Make-Ahead Doggie Stew Recipe

Homemade Dog Food Recipe

Make-Ahead Dog Food is made with protein rich ingredients. This recipe includes both chicken and organ meat. Look for chicken that’s on sale and freeze it for making this and other favorite dog food recipes. Other vegetables that work well in this recipe: cauliflower, sweet potatoes, and butternut squash. We chose vegetables that aren’t overly starchy but are packed with antioxidants.

All of  our dog food and treat recipes are made without: additives, coloring, by-products, fillers, sweeteners, sodium, or other unhealthy ingredients.

Healthy Homemade Dog Food Recipe

Note: Check with your veterinarian before making any changes to your pet’s diet.   Also, please be aware of any allergies your pet may have to specific ingredients and avoid ingredients which have caused reactions in your pets in the past.   If you are unsure about a specific ingredient found in one of our recipes, introduce the food to your pets in small amounts first.


3 pounds (boneless and skinless) chicken thighs, or about 10-12 thighs
1/4 cup chicken livers
2 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
1 cup frozen green beans
1 apple, core and seeds removed and discarded (cut into 4 pieces)
2-3 cups water
1 cup frozen peas
1 handful fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil

Note: Chicken livers are very inexpensive and typically sold in a tub like container.


Slow cooker method: Add all ingredients, except peas, parsley, and olive oil, to the slow cooker. Use just enough water to cover ingredients. Cover and cook on low 6 to 8 hours or high 4 to 5 hours. About 15 minutes before turning off the slow cooker, add peas and parsley.

Stove top method: Add all ingredients, except peas, parsley, and olive oil, in a large pot. Use enough water to cover ingredients. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook on low 1 hour or until carrots are tender and chicken cook through. About 15 minutes before turning off, add peas and parsley.

Allow ingredients to cool slightly. Using a slotted spoon, add ingredients, and olive oil to a  mixing bowl and either, mash with a fork, potato masher, or use a food processor, depending on the consistency preferred. I like to use a food processor and pulse about 3 to 4 times so that it’s the consistency of canned dog food. Allow to cool completely before dividing into freezer safe ziplock bags or containers.

MAKE-AHEAD: The dog food mixture can be divided up and stored in individual freezer safe ziplock bags. Frozen baggies should be defrosted in the fridge overnight. The serving size will depend on the size and breed of your dog. If you’re unsure of how much to feed your dog, check with your vet first.

16 Comments on "Make-Ahead Doggie Stew Recipe"

  1. Diane  January 26, 2017

    Do u not add brown rice to the recipes?

    • Gale Compton  January 27, 2017

      Diane, Our meal recipes don’t include brown rice.

  2. Debra  February 16, 2017

    What about canning? I do a lot of canning. Can this dog food be canned in small jars

    • Gale Compton  February 16, 2017

      Debra, I’m not too sure about canning but it can be frozen in mason jars. I do this all the time and defrost in the fridge the night before using. 🙂

  3. Lisa  February 20, 2017

    This is a good recipe but What do you use as calcium and do you need a multi vitamin?

    • Gale Compton  February 20, 2017

      Lisa, If you make homemade recipes on an ongoing basis, a good source of calcium is Bone Meal Powder. I use NOW Bone Meal Powder. My dog gets 1/4 teaspoon for every 1/2 cup food. You can also make egg shell powder but I prefer the bone meal powder.

      I make a multi-vitamin mixture which is sprinkled on at each meal, 1/8 teaspoon per 1/2 cup of food. The recipes I use for the vitamin mixture are from this holistic book, Dr. Becker’s Real Food for Healthy Dogs and Cats. It’s important to know how much bone meal and vitamin mixture to add. Be sure to check with you vet before making any changes to your dog’s diet. 🙂

  4. Karen  March 25, 2017

    Can u use beef or pork liver and organ meats in this receipe?

    • Gale Compton  March 25, 2017

      Karen, Definitely! Sometimes I’ll use both chicken (ground) gizzards and hearts. I prefer to use the same type of organ meat as the main meat. For example, I’ll use beef liver when using beef. I’ve started using ground turkey, chicken thighs (grind it myself), and ground beef since our dog is a senior and can’t chew so well. 🙂

  5. Stacey  March 29, 2017

    How much does this make? I have a newly dx Siberian Husky with juvenile diabetes and i’m looking to make her food. Right now she is only 15 pounds, but I’m expecting her to reach around 40 pounds. Do you make every week?

    • Gale Compton  March 29, 2017

      Stacey, I don’t make this weekly, it’s just one of our many doggie recipes. My dog is also on a 100% homemade diet.

      Your Husky will likely eat a lot. 🙂 This recipe makes about 2 quarts.

  6. Soojung  May 2, 2017

    How long should I cook it if I prefer to use a pressure cooker?

    • Nichole Furlong  May 2, 2017

      Great question! In a pressure cooker this will take about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Chicken livers are pretty tough, to make them tender they need a little more cooking time! If you’re using an Instant Pot, use the “Poultry” setting with high pressure!

  7. Evan  May 7, 2017

    This is great to make your own dog food. It is better if it is all left raw as dogs in the wild do not cook. You can also add RAW chicken or turkey bones for calcium

  8. Kaye  May 16, 2017

    Where to get a good quality meat grinder?

  9. Norma Cardwell  July 17, 2017

    Liver is not tough and doesn’t need to be cooked very long, especially chicken livers.
    Most of the recipes could be looked in a pressure cooker for about 30 minutes.
    You can grind meet in a food processor. Chicken, beef, turkey, pork are easily ground in food processors.


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