Syn Free Campfire Stew | Slimming World

This Syn Free Campfire Stew has to be one of the easiest, yet tastiest Slimming World friendly recipes we’ve done so far.

Syn Free Campfire Stew | Slimming World

Just throw the ingredients into your slow cooker, before you out go to work in the morning and come home to the fab smoky aroma.

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 👍

It’s syn free on the Slimming World extra easy plan and it goes with practically anything.

Syn Free Creamy Mashed Potatoes, jacket potatoes, pasta, Syn Free Rustic Potato Wedges or even our Syn free Savoury rice!

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Our Syn free Rustic Wedges

There’s no need for any stock or salt, so make sure to wait till it’s finished cooking then try it before adding any.

Gammon can be quite salty sometimes, and it’s best to air on the side of caution.

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If you’ve been following Slimming World for a while you’ll probably already have most of the ingredients, beans, kidney beans, chopped tomatoes etc, in your cupboard already.

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They are Slimming World staples afterall, so the only other thing you’ll need for this recipe is a slow cooker or a pressure cooker (we’ve included both methods below!)

Why you should use a Digital Pressure Cooker for this Syn Free Campfire Stew

What can I say about digital pressure cooker’s such as the Instant Pot, Pressure King Pro or Tower Health One Pot? They’re like a slow cooker/pressure cooker hybrid, and they’re probably one of our favourite, and most used kitchen gadgets. It makes cooking this Syn Free Campfire Stew SO much easier.

This Syn Free Campfire Stew only takes around 40 minutes in the pressure cooker. Which is fabulous if you’re in a rush, or don’t feel too happy about leaving the slow cooker on for a long period of time.

If you don’t have a pressure cooker you can cook this Syn Free Campfire Stew in a pan on the stove or even the slow cooker, just adjust the cooking time accordingly.

There are a few different digital pressure cookers available. We use an Instant Pot, but we’ve heard very good things about the Pressure King Pro and the Tower Health One Pot Express.

You can read what we think about the Instant Pot in our Instant Pot Review.

The Slow Cooker

If you don’t have an Instant Pot, don’t worry. You can still make this in a slow cooker. It will just take a little longer (5-6 hours).

Slow cookers are great if you just want to throw everything in and have your dinner ready when you walk through the door.

You can pick up a slow cooker like this one from Amazon.

How many Syns are in this Syn Free Campfire Stew?

Not only is this Syn Free, but it also contains quite a lot of Speed Food.

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You can add in even more if you like, there really is no limit! You can even have it if you’re following Extra Easy SP.

How do I make this Syn Free Campfire 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 👍

How to make Syn Free Camp Fire Stew in the Slow Cooker

Step 1

Soak the gammon joint over night in cold water if necessary.

Step 2

Reserve half of the sliced peppers, and add all the rest of the ingredients to the slow cooker, stir well and switch on.

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Step 3

Set slow cooker to the high setting and cook for 6-8 hours on high (you can leave it on longer)

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Step 4

15-30 minutes before the end of cooking stir in the reserved peppers.

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Step 5

After 6 hours, check consistency of sauce and tenderness of meat. The meat should be starting to fall apart and sauce thickening.

You can remove the lid and cook on high to finish the meat and thicken the sauce if necessary.

Step 6

The meat should have broken up, but if not shred it in the slow cooker with two forks and mix well before serving.

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How to make Syn Free Camp Fire Stew in the Instant Pot

Step 1

Soak the gammon joint over night in cold water if necessary.

Step 2

Reserve half of the sliced peppers, and add all the rest of the ingredients to the Instant Pot, stir well.

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Step 3

Turn valve to “sealing” and cook on Manual for 40 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally.

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Step 4

Stir in the remaining peppers, close the lid, turn valve to “sealing” and cook on Manual for 0 minutes.

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The Instant Pot will reach pressure, then let the pressure release naturally.

Step 5

The meat should have broken up, but if not shred it in the Instant Pot with two forks and mix well before serving.

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How to make this Syn Free Campfire Stew in the Oven

Step 1

Soak the gammon joint over night in cold water if necessary

Step 2

Reserve half of the sliced peppers, and add all the rest of the ingredients to the casserole dish, stir well and cover with a tight fitting lid.

