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Slow Cooker Mediterranean Beef Stew

This Slow Cooker Mediterranean Beef Stew with rosemary and balsamic vinegar will be a hit with everyone who loves olives and capers! 

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Slow Cooker Low-Carb Mediterranean Beef Stew with Rosemary and Balsamic Vinegar found on KalynsKitchen.com

On Halloween night you know the kids aren’t going to want to eat anything but candy, so why not make this slow Slow Cooker Mediterranean Beef Stew with lots of adult flavors to keep the grown-ups happy? You can start this mid morning and by dinner time it will be ready to go, and this is great for a low-carb meal.

If you’ll be gone all day, just do the advance prep the night before, refrigerate the ingredients in a plastic container, and put the cold ingredients in the slow cooker and let it cook all day while you’re out.  I’d love this with a dollop of sour cream on top, but no matter how you eat it, this stew is loaded with flavor.  (There are also stove-top instructions if you don’t have a slow cooker.)

I realize, (and some people remind me occasionally!) that some of you don’t like having to saute the meat or other ingredients before you put them in the slow cooker.  I recommend doing that because I think browning the meat or onions adds flavor to slow cooker dishes, and sauteeing mushrooms removes the extra liquid that doesn’t get cooked off in the slow cooker.  But I don’t take it personally if you ignore my instructions, and I think this will still be pretty good even if you just dump the ingredients in the slow cooker and turn it to low.

Slow Cooker Low-Carb Mediterranean Beef Stew with Rosemary and Balsamic Vinegar found on KalynsKitchen.com

How to Make Slow Cooker Mediterranean Beef Stew:

(Scroll down for complete printable recipe.)

  1. Slice 8 oz. mushrooms and chop up one small onion.
  2. Heat a small amount of olive oil and cook the mushrooms.  When they’re brown and the pan is dry, add them to the slow cooker.
  3. While the mushrooms cook trim the chuck steak into bite-sized pieces. (I trim away the fatty parts, and save all those fatty pieces to make homemade beef stock.)
  4. After you remove the mushrooms, add a little more oil and lightly brown the chopped onions; then add them to the slow cooker.
  5. Then add a little more oil, add the pieces of beef and cook until they are well browned on all sides.  Add the browned beef to the slow cooker.
  6. De-glaze pan with one cup of homemade beef stock or beef broth, cook until slightly reduced, then add to the slow cooker.
  7. While the beef browns slice the garlic pieces and olives, measure the capers, and chop the rosemary and parsley. Add the can of diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, balsamic vinegar, olives, garlic slices, chopped rosemary, chopped parsley, and capers. 
  8. Cook for 6-8 hours on low (or slightly longer if you prep the night before and started with ingredients that were cold.)  This can also be cooked on high for 3-4 hours, but I prefer longer cooking on low for beef.
  9. The last photo shows how the stew looked when it had cooked all day and was ready to eat.  Season with fresh ground black pepper (and a little salt if desired), and eat!

Slow Cooker Mediterranean Beef Stew with Rosemary and Balsamic Vinegar (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free, Paleo) found on KalynsKitchen.com

More Slow Cooker Recipes with Beef:

Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker Beef Recipes ~ Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker
Green Chile Shredded Beef Cabbage Bowl with Avocado Salsa ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Slow Cooker Peperoncini Beef Sandwiches from A Year of Slow Cooking
Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos with Spicy Slaw and Avocado from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef from Elly Says Opa!

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This recipe has been added to a new category called Weekend Food Prep  to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!

Slow Cooker Mediterranean Beef Stew

Slow Cooker Mediterranean Beef Stew

Yield 6 servings
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 25 minutes

Slow Cooker Mediterranean Beef Stew is a delicious variation on beef stew that's low in carbs.


  • 1-2 T olive oil (depends on your pan)
  • 8 oz. sliced mushrooms
  • 1 small onion, diced in 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 lbs. trimmed and diced chuck steak, cut in bite-sized pieces (see notes)
  • 1 cup beef stock (see notes)
  • 1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce (see notes)
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar (see notes for lower-carb alternative)
  • 1 can black olives, cut in half or fourths
  • 20 cloves garlic, cut in thin slices (optional, but good)
  • 2 T finely chopped fresh rosemary (see notes)
  • 2 T finely chopped fresh parsley (see notes)
  • 1 T capers (or more)
  • fresh ground black pepper and salt to taste


Slow Cooker Instructions:

  1. Heat small amount of olive oil in heavy frying pan over medium-high heat, add mushrooms and cook several minutes, until starting to brown. Add mushrooms to slow cooker.
  2. Add a little more oil, then cook diced onions about 5 minutes, or until starting to brown. Add onions to slow cooker.
  3. Add a little more oil again, then add diced beef and brown well, about 10-15 minutes. Don’t rush the browning step. Add beef to the slow cooker.
  4. Add 1 cup beef stock to the pan and simmer a few minutes until slightly reduced, scraping off all browned bits, then add that stock to the slow cooker.
  5. Add diced tomatoes and juice, tomato sauce, balsamic vinegar, olives, garlic, rosemary, parsley, capers, and a little black pepper. Stir gently to combine, then put lid on Crockpot and cook 6-8 hours on low. (You could cook this 3-4 hours on high, but for a recipe with large pieces of garlic like this I prefer the low setting.)
  6. Season to taste with salt and more fresh ground black pepper and serve hot.
  7. If you do all the advance preparation the night before and put the combined ingredient in the refrigerator overnight, this could cook as long as 10 hours in the Crockpot while you’re at work. Manufacturers don’t recommend putting crockery liner with prepared ingredients in the refrigerator; store in another container so contents stay cold, then put in Crockpot in the morning.

