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Slow cooker gammon joint with beans and tomato sauce

Easy Campfire Stew

This Campfire Stew recipe is a really easy way to cook gammon in the slow cooker. Packed with veggies and beans, it's makes a tasty meal.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Family Food
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6 People
Calories 202 kcal
Author Sarah Barnes


  • 1 Large Onion See Note 1.
  • 3 Cloves Garlic See Note 1.
  • 400 g Tinned chopped tomatoes
  • 2 Tins Baked beans (2 x 415g tins)
  • 2 tbsp Tomato puree
  • 2 tsp Cumin
  • 4 tsp Sweet Smoked Paprika See Note 2.
  • 1/2 tsp Mild chilli powder
  • 3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 600 g Gammon joint Fat layer cut off. See Note 3.
  • 2 Green peppers See Note 4.


  1. Put all of the ingredients (apart from the peppers SEE NOTE 4 below) into the slow cooker.

  2. Cook on HIGH for 6 hours or LOW for 8 hours.

  3. When the stew is cooked, microwave the chopped green peppers for about 3 - 4 minutes until just softened.

  4. When the meat joint is cooked and tender, shred the meat with a knife or two forks and add in the green peppers.

  5. Stir everything well and serve.

Recipe Notes

Note 1 - Onions and garlic

I use pre prepared frozen, chopped here. An onion weighs about 150g, so replace with that pre chopped weight. Garlic is about 5g per clove so I use 15g (3 teaspoons).

Note 2 - Sweet Smoked Paprika

Be sure to use SWEET Smoked, not HOT. The outcome will be very different if you mix them up!

Note 3 - Gammon Joint

Slightly bigger is fine if you can't get the exact size. Smoked or unsmoked to your taste is also fine.

Note 4 - Green peppers

I hate overcooked bell peppers, but you have 3 options here for adding the peppers:

  • Add them with all of the other ingredients before cooking, if you don't mind them very soft, no probs!
  • Add them to the slow cooker about an hour before the stew is due to be cooked, they will be just nicely soft - BUT this isn't always possible if you're not at home right?
  • Here's what I do: When the stew is ready, I pop the chopped peppers into a covered bowl and microwave them for 4 minutes before adding to the stew before serving (you could also quickly fry them if you don't have a microwave).

Your choice!

Nutrition Facts
Easy Campfire Stew
Amount Per Serving
Calories 202 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 73mg24%
Sodium 1335mg58%
Potassium 696mg20%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 383IU8%
Vitamin C 65mg79%
Calcium 58mg6%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.