Syn Free Campfire Stew | Slimming World

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

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 👍

It’s syn free on the Slimming World extra easy plan and it goes with practically anything. Mash potatoes, jacket potatoes, pasta or even our Syn free Savoury rice!

We make ours in the Instant Pot, which is the neatest slow cooker ever.

Actually that’s wrong, it’s not just a slow cooker but a pressure cooker too! That means that you could cook this recipe with the pressure function in under an hour. Wow. You can get them over on Amazon, and they’re worth every penny.

You can add in even more speed foods if you like, there really is no limit! There’s no need for any stock/salt & make sure to wait till it’s finished cooking before adding any. Gammon can be quite salty sometimes, and it’s best to air on the side of caution.

We enjoy this with a 1/4 for our HEA sprinkled on the top. It’ll melt, go all gooey – heaven.

This is perfect to be batch cooked, and will freeze very very well. It’s perfect to add to your Meal Plan for the week!

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Syn Free Campfire Stew

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Prep Time

Cooking Time

people 30 Minutes 5-6 Hours


Weight Watchers

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409kcal 8

Smart Points



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In the Slow Cooker
  1. Soak the gammon joint over night in cold water if necessary
  2. Add all the ingredients to the slow cooker, stir well and switch on
  3. Set slow cooker to low setting and cook for 6-8 hours on low (you can leave it on longer)
  4. 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
  5. The meat should have broken up, but if not shred it in the slow cooker with two forks and mix well before serving
  6. You can also add a couple more chopped carrots 2 hours before the end of cooking, just to add a bit of extra speed and texture
In the Pressure Cooker
  1. Soak the gammon joint over night in cold water if necessary
  2. Add the gammon joint, onions, tin of tomatoes, garlic, paprika, celery & carrots, Worcestershire Sauce, chilli flakes and Hot sauce. Along with 150ml of water. Close the lid, turn valve to "sealing" and cook on Manual for 20 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients. Close the lid, turn valve to "sealing" and cook on Manual for 5 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally
  4. Check seasoning - you may need to add a little salt, or some hot sauce.

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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’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.

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