10 net carbs

Beef stew

Enjoy the timeless flavors of our low-carb beef stew. Tender beef and nutritious vegetables in a savory, herb-infused broth, offering a comforting meal that perfectly fits your low-carb lifestyle.

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Beef stew

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Low-carb beef stew [Keto]

Total Diabetes Wellness
Experience the comforting flavors of a timeless favorite with our low-carb beef stew recipe. Tender chunks of beef chuck roast with nutritious vegetables are simmered to perfection in a flavorful broth seasoned with herbs and savory seasonings. This satisfying dish embodies the essence of homemade comfort food while aligning with your low-carb lifestyle. Whether it's a chilly evening or simply a craving for a hearty meal, our beef stew promises both nourishment and taste, making it a delightful addition to your favorite recipes.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Course Lunch and Dinner, Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Net Carbs 10 g
*Net carbs are per serving


  • 2 pounds beef chuck roast, cut into bite-size pieces
  • salt and black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 pound turnips, peeled and cubed
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, quartered
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum

Garnish: fresh thyme or parsley


  • Season the beef with salt and pepper on all sides.
  • In a large Dutch oven or pot over medium heat, heat the oil. Once the oil is hot, add the beef in a single layer and sear all sides until browned. *You’ll likely need to work in batches. Remove the beef to a bowl and set aside. Continue until all the meat is browned, adding additional oil as needed between batches.
    Top view of beef chunks searing in a large pot to make low-carb beef stew.
  • Add ½ cup beef broth and vinegar to the Dutch oven, and scrape up the caramelized bits stuck to the bottom of the pan.
    Top view of deglazing a pot, cooking low-carb beef stew.
  • Add the beef back to the Dutch oven, the remaining beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, and tomato paste, stir until well combined. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a low simmer. Add the rosemary, thyme, and bay leaves. Cover and cook on low for 1½ hours, or until the beef is tender.
    Top view of cooking low-carb beef stew with beef broth and beef chuck simmering with fresh thyme, rosemary, and bay leaves.
  • Remove the rosemary, thyme, and bay leaves from the Dutch oven. Add the turnips, carrots, onion, mushrooms, celery, and garlic. Stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
    Top view of a large pot cooking low-carb beef stew with chopped vegetables added - celery, mushrooms, garlic, carrots, onion, and turnips.
  • Remove ½ cup of the broth from the Dutch oven to a small measuring cup or bowl. Add the xanthan gum and whisk well until well combined. Return to the Dutch oven and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.
    Top view of cooking low-carb beef stew, using xanthan gum to thicken the broth.
  • Garnish with fresh thyme or parsley before serving. Enjoy!
    Keto low-carb beef stew served in a white bowl next to a large pot of beef stew.



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Fresh rosemary and thyme work best for this recipe, but if you don’t have access to fresh herbs, you can use dried herbs instead. Use ½ – 1 teaspoon of each dried herb, according to your preference.


Potatoes are a staple traditional stew ingredient. However, because they’re high in carbohydrates, potatoes aren’t commonly included in low-carb meals. Turnips are a great alternative to potatoes in low-carb cooking. They have a similar texture when cooked and can absorb the flavors of the stew.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this low-carb beef stew recipe Keto?

Yes, our low-carb beef stew is Keto. One serving is 10 grams of net carbs. You can also reduce the total carb count by cutting the amount of carrots and turnips in half.

Is this recipe gluten-free?

Yes! Our beef stew recipe is gluten-free. If you are on a gluten-free diet, make sure to double-check the ingredients of the Worcestershire sauce you use. We use and recommend Lea & Perrins Original Worcestershire Sauce; it’s available almost everywhere and is gluten-free.

Storage and Reheating Guidelines

  • Make-ahead: Our low-carb beef stew can be prepared ahead of time, making it a convenient option for busy schedules. Simply follow the recipe instructions, allow the stew to cool completely, then store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.
  • Storing leftovers: Leftover low-carb beef stew should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It can be kept for up to three to four days.
  • Freezing instructions: To freeze leftover low-carb beef stew, transfer it to a freezer-safe container or resealable plastic bag (or portion into individual serving sizes). The stew can be frozen for up to three months.
  • To reheat: Thaw frozen low-carb beef stew overnight in the refrigerator. Once thawed, reheat the stew gently on the stovetop over low heat, stirring occasionally until heated through. Alternatively, microwave individual portions, heating in short intervals and stirring between each until warmed.

