Easy keto beef stew with spinach recipe is a one pot recipe. It is easy to make and ready in less than 30 minutes. The juices from the bones on the stewing beef mixed with spinach and green pepper makes this dish flavourful and tasty. It is low carb making it perfect for a Keto diet. If you don’t like spinach, you can easily substitute it with other leaf vegetables like kale, rape or cabbage.
I grew up eating this dish. It is a classic Zimbabwean dish served mostly with Sadza(pap). Unfortunately now I can’t eat pap because of the Keto diet I am following so I like to serve it with mashed turnips or cauliflower rice. I can say this is another version of beef stew but instead of adding root vegetables you add leaf vegetables. Green leaf vegetables add a nice colour to this dish and they are low in calories.
What are the ingredients needed?
Just like any stew recipe, you can add your favourite herbs and spices.
Beef is high in protein which helps in building muscles and reduces hunger and appetite. I like to use stewing beef which has meat on the bone. This type of meat adds a rich flavour to this dish than the boneless one. However steaks can be used for this dish, it is all about preferences.
Spinach is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. It adds flavour and colour to the dish. Fresh or frozen can be used.
Onion adds flavour. White or red onion can be used . I like to use white onion as it is mild in flavour, caramelizes well and is lower in calories.
Tomatoes are a great source of vitamin C. Tomatoes add colour and make the stew thicker. Tomatoes should be used in moderation as they are a bit high in carbs.
Green pepper adds flavour. Red or yellow can also be used.
Salt and curry powder adds flavour. Curry powder is optional, you can omit it. I don’t like to use a lot of spices in this dish because I don’t want them to overpower the flavour of the meat and the spinach.
Oil helps the meat from drying and sticking to the pot. You can use any vegetable oil you have.
water helps cook the meat and the tomatoes and prevent them from burning.
How to cook keto beef stew with spinach?
Heat oil in a pot, add beef and close the pot to allow the beef to cook and brown. Turn the beef and brown the other side. Add onion and cook until caramelized, add salt and curry powder (optional) and mix. Add tomatoes, mix then add water. Close the pot and allow to simmer until water is absorbed and meat is tender. If meat is still tough and more water, continue simmering. Add green pepper and spinach on top of the meat, close the pot for 3 minutes until spinach has wilted. Mix spinach with the meat, add water and allow to cook to blend the flavours until stew is thick to your desired consistency. Remove from heat and serve.
How to store leftover beef stew with spinach
When you have leftover beef with spinach, you can put in an airtight container and into the fridge, it can last for 4-5 days. You can also freeze beef with spinach in an airtight container for 3 months.
Ingredients for Easy Keto Beef Stew with Spinach Recipe
400g stewing beef
2 and half cups chopped spinach
1/2 onion chopped
1/4 green pepper chopped
1 tomato chopped
1 teaspoon salt or to taste
1 teaspoon curry powder (optional)
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons oil
Method For Easy Keto Beef Stew with Spinach Recipe
1. Heat oil in a pot, add beef. Cover and allow to cook until excess water is absorbed and beef is browned. turn the beef and brown the other side.
2. Add onions and cook until caramelized, add salt and curry powder and mix.
3 Add tomatoes, mix then add 1/4 cup water, close the pot and allow to cook until the water is absorbed.
3. Add green pepper and spinach, close the pot and allow to cook for 3 minutes until spinach has wilted.
4. Mix spinach with the meat, add the remaining water and allow to simmer with the pot open until the stew is thick to your desired consistency.
5. Remove from the heat and serve with your favourite side dish.
Note; If you are using tough meat, more water will be needed for the meat to be well cooked.
2. After mixing the spinach with the beef, cook while opening the pot to stop the spinach from changing colour.