Slow Cooker Low-Calorie Beef Stew

A Bowl of Beef Stew
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  • Total: 8 hrs 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 8 hrs
  • Yield: 6 cups (6 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
314 Calories
8g Fat
36g Carbs
26g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 cups (6 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 314
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 64mg 21%
Sodium 326mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Protein 26g
Calcium 76mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Nothing is better than a comforting beef stew on a cold winter's night. But most beef stew recipes can add up when it comes to the calorie count due to the typical "beef stew" cut of meat and rich beef stock. As a leaner but still flavorful alternative, this recipe uses top sirloin, which is a leaner cut of meat, and water and tomato juice instead of beef stock. But don't worry, there is no loss of taste–the slow cooking allows the flavors to meld and create a thick, hearty meal.

Many beef stew recipes call for browning the meat first to add another layer of flavor, but it isn't necessary. If you prefer to do this, cook the pieces of beef in a tablespoon of canola or olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat until brown on all sides. Then add to the slow cooker with water and onion.

This slow cooked beef stew makes an excellent meal for any weeknight or weekend as almost all of the cooking time is unattended. Filled with carrots, potatoes, and tomatoes it is a complete and delicious meal.


  • 1 lb. top sirloin, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. minced onion
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 4 large Idaho potatoes, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces (about 1 1/2 lb.)
  • 6 large carrots, peeled and sliced into bite-sized discs (about 1 lb.)
  • One can stewed tomatoes (15 oz.)
  • 4 cups tomato juice

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Place the beef, water, and minced onion in a 4-quart slow cooker, and cook on high for 1 hour.

  3. Add the remaining ingredients to the slow cooker, and cook on low for 7 hours, assuring that the meat and vegetables become tender.

  4. Serve and enjoy!