Hearty Hungarian Beef Stew (Paleo, Gluten-free, Dairy-free)
This Hearty Hungarian Beef Stew is a comforting slow cooker recipe full of paprika, thyme, rosemary, and tomato flavors. This easy gluten-free beef stew cooks until the meat is juicy and falls apart and the veggies absorb all the stew flavors.
It’s hard to find a meal more warm and comforting than a good beef stew.
Add in all the right spices, and some sweet potatoes, potatoes, and carrots, and you’ve got a winning combination.
Especially when the beef cooks in a crock pot (slow cooker) until it falls apart while absorbing the flavors of paprika, thyme, rosemary, and tomato. It’s the best!
Note: this post was originally published on 9/17/2014 and was updated 2/12/2020.
My favorite beef stew with paprika:
This is my all time favorite slow cooker classic beef stew recipe because it has such a rich tomato and Hungarian paprika flavor. The earthy veggies soften, the stew meat is tender, and the seasoning of the stew is perfection.
I love how the ingredients in this stew are on the healthier side. There aren’t any refined sugars or flours in this recipe and there is no butter or dairy.
Healthy beef stews that don’t sacrifice on flavor are my jam. For example, my Creamy Beef, Kale and Tomato Stew is made with fresh ingredients and the kale just melts in your mouth! ( Best way to eat kale in my opinion)
Ingredients needed to make this Hungarian beef stew:
- olive oil
- beef cubes or stew meat
- garlic or garlic powder
- onion or onion powder
- Hungarian paprika
- salt and pepper
- tomato paste
- dried thyme
- dried rosemary
- coconut flour
- chicken or beef broth
- baby carrots
- sweet potatoes
A note about the ingredients:
I updated this paleo beef stew recipe to make it easier to follow and make. I also added the option to use onion powder and garlic powder instead of fresh garlic and onions.
Fresh onions tend to give my husband headaches but he can tolerate onion powder well, so I figured I’d add the option for anyone who is in the same boat.
Whether you use fresh onions and garlic or onion powder and garlic powder, this paprika infused beef and potato stew is mouthwateringly delicious.
As for equipment, you’ll need a slow cooker.
It’s great being able to put all the ingredients inside of my crockpot or slow cooker, and hours later a wonderful stew is born.
Tips for making this slow cooker classic Paleo beef stew:
(1) Make sure to set your slow cooker to low heat.
- I used to try to rush the process and tried setting it to high heat, but the veggies got too soggy that way.
- Since this cooks 9-10 hours, it is a great meal to make either before bed or before leaving for work in the morning. There’s nothing like waking up to or coming home to the smell of simmering beef stew.
(2) You can add different add-ins of your choice.
- Butternut squash and turnips work great here!
- I like both regular potatoes and sweet potatoes in this dish but feel free to just use one or the other if you prefer.
- You could also add pasta to the slow cooker in the last 15-20 minutes of cooking OR cook your pasta in advance and then add it to your bowl.
(3) You can thicken the stew if you prefer it.
If the stew is a bit too liquidy for your taste, then mix 1 Tablespoon of tapioca flour with 2 Tablespoons water in a small bowl, and then put that mixture into the slow cooker and mix.
I personally like all the stew liquid I can get because I love drinking it, but my husband said he prefered it to be thicker, so I figured I’d give the option here.
(4) This stew makes for wonderful leftovers.
One of my favorite things about this easy gluten-free beef stew recipe is that it makes the BEST leftovers. You can reheat it really well and it tastes amazing the next day.
(5) Make sure to use Hungarian paprika.
To make a Hungarian style beef stew, it is important to have the right flavor. This comes from authentic Hungarian paprika. You can use smoked paprika or sweet paprika, it is your choice.
Other Paleo slow cooker recipes you may enjoy:
This Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken and Vegetable Chili. It’s got a great tomato and veggie taste, all while having yummy shredded chicken inside.
This Paleo Slow Cooker Irish Beef Stew (Whole30) is super comforting and delicious.
This Slow Cooker Healthy Chicken Pot Pie Soup (Whole30, Paleo, Dairy-free) tastes like the inside of chicken pot pie, but in healthier soup form. YUM.
I love the sound of this Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken Soup by Thyme and Joy. It is low carb and so full of flavor!
Hearty Hungarian Beef Stew (Paleo, GF)
- 2 Tbs olive oil
- 2 lbs beef cubes or stew meat
- 4 cloves garlic, minced ( or 2 tsp garlic powder )
- 1 yellow onion, minced (or 2 tsp onion powder)
- 2 Tbs paprika
- 1 tsp pepper
- 2 1/2 tsp salt, divided
- 2 Tbs tomato paste
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp dried rosemary
- 1 Tbs coconut flour, (I like the Nutiva Organic brand)
- 2 Tbs honey
- 4 cups chicken broth, ( or beef broth )
- 16 ounces baby carrots
- 2 cups sweet potatoes,
sliced 1 inch thick and halved ( 3 small )
- 2 cups potatoes,
sliced 1 inch thick and halved ( 3 small )
- 3 parsnips,
cut into 1 inch chunks
- If you are going to use onion powder and garlic powder instead of fresh onion and garlic, then mix together the 2 tsp garlic powder, 2 tsp onion powder, 2 tsp salt, 1 tsp pepper, and 2 Tbs paprika, together in a small bowl.
- If you are using fresh onion and garlic, then mix together 2 tsp salt, 1 tsp pepper, and 2 Tbs paprika, together in a small bowl.
- Then, sear the meat in one or two batches in a large pan (it depends how large your pan is if you can do it in one batch or not).
- If you are searing the meat all in one batch, then heat 2 Tbs olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the minced onion and garlic to the pan and cook for 1 minute, Then add the beef cubes, tomato paste and spices. ( Note: if you are using onion and garlic powder, then skip the step where the minced onion and garlic get cooked and just put the beef, tomato paste, and spices into the frying pan). Cook for 2 minutes, then mix and cook for another 2 minutes.
- If you are searing the meat in two batches then do the same thing as the instructions above, but only put half of the ingredients in. Half of the beef, half of the tomato paste, half of the spices, half of the onions and garlic and repeat the step twice.
- Put the seared beef into the slow cooker, and scrape the pan with a spatula, putting everything into the slow cooker. ( I like the Crockpot brand of slow cooker)
- Sprinkle 1 Tbs of coconut flour on top of the meat and mix. Then add 1/2 tsp of salt, 2 Tbs of honey, 1 tsp of thyme and 1 tsp of rosemary on top of the beef.
- Add the sweet potato, parsnip, baby carrots and potato to the slow cooker and top with 4 cups of chicken or beef broth. Mix.
- Set the slow cooker on low heat and cook for 9 hours.
- Note: if your stew is a bit too liquidy for your taste, mix 1 Tbs Tapioca flour with 2 Tbs water and mix, then put into pot and mix.
- Mix the stew before serving and enjoy! 🙂
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