Step 3

Cook for 2-3 hours at 170-180°C, checking every 30 minutes or so to make sure the liquid hasn’t evaporated.

Step 4

Check the consistency of sauce and tenderness of meat. The meat should be starting to fall apart and sauce thickening.

Step 5

You can remove the lid and continue cooking to finish the meat and thicken the sauce if necessary.

Step 6

The meat should have broken up, but if not shred it in the slow cooker with two forks and mix well.

Step 7

15 minutes before the end of cooking stir in the reserved peppers and serve.

Can I freeze this Syn Free Campfire Stew?

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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.

Make sure it’s piping hot before serving!

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Syn Free Campfire Stew

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INGREDIENTS
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INSTRUCTIONS
In the Slow Cooker
  1. Soak the gammon joint over night in cold water if necessary
  2. Reserve half of the sliced peppers, and add all the rest of the ingredients to the slow cooker, stir well and switch on
  3. Set slow cooker to high setting and cook for 6-8 hours on high (you can leave it on longer)
  4. 30 minutes before the end of cooking stir in the reserved peppers
  5. After 6 hours, check consistency of sauce and tenderness of meat. The meat should be starting to fall apart and sauce thickening. You can remove the lid and cook on high to finish the meat and thicken the sauce if necessary
  6. The meat should have broken up, but if not shred it in the slow cooker with two forks and mix well before serving
In the Instant Pot
  1. Soak the gammon joint over night in cold water if necessary
  2. Reserve half of the sliced peppers, and add all the rest of the ingredients to the Instant Pot, stir well
  3. Turn valve to "sealing" and cook on Manual for 40 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally
  4. Stir in the remaining peppers, close the lid, turn valve to "sealing" and cook on Manual for 0 minutes. The Instant Pot will reach pressure, then let the pressure release naturally
  5. The meat should have broken up, but if not shred it in the Instant Pot with two forks and mix well before serving
In the oven
  1. Soak the gammon joint over night in cold water if necessary
  2. Reserve half of the sliced peppers, and add all the rest of the ingredients to the casserole dish, stir well and cover with a tight fitting lid
  3. Cook for 2-3 hours at 170-180°C, checking every 30 minutes or so
  4. Check the consistency of sauce and tenderness of meat. The meat should be starting to fall apart and sauce thickening
  5. You can remove the lid and continue cooking to finish the meat and thicken the sauce if necessary
  6. The meat should have broken up, but if not shred it in the slow cooker with two forks and mix well
  7. 15 minutes before the end of cooking stir in the reserved peppers and serve

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RECIPE NOTES

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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104 Comments
  1. I’ve just popped this in the slow cooker, am I right that there is no stock? Does water come off the gammon to make the sauce? Thanks!

  2. Yes that’s right – the moisture from the gammon and the tinned tomatoes/added sauces will make the sauce 🙂

  3. I purchased the Instant Pot a few weeks back because of your recipes, and it is FANTASTIC. I followed this recipe and cooked a 1.4kg gammon joint in there for 80 minutes under high pressure (40 minutes first which wasn’t enough as the gammon wasn’t cooked in the middle, so after another 40 minutes it was perfect) The flavors are incredibly rich. It was delicious and oh so easy. Thank you

  4. Would this work if you used kidney beans in chilli sauce (which are free) rather than regular kidney beans, or would that be too spicy / too liquidy? Thanks! 🙂

  5. What size gammon joint do you recommend please? Want to make sure I don’t use one that is too big and therefore make the sauce too dry.

  6. I love this recipe for Campfire stew and it’s become a weekly meal that my husband enjoys! Throw it all in and your good to go! Really tasty and moreish! I love this meal with a jacket potato and lots of green veg such as cabbage, green beans and make sprouts! There’s always lots leftover so I often have it two days in a row!

