B & B Stew

For several months now, as I loaded up the slow cooker with meats and veggies several times a week,  I wondered what it would taste like to include beets in a stew. I hesitated because I worried the sweetness of the beets would be offset in a dish that is typically savory, like a stew.

This week, I gave it a try and it turns out — it’s delicious! The sweetness of beets disappears and the earthy flavor becomes prominent.

I decided to call this B&B Stew for two reasons.  First, Beef and Beet Stew isn’t a super appealing name.  It sounds a bit utilitarian. Where’s the sassiness and fun?

Secondly, B&B evokes the concept of a bed and breakfast — and bed and breakfasts are such cozy, homey environments and the perfect place for a warm, flavorful, simple stew, such as this one.

I drizzled lime coconut milk on top and garnished with chives to make it pretty, but you could also just stir those ingredients in at the very end if you are not planning to present your meal to guests or photograph it for your blog.

B & B Stew

For stew –

Beets, 2, 3-inch diameter (about 5-6 cups cubed)

Onion, 1, chopped

Beef stew meat, 1 pound, cubed

Beef broth, 2 cups

Water, 2 cups

Juice from 1 lime

Paprika, 3 tablespoons

Garlic powder, 1 tablespoon

Salt and pepper to taste

For toppings –

Coconut milk, ½ cup

Juice from 1 lime

Salt and pepper


  1. Chop beets into ½” cubes.
  2. Add all ingredients to slow cooker and mix together.
  3. Cook on low for 8-10 hours.
  4. Make topping sauce by mixing together coconut milk, lime juice, salt and pepper.
  5. Serve stew drizzled with topping sauce and garnished with chives.