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  • prep time

    prep time

    10 min

  • cook time

    cook time

    3 h 0 min

  • ready time

    ready time

    3 h 10 min

Keto Hunter's Stew

37 ratings

Hunter’s Stew, also known as Bigos in Poland, is a hearty and filling meal that makes for an excellent lunch or dinner. Particularly in cold weather, each protein-packed bowl will warm you right up. That’s right, this stew is loaded with bacon and Polish kielbasa (hence the name “hunter’s” stew). For the sake of the Ketogenic diet, a few traditional vegetables have been replaced in the recipe. Your life is also being made a little easier, since you can make this Hunter’s Stew in a slow cooker! This recipe makes about 5 cups total.

  • Net Carbs

    4.1 g

  • Fiber

    2.8 g

  • Total Carbs

    6.9 g

  • Protein

    12.8 g

  • Fats

    16.6 g

225 cals

Keto Hunter's Stew

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  • Cabbage Raw

    Cabbage Raw

    2 cup, chopped

  • White Mushrooms

    White Mushrooms

    1 cup, sliced

  • Cauliflower


    1 cup, chopped

  • Red Wine Vinegar

    Red Wine Vinegar

    1 tbsp

  • Salt Table

    Salt Table

    ¼ tsp

  • Black Pepper

    Black Pepper

    ½ tsp

  • Spices Onion Powder

    Spices Onion Powder

    ½ tsp

  • Paprika


    1-½ tbsp

  • Cayenne Pepper

    Cayenne Pepper

    ¼ tsp

  • Spices Caraway Seed

    Spices Caraway Seed

    1 tsp

  • Garlic Raw

    Garlic Raw

    1 clove

  • Polish Sausage Pork

    Polish Sausage Pork

    8 oz

  • Bacon


    4 oz, raw

  • Beef Broth

    Beef Broth

    3-½ cup

  • Parsley Raw

    Parsley Raw

    1 tbsp

Recipe Steps

steps 5

3 h 10 min

  • Step 1

    Chop the cabbage into fine shreds, slice the mushrooms, and chop the cauliflower into bite-sized pieces. Place these ingredients in the bottom of a slow cooker. Drizzle the red wine vinegar over the vegetables.
    Step 1
  • Step 2

    Combine the salt, pepper, onion powder, paprika, cayenne, and caraway seed in a small bowl to make a uniform mix. Sprinkle the seasoning over the vegetables. Mince your garlic and sprinkle this on top, as well.
    Step 2
  • Step 3

    Slice the kielbasa into ¼-inch thick slices and chop the bacon. Place the meat in a shallow pan and cook on medium-high heat for about five minutes, covered, or until the bacon is cooked through and the kielbasa has browned edges.
    Step 3
  • Step 4

    Transfer the kielbasa, bacon, and their juices to the top of the slow cooker ingredients. For a healthier fat alternative, you can discard the juices and replace them with 1 TB of olive oil. However, you may miss out on some flavor. Cover the slow cooker and cook the ingredients on high heat for 1 hour. Then, stir all the ingredients together and pour in the beef broth.
    Step 4
  • Step 5

    Cook on high for 2 hours or on low for 4 hours. Serve with freshly chopped parsley for garnish.
    Step 5

Comments 31

  • UpbeatMacadamia533468

    UpbeatMacadamia533468 2 years ago

    Instant pot

    • CrazyVence

      CrazyVence 3 years ago

      Excellent concept, and easy to make ahead of time, but I had to dock a star simply because the paprika as the primary seasoning in this is just too much. There are many bulkan type dishes that use paprika that I love, but in this one......I'll make it again, but with about 1/4 of the amount.

      • FortuitousMacadamia570511

        FortuitousMacadamia570511 3 years ago

        Can this be cooked in the instant pot?

        • RemarkableArugula883082

          RemarkableArugula883082 2 years ago

          Yes, cooking much simpler in IP. Sauté bacon and sausage in IP, then add other ingredients and cook on high pressure for 30 min with NPR. Came out great!

      • Sonya

        Sonya 3 years ago

        Can I use chorizo sausage instead?

