Hot and Spicy Habanero Beef Stew

This very spicy beef stew full of vegetables, spices, and habanero peppers is slow-cooked to perfection and will warm anyone up on long, cold winter days, but is fantastic all year long.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
4 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 30 mins
8 servings


  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 3 tablespoons paprika

  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper, divided

  • 1 pound beef chuck, cut into cubes

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 4 cups vegetable broth

  • 4 potatoes, cut into cubes

  • 1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chile peppers (Optional)

  • 2 carrots, diced

  • 1 tomato - peeled, seeded, and chopped (Optional)

  • 1 habanero pepper, seeded and chopped

  • 1 habanero pepper, halved and seeded

  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon caraway seeds


  1. Combine flour, paprika, and 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper in a large, resealable plastic bag; shake to mix. Add beef and shake to coat beef in flour mixture. Remove beef from bag and shake to remove any excess flour mixture.

  2. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook beef in hot oil until browned on all sides, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove beef with a slotted spoon to a slow cooker, retaining oil and drippings in the skillet.

  3. Saute onion in retained drippings until soft and translucent, 5 to 7 minutes; add to beef in slow cooker.

  4. Stir vegetable broth, potatoes, diced tomatoes with green chile peppers, carrots, tomato, chopped habanero pepper, habanero pepper halves, black pepper, and caraway seeds with the beef and onion in the slow cooker.

  5. Cook on Low for 4 hours. Remove and discard the habanero pepper halves before serving.

Cook's Notes:

Use jalapeno instead of habanero to reduce heat.

Adding fresh tomato and tomatoes with chiles is optional but it makes the stew more hearty.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

270 Calories
10g Fat
34g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 270
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 26mg 9%
Sodium 407mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 31mg 153%
Calcium 54mg 4%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 751mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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