Slow Cooker Balsamic Beef Stew

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This is a great recipe if you’re calorie counting or following a diet plan like Weight Watchers, as it contains a decent amount of veg to fill you up. Plus, you can always serve it with some extra veg (we had steamed mange tout and broccoli with ours)

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We love slow cooker recipes as you can just throw everything in and leave it to do it’s thing all day. We use an Instant Pot for all our slow cooker recipes, but you use any slow cooker, or you can even cook it in a covered casserole dish in the oven.

As for what sort of meat you use in this, you can use pretty much any type of steak. Obviously the better the quality the more tender it will be.

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The Olive Oil flavour is ideal for this Balsamic Slow Cooker Beef Stew recipe.

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people 10 minutes 6 hours

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383kcal 6

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INGREDIENTS
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INSTRUCTIONS
If you're using the Instant Pot
  1. First dissolve the stock cubes in the boiling water
  2. Spray the instant pot with Frylight. Set to saute and add the diced onion and garlic
  3. Cook for a few minutes until they start to soften
  4. Add the beef and cook until it starts to colour
  5. Add the peppers, carrots, tomato puree, tinned tomatoes, potatoes, mushrooms and paprika and stir well
  6. Add the stock, it should just come to the top of the ingredients. If it doesn't don't worry, it will be fine
  7. Turn off the saute feature, then set the Instant Pot to slow cook on 'Normal' for 5 - 6 hours
  8. While the stew is cooking make the Balsamic Glaze - Put the Balsamic Vinegar in a small pan, add the sweetener and bring to the boil. Turn it down and simmer until it has reduced by half. You can make the glaze in advance and store it in an airtight container in the fridge
  9. About 30 minutes before you are ready to serve add the butter beans and stir in the reduced Balsamic glaze
  10. Serve with whatever veg you like
If you're using a regular slow cooker
  1. First dissolve the stock cubes in the boiling water
  2. Spray a large pan with Frylight, and saute the diced onion and garlic on a medium heat, until they start to soften
  3. Add the beef and cook until it starts to colour
  4. Add the peppers, carrots, tomato puree, tinned tomatoes, potatoes and paprika and stir well
  5. Add the stock, it should just come to the top of the ingredients. If it doesn't don't worry, it will be fine
  6. Bring the pan to the boil, then transfer the contents into the slow cooker and cook on medium for 5 - 6 hours
  7. While the stew is cooking make the Balsamic Glaze - Put the Balsamic Vinegar in a small pan, add the sweetener and bring to the boil. Turn it down and simmer until it has reduced by half. You can make the glaze in advance and store it in an airtight container in the fridge
  8. About 30 minutes before you are ready to serve add the butter beans and stir in the reduced Balsamic glaze

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RECIPE NOTES

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This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

- Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
- Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.
- Defrost thoroughly before reheating (you can use the defrost setting on your microwave.)
- Make sure it is piping hot all the way through before serving.

If making this recipe Gluten Free please make sure to check the ingredients that you’re using

Especially things such as; 

- Stock cubes
- Soy sauce - substitute with Tamari.
- Worcestershire sauce - substitute with Henderson’s Relish.
- Etc.

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21 Comments
  1. Made this using pork instead of beef. WOW. WOW. WOW. Delicious is all. Defo one to make again and again with any meat. Thank you for the recipe 😀

  2. Would love to try this but don’t have a slow cooker or instant pot. Please could you advise how to cook in just an electric oven. Thank you x

  3. I’ve always hated butter beans as a kid…. something about the slimy texture…. anyway my question: can you tell that they are butter beans when in a stew…. or does it just help with thickening up the stew??

    1. So glad I read through the comments. I didn’t know you could you could change the number of servings. I know you can reduce ingredients but this is so good to know. I am always saying how difficult it is as I am single and don’t like to freeze things or have the same dis a couple of days running.

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