        • recipewriter

          recipewriter 3 years ago

          Yes! Note that substituting with chorizo may alter your macros slightly.

      • Wizabee

        Wizabee 3 years ago

        Doubled, but not liquid, and then added more cabbage an hour before the end... WINNER!

        • Anonymous

          Anonymous 3 years ago

          Absolutely delicious!!!!!

          • MishMosh

            MishMosh 4 years ago

            Made exactly how described and was absolutely delicious!

            • ANISSALOU

              ANISSALOU 4 years ago

              Not a fan of cauliflower so I left that out and it was absolutely delicious!

              • KK

                KK 4 years ago

                Scrumptious! Added 1 tsp heavy cream to bowl and makes it so good.

                • Kathryn

                  Kathryn 4 years ago

                  Can I replace the kielbasa with chicken? And how would the macros change?

                  • recipewriter

                    recipewriter 4 years ago

                    Yes! Per serving, the kielbasy accounts for 1g carbs, 12g fat, and 7g protein.

                • KathyO

                  KathyO 4 years ago

                  Amazing. I did 1/2 broth so not a stew.

                  • Sam

                    Sam 4 years ago

                    Delicious. Next time I would undercook the bacon because it continues cooking a bit in the slow cooker.

                    • Anonymous

                      Anonymous 4 years ago

                      serving size is one bowl? What if my bowl is 2 gallons? Are the macros the same? You need to include more precise measurements

                      • recipewriter

                        recipewriter 4 years ago

                        One bowl here is 8 fl oz. You may also go by weight, which is always listed in the nutrition label below the comments.

                    • Kevin C

                      Kevin C 4 years ago

                      I actually added some crushed red pepper flakes it was amazing

                      • Rockycat1

                        Rockycat1 4 years ago

                        Loved it, but way too spicy for my husband! I will make it again , but will tweek the spices a bit. It could be a good use for leftover veggies.

                        • Gotane

                          Gotane 4 years ago

                          How many calories and carbs per one cup serving ?

                          • recipewriter

                            recipewriter 4 years ago

                            In this instance, 1 "bowl" is an 8 fl oz cup of stew. The nutritional info per serving is listed at the very top of the recipe.

                        • Gotane

                          Gotane 4 years ago

                          How many calories and carbs per one cup serving ?

                          • Hemmieweizen

                            Hemmieweizen 4 years ago

                            Use low-sodium beef stock, cut the paprika in half, add some umami seasoning from Trader Joe’s, and this meal is a winner!

                            • Closey4

                              Closey4 4 years ago

                              Made this on the stove top. Had to substitute cabbage with 1/2 cup of sour kraut. The soup has the flavor of a Polish, hot & sour soup. It is a wonderful way to warm the tummy.

                              • ddisabell77

                                ddisabell77 4 years ago

                                Yummmers!!!! This recipe is a keeper!

                                • Misty

                                  Misty 4 years ago

                                  This was soooooo good! I made everything almost exact other than cutting 1/2 tsp of paprika and I used only half of the cayenne. I was nervous but probably could have handled the whole thing. My family LOVED this and want me to make it again. I made rice for them to put it on so this is perfect for the whole family!!! Thank you so much!!! I’m always looking for yummy recipes that I can serve the entire house with Keto or not. I will be making your recipe for years to come!!! 💕💕

                                  • Kiki D

                                    Kiki D 4 years ago

                                    We really enjoyed this dish! Cut back on the cayenne to 1/8 tsp. Can anyone suggest something to thicken up the sauce a bit?

                                    • ZJordan

                                      ZJordan 4 years ago

                                      We used 2 teaspoons of psyllium husk but found this to be way too much and turn the stew into almost a jello consistency and unfortunately ruined the stew. Is either try Xanthan gum next time or use a lot less of the husk.

                                    • Schoolie

                                      Schoolie 4 years ago

                                      Xanthan gum works well.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Anonymous 4 years ago

                                      I used 2 teaspoons of psyllium husk powder

                                  • Big D

                                    Big D 5 years ago

                                    Great taste. Sub’d home made beer cheese jalapeño Brats for kielbasa.