This Meat Lovers Stew is a gut healthy stew recipe that uses organic stew meat, bratwurst, and bacon! This easy Whole30 stew recipe is a simple one pot stew that cooks in the slow cooker for a healthy and simple dinner.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
You will love this Meat Lovers Stew recipe because not only is this a gut healthy stew, but it’s also an easy Whole30 stew recipe (if you’re into that sorta thing). But, luckily, if you’re not then this is just an incredibly easy and delicious dinner!
I love dinner recipes that are set it and forget it, and that’s what this Meat Lovers Stew recipe is! I created this recipe for my friends at Organic Prairie using their amazing organic meat. I used three kinds of meat here: Organic Stew Meat, Organic Bratwurst, and Organic Pork Bacon!
This gut healthy stew has a base of butternut squash, beef broth, simple spices, and the holy trinity of carrots, celery, and onion. I add baby gold potatoes and stew meat and let this easy Whole30 stew cook in the slow cooker for a few hours.
Ingredients for Meat Lovers Stew
Kettle & Fire Organic Beef Broth (use code MIMIBAKESCOOKIES for 20% off!)
Organic Bay Leaves
Organic Yellow Onion
How to Make Meat Lovers Stew
Slice the carrots, celery and onion. Set aside. Chop the baby gold potatoes in half or quarters, depending on size. Make sure they are all about equal sizes.
Add the beef broth, butternut squash purée, garlic, salt, pepper, thyme, oregano, and sage to a slow cooker. Stir to combine completely.
Add the stew meat, carrots, celery, onion, potatoes, and bay leaves and stir to combine and coat everything.
Slow cook on low for 2 to 3 hours or until potatoes are tender, stir every 30 to 60 minutes. Alternatively, if you do not have a slow cooker, you can do this in a large Dutch oven or pot on the stovetop. Be sure to cover and leave on a low simmer.
When the stew is done, slice the bratwurst and add to the stew. These will steam and warm as long as the lid is on.
Cook the bacon in an oven or in a skillet, making sure to get it crispy. Chop bacon into small bites, the crispier the better, for a stew topping. Serve stew with bacon bites on top. Add red chili flakes for some extra heat (optional)!
Tips for Meat Lovers Stew
• I cook this in the slow cooker, so I don’t need to stand over the stove. But, if you don’t have a slow cooker, you can also do this in a Dutch oven or a large pot. Just be sure to keep it on low/simmer with a lid on and be sure to check and stir it every 30 or so minutes.
• This is a very flexible stew recipe, so if you have other veggies you want to add in, feel free to do so! I use carrots, celery, and onion for the holy trinity of flavors. But other veggies that could also be good would be squash, zucchini, bell peppers, or cauliflower.
• I add in the bratwurst after the stew is done cooking as they are fully cooked. The first time I made this I added the bratwurst in at the beginning and it was fine except they shrunk a little bit. So, for the best results, it’s best to add them at the end. But, if you’re just super lazy and want to add at the beginning it’s totally fine, they will just shrink a bit more.
• Want to make it even healthier? Add in a handful of kale to your bowl before ladling up. The warmth of the soup will cook the kale just enough and that’s all it needs! This will add even more nutrients to your meal.
• If you have a smaller household, no need to make all the bacon at once. I like to put 1 piece of bacon on top of a bowl of stew. So, if you are only cooking for 2 or 4, then just make however much bacon you need.
• When it’s almost done, I cook up some Organic Prairie Bacon. After ladling up a big bowl, I top it with fresh cooked bacon bits. This warm and cozy stew is both healthy and indulgent all at once! It would also make the perfect recipe to make for Halloween when you want to come back to something warm and comforting after being out in the cold!
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Can I make this without a slow cooker?
Yes, you absolutely can make this stew without a slow cooker. I like to use a slow cooker for ease, but a large pot or Dutch oven will do just fine. Just be sure you have a lid. When cooking on the stovetop be sure to cook on low/simmer and stir it frequently.
Can I use another kind of meat?
If you want to add Italian Sausages in place of Bratwurst, that would be a great swap! The Stew Meat keeps this pretty classic and it's already chopped so that's why I prefer to use it. But, you could use another kind of meat in place of the Stew Meat if you really want to! If you are using a Chuck Roast or Brisket, be sure to chop it into small pieces before adding in.
How should I store homemade stew?
Keep leftover homemade stew in a Tupperware in the fridge. You can easily reheat leftovers in a pot over the stovetop or even in the microwave.
Why use organic ingredients in this recipe? You all know I’m a huge organic advocate, and I bet you may be thinking sometimes, Why would I even bother to use organic ingredients in something that is so sweet and indulgent? But, that is the exact reason why you should use organic ingredients! Sweet things need to have flavor in order to be good, otherwise they are just sweet and they don’t taste like much else. Organic ingredients are more pure than conventional ones, therefore they actually have more flavor than the non organic options. Say it with me, organic means more flavor! And not just more flavor but a more true and pure flavor. And organic ingredients are much healthier for you to eat in general as they do not contain GMOs or anything artificial. Plus, you are being environmentally friendly when you choose organic ingredients!
So, I highly recommend that you buy the best organic ingredients for this recipe! You can also shop my Amazon Storefront for all my favorite organic ingredients here. Tip – hover over each ingredient to see the name. And if you want to learn more about organic foods and the difference, read my post here on Food Labels and What They Mean.
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Meat Lovers Stew
- 4 large carrots
- 4 celery stalks
- 1 yellow onion
- 1 ½ pounds baby gold potatoes
- 2 cups beef broth
- 15 ounces butternut squash purée
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 2 teaspoons fine sea salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried sage
- 1 pound Organic Prairie Stew Meat
- 2 bay leaves
- 4 Organic Prairie Bratwursts
- 8 ounces Organic Prairie Bacon
- Slice the carrots, celery and onion. Set aside. Chop the baby gold potatoes in half or quarters, depending on size. Make sure they are all about equal sizes.
- Add the beef broth, butternut squash purée, garlic, salt, pepper, thyme, oregano, and sage to a slow cooker. Stir to combine completely.
- Add the stew meat, carrots, celery, onion, potatoes, and bay leaves and stir to combine and coat everything.
- Slow cook on low for 2 to 3 hours or until potatoes are tender, stir every 30 to 60 minutes. Alternatively, if you do not have a slow cooker, you can do this in a large Dutch oven or pot on the stovetop. Be sure to cover and leave on a low simmer.
- When the stew is done, slice the bratwurst and add to the stew. These will steam and warm as long as the lid is on.
- Cook the bacon in an oven or in a skillet, making sure to get it crispy. Chop bacon into small bites, the crispier the better, for a stew topping. Serve stew with bacon bites on top. Add red chili flakes for some extra heat (optional)!