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Homestyle Beef Stew Freezer Meal

Gluten Free

Homestyle beef stew

This low carb beef stew is so good! I was trying to get creative with how I introduce this recipe with you. Maybe use some fancy words…but honestly its just good. I don’t know how else to say it.

In the past beef stew and I have not got along

I have always struggled to find a recipe I liked but no luck. Just a lot of flavorless mush. So I decided to create my own and my it turned out soooooo good.

We had leftovers that everyone looked forward to eating the next day.

We don’t eat red meat often but when we do I want to enjoy it and this recipe hits the spot.

If you are looking for a one pot low carb beef stew recipe then look no more.

It couldn’t be easier. Simply put everything into a slow cooker and walk away. Dinner will be ready in the evening and everyone will be impressed at the meal you are serving.

Why you will love this one pot beef stew recipe.  

  • 10 Minutes to Prep
  • Super Easy
  • Extremely Tasty
  • Healthy (Soy Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Preservative Free)
  • Family Friendly
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Is this beef stew healthy?

Yes! This homestyle beef stew is made with clean ingredients. No added sugars or preservatives. It also consists of lower carb veggies than the traditional white potato. Making this a low carb beef stew perfect for any diet. Fitting into many dietary restrictions as well. 

Ingredients you will need for this low carb beef stew. 

  • Stew Beef 
  • Garlic Powder
  • Yellow Onion
  • Tomato Paste
  • Baby Carrots
  • Parsnip
  • Celery
  • Dried Thyme
  • Bay Leaves
  • Dried Parsley
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Broth of preference 

What kind of broth should I use?

This recipe is great with beef broth, chicken broth or vegetable broth. You can even use water in a pinch and still get good flavor in your dish. 
I choose my broth depending on what is available in my kitchen at the time. Making my own bone broth or vegetable broth has completely changed my view on broth. You can easily make broth at home using your cooking leftovers. 
Homemade broth is WAY more delicious and you save money. Once you try it you may never go back. Check out my recipe for homemade broth here. 

How to cook beef stew meat?

The beef will cook on low all day long giving it a super tender texture. Its melt in your mouth delicious! You do not have to pre cook the beef at all. Just throw it into the slow cooker and enjoy dinner when it’s ready. 

How to make this low carb one pot beef stew in the crock pot?

Just throw everything into a crock pot or slow cooker and let it cook for you. No mess, no fuss and a delicious home-cooked dinner!
This crockpot beef stew is so easy!


What kind of meat can I use?

Stew beef, chuck beef (cut into 1-inch cubes), or round beef. This is a quick recipe using beef stew meat if your in a hurry. 

What to serve with this low carb beef stew recipe?

If your diet calls for low carbs you can serve this with a simple side salad, ceaser salad, or grilled veggies. You could also serve over a bed of cauliflower rice. 

If you do not need to follow a low carb beef stew diet then try serving with a fun side or rice, baguette or artisan bread. 


How to store this low carb beef stew?

After cooking store in fridge in an airtight container for 3-5 days.

Do I need a slow cooker for this recipe?

You can use a slow cooker or crock pot for this recipe. It is designed to be fast and an easy beef stew recipe so you do not have to take the time to cook all night. 

Can I use an instant pot instead?

Of course! If you are tight on time or a last minute cook then throw everything in the instant post and adjust cook time. For slow cooker to instant pot conversion times click here to get a simple instant pot cheat sheet. You will never have to guess or research an instant pot cook time again!

*See FAQ’s and specific tips following recipe below. (so you don’t have to scroll for a million years to find the food 😉 ).

How do you make this Homestyle Beef Stew? 👇 

Homestyle Beef Stew

Enjoy this low carb beef stew by using parsnipsinstead of potatoes for the same hearty stew without the extra carbs.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Low Carb Beef Stew, One Pot Beef Stew
Servings: 8
Calories: 278kcal
Author: Hannah Stewart


  • Slow Cooker or Crock Pot


  • 2 lb Stew Beef
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Medium Yellow Onion diced
  • 5 tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 2 cup Baby Carrots whole
  • 1 large Parsnip peeled and chopped
  • 2 cup Celery diced
  • 2 tsp Dried Thyme
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 2 tsp Dried Parsley
  • 2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 cup Broth of preference I use chicken or veggie broth

Supplies for freezing:

  • 1 Gallon Freezer Bag


  • Add all ingredients into slow cooker
  • Cook on low 8-10 hours or high 5-6 hours.
  • Stir when finished and enjoy! Optional: garnish with Parmesan cheese.

Freezer Directions:

  • Label Freezer bag with recipe name, cooking directions and expiration date (today's date plus three months)
  • Add all ingredients, except the broth, to labeled freezer bag
  • Seal bag, removing as much air as possible and freeze for up to three months

Cooking from Frozen Directions:

  • Thaw overnight in fridge or in the morning in water (meal may not be 100% thawed but that is ok)
  • Add freezer bag contents into slow cooker.
  • Cook on low 8-10 hours or high 5-6 hours. (May need and extra 30 minutes if completely frozen when placed in slow cooker).
  • Stir when finished and enjoy! Optional: garnish with Parmesan cheese.


  • See FAQs for information of common and easy substitutes.

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How freezer meals will change your life.

Makes homecooking Easy

Only spend one hour in the kitchen for a whole week of dinners. Day of, throw your freezer meal in the slow cooker or instant pot and enjoy dinner!

feel confident

Knowing you have a fool proof systen for something that is easy and works gives you confidence in the kitchen. So wether you're a seasoned chef or occational home cook the method of freezer cooking will work for you!

Eat Healthier

Because you're prepping the freezer meals with fresh foods you're eating healthier. Anytime you cook at home instead of eating out you get the benefits of healthier food.

Enjoy less stress

Have you ever felt the pressure of forgetting about dinner, or having to cook at the end of a long day?! No more, just grab something out of the freezer and you're good to go.

Frequently asked questions

No problem! Just throw the freezer meal in your slow cooker and you’re all set. If it doesn’t fit thaw it for a few minutes in warm water. (You may need to add an extra 30 minutes cook time if completely frozen when cooking).

  • celery root
  • turnips
  • cauliflower
  • rutabaga

Follow the recipe instructions for an easy beef stew recipe. No browning of the meat required. Just dump all ingredients together in a slow cooker or crock pot and let dinner cook for you. 

A serving size assumes 1 1/2 cup of beef stew at 278 kcal per serving. 

Absolutely. You may have to play around with cook times. If you’re interested in an instant pot cheat sheet for cook times click here!

Is the beef stew needs thickening you can add a slurry (1-2 tbsp cornstarch plsu 1-2 tbsp water mixed) and let your beef stew cook an additional 30 minutes on low. 

This beef stew recipe can go great in a diet as long as it fits within your daily requirements. 

This recipe is a clean and healthy dinner giving you comfort food vibes. 

This is a low carb beef stew so it does not include potatoes and rice like a traditional beef stew. 

A traditional beef stew may have a sauce that includes extra sugars and preservatives as well as sodium. There is also lots of potatoes and starchy vegetables. 

This low carb beef stew uses only clean ingredients and vegetables that are lower in carb than the traditional white potato. There are no sugars or preservatives and everything is whole.

  • celery root
  • turnips
  • peppers
  • onion
  • broccoli
  • squash
  • cauliflower
  • turnip
  • rutabaga

Try serving this beef stew over rice. Or serve this beef stew out of a dutch oven over cauliflower rice if you would like to stick with the low carb beef stew option. 

Don't forget to pin this recipe and save it for later! 👇

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