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Keto Beef Stew (Stovetop or Instant Pot)

This low carb Keto beef stew can be made on your stove top or in an Instant Pot. It’s loaded with low carb veggies including radishes, celery and mushrooms and tender beef chuck roast. Seasoned simply with Italian seasoning for added depth of flavor. Also Paleo and Whole30 friendly and perfect for meal prep.

Keto beef stew in a large dutch oven with a ladle dipped in. Garnished with fresh sage leaves.
Hearty, low carb + Keto beef stew made on the stove top or in an Instant Pot or pressure cooker.

Keto beef stew in the Instant Pot

We love to make this low carb beef stew in the Instant Pot or pressure cooker. With only about 15 minutes of prep, it’s quick and easy to get going, and then the Instant Pot or pressure cooker does all the work. We like to brown the beef first using the sauté function on the Instant Pot. This helps to lock the juices in and keep the beef tender. It is a little extra work, but so worth it to have tender, fall apart beef in your stew.

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A bowl of hearty, Keto beef stew.

Keto beef stew on the stove

You can also make this beef stew on the stove in a big dutch oven or large pot. We still like to brown the beef, and then cook the veggies down a bit before adding in the broth. Once you’ve got everything in the pot, you’ll simmer it for about 40 minutes to marry the flavors and tenderize the meat.

Close up of keto beef stew in a dutch oven.
Keto beef stew in a dutch oven.

What low carb veggies are best for a Keto stew?

When you think of a beef stew, we bet you think of potatoes, carrots and celery. Sadly, potatoes and carrots are not Keto, so we’ve come up with some other options for you that feel hearty. We still use celery since it is low carb, but traded out the carrots for mushrooms and used radishes in place of potatoes. We love to use radish as a replacement for potatoes. Once cooked they have a similar starchy texture to them, but are low carb!

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A bowl full of hearty, Keto beef stew.

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Keto Beef Stew

4.8 from 10 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Course: Soup
Servings: 6
Calories: 368kcal
Make this low carb, Keto beef stew on your stove top or in an Instant Pot. Radishes, celery + mushrooms plus tender beef in an earthy broth! Also Paleo and Whole30 friendly.
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Equipment

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs beef chuck roast, cut into 1 inch cubes (or pre-cut stew meat)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp ghee, divided
  • 1 lb radishes, trimmed and cut in half (cut into even sizes for cooking)
  • 6 ribs celery, sliced into small pieces
  • 8 oz mushrooms, halved
  • 6 cups beef broth
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot starch
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
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Instructions 

For the Stovetop:

  • Prep chuck roast as noted and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • Prep radishes and celery and as noted. Set aside.
  • Mix beef broth and tomato paste together in a bowl or container. Set aside.
  • Heat a large pot or dutch oven over medium heat and add 1 tbsp of ghee. Once the pot is shimmering, add in beef cubes to cover the bottom of the pot (you may need to do two batches). Cook and brown the beef cubes for about 2 minutes per side. Remove and place on a plate.
  • Add another tbsp of ghee to the pot. Add in the radishes, celery and Italian seasoning and cook, stirring frequently, for 3 minutes.
  • Pour the broth mixture into the pot, scraping up any remaining bits from the bottom of the pot.
  • Add the beef pieces into the pot. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes of simmering, carefully remove 1/2 to 1 cup of broth from the stew with a spoon or measuring cup. Place the broth in a bowl and add in 1 tbsp arrowroot starch. Whisk well to mix the starch in completely. Don't leave any clumps in the mixture.
  • Add the broth/starch mixture back into the pot, along with the mushrooms. Simmer for another 10 minutes or until the beef is tender, stirring occasionally.

For the Instant Pot:

  • Prep ingredients as noted in steps 1-3 above.
  • Press the "Saute" button on the Instant Pot and add 1 tbsp of ghee. Once the pot is shimmering, add in beef cubes to cover the bottom of the pot (you may need to do two batches). Cook and brown the beef cubes for about 2 minutes per side.
  • Once all the beef is cooked, press the "cancel" button and add the beef back in to the Instant Pot. Add the beef broth/tomato paste mixture, radish, celery and Italian seasoning to the Instant Pot.
  • Secure the lid on the Instant Pot and close the pressure valve. Press the “manual” button (or “pressure cook” button) and set the time to cook for 25 minutes at high pressure. Once the time is up, quick release the pressure. Press the "cancel" button.
  • Carefully remove the lid from the Instant Pot. Carefully remove 1/2 to 1 cup of broth from the stew with a spoon or measuring cup. Place the broth in a bowl and add in 1 tbsp arrowroot starch. Whisk well to mix the starch in completely. Don't leave any clumps in the mixture.
  • Press the "Saute" button. Add the broth/starch mixture from the step above back into the pot, along with the mushrooms. Simmer for another 10 minutes or until the mushrooms are tender and the stew has thickened, stirring occasionally.

Notes

  • The total cooking time is approximately the same whether you cook this recipe in the stovetop or Instant pot. 
  • Nutrition facts are per serving and are an estimate provided for those following a Ketogenic or low-carb diet. See our full nutrition information disclosure here

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 368kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Fiber: 3g
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12 thoughts on “Keto Beef Stew (Stovetop or Instant Pot)

  • Not sure I am following your Instant Pot instructions… when do I add the 6 cups of broth? Step 5 has you remove 1/2-1 cup of broth but it’s never added. Assuming you put it in before pressure cooking for 25 mins, then Step 6 doesn’t make sense, as it has you put the Instant Pot on saute but never tells you what to do with the remaining 5-5 1/2 cups.

    • It should go in along with step 3 before pressure cooking. I’ve updated the recipe, let me know if it makes sense now. Thanks for pointing this out 🙂

  • Made this for dinner and it was great! We added carrots and diced tomatoes. Both my picky eaters ate their bowl!!

  • 10/10!! It was so good! We aren’t keto so I used carrots. I loved that it didn’t have potatoes. I’ve always felt that potatoes are overpowering in stew. The radishes are perfect! Thank you! Definitely making again!

  • Made this tonight! It was delicious. A great staple for a fairly quick comfort food that is satisfying and nutritious.

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