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



  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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One Pot Turmeric Chicken and Rice

This One Pot Turmeric Chicken and Rice is a hearty, warm and comforting weeknight dinner option! It’s full of veggies and uses both fresh and dried turmeric. It is dairy-free and gluten-free and is bound to be a new, and easy, family favorite!

One Pot Turmeric Chicken and Rice

We love an easy-to-make and easy-to-love weeknight dinner and this One Pot Turmeric Chicken and Rice is one of them! A warm and comforting spiced chicken and rice dish that consists largely of unattended cooking and is made all in one pot for a simpler clean up! This dish uses both fresh and dried turmeric for an extra punch of flavor and has so many veggies packed in!

Let’s talk turmeric:

We’ve talked quite a bit about turmeric on this site before because turmeric is a trendy food topic these days, but for good reason: it provides significant anti-inflammatory effects that can benefit a wide variety of health concerns! Curcumin, which is a nutrient found within turmeric, is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Chronic inflammation has been linked to a number of larger medical conditions such as diabetes, arthritis and heart disease. A natural and easy way to help keep inflammation down is through the foods you put in your body. This One Pot Turmeric Chicken and Rice uses both fresh turmeric and dried turmeric. Now are we saying if you eat this rice all of your inflammation will go away? Nope! But we are big believers in using a whole and real food approach to healthy living and including as many nutrient dense ingredients in our every day meals is a good start.

Where can you buy fresh turmeric?

Almost any major grocery store will sell turmeric. Look for it in the section where they sell fresh ginger, and it looks similar!

What do you do with fresh turmeric

You don’t need to peel the thin skin off of fresh turmeric, but we prefer to especially if it isn’t organic. The easiest way to do this is to take a spoon and gently scrape off the skin. You can grate the turmeric with a microplane or finely mince it. Just be careful about where you prepare the turmeric because it will leave yellow everywhere it touches, including your hands!

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One Pot Turmeric Chicken and Rice

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:28 Inactive Time 00:05 Total Time 00:43 Serves 4-6


  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil, divided
  • 1 1/2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs, diced into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2-2 inch pieces fresh turmeric (about 2 tablespoon)
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric dried
  • 2-½ cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 1/2 medium cauliflower, cut into florets (about 2 cups)
  • ½ cup frozen green peas
  • Cilantro and lemon wedges, for garnish


  1. Heat a 12” heavy bottomed high-sided pan over medium-high heat. Once hot, add oil and chicken and cook until beginning to brown 5-7 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.
  2. Add onions and carrots and cook until soft and translucent, 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add fresh turmeric, garlic and all spices and toast for 30 seconds.
  4. Add chicken stock and scrap up any browned bits. Add rice, cauliflower and the chicken and stir to combine. Make sure the mixture is spread evenly in the pan and the veggies and chicken are pushed into the liquid as much as possible.
  5. Let mixture come up to a boil, then cover with a tight fitting lid, and lower the heat to medium-low.
  6. Cook for 20 minutes.
  7. Shut off heat, quickly remove the cover and sprinkle ½ cup peas over the top. Close the lid and let steam for 5 minutes.
  8. Fluff with a fork garnish with cilantro and a sprinkle of lemon juice

Recipe Notes

Notes: The cooking times can vary with this recipe depending on the brand of rice you use, how high your heat is on your stove and how heavy your pot is. Check to make sure the rice is fully cooked after the directed cooking time. If it is slightly undercooked, cook for an additional 5 minutes.

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Kimchi Fried Rice (Cauliflower Rice or White Rice)

With Korean fermented cabbage as its base, this Kimchi Fried Rice is a great weeknight dinner when you want to spice it up a bit. It’s tangy and spicy and a great way to use up leftover rice or cauli-rice and veggies in your refrigerator. It is vegetarian, paleo friendly (with cauli-rice) and ready in under 30 minutes.

how do you make kimchi fried rice?Kimchi Fried Rice

With the busy holiday season upon us we thought it was time to make a quick and easy weeknight dinner that is also SUPER DELICIOUS and fun. And we love a good fried rice here at LCK, and this Kimchi Fried Rice is no exception! I almost always have Kimchi hanging around in my fridge (it lasts nearly forever) which makes it the perfect base to add to a fried rice that uses primarily pantry items. It’s super flavorful and we’ve included directions to make this with white rice or cauli-rice.

What is kimchi?

In short kimchi is fermented vegetables! It is native of Korean cuisine and can range from spicy to mild depending on what brand you are buying (or making, if you’re feeling adventurous).  Aside from being delicious Kimchi is a nutrient dense food but probably what makes me most excited about it is the naturally occurring probiotic strains that occur during fermentation. This is a great food to eat if you’re in the process of healing your gut or you want to have healthier digestive functions.

Kimchi fried rice recipe

What type of kimchi should I buy?

A good kimchi will bring a balance of salty, sour and spicy flavor while holding a nice crunch to it. We’re partial to kimchi made from cabbage, but really the most important thing is to buy a kimchi that has only natural ingredients added to it. In other words, if you can’t pronounce or clearly recognize anything on the ingredients label, skip it!

Tips for making a good stir fry:

Fried rice is a stir fry using rice as the base instead of noodles. It’s a simple dish to make, but the following tips will make sure that your fried rice will shine:

  1. Make sure your pan is nice and hot! We like to use a cast iron skillet for this, which retains heat nicely! But if you have a wok feel free to use that.
  2. Have all ingredients ready and prepped before you begin cooking!
  3. Use a high heat oil, like avocado oil.
  4. Always top it with a fried egg!

