Healthy Beef Stew Recipes

Find healthy, delicious beef stew recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Instant Pot Goulash

Your Instant Pot (or other multicooker) cuts hours off the cooking time of this Hungarian beef stew recipe. This Instant Pot goulash, a saucy dish flavored with caraway and smoked paprika, is served over whole-wheat egg noodles that cook while your multicooker works its magic. It's comfort food at its best!

Chili-Topped Sweet Potatoes

Rating: 4.5 stars 2
Transform ordinary baked potatoes into a full dinner with these chili-topped spuds. In this healthy recipe, we use sweet potatoes for an added nutrient kick. Sprinkle on extra toppings as you see fit--sliced scallions, chopped fresh cilantro, diced avocado and sliced jalapeños are all tasty choices.

Chili-Cheese Nachos

Rating: 5 stars 2
Make nachos a healthy dinner when you top them with an easy 30-minute chili. Serve this healthy recipe with sliced scallions, avocado, fresh tomatoes and sour cream, if desired.

Beef & Mushroom Stew with Mashed Potatoes

Rating: 3.5 stars 4
This hearty beer-spiked beef stew is served with creamy mashed potatoes for a shepherd's pie vibe.
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By Adam Dolge

Kickin' Hot Chili

Rating: 4.5 stars 2
If you like your chili seriously hot, this recipe is for you. For an even bigger kick, use the whole teaspoon of cayenne pepper.

Low-Carb Beef Stew

Rating: 4.5 stars 2
Turnips lend an earthy flavor and a texture that is similar to potatoes--but with fewer carbs--to this rich and flavorful beef stew.

Hearty Vegetable Beef Stew

The slow cooker makes this veggie-packed beef stew super-easy and extra-savory.

Three-Bean Chili

Rating: 4.5 stars 2
This rib-sticking bean chili is richly flavored with cumin, chili, paprika, oregano and an assortment of peppers. Use whatever beans you have in your pantry.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Irish Beef Stew

Rating: 5 stars 2
If you're looking for a healthy beef stew recipe that delivers on comfort, look no further. This one-pot Irish beef stew is packed with veggies and rich meaty flavor. Make this Irish beef stew recipe with Guinness--a dark, malty Irish stout--to keep it authentic. Serve with a side of Irish soda bread to sop up the leftovers.

Beef & Sweet Potato Coconut Curry

Rating: 4 stars 3
A tender cut of beef like sirloin or rib-eye won't get tough as it simmers away in the stew. Serve with rice noodles, if you like.
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By Adam Dolge

Slow-Cooker Beef Stew with Garlic, Herbs & Cannellini Beans

Tossing all the ingredients into a slow cooker makes this Italian-inspired beef stew virtually a hands-off meal. The long simmer time is the secret to the beef's fork-tender texture and rich-tasting tomato-based gravy.
By Andrea Kirkland, M.S., RD

Slow-Cooker Korean Beef & Cabbage Stew

Rating: 5 stars 1
Brown sugar makes this slow-cooker beef stew a tad sweet, which beautifully complements the spicy kimchi. You can make this soup ahead and refrigerate it until ready to eat. If you opt to make it ahead, wait until you reheat the soup to add the cabbage.
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Inspiration and Ideas

4 Secrets for the Best Beef Stew
A few trick to make a great beed stew in your slow cooker.
Slow-Cooked Provencal Beef Stew
The flavors in a slow-cooked beef stew improve as it sits for a day or two, so it is a perfect make-ahead for a dinner party.
Chili Cornbread Casserole
Rating: 3 stars 13

Here's a fun way to serve chili and cornbread together. Don't let the ingredient list intimidate you--this casserole is easy to make and a real crowd pleaser.