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Coconut milk curry beef stew crock pot recipe, with AIP option


Coconut Milk Curry Beef Stew Crock Pot RecipeA lot of people are kicking off the New Year with a resolution or a goal in mind (or maybe just three words to guide them along), but one of the most common promises come January is one to eat better. For many people, this is the perfect time to take on the whole30 challenge, which is one way to clean-up your diet for an entire month, as it removes all processed foods, sugars, grains (along with gluten), dairy and more. If you’re familiar with the Paleo diet, then the whole30 is the tighten-your-belt-and-be-more-strict version of it.

In any case, this beef stew crock pot recipe is perfect for a new start and a new year. Why? First off, it’s a slow cooker recipe, and slow cooker recipes help to get you back into the routine of having meals at a regular time and get you out of holiday mode. (Check out the table at the end of this post for a comparison of some popular slow cookers). You do the prep, go away for your work day and you come home to a house that smells wonderfully like dinner. All you have to do is add the last bit of salt to taste, and dinner’s on the table! This stew is made with plenty of winter root vegetables too, because that’s what’s readily available and they make it a good, stick-to-your-ribs kind of meal. Make sure not to skip the first step of browning the meat: not only does this add flavor, but if you skip it, your meat ends up tasting watery (ask me how I know).

One note though – this stew is delicious and awesome and tasty and all sorts of adjectives, but if I was to fault it, it would be that it’s a bit soupy. In fact, I was going to call this a chunky soup (you know, something that you eat like a meal. What a great ad tag that would… oh wait). But I’m calling it a stew because it’s got stewing beef in it. So soup, stew, sweet poTAto, sweet poTAHto, just call it ‘dinner’. Upate: I was out of curry powder recently, and inspired by the AIP curry chicken salad recipe, I substituted turmeric for curry powder. The result: delicious and now AIP-friendly!

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Easy beef stew crock pot recipe

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours

Easy beef stew crock pot recipe


  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 pounds of stewing beef, cut to about 2" cubes
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups chopped onion (2 medium onions)
  • 2 cups chopped celery (2 stalks)
  • 2 cups chopped carrots (2 medium carrots)
  • 2 cups chopped parsnips (3 small parsnips)
  • 1.5 cups chopped sweet potato (1 medium sweet potato)
  • 3 cups bone broth
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp curry powder, for AIP use 1 tbsp turmeric
  • salt to taste


  1. Heat coconut oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Brown the stewing beef, being careful not to overcrowd the pan. Sprinkle about a 1/4 tsp of salt over the beef as it cooks. The beef just needs to be lightly seared and not fully cooked.Transfer the beef pieces into the crock pot (3 quart size) once they have been browned on all sides.
  2. Add onions and celery to the same pan that the beef was cooked in. Brown the onions and celery for about five minutes and then add them to the crock pot.
  3. Add the chopped carrots, parsnips and sweet potato to the crock pot.
  4. In a small bowl mix together the bone broth, coconut milk and curry powder. Pour this mixture over the contents of the crock pot. Cover and cook on the low setting of the crock pot for 8 hours, or on the high setting for 4 hours.
  5. When done, salt to taste and enjoy!

Coconut Milk Curry Beef Stew Crock Pot Recipe

Looking for more paleo or gluten-free slow cooker recipes? This recipe was included in this round up of 125+ Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Recipes.

You may also want to check out these slow cooker recipe books:

