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Easy Slow Cooker Keto Carnivore Beef Stew

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This collagen-rich, super meaty Easy Keto Carnivore Beef Stew is slow-cooked in a crockpot. It pops with flavor from low-carb vegetables and herbs. The best part is that this stew is a deeply nourishing meal for any day of the week, freezer friendly and takes minimal prep work to put together. Easy keto recipes like this one are essential when the weather turns chilly!

With few simple modifications, it is quickly transformed into a carnivore stew, perfect for those interested in zero-fiber carnivore diet recipes.

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How to make Low Carb Crockpot Beef Stew

The classic stew is easy to make, collagen-rich, and super meaty. 

Begin by turning the slow cooker on low and placing the marrow bones in the center of the insert.

Cube the roast. Lay the piece of meat in front of you, slice left to right into smaller sections, then rotate, and slice into strips. Finally, gather these strips and cut them into 1-inch cubes.

Heat tallow in a large skillet over high heat. Arrange the meat in a single layer and sear evenly on all sides. Cook in batches if needed. Once cooked, add to the pot.

Rinse and chop all vegetables. Gather the herbs. Place everything all in the pot on top of the meat.

Pour broth over it all. Season with salt and pepper.

Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Once you know how to make beef stew keto, pair it with a veggie side, or keto bread (or keto breadsticks from my Ultimate Guide to Low-Carb Baking Cookbook!)

Grab your favorite soup bowl and serve this recipe warm for lunch or dinner. 

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How to thicken low carb stew?

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In a traditional beef stew, potatoes and all-purpose wheat flour are added to the pot. Boiling potatoes released starch in the water which can help hold things together. Likewise, gluten from the flour also has thickening properties that firms up the liquid.

In this keto version, you won’t find any high carb ingredients like these ones!

So what do we do instead?

Relying on the long simmer time is enough. The liquid concentrates and reduces over time. This stew is naturally thick and doesn’t need anything extra added.

Adding beef marrow bones and beef bone broth will ensure you have a thick, gelatinous broth-based for the final soup.

Marrow has many nutritional benefits, like conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a type of fat that could decrease inflammation and enhance immune function.

As an added bonus, the beef bone both in this healthy beef stew recipe can supercharge your immune system and help you avoid keto flu!

Carnivore Beef Stew

If you find that a zero-fiber carnivore diet approach helps improve your hormone profile, get rid of eczema, and improve mental health, by all means, go for it!

Transform this recipe to a carnivore beef stew by simplifying the ingredient list. Use only marrow bones, beef meat, tallow, bone broth, and salt. Decrease the broth to 4 cups. Cook according to the recipe and check after 6 hours.

If you know you tolerate herbs and black pepper or onion and garlic, add them in also as you see fit. Many people are able to add low-oxalate ingredients without a problem after a period of elimination.

The Carnivore Cookbook

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Don’t miss out on The Carnivore Cookbook with over 100 recipes made from just the essentials: animal protein and fats!

You can also browse through my collection of Carnivore-Friendly recipes here on the blog.

How to make stew meat tender?

There’s nothing worse than chewy, dry meat. In fact, overcooked meat is a personal pet peeve of mine.

For perfectly tender, fall off the fork beef, you must use the correct cut of beef.

Hard-working muscles are what you want because they are laced with collagen. After slow cooking for a long time at a low temperature, the collagen softens and gives that signature melt in your mouth kind of texture.

Tough cuts of beef make the best stew meat:

  • Chuck roast
  • Bone-in short rib
  • Bottom Sirloin Flap
  • Brisket (with the fat cap, if possible)

These are all better choices that standard “stew meat” you’ll find in the store.

The best part is that these tend to be some of the most affordable beef options!

You can buy a large piece, bring it home, and dice it yourself in just a few minutes.

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Can you make this stew ahead of time?

Perfect for busy people and practical cooks, this slow cooker stew is super easy. You can absolutely make it ahead of time. Many soups and stews taste even better after they sit for a day or two, so this is a great make ahead option.

Let it simmer all day while you are out of the kitchen or at work and you can’t help but feel good about this budget-friendly recipe that will feel the whole family.

Is this beef stew recipe freezer friendly?

This slow cooked low carb beef stew is the star of my winter meal prep menu. One batch will make enough to serve hot with leftovers to freeze for later.

Let the stew cool completely before pouring into a freezer bag or airtight container. I lay freezer bags flat on the shelf until solid. Once the contents are frozen, they store vertically and save a lot of space!

Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator and warm on the stovetop before serving.

What to serve with keto beef stew

This meaty stew is so filling on its own, nothing else is required. However, you might like to add a vegetable or bread side to go with it. In that case, I recommend a few things to try:

Creamy Cauliflower Mash – Replace mashed potatoes with a low-carb, but just as delicious, keto alternative made with cauliflower.

Sauteed Squash and Onion in Butter – It’s a classic prep method for low-carb veggies and so versatile for any keto dinner!

The BEST All Purpose Keto Bread – Slice this loaf and use a piece to soak up any liquid. This bread is great to make and store in the freezer. It thaws super quickly so you can pull it out just before eating. Toasting in a toaster or broiler before eating will give it a delicious crunchy texture!

Low-Carb Focaccia – An elegant coconut flour bread made with a secret ingredient that makes it easily digestible and soothing to the gut.

With 5 g net carbs per serving, easy crockpot keto beef stew is a delicious, low-carb way to get your protein and fats in.

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Easy Slow Cooker Keto Carnivore Beef Stew

This collagen-rich, super meaty Easy Keto Carnivore Beef Stew is slow-cooked in a crockpot. It pops with flavor from low-carb vegetables and herbs. The best part is that this stew is a deeply nourishing meal for any day of the week, freezer friendly and takes minimal prep work to put together.
4.91 from 10 votes
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Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: Traditional
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 509kcal

Equipment

  • Crockpot or slow cooker

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Turn the slow cooker on low and place the marrow bones in the center of the insert.
  • Cube the roast. Heat tallow in a large skillet over high heat. Arrange the meat in a single layer and sear evenly on all sides. Cook in batches if needed. Once cooked, add to the pot.
  • Rinse and chop all vegetables. Gather the herbs. Place everything all in the pot on top of the meat.
  • Pour broth over it all. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Notes

  • Use what you have on hand, this recipe is very forgiving! Do you have other vegetables in your fridge that need to get used up? Add them in. Chop the broccoli, zucchini, or cabbage and add to the pot. Parsley, oregano, or rosemary may also be added or substituted.
  • Mind your water line, if you add in a significant amount of extra vegetables, you may need to add more broth or water too.
  • Adapt this recipe for a carnivore diet by simplifying the ingredient list to marrow bones, stew meat, tallow, bone broth, and salt. Decrease the broth to 4 cups. Cook on low. Check after 6 hours.

Macros and Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Easy Slow Cooker Keto Carnivore Beef Stew
Amount Per Serving
Calories 509 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 104mg35%
Sodium 964mg42%
Potassium 719mg21%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 38g76%
Vitamin A 2199IU44%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 48mg5%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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17 Responses

  1. Jere Cassidy
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    5 stars
    Wow, what a wonderful looking stew. I love all your ingredients for such a healthy stew.

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      Thanks Jere 😉 Hope your whole family enjoys it!

  2. Beth
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    5 stars
    These flavors are amazing! This is the best kind of comfort food! Making it in the crockpot made it so easy and simple!

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      The crockpot is great for low maintenance recipes. Enjoy!

  3. kim
    | Reply

    5 stars
    Love this recipe! So easy and flavorful! Definitely one that I will make again and again!

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      It’s a great freezer ready meal!

  4. Megan Ellam
    | Reply

    5 stars
    Right up my alley. The perfect combination of great ingredients and keto goodness. Thank you for another great recipe.

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      Thanks for stopping by Megan! xx

  5. Danielle Wolter
    | Reply

    5 stars
    Who doesn’t love a good beef stew? This sounds incredible – the perfect winter comfort food!!

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      It really is the perfect dish for winter!

  6. Uncle Jim
    | Reply

    5 stars
    Looks just yummy! Jessica can you provide info on the cut of meat, “stew meat” is a bit general and I always struggle with tough stew. Thank you!

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      Sure, I linked in a resource here, you may have missed it in the article. You may see something specifically called stew meat in your butcher’s display or you can ask for Chuck, which is one of my favorite parts for stewing.

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  8. Chris Collins
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    5 stars
    This is absolute comfort food! Beef stew is my favourite and I can’t wait to try your version!

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      Thanks Chris! It’s a family favorite!

  9. Aimee Mars
    | Reply

    5 stars
    This looks delicious! I often shy away from making beef stew recipes because they are so carb-heavy, but this looks like a healthy mix and I know my husband would like it too.

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      This stew is easy to digest. I used to get that heavy feeling after eating stews with beans, lentils and potatoes, but never with this one!

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