Sweet & Spicy Beef Stew

I have heard from quite a few of you that are wanting to see more one-dish and crockpot meals, especially since fall is coming up.  First off, I am right there with you!  Back to school time has me craving more pumpkin scented candles & warm, hearty foods.

If you are feeling in the mood for fall, or searching for something new to try out in your slow cooker, this recipe is it.  This stew is filled with tender-crisp vegetables (which can sometimes be tricky in the crockpot...), rich broth, and hearty beef.  The tomato, sweet potatoes, and bell pepper add to the sweet flavor profile, while the beef broth, garlic, and spices keep it savory.  A little heat is added through the addition of diced green chiles, and hot sauce if you want it extra spicy.  

This would be the perfect dish to warm you up after a long day at work, and is especially convenient since it cooks all day while you're away.  I also love these crockpot meals when I'm serving a crowd-- maybe you could try it next game day.  After all, fall also means football season!  :)

Makes 6 to 8 servings.

  • 1.5 lbs beef stew meat
  • 1 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 16 oz beef broth (I like the 365 brand from Whole Foods)
  • 1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes with green chiles, drained
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled & cubed
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 Tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup kale, chopped (fresh or frozen will work)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • hot sauce to taste

  1. Heat the avocado oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.  Add the beef stew meat, and sauté until all sides are browned, but the meat is not cooked through.  (This step is optional, but in only takes a few minutes.)
  2. Transfer the meat to a slow cooker, and add all remaining ingredients, except for the red bell pepper and kale (save those until the end).
  3. Give everything a good mix, and cook on low heat for 4-5 hours.  Add the kale and bell pepper, and continue cooking for one more hour.*
  4. Serve warm, topped with hot sauce and avocado if you'd like!
*I like adding the kale and bell pepper at the end so that they stay bright & colorful with a bit of crunch, and don't get too soft.  You can add them at the beginning if you'd like!

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Jenny said...

This looks really good and I love crockpot meals! Also, THANK YOU SO MUCH for the lemon larabar recipe!! Tasted JUST LIKE the real deal!! Love it!!

Jessie B said...

SO glad you loved them Jenny!!! :)

Michelle Bahr said...

OMG! This was so good. Probably my favorite paleo crock pot meal so far. It was super easy to prepare and was absolutely delicious. I will most definitely be making this again. Even my co-workers were jealous when they smelled my lunch. You might have a few more followers the next few days! Thanks!

Jessie B said...

Thank you so much for your awesome feedback Michelle! Let me know if you have any other crockpot recipe ideas that I could Paleo-fy... I love when my crockpot gets to do all my cooking :D

Anonymous said...

Delicious! I just made this and it's so good! Thank you. :)

Anonymous said...

I'm on here to review the ingredients so I can make this again. It was delicious. Thank you!

Sri Jayam said...

The color of the dish is so bright.
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