Syn Free Beef Stew | Slimming World

Ok so stew. We love stew. It basically falls into the Winter comfort foods category and with our Great British Weather it can feel wintry in April. Having said that this, Slimming World friendly Syn Free Beef Stew can be eaten all year round, whatever the weather.
syn free beef stew

For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb 👍

What’s wrong with a Low Syn Slow Cooker Sausage Casserole in the summer?! Today was actually sunny for once (shocker) but still very very cold. I knew I had to try my hand at stew in the Instant Pot. And so I did. The beef was so tender, the veg perfect and of course having a complete meal in 35-40 minutes doesn’t hurt either.

I didn’t use wine in this Syn Free version though it would be delicious, as I typically try to avoid alcohol on Slimming World.

Either way, I am sure you could pour in a glass (just be sure to Syn it) and it would turn out divine! Alternatively, you could add a Tesco Red Wine Stock Pot, which are Syn Free.

What is an Instant Pot?

I get it, I’m little bit obsessed. For the past few months I’ve cooked at least 3 meals a week in my new Instant Pot. I would apologize but nope, I’m not going to! Mainly because, this thing is bloody AMAZING!!! I’ve made syn free meatballs in gravy, hardboiled eggs, and now beef stew in this brand new treasure of mine & to say I’m smitten is a bit of an understatement! I can’t believe not only the simplicity of this machine but the time in which it takes to cook all this glorious food. I also love that it automatically switches over to the warm feature so if you aren’t there to babysit your creation, the Instant Pot will make sure it doesn’t go cold. How good is that?!

It’s basically a super duper Slow Cooker with a whole heap of other functions. It’s the safest pressure cooker out there – and you can have Pulled Pork cooked in just an hour! Yes, an hour! Grab one on Amazon, and if you follow us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter we’ll let you know when ever it’s on offer.

Whenever we need to replace oil in cooking we use Frylight. Perfect for everyday frying and cooking, it delivers exactly one calorie per spray, which makes it Syn free! The Sunflower or Rapeseed Oil flavours are ideal for this Syn Free Beef Stew recipe.

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Syn Free Beef Stew

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Rating: 3.74
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Prep Time

Cooking Time

people 10 minutes 1 hour



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513kcal 6

Smart Points (Flex/Freestyle)



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  1. Turn your Instant Pot onto “Saute” and spray some Frylight into it and put the beef in
  2. Saute until the meat is no longer pink then toss in all the veg. Don't worry if the steak brows on the bottom, just keep stirring.
  3. Add in the beef stock, spices & seasonings
  4. Make it bubble then place the lid on your Instant Pot - make sure it locks and press “Stew/Meat”. The setting will automatically set itself for 35 minutes on high pressure. Make sure the steam valve is closed and let it cook as indicated by the timer. It may take a while for it to come up to pressure - it's fine!
  5. Once cooking is complete, your Instant Pot should automatically switch over to warm. Leave the steam valve naturally for 20 minutes.
  6. Open the lid and if the stew isn't thick enough for you then add some smash. Be aware this is a tweak if you do this! We don't find it needs thickening, but the Smash is an option!
  7. Taste - if it needs more salt then add some. Better to add in more at this stage instead of over salting at the beginning. No one likes salty stew! Serve or keep on the "Keep Warm" setting until you're ready to serve.

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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.


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  1. I tried this today in my slow cooker and it is delicious … did need a little thickening but only because in a slow cooker you use more liquid I suppose. Also I added sliced mushrooms for the last hour of cooking … yummy. Thank you for sharing your recipe x

    1. Hi Sharon!

      So glad you liked it! We’ll be putting a few more slow cooking recipes up this week, so keep your eyes peeled.

    1. Hi Sarah
      As dumplings are notoriously high in Syns, we haven’t suggested them in this recipe.
      Besides, it would be tricky to work out timings for adding dumplings mid-way through cooking in the Instant pot due to pressure release and re-pressurising the pot. If you wanted dumplings, it would be better to cook in conventional oven in a casserole dish. 🙂

    1. Hi Anne
      You need to follow steps 1-3 in a pan on the hob to brown the beef, then transfer to slow cooker and cook on high for 4-5 hours, or until the beef is tender. 🙂

  2. Thsi stew was probably the best I’ve ever tasted. I did it in the slow cooker and although there are only 3 in my house, there’s enough for another 3 servings. I particularly loved that I put speed in and it only added more taste. I used a low sugar tin of baked beans instead of butter beans. And Candarell granulated sugar for the balsamic paste. However, I will make this stew a regular in my house. It’s ideal for slow cooking and kids will love it with the tomatoey taste.

    1. Hi Kelly
      The vegetables will all release water as they cook, so 250ml will be plenty of water in a slow cooker. 🙂

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