Additional Details

Beef stew has a fascinating history, deeply rooted in cultures worldwide. Originally, stewing tough cuts of meat was a method to make them tender by slow-cooking them in liquid over low heat. Over the years, this simple dish evolved into a beloved comfort food enjoyed by people from all walks of life. Today, beef stew remains a timeless favorite, loved for its rich flavor, comfort, and heartiness. Our low-carb beef stew recipe is a tasty and wholesome option tailored for individuals managing diabetes.

Details about ingredients

  • Beef chuck: Beef chuck adds rich flavor and protein to our stew. This lean cut of beef provides essential nutrients such as iron, zinc, and vitamin B12, which are important for energy production and immune function.
  • Turnips: These root vegetables add a satisfying texture to the stew while being low in carbohydrates. Turnips are rich in fiber, vitamin C, and potassium, supporting digestive health, immune function, and blood pressure regulation.
  • Carrots: Carrots are packed with beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant that promotes eye health and supports immune function.
  • Mushrooms: Mushrooms are a good source of vitamins B and D, as well as antioxidants like selenium, which helps protect cells from damage and supports thyroid function.
  • Celery: Celery is low in calories and rich in water, making it a hydrating and nutritious choice. Celery also contains antioxidants and fiber, which promote digestive health and may help lower inflammation.
  • Onions: Onions are rich in antioxidants like quercetin, which has anti-inflammatory properties and may help lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
  • Beef broth: Beef broth is the base of our stew. It is rich in collagen, gelatin, and amino acids, which support joint health, gut integrity, and immune function.
  • Red wine vinegar: Red wine vinegar contains acetic acid, which may help regulate blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity.
  • Tomato paste: Tomato paste is a concentrated source of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that may reduce the risk of heart disease and certain types of cancer.


  • Add different vegetables: Customize your stew by adding your favorite vegetables. Consider adding bell peppers, zucchini, or cauliflower for added color and texture.
  • Use different proteins: Switch up the protein in your stew by using chicken, turkey, or even tofu instead of beef. Adjust the cooking time accordingly to ensure your protein is cooked through.
  • Add beans or lentils: Boost the fiber and protein content of your stew by adding beans or lentils. Choose low-carb options like black beans or lentils, and remember to adjust the cooking time as needed.
  • Make it spicier: Add a kick to your stew by incorporating spicy ingredients like chili peppers, hot sauce, or red pepper flakes.
  • Top with cheese or sour cream: For added richness and flavor, top your stew with a dollop of shredded cheese or a spoonful of sour cream. This adds a creamy texture and a burst of flavor to each bite.

Serving pairings

  • Green salad: Serve your stew with a fresh green salad tossed for a refreshing and nutritious side dish.
  • Steamed vegetables: Pair your stew with a side of steamed vegetables such as broccoli, green beans, or asparagus.
  • Roasted vegetables: Roast a medley of vegetables, such as carrots, Brussels sprouts, and sweet potatoes, to serve alongside your stew for a hearty and satisfying meal.
  • Low-carb bread: Opt for a slice of low-carb bread or a keto-friendly roll to enjoy with your stew.

Benefits for people with diabetes

For individuals managing diabetes, our low-carb beef stew is a smart choice, offering a range of benefits in a tasty meal. This stew helps keep blood sugar levels steady, thanks to its mix of lean protein from beef chuck roast, healthy fats, and fiber-rich vegetables like turnips, carrots, mushrooms, celery, and onions. By slowing down how fast the body digests and absorbs carbs, the combo of protein, fat, and fiber in our stew helps prevent sudden spikes in blood sugar that can happen with high-carb meals.


For the best results when making our low-carb beef stew, keep these tips in mind:

  • Cut your veggies into similar sizes for even cooking and a nice presentation.
  • Browning the beef before cooking gives the stew extra flavor.
  • Fresh herbs taste best, but you can use dried ones if that’s what you have.
  • Let the stew simmer slowly to make the meat extra tender, and let the flavors mix.
  • Store any leftovers in the fridge for up to three days, or freeze them for later.

Our low-carb beef stew is a delicious and nutritious option for those managing diabetes. Packed with protein, healthy fats, and fiber-rich vegetables, it helps keep blood sugar levels stable while satisfying your taste buds. The slow cooking process allows the flavors to meld together beautifully, creating a comforting and hearty meal. Whether you’re looking for a wholesome dinner option or a make-ahead meal for busy days, our low-carb beef stew is sure to become a favorite in your kitchen. So, next time you’re craving a satisfying dish that’s both healthy and delicious, give our low-carb beef stew a try—you won’t be disappointed!

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