Healthy, filling and totally delicious, this is one Instant Pot keto beef stew recipe that you’ll come back to time and time again.
At the end of a cold winter’s day, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a steaming hot bowl of hearty beef stew. And the good news is that this classic comfort dish is easy to adapt to a keto friendly diet with just a few alterations.
It’s important that you get a cut of beef that’s suitable for stewing, otherwise you may end up with tough chunks of meat in your dish.
Chuck is the most popular cut of beef for stewing, resulting in a juicy and tender meat even if cooked in the slow cooker.
It also happens to be a relatively cheap cut of beef with a great, meaty flavor. Other options that are great for stewing are bone-in short rib or oxtail.
Don’t skip searing the meat before you create the base of your stew. It may seem like an unnecessary step, but it makes a huge difference to the taste of the beef by caramelizing the outside layer to create a deep savory flavor.
For best results, don’t crowd your pot too much and avoid moving the meat around as much as possible.
How Can I Thicken Keto Beef Stew?
Usually, you would reach for cornstarch or flour to thicken up a watery stew, but if you are following the keto diet, use a keto friendly thickener as mentioned below.
If you are likely to be making a lot of keto stews then it’s well worth seeking out some xantham gum, or in this case use keto wheat flour. Just half a teaspoon of this common food (xantham gum) additive will work wonders in thickening up your dish.
Why Is My Beef Tough?
If you have used a cut of beef that’s suitable for stewing, tough meat is likely down to it not being cooked long enough.
Tougher cuts need a longer time to break down and become tender, and while this should happen after an hour or so of cooking it can sometimes take longer.
For a foolproof method, you could always make this Instant Pot Keto Beef Stew in the slow cooker for beautifully tender beef that melts in the mouth.
What Should I Serve With Instant Pot Beef Stew?
A warm bowl of Instant Pot Keto Beef Stew is a delicious meal all on its own, but if you would like to add something else to the dish you have a couple of low-carb options.
You can pile your stew onto a bed of riced or mashed cauliflower, or you could simply bulk it up with an extra serving of vegetables.
If you aren’t too concerned about the carbs, by all means go ahead and serve your beef stew with a generous helping of buttery mashed potatoes.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
To thicken the stew, you can use Xanthan Gum, ground flax seed, Tapioca, or Glucomannan.
To keep this stew even more keto, you can use turnip which is root vegetable that’s commonly substituted for potatoes.
You can use beef neck, chuck roast, top chuck, bottom round roast, rump roast, and top round as substitute for beef stew meat.
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Keto Low Carb Beef Stew
- 4 Tbsp. Olive Oil
- 1 Large Turnip Peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 3 Large carrots
- 1 Onion Chopped fine
- 3 Garlic cloves Minced
- 6 Tbsp. Tomato paste
- 4 Lbs. Boneless beef chuck-eye roast, pulled apart at seams, trimmed, and cut into 1 ½-inch pieces. Or use 2 lbs. chuck-eye roast and 2 lbs beef neck pieces as used in this recipe.
- 2 ½ Cups Water
- 2 ½ Tsp. Kosher salt
- 1 Tsp. Ground pepper
- 4 Thyme sprigs Fresh
- 2 Tbsp. Dried parsley flakes
- ½ Keto wheat flour
- 2 Bay leaves
- In the instant pot, click on Sautee and set the timer to 30 minutes. Add the oil, and once heated, add the onions, turnip, and carrots. Cook for 5 minutes. Then add the garlic. Add in the tomato paste. Stir. Then add the meat. Stir. Add the water and the flour. Stir. Then add the salt and pepper, and herbs. Cover and turn the knob to sealing.
- Click on cancel then press pressure cook and adjust the timer to 50 minutes. Click on high. Serve warm with desired side.
Wow! This stew is SO tasty! I made this for dinner tonight and was feeling skeptical sinice the ingredients seemed very basic. I was worried I would be left with a flavorless runny stew with bland meat- boy was I wrong! This stew was thick, tasty, savory, deliciousness! I did make one change; I cooked it stovetop instead of in the instapot. I added 4.5 cups water instead of the 2 called for and I cooked it low and slow for 1 hour 15 minutes with the lid ajar to let excess moisture escape. It was REALLY good. Ill definitely be making this again. Thanks so much for this delicious Lego stew recipe! 🙂
Thank you very much for making the stew. We are very glad you enjoyed it 🙂 Cheers!
This looks so gorgeous!
Than you, Michelle!
This is such a good stew during the cold days.