Slow Cooker Beef and Mushroom Stew

To be honest, I don’t go in for kitchen “gadgets.” And, I don’t use my “crock pot” much except to make dishes like this Slow Cooker Beef and Mushroom Stew, one of my go-to recipes on busy weekdays. (What weekday isn’t busy?)  Take a few minutes in the morning to make this gluten-free beef stew recipe and you’ll have a delicious meal for dinner that the entire family will enjoy!

Gluten-free, low-carb slow cooker Beef and mushroom stew in a bowl with cornbread.

One bowl of Slow-Cooker Beef and Mushroom Stew is almost a meal in itself!  

How to eat more plant foods 

You don’t need to give up meat to eat a plant-based diet, and this recipe proves it. One serving of beef and mushroom stew supplies a full portion of vegetables, along with protein, and iron. It also contains 25% of the daily requirement for choline, a nutrient every cell in your body needs, and is necessary for developing brains during pregnancy and early life, and to support brain health in your later years, too.


This juicy, delicious burger recipe is a beef and mushroom blend


The health benefits of replacing some meat with mushrooms

The stew is rich in mushrooms, which take the place of some of the beef. Mushrooms are the only product in the fruit and vegetable section with vitamin D, and they have many other beneficial properties, too, including choline. Adding even a small amount of mushrooms to your eating plan can increase nutrition.

In addition to the nutrients mushrooms supply, there’s plenty they don’t have, including cholesterol. Mushrooms are also nearly free of fat and sodium.  Vary this recipe with a mixture of mushrooms, such as white button and shiitake, if you like.

Whole white button mushrooms

Mushrooms provide umami, a taste sensation that brings a savory flavor to dishes and may reduce salt use.

Gluten-free Beef Stew for the Slow Cooker

On top of it’s great taste, this low-carb slow cooker beef stew (16 grams of carbohydrate per serving) is also a gluten-free beef stew.  The recipe calls for cornstarch instead of flour as a thickener. Be sure to buy gluten-free beef broth, because wheat, which contains gluten, may be added to the broth.

Slow Cooker Beef and Mushroom Stew (Gluten-free)

Delicious and nutritious stew that's ready at the end of a busy day.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword beefstew, glutenfreebeefstew, mushrooms, slowcookerstew
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Servings 6
Calories 248kcal
Author ewardrd

Ingredients

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cups baby carrots
  • 16 ounces sliced baby bella mushrooms
  • 1 15-ounce can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 16 ounces stew meat, such as chuck, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen peas
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste (optional)

Instructions

  • Place all the ingredients except the beef, peas, and black pepper in a slow cooker. Combine well. Add the beef.
  • Cover and cook on the low setting for 8 hours, or on high for 4 hours.
  • Just before serving, add the peas, and season with black pepper, if desired. Stir well. Cover and cook for 5 more minutes.

Notes

Per serving: Calories: 248, Protein: 22 grams, Fat: 10 grams (4 grams saturated fat), Cholesterol: 52 milligrams, Sodium: 627 milligrams, Carbohydrate: 16 grams, Fiber: 3 grams, Calcium: 46 milligrams, Iron: 2 milligrams, Choline: 91 milligrams

Slow Cooker Beef and Mushroom Stew recipe

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