This Jamaican beef stew is a spicy delicious warming meal that is easy to make in the slow cooker for a full meal when you get home.

Jamaican beef stew in a white bowl on wooden board with cloth
Jamaican Beef Stew

Choosing the best ingredients for this recipe

The best beef for the Jamaican beef stew is lean stewing steak as it cooks perfectly and makes the recipe flavourful without excess fat.

Whilst this Caribbean beef stew recipe does recommend red peppers if you only have another colour feel free to substitute those as the taste will only be changed a little.

If you prefer to make your own seasonings you can make jerk seasoning yourself easily.

Ingredients for Jamaican beef stew

How to make this recipe without a slow cooker

If you do not have a slow cooker then the best way to make this Caribbean beef stew recipe is to brown the beef off and partially cook then put all ingredients into a casserole dish in the oven for around 3 hours at 180°c.

lean diced beef
Lean diced beef

It is much better in the slow cooker though so I would advise just buying one if you do not own one as there are so many amazing recipes you can make in a slow cooker.

slow cooker with a tomato and two onions sitting in front of it.
Slow cooker

What makes this recipe Jamaican or Caribbean?

The selection of spices in this recipe is what gives it a Jamaican taste. Don’t let looks deceive you, it may sound like it doesn’t have enough chilli or spices in but when slowly cooked it is actually quite a spicy Caribbean beef stew.

My advice would be to make it like this before deciding if you want to adapt the recipe next time. Unless of course, you like the hottest foods ever, in which case maybe chuck another 6 chillies in!

After this spicy recipe, you surely deserve a dessert? Check out all my desserts and find one that suits you. I would recommend the Blueberry and vanilla semifreddo.

blueberry semifreddo
Blueberry semifreddo

Should you enjoy this recipe on a diet?

If you want a change from your usual meals and follow Slimming World, Weight Watchers (WW), Noom or any other weight loss plan this is a great recipe to try. It is of course important to check any plan you follow and remember all nutritional information and ingredients are found in the recipe card below.

Ingredients for Jamaican beef stew

Step-by-step instructions

Place the beef in the bottom of the slow cooker.

lean diced beef
Lean diced beef

Top with the cut potatoes and carrots.

Add peppers and onion.

Add garlic, ginger, chilli, paprika, jerk seasoning, and thyme with the beef stock to a bowl

Mix together well.

Pour this mixture over the contents of the slow cooker and stir well.

Cook in a slow cooker on low for 7-8 hours.

Jamaican beef stew in a white bowl on wooden board with cloth


Other recipes you might enjoy

If you like something spicy then do check out my Nigerian Jollof rice, Caribbean pepperpot stew, spicy potatoes or my Jerk chicken recipes. They are lovely and have a similar sort of spice to this Jamaican beef stew.

jollof rice
Nigerian jollof rice

For a lighter Caribbean dish perfect for a picnic how about my Caribbean rice recipe? It is great as a buffet dish or for a cold summery meal.

Jerk chicken
Jerk chicken

Do you like to use your slow cooker? Have you tried all my slow cooker recipes?

Italian meatball soup in white bowl
Italian meatball soup

More beef recipes you might like are traditional beef stew, beef bourguignon, beef in black bean sauce, or perhaps a doner kebab.

Beef in black bean sauce
Beef in black bean sauce

Do you want to try eating like a Jamaican for a week? Check out this post from fellow bloggers Joleisa.

Beef Stew
Beef stew
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Jamaican beef stew

Healthy Jamaican Beef Stew recipe Caribbean stew

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  • Author: JustAverageJen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 hours
  • Total Time: 7 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Portions 1x
  • Category: Main Meal
  • Method: Slow cooker
  • Cuisine: Jamaican
  • Diet: Low Calorie


A delicious spicy stew recipe with Jamaican flavours that is easy to make in the slow cooker and full of flavour.



650g beef stewing steak (visible fat removed)

1 tsp Jerk Seasoning

1 tsp finely grated fresh ginger

1 Red Chilli sliced with seeds

2 Red Peppers (deseeded and cut into bite-size chunks)

2 Garlic cloves, crushed

1.5 tbsp Tomato puree

1 large onion (diced)

500g baby potatoes (halved if big)

2 tsp dried Thyme

1 tsp Paprika

2 Large Carrots cut into 1cm thick slices

500ml Beef stock


Place the beef in the bottom of the slow cooker and top with potatoes and carrots. Then add peppers, onion, garlic, ginger, chilli, paprika, jerk seasoning, and thyme. Finally pour over the beef stock.

Cook in a slow cooker on low for 7-8 hours.

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Hi, I’m Jen Mellor; I live in Nottingham, UK. and use my knowledge and experience in weight loss and confidence to help you become your own cheerleader and best friend. I am usually seen wearing colourful leggings and love to wear bright colours. Wear what you love, and be proud of your style and choices!

One Comment

  1. Massive hit with the hubby and me… the Jamaican flavours were intense but perfectly balanced. Gorgeous! Loved the ease of the dish too – slow cookers are the best.

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