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Whole30 Budget Beef Stew - Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, egg-free. Instant pot, slow cooker, or oven. Easy!

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Beef stew was one of my comfort food favorites as a kid. But stew meat can be pricey, so I created this affordable, budget-friendly version of beef stew with ground beef instead. It tastes just as delicious and has the fantastic bonus of having hidden veggies in the broth! My boys aren’t fans of cauliflower, but they haven’t been able to sniff it out yet in this recipe.

I love the simplicity of making this in the Instant Pot, but it also works great on the stove or in a slow cooker. It’s gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, egg-free and freezer-friendly. Easy to make and kid-friendly. You’re going to love this Whole30 Budget Beef Stew!

Whole30 Budget Beef Stew - Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, egg-free. Instant pot, slow cooker, or oven. Easy!

Whole30 Budget Beef Stew

Autumn @wholefoodfor7
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Servings 8 people (1 1/2 cups each)


  • 2 pounds ground beef see notes for vegan option
  • 4 cups beef broth or bone broth see notes for vegan option
  • 1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 1 pound Yukon gold or russet potatoes, chopped
  • 3 medium or 2 large fresh carrots, chopped
  • 1 large head fresh cauliflower, leaves removed and head chopped into large florets
  • 1 10 ounce bag frozen peas optional


  • In a large pot over medium heat on the stove or in an Instant Pot on Saute, cook the ground beef until browned and no longer pink, about 10 minutes.
  • Add all other ingredients to the pot, Instant pot, or slow cooker (adding ground beef to slow cooker as well).
  • STOVE: Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce to a simmer over medium heat and cook, covered, for 30 minutes, until veggies are tender, stirring occasionally.
  • INSTANT POT: Seal the Instant Pot lid and cook on the Stew setting for 25 minutes. Manually release the steam when done.
  • SLOW COOKER: Fasten the lid and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.
  • ALL METHODS - DON'T MISS THIS STEP! Once the cooking time is finished, remove the bay leaf. Scoop out all the cauliflower florets and some of the broth and puree them in a blender or food processor at high speed until creamy. Return the mixture to the stew and stir until well combined.
  • Stir in frozen green peas. This will help cool it off! Let the frozen green peas sit in the stew for 5 minutes before serving.
  • TO FREEZE: Store in a sealed container for up to 3 months. We prefer to do this in individual portions.


VEGAN OPTION: Use vegan ground "beef" crumbles instead. I love Abbott's, which are also Whole30 Approved. And use vegetable broth instead of beef broth.

Such a fantastic nourishing, hearty stew!


  1. 5 stars
    Yummmmy! My family laughed when I told them the name and what i was cooking and what all was in it, but guess what? They all loved it and got seconds. We were left with zero leftovers.I love this cookbook. Everyday I find myself flipping through it to find substitutions for things and how to cook something new.

    • WOOT WOOT! I’m so happy it was a family win and you are loving my cookbook. Thank you!

  2. 5 stars
    This is one of the first recipes I have tried from whole food for 7 and it will not be the last! Holy moly! Sooo delicious and affordable! My meal prep for the week did not take long at all mainly due to this quick recipe! Thank you so much for sharing your recipes!

    • I’m so happy this recipe proved to be delicious, easy, and budget-friendly – exactly what I was going for. Thanks for the review!

  3. 5 stars
    Just made this tonight and it’s great! My husband couldn’t tell there was cauliflower in it either! Great way to use of a lot of veggies in my fridge. I added more carrots, used a full 16 ounce bag of peas, a few stalks of celery, and fresh garlic along with the garlic powder.

    • LOVE a veggie win and so glad this was one! Thanks for sharing what additions you enjoyed and for the review!


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