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Paleo Beef Stew Recipe

Louise | June 12
Paleo Beef Stew Recipe

This is such a simple recipe – just dump everything into the slow cooker (crock pot) at night and let it cook!  Then, simply wake up and smell the amazing aroma of beef stew.  I know it’s not winter, but this is really great to eat any time of the year.stew

First, start with the veggies.  Pick ones like parsnips, carrots, onion, celery, mushrooms and parsley as they won’t turn to complete mush in the pot.  I put in 2 sweet potatoes too – they do turn to mush but their sweet flavor works really well with the splash of paprika I put in.  The vegetables you see in the photo below (2 sweet potatoes, 2 white parsnips, 1 small onion, 4 carrots, and around 4 celery sticks) worked well with around 2.5 lbs of beef, but you can add more or less vegetables/beef depending on what you have available and what you like.veggies

Chop up the vegetables into stew-sized cubes (just under 1 inch by 1 inch by 1 inch size). Also use a garlic press to crush two cloves of garlic.choppedveg

Then, chop up the beef meat into 1 inch cubes (any type of beef will be fine, but I’ve found that short rib meat without the bone works really well because it has a bit more fat than stew meat).  Pour a 14.5 oz can of broth (beef, chicken or vegetable) into the bottom of the slow cooker and then place the meat in the broth.  Season with 2 teaspoons of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of pepper, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder (or granulated garlic), 1 teaspoon of onion powder, and 1 teaspoon of paprika.meat

veginpotThen place all the chopped vegetables on top and set the slow cooker onto the low setting for 8 hours.  Slow cookers can vary a lot in terms of how hot they get (and therefore how quickly they cook) since most of them come without any temperature controls.  I would go to sleep, wake up in 8 hours and check on how tender the veggies and meat are and then decide if it needs a few more hours.  My slow cooker cooks at a pretty high heat even on the low setting (which is a problem with a lot of slow cookers) and everything was super tender after 8 hours.  Don’t worry about the fact that the vegetables aren’t sitting in the broth because they will still be tender.

I keep the stew in the fridge and then heat up a bowl of it in the microwave for dinner – it provides quick, easy, and great tasting dinners for several nights!

Paleo Beef Stew Recipe

Paleo Beef Stew Recipe (Slow Cooker)

  • Author: Louise Hendon
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Category: Entree
  • Cuisine: American


  • 2.5 lbs beef (stew meat or short ribs meat)
  • 4 carrots
  • 2 white parsnips or turnips
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 1 small onion
  • 4 celery sticks
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 14.5oz can of broth (beef, chicken, or vegetable)
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 2 teaspoon of paprika (omit for AIP)


  1. Chop up the beef into 1-inch cubes if you’re not using stew meat.
  2. Pour the can of broth into the bottom of the slow cooker.
  3. Place the meat into the broth in the slow cooker.
  4. Season the meat in the slow cooker with salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, minced garlic and paprika.
  5. Chop up the vegetables into rough 1-inch cubes and place on top of the meat in the slow cooker.
  6. Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on the low temperature setting for 8 hours.


  • Serving Size: 1 bowl
Michael - June 28

Just tried making this as I’ve started to get into cooking and healthy eating. Came out great! Very easy for a beginner to make! I now make it over the weekend and have it for my work lunches because it makes so much. Very convenient.

I didn’t see the part about the potatoes turning to mush so I was kind of confused as to where they went after I checked up on it 8 hours later! I like it though, they kind of make the actual broth itself a little thicker.

Thanks for the recipe!

    Louise - June 30

    🙂 Glad you enjoyed it!

Carol - August 20

The potatoes will remain intact if you place them on top. Put the veggies in the crock pot first, followed by the beef cubes, and then top with the potatoes. 😀 I made a Paleo beef stew recipe today, and I plan to try this one next. Thank you! 😀

    Ancestral Chef - August 21

    Great tip – thanks Carol!

Theresa - January 1

Just made this. Best ever! Thank you!

    Louise Hendon - January 1

    Thanks Theresa! Glad you enjoyed it!

Carol - January 2

I don’t see parsnips in your picture as they look like white carrots. Did you use turnips instead or is this a different type of parsnip?

    Louise Hendon - January 4

    Hi Carol – great eye! Those are turnips in the photo – parsnips and turnips both work in the recipe.

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