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keto beef stew garnished with chopped parsley in a bowl with a spoon.

Low Carb Beef Stew (Instant Pot / Slow Cooker)


  • Author: Gail Gromaski
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This winter-perfect Low Carb Beef Stew is low-carb, nutrient-rich, and convenient for busy days. Ideal for the slow cooker or Instant Pot, it's cozy, flavorful, and fits Keto, low FODMAP, Whole30, and gluten-free diets.


Ingredients

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  • 1-1 1/2 pounds boneless beef stew meat, chopped into 1-inch cubes
  • 3 tbsp garlic-infused olive oil*
  • 1 cup leek, dark green leaves only, finely chopped*
  • 3 cups low sodium beef broth, low FODMAP if needed (store-bought or homemade)
  • 2 tablespoons dried chives
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme or 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, plus more for sprinkling
  • 3/4 pound turnips (about 1 large), peeled and chopped into 1/2-inch pieces*
  • 1/2 pound carrots (about 2 large), peeled and chopped into 1/4-inch thick rounds
  • 1/2 pound radish (about 10-12 large), bottom and tops removed, then quartered
  • 1/2 cup canned sliced mushrooms, rinsed, drained, and patted dry*
  • 1 cup frozen cut green beans
  • 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum (optional)
  • Fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

Instant Pot Instructions:

  1. {Optional but highly recommended} About 1 hour prior to cooking, dry chopped beef with paper towels, place in a large bowl, and season with kosher salt and freshly-ground black pepper to taste, tossing with your hands to evenly coat in seasoning. Leave to sit at room temperature for 1 hour. 
  2. Season beef: Otherwise (if you can’t wait an hour), dry and season beef with kosher salt and freshly-ground black pepper to taste and allow it to sit at room temperature while preparing the remaining ingredients.
  3. Sauté beef: Hit "Sauté" on your 6-quart Instant Pot, 8-quart Instant Pot, or comparable electric pressure cooker. Once the display reads “Hot,” add 2 tablespoons of the garlic-infused olive oil to the pot and swirl the pot to coat. Using a large, slotted spoon (ideally) or tongs, add the beef to the pot in a single layer, and sauté for 1 minute per side (depending on the size of your Instant Pot, you may need to do this in batches). Remove sauteed beef back to the bowl and set aside.
  4. Sauté leeks: Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of garlic-infused oil to the Instant Pot and swirl again to coat. Add the chopped leek and sauté for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. 
  5. Deglaze: Hit “Cancel” on the Instant Pot. Add 1 cup of beef broth to the Instant Pot, wait about 15 seconds, and scrape the bottom of the pot clean with a plastic spoon or spatula (I use and adore this Instant Pot spatula).
  6. Add ingredients: Add the remaining 2 cups of beef broth, dried chives, thyme, kosher salt, and pepper to the pot and stir until combined.
  7. Return beef to the pot, scraping any remaining juices and seasonings from the bowl into the pot with a spatula (leave no flavor behind!). 
  8. Add chopped turnips, carrots, radish, and canned mushrooms to the pot and stir until everything is coated in broth.
  9. Pressure Cook: Close the Instant Pot lid and set the pressure release valve to "Sealing." Press the "Pressure Cook" or “Manual” button and set the timer for 40 minutes.
  10. Quick release: Once the cooking cycle has completed, quick release the pressure. Open the lid. 
  11. Add beans: Stir in the frozen green beans, which will cook in the stew’s residual heat. 
  12. Thicken (optional – see note): If you would like to thicken the broth, hit the “Sauté” button again and wait for the broth to start boiling. While gently and slowly stirring, slowly sprinkle the xanthan gum over the bubbling broth. Continue to stir until broth thickens, about 30 seconds. Hit "Cancel" on the Instant Pot.
  13. Taste and serve: After the stew has cooled for a few minutes, carefully taste and adjust seasonings as desired. Ladle the broth into bowls and serve.

Slow Cooker Instructions:

  1. {Optional but highly recommended} About 1 hour prior to cooking, dry chopped beef with paper towels, place in a large bowl, and season with kosher salt and freshly-ground black pepper to taste, tossing with your hands to evenly coat in seasoning. Leave to sit at room temperature for 1 hour. 
  2. Season beef: Otherwise (if you can’t wait an hour), dry and season beef with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste and allow it to sit at room temperature while preparing the remaining ingredients.
  3. Sauté beef: Place a large skillet on the stovetop on medium high heat. Once hot, add 2 tablespoons of the garlic-infused olive oil and swirl the skillet to coat in oil. Using a large, slotted spoon (ideally) or tongs, add beef and sear for 1 minute per side. Remove beef back to the bowl and set bowl aside.
  4. Sauté leeks: Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of garlic-infused olive oil to the skillet and swirl to coat. Add leek and sauté for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. 
  5. Deglaze and transfer: Pour 1 cup of broth into the skillet and scrape up anything on the bottom of the pan. Remove the skillet from heat and carefully pour or ladle contents into a slow cooker (I use this 6-quart Crock-Pot), using a heat-resistant spatula to scrape every piece of broth and leek into the slow cooker.
  6. Add ingredients: Add the remaining 2 cups of broth into the slow cooker as well as the dried chives, thyme, kosher salt, and pepper and stir until combined. 
  7. Add beef to the slow cooker, scraping any remaining juices and seasoning from the bowl into the slow cooker with a spatula (leave no flavor behind!). 
  8. Add chopped turnips, carrots, radish, and canned mushrooms to the slow cooker and stir until everything is coated in broth. Place the lid on the slow cooker.
  9. Slow cook: Set timer for 6-8 hours on low or 4 hours on high.
  10. Add beans: Once the cooking time is finished, remove the lid. Stir in the frozen green beans, which will cook in the stew’s residual heat. 
  11. Thicken (optional – see note): If you would like to thicken the broth, while the broth is still bubbling in the slow cooker, gently and slowly stir the stew while slowly sprinkling the stew with the xanthan gum. Continue to stir until broth thickens, about 30 seconds. 
  12. Taste and serve: Turn the slow cooker off. After the stew has cooled for a few minutes, carefully taste and adjust seasonings as desired. Ladle the broth into bowls and serve.

Notes

  • Garlic-infused olive oil: if not needing low FODMAP, you can use the same amount of extra virgin olive oil and add 3 cloves of minced fresh garlic during the last minute of the sauté of the leek or onion.
  • Leek greens: if not needing low FODMAP, you can use the same quantity of finely chopped yellow or white onion, and sauté until translucent, about 4-5 minutes.
  • Turnips: for a step-by-step guide on how to peel and chop turnips, see my Low FODMAP Low Carb Pot Roast, Vegetables, and Gravy post.
  • Canned mushrooms: if not needing low FODMAP, you can also use the same quantity of fresh sliced white button mushrooms.
  • Thicken: while you can thicken the broth a bit using xanthan gum, I typically don’t find it necessary as the broth thickens as it stands and the turnips break down. If you do decide to thicken it, keep in mind that the more the broth is stirred (required for thickening), the more the vegetables will break apart.
  • Servings: Makes about 8 cups, enough for eight 1 cup servings or six 1 1/3 cup servings. A serving of 1 1/3 cups brings you to about 91% tolerable amount per serving for the FODMAP sorbitol per Monash University's Low FODMAP Diet App current data on turnips and green beans. 
  • Cooking times reflect that for the Instant Pot version only.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Soups and Stews
  • Method: Instant Pot / Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American

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