Low Carb Slow Cooker Beef Stew

I love beef stew but typically it has two main ingredients that just don’t work with a low-carb lifestyle, potatoes and flour.  If you’re practicing low-carb and have been missing beef stew like I have then you are going to love this Low Carb Slow Cooker Beef Stew!  Well you are going to love it even if you don’t worry about carbs but especially if you do. haha

Seriously best beef stew ever and it's low carb! - Low Carb Slow Cooker Beef Stew2 - Yours And Mine Are Ours

I have a new favorite ingredient when it comes to soups and casseroles that generally contain potatoes, turnips.  I’ve always enjoyed them but even more so now that we don’t eat white potatoes.  A medium size turnip has just 8 grams of carbohydrates vs. a white potato which has 37.  When it’s cooked in a soup or roasted it doesn’t have the strong flavor that some people tend to dislike.  If you’ve eaten turnips plain and didn’t like them, you may find that you will like them in soups, stews and casseroles.  I may have told you this before but just in case I didn’t, my potato loving hubby likes them better than potatoes in some dishes.

In order to thicken this Low Carb Slow Cooker Beef Stew I used another ingredient that I’m leaving to love, xanthan gum.  I know it sounds weird and it’s not something that most people just have hanging out in the kitchen but for us low-carb peeps it’s awesome!  Just be careful to add it to some of the liquid separate of the dish and then blend it really really well.  You can then add the slurry to the rest of the dish.  I find that using an immersion blender is the best tool for this job to ensure it’s completely blended and not clumpy.  This is the immersion blender I use and I love it!  You could use a regular blender but be very careful because your liquid will be hot and the pressure can build up and cause the lid to blow off.  Also, keep in mind a little of this goes a LONG way!  If you enjoy your stews thick then trust me you will want to give xanthan gum a try.  If you don’t care whether the stew is thick or not then you can certainly leave it out.  It has a neutral flavor therefore the stew will taste the same either way.

A couple of last notes I want to give you about this recipe before sharing it with you.  The recipe does require you to brown the meat prior to slow cooking.  If you have a Ninja then this will be super easy because you can use it on the stovetop setting and then add all of your ingredients and slow cook it.  If you don’t then just brown your meat in a skillet prior to putting everything in the slow cooker.  Also this recipe makes a lot so you will need a 6 quart slow cooker.  If you don’t think your family will eat that much and you don’t want to freeze the leftovers then cut it in half.  Finally, you can use any beef you want in this.  Use whatever is cheapest because it’s going to cook a long time therefore you don’t have to worry about it being a tough cut.

Seriously best beef stew ever and it's low carb! - Low Carb Slow Cooker Beef Stew - Yours And Mine Are Ours

Low Carb Slow Cooker Beef Stew


  1. 4 lbs. beef – cubed
  2. 5 tablespoons olive oil
  3. 29 oz. can beef stock
  4. 28 oz. can diced tomatoes
  5. 2 medium bell peppers – chopped
  6. 8 oz. mushrooms – chopped
  7. 6 ribs celery – chopped
  8. 4 large carrots – chopped
  9. 4 turnips – quartered
  10. 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  11. 4 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  12. 1 tablespoon salt
  13. 1 tablespoon black pepper
  14. 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  15. 1 tablespoon onion powder
  16. 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  17. 2 tablespoons xanthan gum


  1. Add oil to ninja or skillet and brown beef on all sides.
  2. Meanwhile add all ingredients EXCEPT xanthan gum to the slow cooker. Add beef once it finishes browning. If you use a ninja you do not have to drain the oil off.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
  4. After 8 hours remove two cups of the liquid from the slow cooker and add the xanthan gum to the liquid. Blend well.. really well.
  5. Slowly stir the slurry into the beef stew until it’s all mixed in.
  6. Serve and enjoy.

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About Tammy Northrup

Mother of five sons and one daughter, grandmother to two spunky girls and five of the sweetest boys ever, wife to a mostly amazing man .. okay he's all amazing most of the time, blogger, food lover and onion hater.


