Slow-Cooker Beef Stew

Slow Cooker Beef Stew [paleo-friendly, grain-free, dairy-free] | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

This Slow-Cooker Beef Stew is the perfect healthy comfort food for cold days! It’s hearty, flavorful, packed with veggies, and easy to make right in your crock pot. Make it for a cold winter night, or a festive St. Patrick’s Day meal! Beef stew is a simple recipe that will wow everyone who tries it.

Traditional Beef Stew Recipe

The Slow Cooker is an amazing phenomenon in my opinion. Even those friends of mine who aren’t big cookers use it! Throw all the ingredients in with the right flavor combo and BOOM: the perfect stew. It’s hands off, easy to use, and safe!

What is Irish stew made of?

Filled with beef, carrots, mushrooms, onions, and potatoes is the perfect main dish for your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. The beef is so tender, it just melts in your mouth!

Tips For Slow Cooker Beef Stew

  • Brown your meat
  • Don’t use too much liquid
  • Don’t skimp on the cook time
  • Layer your beef and veggies
  • Set it and forget it! The beauty of a slow cooker!

Ultimate Slow Cooker Beef Stew

This stew is: hearty, flavorful, tender melt-in-your-mouth beef, and packed with veggies! It is also paleo-friendly, dairy-free, whole30 compliant and has no sugar added… does it get any better than that? I love making this soup at the beginning of the week and enjoy it all week long!

What defines a stew?

  • In a stew you aren’t looking for the consistency of a soup, so minimizing added liquids is helpful!
  • Beef stew doesn’t need to be super, super thick. You’ll most likely be using potatoes, and their starch will naturally thicken your stew! If not, don’t worry, this stew thickens whithout it, too.

What kind of beef is used for stew?

You can buy beef stew meat, which is cut and cubed and is generally chuck or round! Beef round cuts (bottom and eye) are generally leaner than chuck (shoulder, leg and butt) and very well-suited to stew.

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Can you put raw meat in a slow cooker?

You certainly can, but for this beef stew recipe, we prefer to sear the meat first to bring out the amazing flavor that you’ll get!

Easy Beef Stew

Tools used to make this easy slow cooker beef stew recipe:

  • Slow Cooker: Inexpensive and works great. I’ve had mine for years!
  • Cast Iron Skillet: I like a nice, hot cast iron skillet to sear our stew meat!
  • Chef’s Knife: My go-to chef’s knife. Use whatever you have on hand!
  • Tongs: To easily flip the meat while searing.
  • Cutting Board: A good cutting board, of course! To chop all those veggies!

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Slow-Cooker Beef Stew

Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 8 hr Total Time 8:10 Serves 6

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Sear meat for about 3 minutes on each side, until brown. Set aside.
  2. Place meat and vegetables in the crockpot
  3. Add in broth, tomato paste, tapioca, and spices
  4. Mix well to combine
  5. Set on low for 8-10 hours
  6. After 7 hours, taste and adjust spices to your liking (i.e. add additional salt, cayenne, or red pepper flakes)
  7. Remove bay leaf and serve hot
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Slow Cooker French Onion Soup (Gluten-Free)

This gluten-free and healthy Slow Cooker French Onion Soup is comfort food at it’s finest. It’s made using simple ingredients you likely already have in your pantry, is largely hands-off cooking, is an economical meal and is so rich and flavorful. It can be eaten as is as a light soup, or more traditionally topped with melted cheese and either store-bought or homemade bread.

Slow Cooker French Onion SoupSlow Cooker French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup is such a classic comfort food, it’s hard not to love. If you’ve only eaten it at restaurants you might think it’s difficult to make because it’s SO rich and flavorful, but truly it isn’t that hard at all! And we’ve made it even easier by throwing the whole thing in the slow cooker for easy, hands-off cooking! This Slow Cooker French Onion Soup is a great example of taking really basic pantry items like onions, broth and a few other simple ingredients and turning it into something amazing by slow and low cooking. Recipes using pantry staples are a great to have in your back pocket on days when you don’t have time to run to the grocery store but still want to be able to cook up a great meal for your family.

