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

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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!

A lot of our recipe inspiration comes from home-cooked favourites and this is no exception. There was no official recipe so it was a case of making it up as we went along.

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.

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Step 3

Cook for a few minutes until they start to soften.

Step 4

Add the beef and cook until it starts to colour.

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Step 5

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

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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.

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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, mushrooms, 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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JuliaSaturday 22nd August 2020

No mention of the mushrooms in the slow cooker instructions?

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    LisaMonday 24th August 2020

    Well spotted, Julia! They are added at step 4 along with the other ingredients. Thanks for letting us know about the error. I have updated the instructions.

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Michelle worthingtonFriday 17th July 2020

Hi
Could you give me instructions if i wanted to oven cook this instead please?
Thank you 🙂

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    SharonThursday 13th August 2020

    Hi Michelle, we haven’t tried this ourselves, but would suggest the following if you wanted to cook this in the oven:
    Brown the beef to seal, then put in a large casserole dish with the vegetables then add enough stock to just cover.
    Place in a preheated oven, 160 ºC (fan) for about 2 – 3 hours.
    Check on it halfway through, stir and add a little more stock if needed.
    Add the beans and balsamic glaze about 30 minutes before the end of cooking.
    Hope you enjoy this dish and thanks for getting in touch.

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JenTuesday 30th June 2020

How long does this need to cook for in the oven?

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    SharonMonday 21st September 2020

    Hi Jen,
    If you want to cook this in the oven, we would suggest the following:
    Brown the beef to seal, then put in a large casserole dish with the vegetables and add enough stock to just cover.
    Place in a preheated oven at 160 ºC (fan) for about 2 – 3 hours.
    Check on it halfway through, stir and add a little more stock if needed.
    Add the beans and balsamic glaze about 30 minutes before the end of cooking.
    We haven’t tried this ourselves so this is our suggested advice only but hope you try the recipe and enjoy it! Thanks for getting in touch.

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KathleenThursday 4th June 2020

Could I use chickpeas instead of butter beans?

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    SharonThursday 4th June 2020

    Hi Kathleen, it would be fine to use tinned chickpeas instead of tinned butterbeans in this recipe. Thanks for getting in touch.

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suzannesmithWednesday 11th March 2020

Which book is this in please I can’t find it?

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    Steve CowderoyTuesday 19th May 2020

    Hi Suzanne, thanks for getting in touch with us. This recipe is one from our website only. Hope this helps

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Mary MullenyMonday 17th February 2020

Finally got round to making this, wish I had done it ages ago. Fantastic depth of flavour, ty for the recipe. Sister has just been in and pinched a dish full, cheeky mare lol. Will definitely be making this again.

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    Sharon FitzpatrickWednesday 6th May 2020

    Hi Mary, thankyou so much for your lovely comment. Really glad that you and your sister both enjoyed this recipe!

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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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Sue CameronSunday 13th January 2019

How would I make this a recipe for two people, it sounds good but there’s only the two of us!

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    LesleyWednesday 16th January 2019

    So glad I read through the comments. I didn’t know you could you could change the number of servings. I know you can reduce ingredients but this is so good to know. I am always saying how difficult it is as I am single and don’t like to freeze things or have the same dis a couple of days running.

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GlendaSaturday 5th January 2019

I can’t find sweet paprika, can I substitute with something else?

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Summer MundyThursday 3rd January 2019

Is this stew meant to thicken at all? Mines extremely liquidy, thanks in advance!

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JaneTuesday 25th September 2018

I’ve always hated butter beans as a kid…. something about the slimy texture…. anyway my question: can you tell that they are butter beans when in a stew…. or does it just help with thickening up the stew??

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DonnaFriday 21st September 2018

Would love to try this but don’t have a slow cooker or instant pot. Please could you advise how to cook in just an electric oven. Thank you x

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Paul TonerSaturday 21st July 2018

Really enjoyed this, thanks for providing so many excellent recipes. You spoil us. 🙂

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Paul TonerThursday 19th July 2018

Would 10 hours on low on the slow cooker be adequate?

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    Paul TonerSaturday 21st July 2018

    Thank you.

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Kim DouglasThursday 31st May 2018

Hi would it be ok to make this with lean diced lamb? Forgot to take my beef steaks out the freezer

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TRACY CAIRNSThursday 29th March 2018

Made this using pork instead of beef. WOW. WOW. WOW. Delicious is all. Defo one to make again and again with any meat. Thank you for the recipe 😀

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LynnSaturday 17th March 2018

It doesn’t mention in the ingredients Sukrin Gold yet it is in the method???

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sandraSaturday 20th January 2018

hi do you have to do in a large pan first can u not just put in slow cooker? not got enough time in the morning

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Clare AdamsTuesday 21st November 2017

What do you do if you don’t have a medium setting on your slow cooker?
Thanks
Clare

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ANNE RHEADSaturday 28th October 2017

Hi, just read the instant pot need,s 5 to 6 hrs ?? this a typo ??

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Deryn FoxMonday 24th April 2017

This was a big hit the balsamic glaze made it superb. Thank you

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Jane McAdamTuesday 14th February 2017

Made this tonight and it was delicious! I’ve already had a request to have it again, tomorrow!!

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    Emma TTuesday 12th September 2017

    Hi Jane,

    So glad you enjoyed it!

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Lizzi BradleyTuesday 17th January 2017

Delicious, the butter beans really made this dish

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    KaySaturday 11th February 2017

    So glad you liked it Lizzie!

    thank you for taking the time to comment, I really appreciate it ????

    Reply

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