How to make kimchi fried rice

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Kimchi Fried Rice

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:20 Total Time 00:30 Serves 4


  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 cup baby bella mushroom, diced
  • 2 scallions, sliced thin, green and white parts separated
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 3 cups leftover white rice (see note)
  • 1 cup kimchi, chopped with juices
  • 1/2 cup peas (frozen is fine)
  • 2 tablespoons asian chili paste (we like sambal oelek)
  • 2 eggs, scrambled
  • 1 handful baby spinach
  • 2 teaspoons coconut aminos
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt, or to taste
  • black sesame seeds, for garnish
  • nori strips, for garnish
  • additional eggs for frying, optional


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add oil. Once hot add mushrooms and cook until liquid has evaporated, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the white part of diced scallions (reserve green for garnish) and carrots and cook until beginning to soften, about 5 minutes. Add in garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds.
  3. Add sesame oil and rice and cook until heated through, about 3 minutes.
  4. Add kimchi, frozen peas and chili paste and heat through, about 3 minutes.
  5. Make a well in the center and pour in the scrambled egg. Cook until the egg has almost set and then move it around to scramble.
  6. Shut off heat and add baby spinach and coconut amino and stir until the baby spinach has wilted. Taste and add salt, about 1/2 teaspoon.
  7. Top with optional sesame seeds, nori strips and a fried egg and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

  1. You can make this instead with cauli-rice by substituting 4 cups fresh cauli-rice for the 3 cups white rice in the recipe.
  2. Don't have leftover cooled rice? We tested this with frozen fully cooked white rice too! It was slightly more wet, but definitely a useful substitution when you want to make this but don't have leftover rice. 
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Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff

This Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff recipe is an easy weeknight dinner win! This classic American dish comes together quick, with minimal prep and mostly hands-off cooking thanks to the Instant Pot. It’s made using REAL ingredients and is so hearty! It’s paleo and Whole30 friendly (if served without noodles), dairy and gluten free and a delicious meal the whole family will love!

Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff

Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff

Honestly I’d never tried beef stroganoff before making this recipe, but I’m glad I finally did because it’s such a delicious and easy dinner! It’s one of the most popular google dinner searches, so we knew it was time to make a cleaned up version that didn’t require any canned soup or junky ingredients. Our version here is dairy-free (made creamy with coconut cream) and option to serve it with gluten-free noodles or over zoodles (we recommend sweet potato, butternut squash or carrot zoodles).

We love the rich and hearty flavor to the sauce! We use paprika, mustard and tomato paste to add a depth and umami flavor to the sauce, that is then thickened up with a bit of arrowroot and rounded out with our non-dairy choice of coconut cream. You can’t taste the coconut in it either!

Our choice for beef was to use a sirloin steak, but if you can’t find that some other options would be a chuck roast or top round. Just make sure to slice it thinly!

Instant pot beef stroganoff paleo

How do you make beef stroganoff in the Instant Pot?

We opted to make this Beef Stroganoff in the Instant Pot because it makes for really tender meat thanks to the pressure cooker and largely hands-off cooking after you’ve sauteed the aromatics and built up the flavor. So while the recipes says it takes about an hour to make, most of this time it is hands-off cooking so you can be getting other tasks done while dinner is cooking.

To make in the Instant Pot:

  1. Saute your aromatics (we use mushrooms, onions and garlic) and beef
  2. Add your base flavors in (we use paprika, mustard and tomato paste to build up a nice rich flavor)
  3. Deglaze with liquid and cook in high pressure!
  4. After you release the pressure we add in a thickener and creaminess (coconut cream) to finish it off.
  5. Serve with gluten-free pasta or noodles and ENJOY!

How do you make beef stroganoff in a pressure cooker

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Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff

Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:37 Inactive Time 00:15 Total Time 00:57 Serves 6


  • 2 tablespoon avocado oil, divided
  • 10 ounces (about 10) cremini or baby bella mushrooms, stem removed and sliced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1.5 pounds beef sirloin (see note), thinly sliced about 2" long
  • 2 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1/2 cup bone broth or beef broth.
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas (optional)
  • 1/4 cup coconut cream
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped, for garnish
  • 12 ounces cooked gluten free noodles or zoodles, for serving


  1. Set a 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot (or other electric pressure cooker) to saute. Once hot add 1 tablespoon oil and cook mushrooms until all the liquid has evaporated about 7 minutes.
  2. Add remaining oil and add onion, cooking until beginning to soften about 5 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and beef and stir, cooking for 2 minutes until it begins to brown.
  4. Add spices, tomato paste, and mustard and cook for an additional 3 minutes.
  5. Shut off the saute and add red wine vinegar, fish sauce, broth and scrape up any browned bits on the bottom of the pot. Cook on high pressure (manual) for 12 minutes and allow the pressure to naturally release for 5 minutes before manually releasing the remaining pressure.
  6. Meanwhile in a small bowl a slurry by mixing together 2 tablespoons of water with 1 tablespoon of arrowroot.
  7. Add 1 tablespoon of the slurry to the sauce at a time, until it has reached the consistency you desire. Add frozen peas (if using), coconut cream and cook an additional 3 minutes.
  8. Taste sauce and adjust seasoning.
  9. Serve over gluten-free noodles or zoodles.

Recipe Notes

  1. If you can't find a sirloin steak you can also use top round or a chuck roast.
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