Slow Cooker Beef and Black Bean Stew

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Oh yes baby, 34 grams of lean & clean protein! Need we say more.

While the origins of chili, as a dish, are disputed, the delicious concoction of hearty protein with a chili pepper kick is believed to originate in Texas. Since its inception, chili has taken on many forms! Many Texans prefer chili con carne, made with beef and nothing else but chilis, the spicier the better. Some chili recipes add black beans, tomatoes, and various herbs or other veggies. At Skinny Ms., we’ve tried our hand (and succeeded!) at concocting a variety of different types of chili, all healthy and wholesome, and all 100% delicious.

This Slow Cooker Beef and Black Bean Stew is one of our favorite healthy stew recipes, as it combines two excellent sources of protein which also happen to be lean. Lean beef stew meat is low in fat, black beans have zero fat and cholesterol, and both are low in calories and are sugar-free. Plus, black beans are fiber-rich, making them one of our favorite multi-taskers.

We add nothing to this recipe but extra virgin olive oil and a few ingredients that amp up the flavor without adding any fat or excess calories. Savory chili powder, cumin, and bay leaves give this chili a delicious taste. Serve it on top of brown rice, or with a side of cornbread. This stew is a healthy, hearty treat.

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Slow Cooker Beef and Black Bean Stew

Here is a stew that will soon become a slow cooker favorite with wholesome ingredients and excellent flavors.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes
Yield 6 people
Serving Size
Course Dinner
Cuisine American


  • 1 pound lean beef stew meat
  • 1 onion medium, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 30 ounces black beans cans, drained
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 cups beef broth low-sodium
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper to taste
  • 1 potato large, cubed
  • 2 carrots diced
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil


  • Add all ingredients to the slow cooker, cover, and cook on low 6-8 hours or high 3-4.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 388kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 793mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 3g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 9
Keywords Gluten-Free, Slow Cooker

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Rowena Dumlao-Giardina

Rowena is a recipe developer and food & travel writer/photographer from Italy with Asian roots. Creating healthy dishes in her own kitchen is priority. She believes there is nothing more satisfying than knowing that her family is eating natural & nutritious meals.

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  1. I made this over the weekend with stewing beef that had been smoked over mesquite wood in our smoker. It’s *amazing*!

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