    1. Hi Raq
      We’ve heard from people that have used beef instead of the gammon joint, but we’ve not tried it ourselves. It might need cooking a little bit longer than the gammon would

      1. Thank you so much for your reply…If you’ve not tried it with beef then I’m not!! Will stick to what I know with the gammon! Thanks again, xx

  7. Might be a weird question but could I prep this the night before and cover in the fridge just to stick in the slow cooker in the morning? As quick as it is a can’t handle strong spells (garlic and onions mainly) first thing in the morning! Thanks

    1. Hi Vicki
      That’s a great idea. Make sure you seal the dish completely with cling film before you put it into the fridge. (Remember to remove the cling film when you switch your slow cooker on!) Let us know how you get on. 🙂

    2. I always do this as I have very early starts in the morning and don’t like to start prepping dinner at 6am. So do it the night before and put the slow cooker bowl in the fridge over night. Don’t waste plastic by using cling film, just use the lid for the slow cooker. I often start it as soon as I get up on high then turn it down to low before I go to work (normally around an hour) to get it started. Otherwise on low it would take a long time to start cookIng because everything is very cold.

    1. Hi Tara
      You could use some butternut squash in place of the carrots and leave the celery out if it’s not your cup of tea! Hope that helps.

    1. Hi Jenny
      The slow cooker doesn’t allow liquid to evaporate, so the meat stays moist and becomes very tender.
      You could make this in the oven, but you’ll need to add extra liquid, then cook it low and slow to allow the meat to become tender enough to break up readily. 🙂

    1. Hi Kathy
      Frank’s Hot Sauce just happens to be our favourite, but there are many other hot sauces available. You’ll usually find them with the condiments and table sauces in the supermarket. 🙂

    1. Hi Susan
      Chicken breast wouldn’t take as much time as the pieces are smaller than a gammon joint. You could reduce the cooking time, but you will obviously need to check that the chicken is cooked through completely. 🙂

  8. A bit unclear if this is 6-8 hrs in the slow cooker on low, medium or high as you say ‘set to medium to high & cook on low for 6-8 hrs’. Is it just me or is this a little confusing please? Maggie

    1. Hi Maggie
      Apologies, the recipe was written up after a long day of cooking/filming/photographing! The instructions have now been rewritten. You need to use the high setting on the slow cooker. 🙂

    1. Hi Lisa
      Apologies, the recipe was written up after a long day of cooking/filming/photographing! The instructions have now been rewritten. You need to use the high setting on the slow cooker. 🙂

    1. Hi Linda
      We have amended the list of ingredients – it should have read 3 peppers. You can choose any colour you like. 🙂

    1. Hi Jackie
      We advise an overnight soak as gammon can often be quite salty. If possible, try to change the water at least once during the soaking process, too.

  9. Do you have to soak the gammon overnight? I’m wanting to have this tomorrow but will be getting the ingredients in the morning

    1. Hi Jo
      It’s personal taste, really. We advise an overnight soak as gammon can often be quite salty. If possible, try to change the water at least once during the soaking process, too.
      If you don’t have time to soak overnight, put the joint in a pan of cold water, bring to the boil, drain and repeat. Then follow the recipe as before. Hope that helps. 🙂

  10. I just did this in the instant pot the sauce is cooked but the gammons not 😩 not sure where we’ve gone wrong… just popped the meat in the oven but it’s so tough 😔

    1. Hi Lucy
      Did you use NPR both times as recommended during the cooking process? If you use QPR instead, this can make the meat pretty tough.

    1. Hi Barbara
      You can use either smoked or unsmoked gammon. (It’s a good idea to soak the gammon overnight to make sure it’s not too salty.)

  11. Hi made this today and enjoyed by the whole family my only fault with it was how salty it was even though I used an unsmoked Gammon joint and soaked it overnight although I didn’t change the water so that may have helped.
    Is there any cooking tips to reduce the saltiness of any dishes??

    1. Hi Sean
      When soaking the gammon overnight, it helps to change the water a couple of times if possible. Putting a raw, peeled potato into the pot as the gammon soaks will help too. Another tip, if you can, is to change the water and bring the gammon to the boil, then repeat with fresh water, bring to the boil again, then go ahead with the recipe. Hope that helps. 🙂

  12. Hi have all ingredients but don’t have hot sauce as supermarket didn’t have it, will it taste ok without for this time, first time to make it and I’ll be using my oven so will I add some water to the sauce thanks in advance 🙂

    1. Hi Sam
      You could try changing the ingredients for something like stock and cannellini beans, but it’ll obviously give you a different result! Please let us know how you get on if you decide to try it. 🙂

    1. Hi Karen
      As long as you refrigerated the leftovers as soon as they were cool, it’s great to reheat the next day. Timings would depend on the size of the portion and the wattage (power) of the microwave. Check that the reheated campfire stew is piping hot before serving.