  1. Mmmm love my slow cooker and this beef stew looks like the perfect dish to cuddle up with on these cool fall days! Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats recently posted...Crock Pot Tater Tot Egg BakeMy Profile
  2. You've done this beef stew proper! Even without the potatoes and flour! Look great...I have never had turnips. I need to give them a try sometime! Renee's Kitchen Adventures recently posted...Pumpkin Spice Buttermilk WafflesMy Profile
  3. Hi... I love this recipe for the low carb beef stew. Do you have the nutritional info on it? I am on a very strict diet and need to keep tabs on my carbs, fats and protein. thank you!
    • Hi Dina! I'm currently researching options for adding the nutrition information to recipes as I post them. Meanwhile, here's a great link that will give you nutrition values for a recipe. The tough part for me is figuring out servings per recipe. http://caloriecount.about.com/cc/account/flog_add.php?tab=new_recipe
    • Jennifer R says
      I had the exact same question about nutrition info. We LOVED the stew!!!!!
  4. This looks so hearty! Such a great comfort food!! Sheena @ Hot Eats and Cool Reads recently posted...Dark Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream RecipeMy Profile
  5. Tammy, this looks so comforting and delicious! and parsnips is a great alternative to potatoes in this - genius! I so need an immersion blender! Marion@Life Tastes Good recently posted...Butternut Squash Dinner Rolls #SundaySupperMy Profile
  6. I just love slow cooked beef strew. It is so perfect for fall. And all that flavor. I love that this is low carb! Rachael recently posted...Pumpkin ToffeeMy Profile
  7. It's really delicious, but a bit spicy. What could I cut down on to make it less spicy?
  8. Great recipe - however, Xanthan Gum is another form of MSG which is terrible for you. Just thought I would throw that out there in case there are others, like myself, who are watching the additives and preservatives in their food.
    • Thank you, Lisa. I have found no proof of Xanthan Gum being a form of MSG. However, if this is in fact true I still am not personally concerned as it's such a small amount needed. Do you have references to cite that show this to be true?
  9. KARL FERRON says
    An alternative to xanthan gum could be coconut- or almond flour as the gum is only used as a form of thickener. Gonna make it now, just got the ingredients and about to fire up the pressure cooker (searing then slow cooking)
  10. How much does this make total? I'm trying to figure the nutritional info but need the number of servings. Thanks!
  11. Tammy, This looks so delicious and I am excited to try it. It looks like the vegetables in your stew are cut in bigger chunks rather than cubed?? Just want to make sure i am doing it so everything cooks nicely.
    • Hi Jo, Im so sorry to have taken so long to get back to you. Yes, I did cut my vegetables in larger pieces. If you prefer smaller chunks just adjust your cooking time down a bit so that they do not overcook.
  12. Morning, has anyone tried cooking this on high using the slow-cooker? If so, how long to get the beef tender??? Thank You...
    • Hi Cheryl, I apologize for taking so long to respond to you. I personally have not tried the recipe on high however I would imagine maybe 4 to 6 hours on high might be a good starting point if you would like to try.
  13. Can u use cornstarch instead of the gum?
  14. Can you use cornstarch instead of the gum?
  15. Did you really mean to say 2 tablespoons of xantham gum? I mixed 2 T xantham gum with 2 cups of the broth and got a thick brown paste. :( I kept adding liquid to it and finally got it thinned enouh to add some back to the stew but couldn’t add it all back in. I ended up wasting close to 2 cups. Guess I should have known. 2 tablespoons seems like a lot. Maybe 2 teaspoons?
    • Hi D'Anna, yes for me it was 2T. I'm not sure why this didn't work well for you. I know it doesn't help the batch you already made but give 1T a try next time and see if that does work out better for you. I'm sure there are many brands of xanthan gum I haven't used so maybe they perform differently across brands.
  16. Nice recipe. I didn't include the mushrooms and the gum but I did chop an onion for it. The turnips were great in it.
  17. Hi Tammy, Do you have a guesstimate of how many servings are in this recipe and how much a serving would be, 1 cup etc?

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