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Keto Beef Stew with Bacon (Instant Pot, Stove Top, or Crockpot)

This easy Keto Beef Stew with Bacon and Mushrooms is so full of flavor and so tender! When you use your Instant Pot, stove top, or Crockpot, you can have tender and delicious beef stew anytime.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: dinner, stew
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Beef stew in instant pot, gluten free, low carb stew, recipe for beef stew
Servings: 6
Calories: 310kcal


  • 4 Slices Thick Cut Bacon, Sliced
  • 2-3 Pounds Beef Stew Meat
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon Black Pepper
  • ½ Large Onion, Diced
  • 3 Carrots, Peeled and Diced (see notes for using radishes)
  • 8 Ounces Baby Bell Mushrooms, Quartered
  • ½ teaspoon Dried Thyme
  • 2 Cups Beef Broth
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum (click here to see my favorite brand on Amazon)


  • In the electric pressure cooker, press the sauté button and adjust until "more" is highlighted. When the display reads hot, add the diced bacon. Cook the bacon until it is crisp, remove it to drain on paper towels, reserving the bacon grease in the pot.
  • In a large bowl, add the beef stew meat and salt. Add half of the beef to the Instant Pot and let it sauté until brown. Remove to a plate and add the rest of the beef to sauté until brown.
  • Hit the cancel button, then add all of the beef to the pot, the onion, carrots, mushrooms, thyme, and beef broth.  Be sure to scrape any stuck on burned bits from the bottom of the pot.
  • Place the lid on the pot, set the valve to sealing, and set to high pressure cook for 35 minutes. When the pot is finished cooking, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then release the rest of the pressure manually by turning the valve.  
  • Remove the lid, whisk in the Xanthan gum to thicken, and serve in bowls with the reserved cooked bacon on top of each bowl.  


  • Stove top instructions: Sauce the bacon over medium heat in a heavy bottom pot until crisp.  Remove the bacon from the pot and set aside, reserving the bacon fat in the pot.  Add the seasoned beef, onions, mushrooms, and carrots to the pot and season with salt and pepper.  Brown beef on all sides and let onions soften.  Add in the beef broth, dried thyme, and xanthan gum.  Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer.  Cover and let cook for 1 hour or until the beef is fork tender. 
  • Crockpot Instructions:  Add everything to the crockpot except the vegetables.  Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.  With 1 hour remaining in the cook time, mix in the vegetables. 
  • Radishes instead of Carrots: Radishes are a great alternative to carrots as they have almost zero carbs.  You can add them into this recipe just as you would the carrots.


Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g