Crock Pot French Onion Soup

What is French Onion Soup Made Of

Traditionally French onion soup is made by slowly caramelizing onions on the stove top, which can require lots of babysitting and stirring to make sure the onions don’t burn. The onions are then coated in flour and simmered for longer with broth. This Slow Cooker French Onion Soup recipe however takes all the amazing flavors of this bistro classic and tosses them all in the slow cooker to make while you are busy doing other things! The first step is to cook all the onions for about 6 hours, which doesn’t require any stirring. This step can have some wiggle room if you are about and about because it’s hard to burn onions in the slow cooker, so if you aren’t home during the end of the 6 hours of cook time, the onions will likely be fine for 2-3 hours after. Next you simmer the onions in the broth for the remainder 2 hours of cooking time. Classic French onion soup is topped with a large crouton-like piece of bread and cheese. We’ve given directions on how to do this, but truly you can leave this off and this soup is still really flavorful!

What is the best onion to use for French onion soup

This Slow Cooker French Onion Soup recipes uses two kinds of onions. Yellow onion are more sweet with a really bright flavor and red onions have more depth with a touch of bitterness. Together they make a really nuanced and flavorful french onion soup!

Healthy Slow Cooker French Onion Soup

Can you cook French Onion Soup in the Instant Pot?

The short answer is: yes! We’ve included the directions for cooking this soup in the Instant Pot in the notes section of this recipe. However we have to say that it is a little bit more hands on cooking than the slow cooker version.

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Slow Cooker French Onion Soup
Serves 8
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Ingredients
  1. 3 tablespoons grass-fed butter
  2. 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil or avocado oil
  3. 4 white onions, sliced
  4. 2 red onions, sliced
  5. 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
  6. 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  7. 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  8. 2 teaspoons dried thyme or 2 fresh thyme sprigs
  9. 2 bay leaves
  10. 1 teaspoon salt, more to taste
  11. 1 teaspoon black pepper, more to taste
  12. 7 cups beef broth
  13. 1/2 teaspoon fish sauce
  14. 1 tablespoon arrowroot flour
  15. Optional: chili flakes
  16. Options: 1/4 cup shredded Gruyere cheese
  17. Optional: 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  18. Optional: 1 batch bread (see recipe here)
Instructions
  1. Place butter and oil in the bottom of your slow cooker insert.
  2. Add in sliced onions, coconut sugar, garlic, balsamic vinegar, half the salt and pepper, thyme and bay leaves. Toss to coat and cook on low for 6 hours.
  3. After 6 hours, add in beef broth, fish sauce, arrowroot flour, and the remaining salt and pepper.
  4. Let cook for the remaining 2 hours. Remove bay leaves and thyme sprigs if using fresh thyme. Taste and add salt and pepper as desired.
  5. Heat the oven to 350°F. Divide the soup between oven-safe bowls. Top each with a slice (or two) of toasted bread and sprinkle cheese in a thick layer over the bread and up to the edge of the bowl. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes until cheese is bubbling. Broil on high for 1 minute.
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Slow Cooker Mulled Cider with Caramel Pecan Rim

Mulled Cider with Caramel Pecan Rim [no refined sugar] | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Slow Cooker Mulled Cider with a Caramel Pecan Rim will be the hit of your parties or dinner parties all Fall and Winter long! The combination of the caramel and nutty pecans with the warming cider is perfection, and made with no added sugar.. Have it without any alcohol, or spike it as desired with your favorite liquor! Made in partnership with the American Pecan Council!

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No sugar added, simple to make, and definitely a new go-to drink when entertaining for the holidays! I put this out and let everyone add in their favorite alcohol: caramel vodka, brandy, bourbon, or wine!

Mulled Cider with Caramel Pecan Rim | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

If you love the combination of cinnamon + warm apple cider + a touch of cranberries, this is definitely a must-try! The best part? All you have to do is toss everything in a slow cooker and BOOM. Mulled cider perfection.

Mulled Cider with Caramel Pecan Rim | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Get creative with this recipe for holiday entertaining by creating an individual spiked cider bar! Simply place liquor such as bourbon, red wine, or rum next to the slow cooker and let friends or family create their own spiked mulled cider beverage!

