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 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 Little Mr and a second small helping for myself, there’s some left over for hubby’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

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

    12/01/2015 at 10:13 pm
    • Reply Barry Roberts

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

      03/12/2015 at 2:33 pm
  • Reply Hayley @hayleyfromhome

    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

    13/01/2015 at 9:37 am
  • Reply Deb Foster

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

    16/01/2015 at 10:11 pm
  • Reply Mardykerrie

    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 :)

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

    Just made this – lovely. Even a hit with a fussy Tween!
    Thanks for the recipe!

    02/05/2015 at 6:18 pm
  • Reply melissa

    Did any water go in this thanks

    14/05/2015 at 3:09 pm
  • Reply Meal Planning Monday – 1st June | Toast for Tea?

    […] to Saturday, there didn’t seem to be much point. Added to that, we still had leftover Campfire Stew from the week before. Can I just take a moment to share the amazingness of that dish? SO GOOD. I […]

    01/06/2015 at 7:07 am
  • Reply Elaine Ashton

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

    27/06/2015 at 10:01 am
  • Reply Jackie

    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.

    27/06/2015 at 11:59 pm
  • Reply Paul Kezza Kerry

    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.

    08/07/2015 at 2:56 pm
  • Reply Lisa wilkes

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

    07/10/2015 at 9:33 am
  • Reply Paul Kezza Kerry

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

    16/10/2015 at 2:32 pm
  • Reply Lesley Anne

    Hi, can you freeze this?

    06/11/2015 at 7:37 pm
    • Reply Emma Shilton

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

      08/11/2015 at 9:00 pm
  • Reply Tonight’s Tea is Campfire Stew! | Amanda's Table

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    06/01/2016 at 7:31 pm
  • Reply Aston

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

    08/09/2016 at 6:25 pm
  • Reply Amy

    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?!

    23/11/2016 at 11:44 am
    • Reply Emma

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

      23/11/2016 at 12:19 pm
  • Reply Lita Watson

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

    19/06/2017 at 6:48 am
    • Reply Emma

      Of course, use whatever beans you fancy :)

      21/06/2017 at 6:32 pm
  • Reply Jane Murphy

    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.

    24/09/2017 at 12:23 pm
  • Reply Dawn

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

    26/10/2017 at 7:54 pm
    • Reply Emma

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

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

    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

    27/08/2018 at 9:11 pm
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