Basic Beef Stew 

adapted from


1 lb beef chuck, cubed

2 Tbl coconut oil

1 large onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 Tbl tomato paste

8 oz fresh mushrooms, sliced

3-4 carrots, coarsely chopped (about 2 cups)

1 heaping cup green beans, snipped and cut into


2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into ½”


2 cups homemade beef stock

1 Tbl arrowroot powder (grain free thickener)

2 tsp cold water

¼ cup chopped fresh parsley


1. Heat tallow in a large cast iron dutch oven over medium heat. Add beef; sauté until browned.

2. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on a plate. Add onions and sauté for about 4 minutes; add garlic and sauté for another 2 minutes.

3. Return beef and any juices to pot; stir in tomato paste, then add broth and enough water to just cover. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until beef is tender, about 1 ½ hours.

4. Add carrots, mushrooms, potatoes and green beans. Cover partially; simmer about 30-45 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Remove the lid and allow to thicken slightly.

5. In a small bowl, mix arrowroot and water and stir into stew. Increase heat and bring to a slight boil for 1 minute. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.

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