Beef Stew

Beef Stew

Beef Stew is the kind of meal that announces itself. It hits you with a rich aroma the moment you walk in the door and follows you from room to room while it cooks. A traditional beef stew starts with a handful of basic ingredients, but the rest is a cornucopia of flavorful opportunities. Unfortunately, old habits die hard. Many of us follow classic recipes that are anything but healthy.

So how do we make a healthier beef stew? Beginning with lean beef is paramount. As the meat cooks, slowing breaking down into tender morsels, any fat it contains melts into the stew. The more fat in the meat, the more fat in your stew. As surprising as it may sound, tough, lean cuts of meat make the best stew. This recipe uses just the right amount of olive oil to brown the meat without adding extra fat. Low-sodium soy sauce and piquant hot pepper sauce bring that umami element without the all the added sodium and fat. In the interest of limiting sodium, we’ve also opted for low-sodium organic beef broth (in a pinch, you can also use water).

While carrots, potatoes, and celery make a great base for beef stew, button mushrooms amp up the meaty flavor of this stew. You can add any number of winter veggies to vary your results. Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, or a last-second handful of fresh baby spinach are all great ways to incorporate greens into your stew. Butternut squash, pumpkin, and red bell peppers add vibrant color. All of this getting jazzy with ingredients will, of course, alter your nutritionals a bit.

It’s easy to cook this beef stew in a slow cooker or Instapot. Simply brown the meat, then place all other ingredients into your cooker and follow the machine’s instructions for cook time.

Carrots, potatoes, and celery make a great base for this beef stew recipe, and button mushrooms amp up it's meaty flavor.
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Beef Stew

This healthier Beef Stew begins with a lean cut of beef and maintains that classic low and slow stew flavor you know and love.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 24 mins
Total Time 1 hr 39 mins
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 255 kcal
Author Beachbody


  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • lbs. raw lean beef stew meat, boneless
  • medium onions chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes chopped
  • ¼ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. hot pepper sauce (like Tabasco)
  • ½ to 1 cup low-sodium organic beef broth (or vegetable broth)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 8 oz. small button mushrooms cut in half
  • 2 medium celery stalks cut into 1-inch slices
  • 2 medium carrots sliced
  • 2 medium potatoes cubed
  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped parsley (for garnish; optional)


  1. Heat oil in large saucepot over medium-high heat.

  2. Add beef; cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until beef is browned.

  3. Add onions; cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until onions are translucent.

  4. Add tomatoes, soy sauce, hot sauce, ½ cup broth, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, covered, for 40 minutes, adding additional broth as needed. 

  5. Add mushrooms, celery, carrots, and potatoes; cook, covered, for an additional 12 to 18 minutes, or until sauce has thickened and beef is fork tender.

  6. Garnish evenly with parsley if desired.  

Nutrition Facts
Beef Stew
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 255 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 75mg 25%
Sodium 530mg 22%
Total Carbohydrates 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 5g
Protein 28g 56%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

P90X/P90X2 Portions
2 Vegetable
1½ Protein

P90X3 Portions
1½ Protein
2 Carb
½ Fat

Body Beast Portions
3 Vegetable
3 Protein
½ Starch
½ Fat

Portion Fix Containers
1 Green
1 Red
1 Yellow

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Carrots, potatoes, and celery make a great base for this beef stew recipe, and button mushrooms amp up it's meaty flavor.

Beef Stew recipe photographs by Anguel Dimov and Brianne B of Natural Girl Modern World