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Keto Beef Stew (Stovetop or Instant Pot)

This low-carb beef stew recipe requires just 15 minutes of preparation! It’s super easy to make, whether in an Instant Pot or on the stovetop. 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.

Hearty, low carb + Keto beef stew made on the stove top or in an Instant Pot or pressure cooker.

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Making This Low Carb Beef Stew in the Instant Pot

We love to make this low carb beef stew in the Instant Pot or pressure cooker. It’s such an easy way to make a hearty stew and results in tender, fall apart beef. Here’s what you’ll do:

  1. Prep the veggies, stew meat and broth to have everything ready.
  2. Brown the beef in the Instant Pot using the “Saute” function.
  3. Dump the remaining ingredients in and cook at high pressure for 25 minutes.
  4. Thicken the stew with a little broth and arrowroot mixture.
  5. Add in the mushrooms to simmer and then serve.
A bowl of cozy Keto beef stew.

Making this stew on the stovetop

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.

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 low carb, so we’ve come up with some other options for you that feel hearty. Here’s what you’ll use in this recipe:

  • Radishes – Surprisingly mild and potato like once cooked, these are a great low carb veggie.
  • Mushrooms
  • Celery

These are the veggies we recommend, but feel free to substitute others if that’s what you want or have on hand.

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Time to try this low carb, Italian flavored beef stew

Whether you are meal prepping or just making dinner to feed your family, enjoy this Keto beef stew for a hearty and satisfying meal. Leave a comment and rating below to let us know how it goes. Also, take a pic to share on Instagram, and tag us @realsimplegood. We love to see what you’re making! Follow us if you don’t already – let’s stay connected!



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Keto Beef Stew (Stovetop or Instant Pot)

4.65 from 17 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Course: Soup
Servings: 6
Calories: 368kcal
This low-carb beef stew recipe requires just 15 minutes of preparation! It's super easy to make, whether in an Instant Pot or on the stovetop. 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.
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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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