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Low Carb/Keto Beef Stew

Beef stew is a classic American dinner that is known to be comforting and super 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 in on your stovetop in a dutch oven or in your crockpot for an easy keto, healthy meal that will fill your tummy and warm your soul.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 15 mins
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Keto Beef Stew
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 248kcal
Author: Kasey Trenum

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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 temperature of the pan doesn’t reduce. Stir occasionally while browning on all sides for approx 5-7 minutes per batch. When each batch is done, remove 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 so that the liquid begins to reduce.
  • 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 continue to simmer for 15 more minutes.
  • Remove the bay leaves and sprinkle fresh parsley on top before serving.

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Notes

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. 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 shoulder of the cow, and although it is usually a more tough cut of meat, it is ideal for low and slow cooking like beef stews.

Nutrition

Calories: 248kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 1152mg | Potassium: 903mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 217IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 4mg