Patti’s Stew

Original recipe from here.

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Patti’s Stew

Servings 4

Total Time: 60 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Nutrition Information

calories 321

carbohydrate 16g

protein 34g

fat 16g


  • 2 tablespoon(s) bacon drippings
  • 1 medium onion(s) diced
  • 1 pound(s) beef - stew meat
  • 2 cup(s) water or broth (beef, chicken or vegetable)
  • 2 medium celery stalk(s) diced
  • 6 large mushrooms, white button
  • 4 medium carrot(s) sliced (or a few handfuls of baby carrots, sliced)
  • 1 package(s) spinach, frozen (14 oz) thawed and well drained (or any other greens you love)
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) black pepper freshly ground
  • 1 tablespoon(s) parsley, fresh
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) marjoram, ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) sea salt (optional)


  1. Heat a heavy bottomed soup pot over medium-high heat.
  2. When pan is hot, add bacon grease and onion. Brown slightly (about 2-3 minutes).
  3. Add stew meat and brown (about 5 minutes), stirring occasionally.
  4. Turn heat down to medium-low, and add all other ingredients.
  5. Simmer for 35-45 minutes, or until beef is tender.


    1. Typically in a crockpot, you should cook at least 4 hours on low. But this will depend on the size of the meat cubes. Check the meat to make sure it’s reached an internal temperature of at least 145 degrees.

  1. what if I don’t have a crockpot? any other alternative? and for how long should I cook it? would fresh spinach work as well?

    1. If you don’t have a crockpot, you could probably cook it on the stove in a large pot for a few hours on medium-low. However, crockpots are fantastic, and we definitely use them on the Paleo Plan.

  2. I used fresh spinach and it was great. I also added a can of crushed tomatoes. My nonpaleo husband thought this was a great meal. I did cook mine all day (8 hours) on low in the crock pot.

  3. Oops….I got ahead of myself with excitement and did not read the above comments re crock pot. Thanks for posting!

  4. I am just starting this diet and we chose to make the Patti’s Stew for our first meal. WOW, I have been a meat and potato kind of guy all my life and with very little veggies in my diet and this was very good. Can’t wait for lunch to have leftovers. I was totally amazed of how good it was. I was dreading it, but the cooking in the crock pot all afternoon made the whole house smell wonderful and the meal tasted great along with the veggies. I actually ate the spinach and carrots and liked it. Thanks Jason.

  5. I’ve been making this recipe for years and my non-paleo family devours it. I brown the meat in coconut oil instead of bacon grease in a large stock pot and then throw in the rest of the ingredients. I use canned spinach instead of frozen. I also add a little sea salt. Simmer for 30-45 minutes and serve.

    1. @WasatchCrossfit – Sorry to hear that! If it’s too bland, try adding more salt, some wine usually gives it more flavor, or perhaps some broth instead of water. I added broth to the recipe as an option. As is, it’s a really simple recipe with a lot of nutrition, but these recipes can always be improved upon. If you make it again with some changes, let us know how it turns out!

  6. I liked this recipe ALOT. Tastes even better for lunch a day after! I added no salt-added beef broth and that is all it took. At serving time, I added some Mexican oregano and some lime juice and that made it a 10 for me. Great recipe.

  7. this might sound like a dumb question but where do you get the bacon grease if there is no bacon in here. Or i might be understanding it wrong.

    1. lisa – A lot of people, including myself, save their bacon drippings when they cook bacon so they can use it later on. It’s not part of the recipe – it’s just something that a lot of people have on hand.

  8. I fry some bacon, to get the drippings. And at the end add the bacon. Why? Because everything tastes better with bacon. I don’t even measure anymore and just add handfulls of vegetables, especially fresh spinach. It tastes great! Not sure where the bland some people refer to but it could be due to using water instead of broth?

  9. This is really flavorful and delicious! Next times I’ll brown the meat first, to get a good sear, then remove it from the pot and start with the onions. I’ll add the meat back just before simmering.

  10. Would it work if you cooked in a crock pot on low all day (10 hours) while I am at work. I have cooked a roast in the crock pot and put the meat in uncooked and by the end of the day, it is done.

  11. This current recipe (feb 2014) says to simmer on the stove for 35-40 minutes. The meat is horribly tough & I’ve had it on over an hour. I wish I’d read the comments about making it a crock pot. I don’t know if this will be edible to tonight

  12. I’m really disappointed that the recipe doesn’t say anything about using a crock pot. I only noticed as I was just looking through the comments and looked at the original recipe–which says to cook it in a crock pot. I was planning to make this for dinner tonight, but it’s too late in the day to try now. Is it possible to fix the recipe to reflect this?

    1. Marie G – I’m not sure what you mean. The instructions we use do NOT say to use a crock pot, so you could certainly have cooked it later in the day…

  13. The recipe calls for simmering for 35 to 40 minutes which was definitely not enough time. Next time I would brown the meat first, probably dividing into two brownings so that the meat doesn’t steam but actually browns. Then I would sauté the onions, add the rest of the ingredients and put everything into a pressure cooker and cook for 40 minutes or so. Otherwise if cooked on the stove top I would cook much longer, a couple of hours at least.

  14. Delicious! Made this in a dutch oven on the stove top. Browned the meat first and then added other ingredients, as stated. It turned out to be delicious. I left it on the stove for about 45 minutes.
    Even the pickiest eaters in our house loved it!

  15. I absolutely looove eating paleo. Hoping to be able to get back to it reeeeal soon. Being stuck in a wheelchair (Achilles surgery) for a month has really not been… Ummmm, helpful to the body. So looking forward to walking again in two weeks.

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