Slow Cooker Balsamic Beef Stew

  • 10MINS
  • 6HR
  • 383KCAL

This Balsamic Slow Cooker Beef Stew is a great slimming recipe if you’re calorie counting or following a diet plan like Weight Watchers.

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories383
  • Carbs37g
  • Protein43g
  • Fat6g
  • Saturates2g
  • Sugars10g

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!

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Luckily this Balsamic Slow Cooker Beef Stew came out delicious so now we can share it with you!

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 vegetables.

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

What diets are this Slow Cooker Balsamic Beef Stew suitable for?

This Slow Cooker Balsamic Beef Stew recipe is suitable for dairy free diets and is suitable if you’re gluten free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free versions:

  • Stock cubes

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 Slow Cooker Balsamic Beef Stew recipe?

  • You need to count 7 Points per portion of this Slow Cooker Balsamic Beef Stew recipe if you’re on WW Green.
  • You need to count 6 Points per portion of this Slow Cooker Balsamic Beef Stew recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 5 Points per portion of this Slow Cooker Balsamic Beef Stew recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Slow Cooker Balsamic Beef Stew?

For this recipe, you can use pretty much any type of steak. Obviously the better the quality the more tender it will be.

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We like to cook this in a slow cooker. You can pick up slow cookers in most large supermarkets, or online from Amazon.

The Instant Pot is basically a super 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!

How many calories are in this Slow Cooker Balsamic Beef Stew?

There are 383 calories per portion in this Slow Cooker Balsamic Beef Stew, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category.

To cut down the amount of calories even more, you can simply halve the portion size and serve with a healthy accompaniment.

This Slow Cooker Balsamic Beef 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.

Instant Pot method

Step 1

First dissolve the stock cubes in the boiling water.

Step 2

Spray the Instant Pot with low calorie cooking spray. Set to sauté and add the diced onion and garlic.

Step 3

Cook for a few minutes until they start to soften.

Step 4

Add the beef and cook until it starts to colour.

Step 5

Add the peppers, carrots, tomato puree, tinned tomatoes, potatoes, mushrooms and paprika and stir well.

Step 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.

Step 7

Turn off the Saute feature, then set the Instant Pot to slow cook on normal for 5 – 6 hours.

Step 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.

Step 9

About 30 minutes before you are ready to serve add the butter beans and stir in the reduced balsamic glaze.

Step 10

Serve with whatever veg you like.

Slow Cooker Method

Step 1

First dissolve the stock cubes in the boiling water.

Step 2

Spray a large pan with low calorie cooking spray, and sauté the diced onion and garlic on a medium heat, until they start to soften.

Step 3

Add the beef and cook until it starts to colour.

Step 4

Add the peppers, carrots, tomato puree, tinned tomatoes, potatoes and paprika and stir well.

Step 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.

Step 6

Bring the pan to the boil, then transfer the contents into the slow cooker and cook on medium for 5 – 6 hours.

Step 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.

Step 8

About 30 minutes before you are ready to serve add the butter beans and stir in the reduced balsamic glaze.

What could I serve alongside this Slow Cooker Balsamic Beef Stew?

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How do you know when this Slow Cooker Balsamic Beef Stew is cooked?

The beef should be cooked until the sauce has thickened – this will take around 5-6 hours in an Instant Pot on slow cook or a normal slow cooker on medium.

How long can you keep Slow Cooker Balsamic Beef Stew in the fridge?

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

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

Can I freeze this Slow Cooker Balsamic Beef Stew recipe?

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!

How do I reheat this Slow Cooker Balsamic Beef Stew recipe?

From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with a loosely fitting lid and heat for 6-7 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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Slow Cooker Balsamic Beef Stew

This Balsamic Slow Cooker Beef Stew is a great slimming recipe if you’re calorie counting or following a diet plan like Weight Watchers.
  • Prep Time
    10 MINS
  • Cook Time
    6 HR
  • KCals 383
  • Carbs 37G
WW Points
  • 7 Green
  • 6 Blue
  • 5 Purple

Ingredients

  • 1 kg beef steaks cut into bitesize pieces
  • 2 peppers (roughly diced) 1 green and 1 red or yellow
  • 3 large carrots roughly chopped
  • 2 onions i use 1 red and 1 white
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 3 potatoes cut into large chunks - no need to peel them
  • 500 ml water boiling
  • 2 beef stock cubes
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 6 mushrooms cut in half
  • 1 tin butter beans optional
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp granulated sweetener
  • low calorie cooking spray

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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 low calorie cooking spray. Set to sauté 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 low calorie cooking spray, and sauté 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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Anne GodfreyMonday 23rd September 2019

Wow this was so nice, very tasty. Thank you

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    Emma TTuesday 24th September 2019

    So glad you enjoyed it!

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Glenys WilcoxMonday 9th September 2019

Hi I am using a slow cooker which hasn’t get a medium setting it’s either low or high advise please

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    Emma TFriday 13th September 2019

    Hi Glenys,

    I’d recommend using a high setting for 4 hours, or ideally, a low setting for 7-8 hours.

    Hope that helps!

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LynnWednesday 30th January 2019

Do I have to put butter beans in them as I have everything else for the recipe and not those would this work please

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