  13. I made this for tea today and it is fabulous! So easy and pretty much all staple SW ingredients. Thank you for all the great recipes!

    1. Hi Hannah
      You can use chicken, but you will probably need to adjust cooking times, as chicken won’t take as long. 🙂

  14. Tried this for the first time today but without the hot sauce as its not my cup of tea. It was lovely and have plenty left for leftovers. Thank you for a lovely recipe, I have recommended your site to friends and look forward to trying more of your food

  15. What’s the best way to reheat this? I have a large portion to reheat so won’t all fit in microwave, can it be reheated in oven or in a saucepan?
    Thanks x

  16. Hi. Hoping to try this in the oven as no slow cooker. May be a daft question, but do I discard all the water the gammon has been soaking in as will be very salty. I often cook whole gammons discard water before cooking. Thank you

  17. Trying this tomorrow- my gammon is 1.5kg so will I have to double rest of the igredients and cooking time? (Slow cooker). Thanks.

    1. Hi Paula
      The biggest issue about doubling everything will be fitting it in the slow cooker! The other option (depending on how many servings you need) would be to cut the gammon joint in half and freeze half for another time.

  18. Just wondered would this work withou the baked beans? My hubby really doesn’t like them but not sure if it would taste right or if the sauce would thicken without them.
    Thanks

    1. Hi Claire
      You can switch the baked beans for an extra tin of tomatoes and add some extra speed veg to bulk out the dish. The flavour will be altered slightly, but it will still be tasty! (You’re not the first to ask the question!) 🙂

  19. Made this yesterday for the very first time, it most definitely will not be the last!!! I did think when I had put all the ingredients in (saving half the peppers for later on in the cooking) that it didnt have enough liquid, but I was wrong. About an hour or so into cooking the liquid came from the vegetables and made its own stock. At about 4 hours in I tried the gammon joint and thought this is no way going to become “pulled” again, be patient as at 5.5 hours cooking it did just that. It was at this point I added the reserved peppers. By 6 hours of cooking with the smell driving us crazy we tucked in and I put this with what I call “dirty chips” SW chips made in the usual way, when nearly cooked add a clove of crushed garlic and 2 fresh chillies for the last 5 minutes of cooking. Remove from oven and add 20g of grated lower fat cheese. The only different tweak I made to the recipe was to add a teaspoon of chilli flakes (it says a pinch) and also 2 fresh chilli’s but we like things hot. This is one of THE most incredible recipes I have EVER made! Thanks Pinch of Nom!!!!

    1. Hi David
      Just switch the celery for another speed vegetable! Peppers, carrots, even some diced butternut squash. Using smoked or unsmoked is just down to personal preference.
      I like to use an unsmoked gammon joint and I soak it overnight, changing the water a couple of times. 🙂

  20. Wow, so nice…and easy!!
    I used the slow cooker and the recipe was spot on. I accidentally forgot to buy paprika but it was fine. I added some fennel and parsley. Bought 750g unsmoked gammon from Aldi, cut off the little fat that was on it and soaked it overnight before putting it on to cook the next morning. 8 hours later it was perfect. Celery isn’t strong, it creates a mild flavour once cooked. Partner had it with potato croquettes and I had a salad. Sooo filling. Will DEFINITELY be making this again 🙂

  21. Yummy! 😋 This was so easy to make and myself along with my three children loved this. I served it with SW jacket wedges. Loads left over so have freeze in single portions for those days I can’t be bothered to cook. Would be great with rice or pasta so will try that next time. Thanks for the recipe andI simply love your website full of lovely recipes. I’ve tried many and they never disappoint.😘

    1. Hi Helen
      I don’t have a PKP, but I’ve googled the settings and I would think that the stew setting would work for you. Hope that helps.

  22. I have this in my slow cooker at home… I used Red Kidney Beans in Chilli as that was all I had and also added a little bit of water as I hadn’t read the comments.

    Will it be ok? Not fussed if its more spicy than usual as we love hot food!

    Thanks

    1. Hi Alice
      The red kidney beans in chilli sauce will be fine, really tasty! The recipe doesn’t need any more water, as the vegetables and the gammon produce plenty of liquid. To help the sauce thicken, you should leave the lid off the slow cooker to allow the excess liquid to evaporate.

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