made Ahead?
Sure! I think it tastes even better the next day after as it enhances all the flavors. Rewarm in the microwave or on the stove. It doesn’t contain any dairy ingredients, so it rewarms perfectly.
How to Store Keto-Friendly Beef Stew?
It can be kept in the fridge for up to 4 days in an air-tight container or the freezer in a freezer-safe container for up to four months. To reheat, it is best to thaw in the fridge overnight, then rewarm in the microwave or on the stovetop.
More Keto Soup Recipes:
- Keto Chili Recipe
- Easy Keto White Chicken Chili
- Queso Keto Taco Soup Recipe
- Keto Stuffed Pepper Soup
- Yummy Keto Chicken Noodle Soup
Other keto beef recipes:
- Keto Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry (Quick & Easy)
- Keto Instant Pot Pot Roast Recipe
- Low Carb Ground Beef Recipe: Italian Keto Beef Skillet
- Keto Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf (with a Tangy Glaze)
- Keto Korean Ground Beef Bowl
Check out my Keto/Low Carb Recipes in my Keto Recipe Index.
Keto Crock-Pot Beef Stew Recipe:
Low Carb/Keto Beef Stew
- 1 ¼ lb Beef Stew Meat (I like chuck)
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- ½ medium onion chopped
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 2 celery ribs chopped
- 8 oz mushrooms sliced
- 10 oz radishes cut into large cubes
- 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
- 6 cups beef broth may want to use low sodium
- 14 oz can diced tomatoes
- 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
- 1 Tablespoon Red Wine Vinegar
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tsp parsley
- ½ tsp pepper
- ½ tsp Xanthan Gum
- Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven or stock pot.
- Season steak with a little salt and pepper, then sear a little bit at a time so that the pan's temperature doesn’t reduce. Stir occasionally while browning on all sides for approx 5-7 minutes per batch. When each batch is done, remove it from the pan and sear the next batch. I seared mine in 3 batches.
- Add the chopped onion, minced garlic, and chopped celery to the pan and cook on medium heat for 3-4 minutes or until tender.
- Add butter to the pot; once it is melted, add the mushrooms and cook for approx 4-6 minutes or until they are tender, then add the radishes and cook for 4 more minutes.
- Stir in the tomato paste until it is combined, then deglaze the pan by adding ½ cup of the beef broth, scraping the browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Leave them in the pot as they are incredibly flavorful.
- Add the rest of the beef broth, canned tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, Bragg’s Aminos, red wine vinegar, pepper, parsley, and bay leaves, then bring to a boil.
- Stir in the stew meat and simmer on medium heat with the lid on for 30 minutes.
- Remove the lid from the pot and simmer for 30 more minutes to reduce the liquid.
- Remove ½ a cup of the liquid from the beef stew in a bowl and whisk in the xanthan gum. Once it is combined, add it back to the pot while stirring.
- Simmer on low heat for 15-20 minutes or until the stew reaches desired consistency and the beef is tender. If the beef still feels tough, continue to simmer until it breaks apart easily with a fork. If the stew gets too thick, you can add more beef broth.
- Remove the bay leaves and sprinkle fresh parsley on top before serving.
How to Make Beef Stew in the Crock Pot:
- Follow steps 1 - 6 above, except reduce the beef broth to 4 cups instead of 6, then add all of the ingredients to a slow cooker and cook on high for 7-9 hours. You have to reduce the broth because the stew won't reduce and thicken in the crockpot the same as it does on the stove-top.
- Thirty minutes before serving, remove ½ a cup of the liquid from the beef stew in a bowl and whisk in the xanthan gum. Once it is combined, add it back to the crockpot while stirring.
- Allow the beef stew to simmer on high with the lid off for approximately 30 minutes to give it time to thicken. If it isn't thick enough after 30 minutes, let it simmer for 15 more minutes.
- Remove the bay leaves and sprinkle fresh parsley on top before serving.