Mulled Cider with Caramel Pecan Rim | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

I’m back with another fabulous recipe in partnership with my friends at the American Pecan Council! Pecans are my favorite nut! They are lower in carbs and higher in fiber compared to many other nuts, and they’re a “good” source of monounsaturated fat, including the beneficial oleic acid that’s found in olive oil! A handful of pecans (about 19 halves) is a good source of fiber, thiamin, and zinc, and an excellent source of copper and manganese – a mineral that’s essential for metabolism and bone health. Plus, they have that yummy, buttery flavor! I love using pecan pieces to make my life easier during the chopping of them!

Mulled Cider with Caramel Pecan Rim | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Mulled Cider with Caramel Pecan Rim | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Mulled Cider with Caramel Pecan Rim | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Slow Cooker Mulled Cider with Pecan Rim

Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 4 hours Total Time 4:05 Serves 8

Ingredients

    Mulled Cider Ingredients

    • 1.5 liters of fresh apple cider
    • 4 star anise
    • 3 cinnamon sticks, or 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 orange thinly sliced, used half of the slices on serving glasses and 1/2 of the slices for the mulled cider
    • 1/2 lime, thinly sliced
    • 1-inch knob of ginger, skin removed
    • 1 cup fresh cranberries

    Pecan Caramel Rim

    Add-In Alcohol Options

    • Bourbon, 2 ounces per glass
    • Dark rum, 2 ounces per glass
    • White wine, to taste
    • Caramel Vodka or Regular Vodka, 2 ounces per glass

    Directions

    1. Place all mulled cider ingredients into a slow cooker. Set on low for 4 hours.

    2. While cider cooks, make a batch of caramel. Place coconut milk, vanilla, butter and sea salt in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil. Turn down heat to low and let simmer, whisking often, for about 30 minutes or until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Take off heat and let cool. Store in the refrigerator until the mulled cider is ready.

    3. Pour caramel onto a small, shallow plate.

    4. On a separate shallow plate, place crushed pecans.

    5. Dip your glass of choice in the caramel until the entire rim is well covered. Dip the caramel rim into the pecan mixture. Pour mulled cider into glasses and spike your drink with the desired alcohol if using, then stir and enjoy!

    Recipe Notes

    1. Storage: Leftover cider can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days.
    2. Make It On The Stovetop: Simmer the mulled cider ingredients in a large saucepan over low heat. Cover and let simmer for about 1 hour. Make sure that the cider stays at a low simmer, if it comes to a boil, the cider can separate!
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    Slow Cooker Chicken and Veggie Dinner

    This Slow Cooker Chicken and Veggie Dinner has everything you want, made in one slow cooker dish. It tastes like a big ‘ol Thanksgiving meal! Tender chicken and flavorful veggies that are cooked to perfection.

    Slow Cooker Chicken and Veggie DinnerSlow Cooker Chicken and Veggie Dinner

    Happy Slow Cooker Sunday! I am in love with this dish. Truly. It took me a few rounds to get it where I wanted it to be for you to make it, and MAN is this delicious.

    Slow Cooker Chicken and Veggie Dinner

    I love the flavors that these fresh herbs add. Like Thanksgiving dinner!

     Slow Cooker Chicken and Veggie Dinner

    Slow Cooker Chicken and Veggie Dinner

    Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 3 hr Total Time 3:10

    Ingredients

    • 2 tablespoons grass-fed butter
    • 3 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1 onion, diced
    • 3 carrots, diced
    • 5 potatoes, diced
    • 3 celery stalks, diced
    • 8 bone-in chicken thighs
    • Salt and pepper

    Optional

    • 1 red or green bell pepper, sliced
    • 1 large sweet potato, cubed

    Sauce

    Directions

  • Place the garlic, onions, carrots, potatoes, pepper, and sweet potato in the insert of your slow cooker. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Pat the chicken dry and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Place on top of veggies in the slow cooker.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together sauce ingredients and pour over the chicken.
  • Place on high for 3 hours, or on low for 7 hours.
  • Once done, place your oven on broil and transfer chicken to a baking sheet. Broil on high for 1 minute to crisp up the chicken skin.
  • Season with additional salt and pepper and serve hot.
  • Recipe Notes

  • 1. For fully dairy-free, omit butter
  • 2. I prefer this without sweet potato as it gets a drop soft.
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    Classic Chicken Soup (Slow Cooker & Instant Pot)

    This Classic Chicken Soup is my best chicken soup I’ve made to date, and it is made in the slow cooker or the Instant Pot! It has all the flavors of your classic chicken soup just like grandma used to make. Packed with tons of veggies and tender chicken, this classic comfort soup is perfect for a rainy Fall or Winter day, or if you come down with a little sickness.

