Whole30 Caramelized Onion and Beef Stew

Paleo Whole30 Caramelized Onion Beef Stew


This Caramelized Onion and Beef Stew is Whole30, Paleo, Gluten-Free and Gut-Healing! This stew is so richly flavored just like your favorite soup from a fancy French restaurant!


Who else thinks the best recipes are those made out of necessity? We’re still bare bones in our grocery stores here, but I was able to find my favorite Bonafide Provisions Beef Bone Broth, sweet potatoes, onions, celery, carrots and herbs. While I could have made a regular old beef stew, I decided to caramelize the onions to provide a rich depth of flavor to some pretty basic ingredients.


My kitchen creativity has been amped up since we’re at home for all 3 meals (and I swear at least 3 snacks) now. Yesterday, I made some dang delicious gluten-free and Paleo baked chocolate frosted donuts. Unfortunately, my husband ate them all before I could take a photo. I’ll need to make them again, so I can share with you here.


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This Caramelized Onion and Beef Stew is Whole30, Paleo, Gluten-Free and Gut-Healing! This stew is so richly flavored just like your favorite soup from a fancy French restaurant!



Okay, let’s get to this recipe. The ingredients list may look long, but most of these you may already have laying around your kitchen.


What You Need For Paleo Beef Stew

  • Sweet potato

  • Carrots

  • Celery

  • Yellow Onion

  • Red Onion

  • Pre-cooked Stew Meat of Choice

  • Green Cabbage

  • Beef Broth

  • Coconut Milk

  • Dried Parsley

  • Apple Cider Vinegar

  • Fresh Rosemary

  • Garlic

  • Bay Leaf

  • Salt and Pepper


If you really want to stretch this meal, you can serve it with cooked organic white rice, gluten-free pasta, or bulk it up with even more root vegetables (just add some extra broth to get the liquid ratio ideal).


How to substitute ingredients to make this stew Whole30, AIP, or Dairy-Free:

  1. AIP: Use olive oil as the cooking fat and eliminate the black pepper.

  2. Whole30: Use ghee or olive oil for your cooking fat.

  3. Dairy-Free: Use olive oil for your cooking fat


Lastly, if you’re looking for some other easy Whole30, Paleo, AIP-Friendly and/or Gut-Healing Stews, definitely check out the following recipes:




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Caramelized Onion and Beef Stew

Prep Time 15 min Cook Time 35 min


4 tablespoons butter, ghee or olive oil 

1 large sweet potato, peeled, 1-inch cubes

1 pound carrots, peeled + sliced diagonally into 2-inch pieces⁣⁣⁣⁣

1 ½ cups chopped celery, 1-inch pieces⁣⁣⁣⁣

3-4 cups green cabbage, thinly sliced

 2 tsp sea salt⁣⁣⁣⁣

1/2 tsp cracked black pepper⁣⁣⁣⁣

1 large yellow onion, halved and thinly sliced⁣⁣⁣⁣

1 large red onion, halved and thinly sliced⁣⁣⁣⁣

3 cups beef bone broth

13.5 oz can coconut milk⁣⁣⁣⁣

2 to 3 cups cooked and diced stew beef of choice*⁣⁣⁣⁣

2 tbsp dried parsley⁣⁣⁣⁣

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar⁣⁣⁣⁣

1 bay leaf⁣⁣⁣⁣

2 tsp minced fresh rosemary⁣⁣⁣⁣

5 cloves garlic, sliced⁣⁣⁣⁣

chopped fresh parsley or cilantro, for serving⁣⁣⁣⁣


    1️⃣ In a large stockpot, heat 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add sweet potato, carrots, celery, 2 tsp salt + pepper to the pot. Cook 6 to 8 minutes, stirring every few min, until crisp-tender.⁣⁣⁣⁣
    2️⃣ Add the cabbage to the pot and cook for another 5 min until wilted and tender, ensuring the root vegetables do not become mushy. ⁣

    3️⃣ *Meanwhile*, in a large skillet, heat remaining 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add the thinly sliced onions and cook until brown and tender, stirring every few. If they stick, add a tbsp of water, cover with a lid + cook a few more minutes. Remove lid, stir + and cook until deeply caramelized and tender. Set aside.⁣⁣⁣⁣
    4️⃣ Add the beef broth, coconut milk, parsley, vinegar, rosemary + bay leaf to pot. Stir in caramelized onions.⁣⁣⁣⁣
    5️⃣ Bring to a boil, reduce heat, add cooked beef + simmer uncovered for 15 to 20 min, until you achieve a rich brown stew. Stir in garlic and fresh herbs. Enjoy!






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    11 comments on “Whole30 Caramelized Onion and Beef Stew

    • How could this be adapted for raw stew meat? I’m used to browning in the same pan to get the flavor through the veggies

      • Alaena Haber says:

        Just as you said! Brown in pan with veggies and cook slowly so you don’t toughen up the stew meat. There is plenty of flavor for the recipe as written though 🙂

      • Alaena Haber says:

        I use the Instant Pot – quick, tender, shreddable meat (if that’s what you’re going for). Leftover roasts work too.

      • I wouldn’t necessarily recommend that as separately caramelizing the onions is necessary for the depth of flavor, and it’ll be harder to control the texture of the cabbage as well. I also find soups translated to the instant pot end up more watery! I would have to play around with this recipe to make it IP friendly 🙂

    • Comforting, tasty and nutrient dense soup! Easy weeknight meal to prepare earlier in the day and have ready for dinner! Had enough for 5 servings and I cooked the stew meat in the Instant Pot. Will definitely make it again!


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