Sweet and Smoky Beef Stew

I am so happy and relieved today! Midterms are officially over and I got a PERFECT score on my muscle anatomy practical. Tonight, I don’t have to do any studying and I have a long weekend (no school on Monday). Things couldn’t be any better, really. Tomorrow, I’m treating myself to breakfast out after my morning workout, and then in the evening, Jesse and I are going out with a friend. It’s so good to have things to look forward to and have a light at the end of the tunnel.

Meanwhile, go make this stew! I can’t tell you how amazing this concoction tastes. I threw ingredients in the pot that I thought would work well together, and the result kind of blew my mind. My only regret is that I didn’t make a bigger batch. Jesse and I gobbled it all up and didn’t have any leftovers. It is SO good!


  • 4 pieces good-quality bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 lb grass-fed beef stew meat
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup crimini mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 cup bone broth
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • Dash of cayenne pepper
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat large pan over medium heat. Add the chopped bacon and stew meat (no need for oil b/c of the bacon) and allow to cook and brown, stirring frequently.
  2. Once meat is done, remove from pan with a slotted spoon and set aside (if don’t have a slotted spoon, use a regular spoon and try to keep the bacon grease in the pan for sautéing the vegetables).
  3. Add the onion, celery, and garlic to the pan and stir. After a couple minutes, add the carrots and mushrooms.
  4. Stir frequently until the vegetables are soft, about 10 minutes. Then, add the tomato paste, bone broth, apple cider vinegar, spices, and sea salt and pepper. Add the stew meat back to the pot. Mix well and bring to a simmer.
  5. Turn heat to low and cover the pot with a lid (may need to tilt lid slightly, so it’s not sealed). Let simmer for about 3 hours. Enjoy!


17 thoughts on “Sweet and Smoky Beef Stew

    • paleoinpdx November 8, 2012 / 3:54 pm

      Yep, I always make my own bone broth. It’s super easy, especially with a slow cooker!

  1. Alissa November 9, 2012 / 3:31 am

    Congrats on your exam! Enjoy your weekend. This stew looks delicious. Mmmm bacon!

  2. hamdiesal November 28, 2012 / 2:22 pm

    made this for dinner the other night. thank you!!! it was so damn good.

    • paleoinpdx November 28, 2012 / 4:23 pm

      Awesome, thanks for giving it a shot! I agree, it is SO damn good!

  3. Doug December 7, 2012 / 11:39 am

    Just to clarify, you added the meat back in before you simmered for 2-3 hours, correct?

    • paleoinpdx December 7, 2012 / 11:42 am

      Yes, that is correct! If not, the meat wouldn’t be nice and tender.

  4. Rebecca December 18, 2012 / 4:26 pm

    i’ve seriously made this like 5 times in the past 1.5 months since you posted this! i’ve made sure that grass fed stew beef is always in my meat order 🙂 it is delicious and SUPER easy, thanks!

    • paleoinpdx December 18, 2012 / 5:20 pm

      Awesome, that’s what I like to hear!

  5. Tory Harper January 9, 2013 / 4:53 am

    How many servings does this recipe make? I’m looking forward to making it!

    • paleoinpdx January 9, 2013 / 8:31 am

      For us, it was only 2 servings. You can definitely double the ingredients though to make a larger pot. It’s incredibly satisfying! I hope you enjoy it!

  6. myfoodreligion January 16, 2013 / 5:29 pm

    I am stalking you for ways to cook beef being that I am still trying to figure out this red meat eating bizzo. Got any good recommendations that are not too “meaty”? 😉

    • paleoinpdx January 16, 2013 / 5:41 pm

      I recommend going the slow cooker route, so you have nice tender beef that you can shred apart if you want. This is what I did when I first tried beef after more than 10 years of not eating it! I just used beef stew meat and slow cooked it with veggies, curry paste and coconut milk for a few hours. It came out juicy, flavorful and very tender. This stew is even a great option!

  7. splott April 20, 2015 / 11:19 am

    I make this over and over, popular with the boyfriend too, I just follow instructions but when I get to the “simmer” part I toss it in the slow cooker on low for the afternoon. Works out great! 🙂

    • paleoinpdx April 21, 2015 / 7:42 am

      Awesome and doing it in the slow cooker is a great idea too! So glad you’re a fan 🙂

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