Low carb and Keto beef stew recipe is the perfect comfort food you need to be making ASAP! With tender cubed beef and healthy vegetables, this one pot hearty stew can be enjoyed on its own or with some keto bread or dinner rolls. Isn’t that perfect for the cold fall and winter months
Old fashioned Beef Stew Recipe.
Traditional beef stew is a delicious comfort food usually made during the cold months. It’s loaded with meat, vegetables and potatoes and some flour to thicken it.
In its traditional form, this stew will have a higher carb content than you might need depending on your macros. That’s where substitution of ingredients comes in.
Keto beef stew recipe
It’s super easy to convert the standard old fashioned beef stew recipe to this delicious low carb and Keto friendly version and you don’t even need potatoes or any form of thickening agent to make it happen.
I simply swapped out the potatoes with radishes and used less meat stock. This way beef doesn’t get soggy while trying to thicken the sauce by simmering down:
Low carb beef stew Ingredients
- Spices & herbs: Black pepper, Oregano, Parsley, Thyme
- Garlic powder or cloves
- Meat stock
- Worcestershire sauce (use gluten free brand like Lea & Perrins)
- Tomato paste
- Vegetables: Carrots, Celery, Radishes
How to make keto low carb beef stew with radishes.
Step 1-3; Sear the beef in a Dutch oven or Stainless steel pot. After about 2-3 mins, when it’s browned on all sides, Add the spice blend.
Step 4-6; Next add chopped onions, let simmer on low heat for about a minutes. Pour in the meat stock.
Step 7-9; Add the Worcestershire sauce if using, then the tomato paste. Next add the radishes
Step 10-12; Add the carrots and Celery. Let stew simmer on low heat for about 25-30 mins. Taste for seasoning and adjust accordingly.
Make it in the Instant pot
You can make some keto instant pot beef stew of you have an instant pot. To do this, follow the steps below.
- Turn on the sauté function of the pressure cooker, add about 2 tablespoons of oil, add the beef then oil. Pan sear for about 2 minutes, add the seasoning and chopped onions.
- Scoop out the meat,* pour in the beef stock and gently deglaze with a wooden or silicone spoon. Add the Worcestershire sauce and tomato paste and stir to combine.
- Pour meat back into the inner pot of instant pot. Add the vegetables. Cover instant pot, turn knob to sealing position then set timer to manual pressure on high for 20 minutes.
- When the cycle is complete, Do a quick release. (If you want the beef really soft then do a natural release for 10 minutes)
- Serve immediately. If you find it too watery, turn on sauté function and let it simmer to reduce the liquid.
* I choose to remove the meats from the inner pot to give me enough room to deglaze the pot properly. You can skip that step and deglaze the pot with the meats in it.
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Make it in the slow cooker
You can make this stew in the slow cooker as well. The benefits of making this in the slow cooker is that you can cook this over night or cook it while you are at work and come home to a ready-made hearty dinner.
To make it in the slow cooker, follow the following instructions.
- First you need to pan sear the beef in a Dutch oven or skillet on the stove top. Add the seasoning and onions.
- In 6 qt slow cooker, Add the meat stock, Worcestershire sauce and tomato paste stir to combine then pour the beef (make sure to scrape off the bits from the skillet and add it too)
- Add carrots celery and radishes.
- Cook on high heat for 3-4 hours or on low heat for 7-8hrs
Make ahead, Storing and Reheating
Keto Beef stew can be made up a 5 days ahead and stored in an air tight container in the fridge. If you want to store it for longer, it’s best to freeze.
You can in the freezer for up to 3 months. When storing in the freezer, store in portioned containers so it’s easier to reheat in batches. This way you won’t have left overs after reheating.
What to serve Keto Beef stew with.
You can have this one pot stew on its own or serve it up with some keto bread or dinner rolls. Serving it up over some great rice substitutes like cauliflower rice or shirataki rice is a super yummy idea too.
What does radish taste like?
Traditionally this recipe is made with potatoes which can’t enjoyed on a keto diet there we need to substitute it with something that’s keto friendly and has a close enough texture to potatoes.
I picked radishes because I couldn’t find some rutabagas or jicama in my grocery store. To be honest I avoided trying out Radishes for the longest time because I heard it tasted weird. Now that I have tried it, I am happy I did.
So how does it taste? In my opinion radishes they actually taste good. When they are raw, they are crunchy, and have a slight peppery taste which definitely disappears when cooked.
When cooked, they loose the crunch and have a slight potato like feel more like super soft potatoes. I found that it helped with adding texture to the stew.
Quick Recipe notes and tips
- To save time, you can prep your ingredients (like cutting up the vegetables and meats) a day before and store in separate containers in the fridge.
- If you would rather not use Worcestershire sauce, skip it or replace with 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and 2 teaspoons of Tamari soy sauce or coconut aminos.
- I used chicken stock in this recipe since that what I prefer to cook with. Feel free to use beef broth instead.
Other Keto soup and stew recipes
Tools used to make this recipe
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- Dutch oven or a good quality stainless steel pot. (The 360 cookware stainless steel pots are my favorite. Check them out and if you love what you see, I’ve got a juicy coupon for you. Get 20% off your entire purchase with MDK20)
- Wooden turner
- Chopping board
Keto Beef stew recipe
- 2 lbs beef
- 3 cups chicken stock I prefer chicken to beef stock
- 3 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 Tablespoons Tomato paste
- 3 carrots chopped
- 4 celery ribs
- 1 small onion
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 lb red radishes peeled and halved
- 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon crushed pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon bouillon powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt adjust to taste
- Sear meat in olive oil till browned on all sides. Add seasoning blend and onions. Stir to combine. You might notice some juice coming out of the meat that’s ok.
- Reduce to a simmer, Pour in the meat stock and Worcestershire sauce. Then add in the tomato paste. Stir to combine.
- Add in the radishes, carrots and celery. Stir and cover pot. Let it simmer on low heat for about 25 -30 mins. If you like the beef really soft, simmer for longer (up to 40 mins) Make sure to taste and adjust accordingly.
- Serve and enjoy.