Stovetop Instructions:

  1. Follow all the preparation steps as outlined, putting ingredients in heavy dutch oven type pan. Add one cup additional beef stock. Simmer on very low heat about 2 hours.


I used about 3 cups meat, for stove-top cooking I might use a more tender cut of meat. Use 2 cups beef stock for stovetop cooking. If you don't have fresh rosemary, use 1 T dried cracked rosemary. I would grind the rosemary in a mortar and pestle or spice grinder or pound with a meat mallet. If you don't have fresh parsley, use 1 T dried parsley.

If you want to make a version of this recipe that's even lower in carbs, skip the tomato sauce and use 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar plus a little sweetener to replace the balsamic vinegar.

This recipe was created by Kalyn.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 541Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 12gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 145mgSodium: 524mgCarbohydrates: 10.5gFiber: 3gSugar: 11gProtein: 46g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This Slow Cooker Beef Stew with low-carb ingredients would be suitable for most low-carb  and low-glycemic diets, including any phase of the South Beach Diet. If you choose approved ingredients it can also be Paleo or Whole 30. This might be too high in carbs for Keto, but if you want to make a version of this recipe that’s even lower in carbs, skip the tomato sauce and use 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar plus a little sweetener to replace the balsamic vinegar.

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    70 Comments on “Slow Cooker Mediterranean Beef Stew”

  1. Holy WOW. I made this last evening and it was AWESOME. And I’m not an internet caps user. I used kalamata olives, and fewer of them, because they were in the fridge. I also used no sodium added tomato products, so compensated with a little spike seasoning (thank you, kalyn for tipping me off about Spike!). I also had a Costco tub of whole garlic cloves (again, thank you Kalyn), so I threw in about a cup, roughly chopped. PHENOMENAL!!! Yum, yum, yum, yum! And this morning, I weight half a pound less than yesterday–I did trim off the largest of the fat streaks in the chuck. Thank you South Beach, and thank you Kalyn!

  2. This recipe looks mouthwateringly fabulous! Such a rich combination of flavors. I’m making it this weekend.


  3. Kalyn – I love your step-by-step photos!! And the recipe sounds good too. I’m growing some rosemary on my windowsill, and it’s big enough for kitchen usage soon. Cannot wait!

  4. Anonymous, don’t know why we’re missing it (I missed it too after you left your comment) but right after parsley it says 1 T capers. I knew there were capers! They’re definitely optional though. I’m sure this would taste fine without them.

  5. Are there Capers in this? I am thinking this is a typo as I don’t see in the directions where to add the olives.

    Just in the process of making it, look delicious.

  6. Kalyn, I’ve been hanging on to this recipe, just waiting for the right day to make it. Today, while the world outside is coating itself with ice, seemed perfect! It’s in the crock-pot right now, and Steve’s already bugging me about when it’s going to be ready. I’m definitely looking forward to dinner!

  7. Anonymous, thanks for the feedback. I think this is going to be one of my all time favorite stew recipes.

  8. Im new to the SouthBeach diet… my first week is rounding to an end… I want to say thank you! Your site has been a great help to me! I tried this stew, absolutely AMAZING flavor, sooo delicious!

  9. Kalyn,
    I’m not a big stew lover, but I think it is because I’m not eating the right stew. That looks incredible!

  10. Yummy!!:)) Absolutly must for cold winter days.
    Hope your doing well again after this awesome week.

  11. This looks so good! I love food of the Meditteranean anyway, so it is destined for my table


  12. At first glance I thought those were whole unpitted olives…ick!

  13. Olives, garlic, Balsamic, rosemary…with all those wonderful ingredients ‘stew’ hardly seems an adequate name. I’m trying this next week, I love anything cooked with olives.

  14. A fool-proofed recipe for my new crockpot! Thank you.
    It’s my pleasure to be the host of your WHB this week. Glad to hear that your thinks at home a getting better.

  15. Thanks everyone for the nice comments. It was really delicious. I do agree that food like this is one good thing about winter, but that’s about all about winter I can get excited about.

    AF, I wish I had a South facing window. My house faces north, and the windows in the south are all tiny so I don’t think I’d ever be able to grow Rosemary inside. Darn!

  16. Love your blog, the beautiful design and all the great recipes! Thank you! And I’m glad you have water again. Re: fresh rosemary, I’m located in the very cold northeast and have been keeping a rosemary plant alive in a south facing window for over a year. It’s almost all used up as I love it and use it faster than it grows. Having “black thumbs” I killed two previous ones in winters past, but have learned the trick is to water it generously as needed and mist it generously as well. Rosemary plants and 3′ bushes are sold here in the farmers’ market in the fall. Thanks again.

  17. Oh, yum! This is everything thats good about the winter.

  18. My stomach just growled at me while reading this! The stew looks like a winner!

  19. Your stew is fully packed with flavors! The Mediterranean accent definitely wins my heart, esp in such a cold day!

  20. Yum! This looks delicious! My husband would love it for the olives alone!
    Perfect winter food!