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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If you like this beef stew recipe, make these other St Patrick’s Day Favorites:

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 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!

Mulled Cider with Caramel Pecan Rim | Lexi's Clean KitchenSlow Cooker Mulled Cider with Caramel Pecan Rim

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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    Meal Prep Freezer Burritos

    Meal Prep Freezer Burritos | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    These Meal Prep Freezer Burritos are one of my go-to make ahead meals for when I am meal prepping for myself or cooking for others and delivering meals! They are filling, loaded with protein, delicious veggies, and so customizable. Plus they are super easy to make!

    Meal Prep Freezer Burritos

    These are also very freezer-friendly, which is a huge WIN! Make a batch, assemble, wrap them up, and toss them in a freezer for 2-3 months!

    Meal Prep Freezer Burritos

    Salsa verde chicken & taco meat as the protein in these, and then all your favorite customizable fillings!

    Meal Prep Freezer Burritos

    I always make these when I am cooking for a family (post-baby or when someone is sick). They are my go-to because it all comes together so easily, and they are DELICIOUS.

    Plus, there is not much better than opening your freezer and realizing you have burritos waiting for you!

    Meal Prep Freezer Burritos

    Don’t want them burrito style? Make them into meal prep bowls!

    Meal Prep Freezer Burritos

    Meal Prep Freezer Burritos

    Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 4 hours Total Time 4:15 Serves 8

    Ingredients

      Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

      • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast
      • 1 8 ounce jar salsa verde

      Mexican Rice

      • 2 cups jasmine rice
      • 2 cups water
      • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
      • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
      • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, more to taste
      • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
      • 1 teaspoon paprika
      • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder
      • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, more to taste
      • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, more to taste

      Taco Meat

      • 1 pound grass-fed ground beef
      • 1 tablespoon oil of choice
      • 1 teaspoon paprika
      • 1 teaspoon chili powder
      • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
      • 1 teaspoon onion powder
      • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
      • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
      • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
      • 3 tablespoons salsa, you can use salsa verde as well
      • Optional: 1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder

      Sautéd Peppers and Onions

      • 2 teaspoons avocado oil, more if needed
      • 1 red pepper, sliced
      • 1 green pepper, sliced
      • 1 white onion, sliced
      • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
      • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

      Other Ingredients

      • 8-10 homemade tortillas, corn tortillas, flour tortillas (if making for non-gluten-free friends), or my favorite Siete tortillas (Siete tortillas are gluten-free and paleo-friendly!)
      • 1-2 cups romaine lettuce, shredded
      • 2 roma tomatoes, diced
      • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, or cheese of choice
      • 1/3 cup jalapenos
      • 1 avocado, diced
      • 1 14.5 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
      • 1 lime, cut into wedges
      • 1 cup salsa of choice
      • Fresh cilantro

      Directions

      1. Make the slow cooker salsa chicken: Pat chicken dry and season with salt and pepper. Place in a slow cooker and add 2 cups of salsa verde, or just enough to coat the chicken. Set slow cooker to 4 hours on high. Check halfway through. Depending on how thick your chicken is, it might cook in less time.
      2. Make the rice: Place all ingredients in an instant pot. Secure the lid and using the "MANUAL" setting, set the Instant Pot to 5 minutes on high pressure. Once five minutes is complete, let the Instant Pot slowly release pressure for at least 10 minutes. Turn the valve to release the remaining pressure after 10 minutes. Slowly take off the lid and fluff with a fork. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired. *If you do not have an Instant Pot, check below for stove-top directions!
      3. While rice cooks, make the taco meat: Place all ingredients into a medium skillet over medium heat. Sauté until all of the meat is cooked and no pink remains. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.
      4. Make the sautéed peppers and onions: add oil to a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Once oil is hot add in peppers, onions, salt and pepper. Let cook until peppers are soft and onions are translucent. Set aside in a bowl until ready to assemble.
      5. Rinse and drain the beans. Place in a bowl until ready to assemble.
      6. Assemble: Place rice on the desired tortilla. Add either chicken or taco meat and any other add-ins you want! Fold in the sides, and then roll. Wrap in plastic wrap before freezing or eat right away. Wrapping with the gluten-free tortillas can be difficult. I recommend using less filling or making a taco bowl with the tortilla on the side. These will keep in the freezer for up to 2 months!
      7. To reheat: If you’re comfortable with the microwave you can use that, but I like baking for about 8 minutes or so at 350ºF!

      Recipe Notes

      1. Mexican Rice on the stovetop: Place 2 cups of rice, 2 cups of water and sea salt in a saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Turn down heat and simmer on low until all of the water has dissolved. Add in the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Taste before setting aside until ready to assemble! Store the rest of the rice in a airtight container in the refrigerator for 4-6 days. Rice should be discarded if left at room temperature for more than 2 hours.
      2. Make the homemade tortillas!
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      Slow Cooker Baked Potato Bar

      This Slow Cooker Baked Potato Bar is a delicious and fun DIY meal that is totally customizable.

      Slow Cooker Baked Potato Bar

      Make the perfect baked potatoes right in your slow cooker, grab those toppings and off you go!

      Slow Cooker Sunday is the best ever. Here’s what we’ve done so far in this series:

      1. Carne Asada Nachos 

      2. Thai Curry Chicken

      3. French Onion Soup

      4. Short Rib Stew 

      5. Slow Cooker Baked Apples 

      6. Classic Chicken Soup 

      7. Slow Cooker Chicken and Veggie Dinner

      This slow cooker Sweet Potato Bar is perfect for game-day! Such a perfect and simple dish! Get creative with this, and top with all of your favorite toppings!

      Slow Cooker Baked Potato Bar

      Slow Cooker Baked Potato Bar

      Slow Cooker Baked Potato Bar

      Prep Time 5 min Cook Time 4 hr Total Time 4:05

      Ingredients

      Topping ideas

      Directions

      1. Rub potatoes with melted butter on all sides.
      2. Prick with a fork then place into your slow cooker.
      3. Sprinkle generously with sea salt and set on high for 4 hours.
      4. At 2 hours, flip the potatoes.
      5. When potatoes are done, slice them in half lengthwise, and squeeze inward, from the ends, so the soft mashed potatoes fill the center.
      6. Top with desired toppings and serve hot.

      Recipe Notes

      • If not using right away, store in the slow cooker on warm until ready to use.
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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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