The best stew meat for low carb beef stewThe cut of your meat is what matters most. The best and also least expensive choice is chuck. You can find pre-cut, pre-packaged beef in most food stores. Some are even labeled "stew meat." If this is easiest for you, use that. However, you don't really know what kind of meat you're getting. Make sure to ask the butcher to cut some fresh cubes of chuck beef. This type comes from the cow's shoulder, and although it is usually a more tough cut of meat, it is ideal for low and slow cooking like beef stews.
Just made this and came out sooo good! A definite keeper, thanks!
I’m so glad you loved it.
I’m making this recipe as we speak. I do not understand adding a root veg like radishes after mushrooms? Mushrooms cook so easily.
I havent added them in yet…they will go in at the end of simmer time. Dont theyget mushy going in so early?
I am adding cabbage too. I dont have the amino acids or the thickener, so this is just gonna have to be a soup for us this ho-around.
Interested in your feedback please and thank you!
The radishes need to cook longer to absorb the flavor of the soup so they don’t taste like radish and more like a potatoes.
Using the crockpot on the low carb/keto beef stew, after step 6, cook on high for 7-9 hours? Isn’t that a bit long to cook on high? I’ve never cooked anything that long on high. What am I missing?
Can’t wait to try it!! Thanks for your recipes!
No, it takes longer for a roast to get good and tender.
This stew is amazing! I was very skeptical about adding radishes, but they’re delicious! Thanks for the recipe!
Awesome. So glad you loved it.
Made this tonight and it was DELICIOUS!!!
My husband accidentally put the whole 6 oz can of tomato paste in, oops.
So glad you enjoyed it!
Thank you so much! This turned absolutely delicious! Will definitely make again. I do have one question. Is there anything I can do to lower the sodium in this recipe. My hubby has high blood pressure and he finally decided to go Keto with me. He’s been on it for a few months now. Just need some advice on what you can suggest. Thank you again for the great recipe!🙏🏼😊
Hi Mel, I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Perhaps using a lower sodium broth might help. Otherwise, I’m not sure. I don’t personally eat a low sodium diet so I don’t have expertise in this area.
Supplementing electrolytes (salt, potassium and magnesium) are very important when on keto. Not doing so can cause organ damage. Please research this. A low sodium diet while on keto could be catastrophic.
This was exactly the soup I was searching for in the keto world. As always Kasey you didn’t disappoint!,
I am so glad to hear that you loved it. Thanks so much for your kind words.
Kasey, because of my remote location I can not get the previous comments to load. So there is a chance this has been asked. Your directions for Slow Cooker/ Crock Pot it says High for 7-9 hours. Is that correct?
It is correct.
Do you peel the radishes?
Hey Shari, I peel my radishes but I really don’t think it should make a difference. Hope you enjpoy it!
Will this work in a dutch oven instead of a crock pot?
Yes, you can make this stew on stove-top in a dutch oven.
This Beef Stew was amazing. I could never come close to my mom‘s beef stew but this is pretty darn close. Nice and thick… I did the stove top version.
Fantastic. So glad you loved it and that is a huge compliment that it came close to your mom’s beef stew.
I may have missed it and if so please forgive me for asking again. What is a serving size?
The number of servings sizes is listed at the top of the recipe card. I divide the recipe evenly by that number.
I’m blown away by this recipe — THANK YOU so much for sharing it! I’m not even a stew fan, but my keto-seeking husband is, and I wanted something hearty-smelling when he and his mom walked in the house from their road trip. I wasn’t too sure about it when I first got it in the crock pot, but it turned out SO GOOD. I did add about a TB of beef bouillon (the puréed kind, not the cubes), which kicked up the flavor even more (though I don’t know if it’s low-carb). Great recipe, and I’ll be following for more!
Fantastic! I am so glad it turned out good for you and your family loved it.
What kind of radishes do you use?
I didn’t know there were different kinds. I just grab whatever is available at my grocery store.