Slow Cooker Campfire Stew (SW friendly) recipe


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I love preparing a meal for the slow cooker knowing that when I get home from work later that day, the dinner should be ready to serve. This campfire stew is a fantastic winter warming meal that the whole family will love and it is super easy to do.

We really love gammon in our house so we used a small gammon joint with all visible fat removed. I soaked the gammon joint in a bowl full of water overnight to reduce the salty taste. The ingredients for this Campfire Stew meal are really simple but is so effective.


Small gammon or pork joint (all visible fat removed)
1 chopped onion
3 crushed garlic cloves
2 chopped peppers
2 tins of baked beans (normal tin size)
1 teaspoon of chilli powder (we used hot chilli powder)
1 tablespoon of smoked paprika
6 tablespoons of tomato puree


Place all ingredients into the slow cooker, give it a good stir around and pop the lid on. Cook for 6 hours on low (or leave it on until you come home from work like we did) remove the gammon/pork and shred into small bitesize pieces. Return the gammon/pork to the slow cooker, stir and serve.

We had this for dinner this evening and it was beautiful. It serves 4 good size portions so even feeding my son, and a second small helping for myself, there’s some left over for my husband’s lunch at work tomorrow.

Next time, I’m going to use all the same ingredients but add in mushrooms to bulk out the meal to include more than two vegetables. I’m sure you could add any of your favourite vegetables to bulk it out as long as they weren’t too strongly flavoured but perhaps you might like it like that.

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This recipe is synfree on Slimming World and is perfect for Extra Easy SP days as there are no carbs in it at all just lovely filling speed foods and protein. Yum!

If you don’t like the saltiness of the gammon, soak the meat overnight in a bowl of cold water and drain before popping it into the slow cooker. Enjoy!


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  • Reply Donna 12/01/2015 at 10:13 pm

    This looks amazing! I love my slow cooker and love gammon, this looks like a winning combo! x

    • Reply Barry Roberts 03/12/2015 at 2:33 pm

      i’ll tell you now its bloody lovley, most delicious scran ive had in years

  • Reply Hayley @hayleyfromhome 13/01/2015 at 9:37 am

    This sounds yummy! I haven’t tried the SP plan yet but I think I will in a couple of weeks. I would have to make a smaller version for me as my husband doesn’t eat ham but would be great to have in and lovely for the colder weather xx

  • Reply Deb Foster 16/01/2015 at 10:11 pm

    I did this tonight for tea with butternut squash chips! Yum! Delicious! Thanks for sharing x

  • Reply Mardykerrie 16/04/2015 at 10:21 pm

    Our sw leader recommended this and just googled the recipe – your blog post was the first result and this looks yummy! Defo going to try this xxx :)

  • Reply melissa 14/05/2015 at 3:09 pm

    Did any water go in this thanks

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  • Reply Elaine Ashton 27/06/2015 at 10:01 am

    This looks amazing – I’m trying it tonight for when we get home from a long day out :-)

  • Reply Jackie 27/06/2015 at 11:59 pm

    Tried this a couple of times at a friends house and love it. Going to try making it tomorrow with chicken thighs instead of gammon just for a change.

  • Reply Paul Kezza Kerry 08/07/2015 at 2:56 pm

    This is the 6th one IVE made now. I am a walking legend with what I’ve accomplished doing these. My neighbour pesters me when I’m doing one. I purposely didn’t give him some of the last one hahahaha! He hates me… I’ve got one cooking now as I write this and it smells awesome.

  • Reply Lisa wilkes 07/10/2015 at 9:33 am

    Yummmm!!! All done and prepped and blipping away in my slow cooker as we speak!!!!

  • Reply Paul Kezza Kerry 16/10/2015 at 2:32 pm

    Doing another one and its huge. Bulked the portions right up. Yeeeeha

  • Reply Lesley Anne 06/11/2015 at 7:37 pm

    Hi, can you freeze this?

    • Reply Emma Shilton 08/11/2015 at 9:00 pm

      I haven’t tried to be honest but you probably could, only if the meat was fresh when cooked and not previously defrosted

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  • Reply Aston 08/09/2016 at 6:25 pm

    Made tonight and tasted great, think ill add extra chilli next time to give a little more kick.

  • Reply Amy 23/11/2016 at 11:44 am

    Hi Mrs Shilts! Quick one – what do you tend to serve this with? I’ve got some in my slow cooker as we speak but am not sure what to pop on to go with it tonight – jacket, wedges, rice?!

    • Reply Emma 23/11/2016 at 12:19 pm

      Whatever you fancy really, we usually have it with sweet potato wedges or a jacket potato, enjoy!

  • Reply Lita Watson 19/06/2017 at 6:48 am

    I see that sometimes canned baked beans is too sweet. Can i use homemade baked beans for this recipe?

    • Reply Emma 21/06/2017 at 6:32 pm

      Of course, use whatever beans you fancy :)

  • Reply Jane Murphy 24/09/2017 at 12:23 pm

    Just made it myself for the first time. I’ve added some celery,carrots and,mushrooms. Also a drop of water as it seemed a bit thick before cooking. It’s bubbling away at the moment.

  • Reply Dawn 26/10/2017 at 7:54 pm

    Can you do it in the oven , gave my slow cooker to my daughter

    • Reply Emma 26/10/2017 at 9:49 pm

      Hi Dawn, I’m sure you could, you would just need to adjust the cooking times to ensure its cooked through

  • Reply Trudy 27/08/2018 at 9:11 pm

    I’m wanting to try this tomorrow but will it be ok cooking for 9/10 hrs?! I’m not back in from work before then. Thinking of adding new potatoes into it too

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