Keto Beef Stew {Instant Pot, Crock-Pot, On the Stove}

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This keto beef stew is the ultimate cold-weather comfort food. It’s hearty, cozy, perfect for a family weeknight winter dinner. The beef is meltingly tender simmered in a delicious broth with celery, turnips, green beans, and onion. 

keto beef stew

I love to serve the beef stew with keto dinner rolls or keto cornbread to soak up all the heavenly gravy at the bottom.  

For me, cold weather instantly means warm, hearty stews and soups. There’s nothing more comforting than a low carb beef stew. 

This low carb beef stew is super easy to prep in just 15 minutes, plus some extra time to cook in the Instant Pot, on the stove, or in the Crock-Pot. Using an Instant pot to make stew means chopping all the ingredients, and in less than an hour, dinner is served!

Reasons You’ll Love This Keto Beef Stew Recipe

  • the meat is meltingly tender
  • a classic comfort food recipe that’s easy to make
  • a one pot meal
  • super hearty and flavorful
  • ready in just 30 minutes

Keto Beef Stew with a Secret Ingredient

The traditional beef stew recipe is made with potatoes. We all know that potatoes are slightly high in carbs and not suitable for a keto diet! The secret of making low carb beef stew is TURNIPS!

Turnips taste similar to potatoes but lower in carbs, are tender sweet, and crunchy.

easy to make beef stew keto recipe

Ingredients in Keto Beef Stew

  • beef stew meat– chuck roast is my favorite cut of beef for stews.
  • Turnips – best replacement I’ve found for potatoes. They have a neutral taste and a similar texture to potatoes. No turnips? No worries! You can use cauliflower florets, zucchini cubes, celeriac root, and still make the best keto beef stew!
  • vegetables such as celery, green beans (lower carbs than peas), carrots, medium onion, and garlic for texture and flavor.
  • beef broth – To make this instant pot beef stew even healthier, use beef bone broth.
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Olive Oil or Butter
  • Seasonings – salt, pepper, Italian Seasoning, Worcestershire Sauce, red pepper flakes optional
  • Fresh parsley 
brown beef for beef stew

How to Make Keto Beef Stew

Gather all the ingredients and allow the beef to reach room temperature before cooking. Here’s how to make the best keto beef stew recipe that needs only 15-minute prep:

  1. Prepare the veggies: dice the onion, mince two garlic cloves, cube the turnips, slice the celery and carrots.
  2. Trim the beef and cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces. 
  3. Brown the onions, garlic, and chunks of brown beef. Season well with salt, pepper, Italian seasoning.
  4. Add the rest of the vegetables, beef broth, tomato paste, and Worchestershire sauce. 
  5. Cook this keto-friendly beef stew. In the recipe card below, I share the instructions for Instant Pot, but this beef stew can easily be

If you can’t find turnips, cauliflower florets are just perfect!

how to make keto low carb beef stew in the instant pot

Can I Make Beef Stew Without an Instant Pot? 

Yes, you can! If you don’t have an Instant Pot, this recipe can easily be made in a slow cooker, crockpot, or on the stove. 

The instructions are similar, heat the oil in a large pan and brown the garlic, onion, and beef. 

Transfer the meat to a Crock-Pot with the rest of the veggies, beef broth, seasonings, tomato sauce, Worchestershire sauce, and cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 4 hours. When ready, garnish with freshly chopped pepper. Enjoy!

To cook on the stove, simmer until the meat is tender for about 90 minutes.

hearty beef stew with turnips and low carb vegetables

Serving Ideas

This beef stew tastes incredible on its own, but it’s delicious served with some sides:

How to Store Keto Beef Stew?

  • Fridge: Store leftovers refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
  • Freezer: If you prefer cooking larger batches, this stew is freezer friendly. Just make sure to use safe freezer containers. 

Other Low Carb Soup Recipes:

keto beef stew

Keto Beef Stew {Instant Pot, Crock-Pot, On the Stove}

5 from 15 votes

Prep time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Yelds 8 servings
Author Ioana Borcea from LowCarbSpark.com


This keto beef stew is the ultimate cold-weather comfort food. It’s hearty, cozy, perfect for a family weeknight winter dinner. The beef is meltingly tender simmered in a delicious broth with celery, turnips, green beans, and onion.
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  • 1 1/2 pound beef stew meat cubed (1 inch)
  • 2 medium turnips cubed or 6 oz cauliflower florets
  • 2-3 ribs celery sliced
  • 1 cup green beans cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 5 cups beef broth
  • 1/2 10oz can tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp olive oil or butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp Italian Seasoning
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes optional
  • Fresh parsley leaves for garnish (optional)


Instant Pot Keto Beef Stew Instructions

  • Turn on the Instant Pot “Saute” function and add olive oil or butter.
  • When the oil starts to sizzle, add the chopped onion, garlic, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning. Stir frequently until the meat is beautifully browned on all sides.
  • Pour in the beef broth scraping all the brown bits from the bottom to avoid getting an Instant pot “Burn” error.
  • Add the rest of the veggies: turnips/ cauliflower, celery, carrots, green beans.
  • Add the tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce.
  • Close the lid and turn the steam valve into the Sealing position.
  • Set the Instant Pot to cook on Manual High Pressure for 25 minutes. It will take about 10 minutes to come up to pressure.
  • When the cooking time is over, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes before doing a quick release.
  • Allow the keto beef stew to rest for a few minutes before serving garnished with freshly chopped parsley. Season with more salt and pepper, if desired.
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How do we calculate the nutrition info?

These nutrition facts listed are determined using nutrition information from the USDA Food Database. Our nutrition facts are accurate, but if you are using different products, please make your calculations. Net carb count is calculated by subtracting both fiber and sugar alcohols because they don’t raise blood sugar.

Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword beef stew
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Recipe Rating

  1. 5 stars
    Fantastic! Made it stove-top. I had no green beans or celery sadly, but 4x the onion and a lot of baby bella mushrooms and it came out fantastic! I was daring and added a splash of red wine. Husband couldn’t tell difference between this and non-keto friendly stew. Will be in frequent rotation for winter!! <3 ty ty ty

  2. I was wondering if you had an idea of about how long it might take to cook stove top instead of with an instant pot?

  3. 5 stars
    Wow, I’ve made this soup several times and it is fantastic. The only change I made was using about a tablespoon and a half of steak seasoning instead of italian seasoning and I love it so much. Who knew that turnips are such a perfect low carb sub for potatoes!!!
    Thank you so much for sharing such a great healthy recipe.

  4. Hi there, does anyone know what a serving size is? My family and I dove right in before I could divide it up into mason jars like I planned, which would have told me how many total cups of stew/divided by 8 servings, would have given me cups per serving. Now I can only guess. By the way, it was delicious, I will DEFINITELY be keeping this recpe in circulation.
    Even the ‘non-keto’ guys loved it!!

    1. I’m glad to hear you and your family enjoyed the stew so much! Based on the ingredients listed, a rough estimate for the serving size would be between 1.5 to 1.75 cups per serving. It’s a bit of an approximation since the exact volume can vary depending on how much the ingredients cook down and how much liquid evaporates during cooking. Keep enjoying that delicious recipe!

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