The Paleo Slow Cooker: Healthy, Gluten-free Meals the Easy Way

Paleo Slow Cooking: Gluten Free Recipes Made Simple

Slow cooker freezer recipes eBook

Slow Cooker Comparison Table


Hamilton Beach 7-Quart Stay Or Go Slow Cooker
$$7Single clip latches lid to base for spill-resistant travel; Detachable lid and removable stoneware for dishwasher clean upHinged lid stays up for serving; Folding handles snap up for carrying fold down for storage; Perfect size for a 7 lb. chicken
Crock-Pot Cook' N Carry 6-Quart Oval Manual Portable Slow Cooker$$66-quart oval stoneware is perfect for seven or more people or a six pound roast; High, low, and warm settings are perfect for making chilis, stews, sauces and more; Lid-mounted locking system is easy to use for portability; Secure fit lid helps keep the unit sealed so your meal stays in when you go out; Measures approximately 15 by 10 by 15 inches
Cuisinart 3-In-1 Cook Central Multi-Cooker, Slow Cooker, Steamer$$$$6Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging; One touch switches modes when recipe calls for combination cooking; Extra-large blue backlit LCD display with easy-to-read time and temperature settings; Removable 6-quart nonstick aluminum cooking pot; Glass lid with cool-touch handle for clear view and comfortable handling; Dishwasher-safe removable parts for effortless cleanup, Steaming rack included, Limited 3-year warranty
Hamilton Beach Set 'n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker, 6-Quart$$63 choices for easy, automatic cooking: probe, program and manual; Thermometer probe for meat; Clip-on spoon; Clip-tight gasket lid; Easy, automatic cooking
Crock-Pot 4-Quart Cook and Carry Slow Cooker$$44-quart capacity feeds 4 or more people; Lid-mounted locking system; Removable oval stoneware and lid are dishwasher-safe; Convenient warm setting; Great for potlucks, family gatherings, tailgating, parties and more
West Bend 5-Quart Oblong-Shaped Slow Cooker$$5Oblong-shaped slow cooker with adjustable temperature control; Generous 5-quart capacity for entertaining or dinner with the family; Oven-, range-top-, and freezer-safe cooking pot; glass lid included; Heating base doubles as a nonstick mini griddle; dishwasher-safe parts; Measures 7-1/4 by 12-3/4 by 8-3/4 inches; 1-year limited warranty
DeLonghi Stainless-Steel Programmable 5-Quart Slow Cooker$$$5Just set it and go with the 10-hr digital countdown timer; perfect for long work days or busy days running around with the kids at sports practice; Enjoy the ease of the servable ceramic bowl, take it straight to the table, so there is less to clean!; You can take pleasure in the ample counterspace you'll still enjoy with the sleek compact design; Feed the family or even a whole dinner party with the 5-qt capacity; Be sure that you will always cook food at the perfect temperature with high and low settings and a 2-hr keep warm function
Proctor-Silex 4-Quart Slow Cooker$4Removable stoneware for easy cleaning; Dishwasher safe stoneware; Keep warm setting; Dishwasher safe glass lid
Calphalon 7-Quart Digital Slow Cooker$$$$7Auto-setting cooks for 2 hours on High, then switches to Low for the remainder of the cook time; 24-hour digital timer automatically switches to Warm at the end of the cooking cycle; Easy-to-read, high contrast LCD display; Dishwasher-safe 7 Qt. ceramic crock; The Calphalon Kitchen Electrics collection features our exclusive Opti-Heat System. Designed to provide accurate temperature control and even heat delivery, Opti-Heat ensures that foods cook evenly and thoroughly.
Frigidaire Professional Stainless 7-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker$$$7Spacewise Design; Pro-Select LED Display; Pro-Select One-Touch Options; Fully Programmable; Stylish Stainless-Steel Exterior

Vivian is the founder of the Real Food Guide and a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) who believes that each individual needs to go on their own Real Food Journey to find what works. While she herself eats a diet of real food (aka a paleo diet), some people may find that they can flourish on a vegetarian diet instead. However, universal to optimal health and well-being is good quality, nutrient-dense, Real Food.

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6 thoughts on “Coconut milk curry beef stew crock pot recipe, with AIP option

  1. Saskia says:

    I am not allowed to have curry powder because I am on the autoimmune protocol – no seeds, no nightshades. Would there be alternative spices to use? Curcumine, ginger, herbs, maybe even a pureeed beetroot?
    Thanks loads!

    • Hi Saskia – Since it’s a curry beef stew recipe, it’s been written and recipe tested as a curry-seasoned recipe. Changing that would obviously change the flavor, but I can’t see how it would affect anything else (i.e. cooking time, texture etc.). The spices you list could certainly work, though if you use beetroot, you’ll end up with quite the pink stew.

      For a list of AIP safe spices you could try – see this post from the Paleo Mom.

    • Hi Saskia, I’ve now updated the recipe to make it AIP friendly. By chance, I was out of curry powder and substituted with turmeric (aka curcumine). The resulting stew was delicious. Hope that helps.

  2. Jaqueline says:

    Anything I can use instead of bone broth? Doesn’t need to be paleo for me I’m just interested in this recipe

    • ‘Bone broth’ is another way to say broth or stock. But bone broth is specifically made from bones that are slowly simmered. You can always use pre-packaged beef or chicken stock, though I’d urge you to choose quality sources of this (preferably organic), if you’re not making it yourself.

  3. Mary M. Martinez says:

    This my friend, is dinner tonight!

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