Campfire Stew

  • 40MINS
  • 6HR
  • 409KCAL

Campfire Stew is an easy, warming and slimming friendly meal for anyone counting calories or following a diet plan like Weight Watchers or similar.

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories409
  • Carbs47g
  • Protein24g
  • Fat15g
  • Saturates5g
  • Sugars11g

Campfire Stew - Pinch of Nom Slimming Recipes

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 to know in the blurb! 

This Campfire Stew has to be one of the easiest, yet tastiest slimming 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.

This Campfire Stew is pretty similar to a few other of our slimming friendly slow cooker recipes. These are all really easy, and the perfect kind of recipe to tuck into at the end of a long day.

What diets is this Campfire Stew suitable for?

This Campfire Stew recipe is suitable if you’re gluten free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free versions:

  • Worcestershire Sauce

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Campfire Stew recipe?

  • You need to count 8 Points per portion of this Campfire Stew recipe if you’re on WW Green.
  • You need to count 8 Points per portion of this Campfire Stew recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 8 Points per portion of this Campfire Stew recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

Do you need any special ingredients or equipment to make Campfire Stew?

This recipe is great as you’ll probably already have most of the ingredients such as beans, kidney beans, chopped tomatoes etc. in your cupboard already!

The main star of the dish is the gammon/ham joint – a cheap one will do. Just make sure to soak it in water overnight or it may be a bit too salty for your taste. We’ve used an unsmoked gammon/ham joint due to the saltiness, but you can use smoked if you like.

As for the hot sauce, we generally use Frank’s as it adds a bit of heat without overdoing it. It also brings a nice bit of acidity. If you don’t have any you can leave it out without any problems. You should be able to get this in the spice aisle of the supermarket, or substitute with standard hot sauce.

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How many calories are in this Campfire Stew?

There are 409 calories in each portion of our slimming friendly Campfire Stew. This means it falls into our Weekly Indulgence recipe category. You can find all of our other Weekly Indulgence recipes here.

This Campfire Stew is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Slow cooker method

Step 1

Soak the gammon joint overnight in cold water if necessary.

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

Step 4

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

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Step 5

After 6 hours, check the consistency of your sauce and the tenderness of your meat. The meat should be starting to fall apart and the 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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Instant Pot method

Step 1

Soak the gammon joint overnight in cold water if necessary.

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Step 2

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

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Step 3

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

Step 4

Stir in the remaining peppers, close the lid, turn the valve to “sealing” and cook on Manual for 10 minutes. 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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Oven method

Step 1

Soak the gammon joint overnight 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.

Step 4

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

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Any of the following go really well with Campfire Stew. It’s one of those dishes that goes with pretty much anything. It’s so hearty it can of course be eaten on its own!

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Whatever accompaniment you choose, don’t forget to account for the extra calories and/or other nutritional values.

How do you know when the Campfire Stew is cooked?

You should cook this Campfire Stew until the gammon literally falls apart when pulled with a pair of forks.

This should take approx 1 hour in the pressure cooker, 6 hours in the slow cooker (high) or 2 hours in the oven (170°C).

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep Campfire Stew in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any left overs to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill. You can keep leftovers of Campfire Stew in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.

Can I freeze Campfire Stew?

Yes you can! 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.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer! Unless you fancy mystery food for dinner haha.

How do I reheat this Campfire Stew?

From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.

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Campfire Stew

Campfire Stew is an easy, warming and slimming friendly meal for anyone counting calories or following a diet plan like Weight Watchers or similar.
  • Prep Time
    40 MINS
  • Cook Time
    6 HR
  • KCals 409
  • Carbs 47G
WW Points
  • 8 Green
  • 8 Blue
  • 8 Purple

Ingredients

  • 1 gammon joint all fat removed
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 3 bell peppers sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp ground corinader
  • 1 tin baked beans
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tin kidney beans
  • 1 stick celery chopped
  • 2 large carrots chopped
  • 6-8 button mushrooms cut in half
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 pinch chilli flakes
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 dash Frank's Hot Sauce

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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 10 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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Demi Morgan JohnsonFriday 5th April 2019

Hi there, wanting to try this recipe and was wondering what the exact serving size is that is 409 calories? Thanks in advance!

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    Emma TSunday 7th April 2019

    Hi Demi,

    This recipe serves 4, so the calories have been calculated using a quarter of the amount made ????

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NettieTuesday 19th March 2019

HI, I’ve cooked this today in the slow cooker whilst i popped out and it tastes and smells absolutely amazing!
Only question i have isn’t i’ve followed the ingredients for 2 people but looking at it there looks as though it would feed more…
i just wondered whether the calorie count is right as there’s no way i could eat half of what’s there! ????

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    CateMonday 8th April 2019

    It depends on if you serve it with anything and how big your appetite is! 😉

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MelissaSunday 17th March 2019

Hi,
I really want to try this but my working day is definitely longer than 8 hours – I would normally be out the house 10-11 hours, is that too long to leave it on high? Should I change to low? Thanks!

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MarieMonday 25th February 2019

Hi – why would you have to soak the gammon please? Thanks

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