Looking for an easy hamburger stew recipe? Here’s one that’s AIP Paleo-friendly and even safe for those managing autoimmune disorders.
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Sorry, if you’re looking for an old fashioned hamburger stew recipe like “Omma” used to make.
Potatoes, a staple in traditional German hamburger stew with cabbage, are verboten for me. And not because if I ate a potato my face would swell or give me horrible stomach pains.
Nope, nothing like that. It’s simply because I follow a low carb lifestyle.
And making one exception can potentially cause a domino-like effect. If I allow a high starch veggie to sneak its way into one recipe, I may stumble and allow it to happen again and again.
Another reason I’m vigilant against cooking with potatoes and other veggies that turn into sugar fairly quickly is because of my thyroid. Eating a diet rich in starchy veggies would likely cause me to gain weight rapidly.
Obviously, in times of war, famine and hardship, traditional German peasants weren’t concerned with eating a low-glycemic index diet.
But times are thankfully different both there and here. (Although it’s sad how many people still live in poverty in America.)
Moreover, traditional German/European cooks also wouldn’t be concerned with beef’s contemporary nutritional reputation.
Healthy Beef … is it an Oxymoron?
You see, these days, in this country, beef, to many a nutritionist or medical doctor, is a four-letter word. Oh, wait; it is a four-letter word. A dirty four-letter word is what I mean.
I couldn’t agree more that factory-farmed meat is disgusting and highly inflammatory. However, comparing grass-fed meat and industrial, 100% grain-fed beef is like comparing organic apples versus arsenic-tainted oranges.
If you’re going to make this hamburger stew slow cooker recipe, please keep this in mind. I realize organic and grass-fed meat is more expensive.
But consider the potential mountain of mounting medical bills caused by a lifetime consuming factory-farmed meat. It’s astronomical in comparison to paying a couple extra bucks for a pound of ground beef.
Now then, let’s get cooking.
Easy hamburger stew recipe
Let me backtrack for a second. If you are concerned about the health consequences of ground beef, you can also use venison.
Either way, to make enough for the whole family (I have 5 mouths to feed), use two pounds for the stew.
I’m using my enameled cast iron Dutch oven for this recipe. If you don’t have a cast iron one, hopefully you have a a thick, ceramic cooking pot with a tight-fitting lid. That’ll do for this recipe.
Don’t have a Crock Pot or Slow Cooker? No Problem
To make this easy hamburger stew recipe with no slow cooker, just use your stove top.
Heat a couple tablespoons of olive oil in the Dutch oven cooking pot. Don’t heat the olive oil too high as it doesn’t have a high smoke point. Medium heat will do.
Add the brick of ground meat to the oil (photo 1). Next, add the onion and garlic (photo 2).
Cook the meat with a spatula until the meat browns (photos 3-4).
Pumpkin isn’t just for Halloween and spicing up trendy lattes. I love this low-starch veggie all year. I use almost a pound of it pureed in the recipe. Along with the beef bone broth, I next add the pumpkin (photo 5), radishes, celery and spices to the ground meat (photo 6).
Next I give it a good stir to combine (photo 7) and then bring these mix to a boil. Then, bring it to a simmer and let cook for 20 minutes, covered.
I then add the spinach (photo 8) and let it sit covered for another 10 minutes, still simmering. This take on old fashioned hamburger stew should be ready to enjoy at this point (photo 9).
Hamburger Stew With Slow Cooker
If you do have a Crock Pot, some people prefer to cook the ground beef or venison on the stove top in the Dutch oven first and then adding it to the slow cooker. Alternatively, you can make a big batch of browned ground beef and keep it frozen in your freezer. This is a convenient way to add it to the slow cooker.
Really, the choice is yours in this easy hamburger stew recipe. The stew can also be made by adding the ground meat to the slow cooker along with all the other ingredients, with the exception of the spinach. You may just have to break it up as it cooks if not browning first.
I add the spinach only in the last hour of cooking. As for the other ingredients, cook them for up to 6 hours (minimum four hours) at low setting.
That’s it. Pretty simple, right?
Now, if you want to adjust the veggies, you can replace spinach with kale or cabbage. Or, add them both in. If you’re skipping the spinach and want to replace with kale, add the kale during the last hour of cooking time.
Where’s the Beef?
You also might be wondering why if I’m using so much ground meat, I’m also adding beef bone broth for my easy hamburger stew recipe. Isn’t that overdoing it on the beef? I don’t think so.
Personally, I find that beef bone broth makes this stew heartier and more traditional tasting. You could instead use vegetable broth. However, I think that these days, it’s so easy to find healthy, grass-fed beef bone broth.
It sure is easier than making your own … like Omma used to do.
Enjoy this heartwarming low carb stew! And if you give it a try, let us know what you think in the comments.
Easy Hamburger Stew with Crock Pot Option
Looking for an easy low carb stew recipe? Here's one that's AIP Paleo-friendly and even safe for those managing autoimmune disorders.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 pounds ground grass-fed beef or venison
- 1 small onion chopped
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 32 ounces beef bone broth
- 15 ounce pumpkin puree canned or fresh
- 10 ounces radishes chopped
- 4 stalks celery sliced
- 1 1/2 tablespoons sea salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon parsley flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon marjoram
- 1/4 teaspoon sage
- 10 ounces spinach chopped (fresh or frozen)
Heat oil in Dutch oven over medium heat. Add ground meat, onion, and garlic. Cook until meat has browned.
Add in broth, pumpkin, radishes, celery, and spices. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer covered for 20 minutes.
Add spinach and cook covered for another 10 minutes. Adjust seasonings as needed.
Brown ground meat with onion and garlic then transfer to the slow cooker if needed.
Add in broth, pumpkin, radishes, celery, and spices. Cook on low for 4-6 hours. Spinach can be added during the last 1-2 hours of cook time.
Cabbage or kale can be used in place of the spinach. Cabbage can be added in with the radishes. Kale leaves would be added at the end of cooking similar to the spinach.