    Classic Chicken SoupClassic Chicken Soup (Slow Cooker & Instant Pot)

    I am SO excited about this soup. Growing up in a Jewish home, chicken soup was a staple (and still is) for holidays and anytime someone started to come down with something. I’ve eaten A LOT of chicken soup in my day, and this is hands down my favorite. PLUS, it’s literally the easiest recipe to throw together.

    Classic Chicken Soup

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    Classic Chicken Soup

    How to make chicken soup in the Instant Pot or Slow Cooker

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    Classic Chicken Soup

     

    Classic Chicken Soup
    Serves 6
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    Prep Time
    10 min
    Cook Time
    8 hr
    Prep Time
    10 min
    Cook Time
    8 hr
    Ingredients
    1. 3 garlic cloves, minced
    2. 5 carrots, diced
    3. 2 onions, diced
    4. 4 celery stalks, diced
    5. 1 3-pound whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces
    6. 6 cups water
    7. 1/3 cup chopped fresh dill
    8. 1 teaspoon fine sea salt, more for salting the chicken and more to taste
    9. 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, more to taste
    10. 1 bay leaf
    Instructions
    1. Place garlic, carrots, onion, and celery into the insert of your slow cooker.
    2. Pat chicken dry and season generously with sea salt, then add the chicken into the slow cooker.
    3. Add in the water, dill, salt, pepper, and bay leaf.
    4. Set on low for 8 hours.
    5. Once done, discard the bay leaf and remove the chicken to shred. Discard the skin and bones.
    6. Place chicken back into the slow cooker. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.
    Notes
    1. I buy pasture-raised chickens whenever possible.
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    Easy Slow Cooker Baked Apples

    I am so in love with these Easy Slow Cooker Baked Apples! They are just the right amount of sweet, they swarm your home with the most delicious fall scent, and they are super EASY to throw together.

    Easy Slow Cooker Baked Apples

    Slow Cooker Sunday is officially onto it’s second month and I am so excited that so many of you are loving this series like I am! 

    Baked apples always used to intimidate me. I always thought they’d be a challenge to make. Not with your slow cooker! They come together so flawlessly.

    Easy Slow Cooker Baked Apples

    Easy Slow Cooker Baked Apples
    Serves 6
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    Prep Time
    10 min
    Cook Time
    1 hr 15 min
    Prep Time
    10 min
    Cook Time
    1 hr 15 min
    Ingredients
    1. 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
    2. 1/2 cup chopped pecans
    3. 1/4 cup maple sugar or coconut palm sugar
    4. 1/4 cup raisins
    5. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    6. Optional: 1/4 teaspoon apple pie spice
    7. Pinch of salt
    8. 4 tablespoons grass-fed butter
    9. 2 tablespoons maple syrup
    10. 6 organic Gala apples
    11. 1/2 cup apple cider or water
    Instructions
    1. In a large bowl, mix together walnuts, sugar, raisins, cinnamon, and pinch of salt.
    2. Cut a layer off the top of the apples with a knife. With a melon baller, a cookie scooper, or a sharp pairing knife, remove the core and seeds from each apple.
    3. Pack ⅛ cup of mixture into each apple, and place into the slow cooker.
    4. Place 1/2 tablespoon of butter over each apple. Pour the apple cider around the apples.
    5. Cover, and cook on high for 2 to 2½ hours until tender, but not falling apart.
    6. Serve warm, or add ice cream, caramel, or dairy-free whipped cream.
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    Easy Slow Cooker Baked Apples

    Check out the rest of the series here:  

    Slow Cooker Short Rib StewSlow Cooker French Onion SoupSlow Cooker Thai Curry ChickenSlow Cooker Carne Asada