5 Spice Beef and Peppers

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 3 mins
Total Time 23 mins
Servings 4 servings


  • 2 pounds beef chuck roast cut into 2 inch cubes
  • 1/2 tablespoon Chinese five spice powder
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth or use bone broth
  • 1 teaspoon arrowroot
  • 2 cups diced red bell pepper
  • 1 cup diced red onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro


  • In a large bowl, mix together beef, 5 spice powder, and garlic.
  • In a large sauté pan, heat oil over high heat. In the pan, sear beef on all sides until lightly browned, 2 to 3 minutes. In a crock cooker, place beef.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together broth and arrowroot. To the crock cooker, add contents of bowl.
  • To the crock cooker add the next 3 ingredients (red pepper through pepper flakes) and stir. Cover and cook on LOW for 3 hours and 30 minutes, or until beef is cooked and fork tender. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • In individual bowls, place beef with peppers and garnish with cilantro, then serve.


SERVING SUGGESTION: Cauli-rice (Process cauliflower in a blender or food processor until it resembles grains of rice; steam “rice” till tender; drain; salt and pepper to taste and butter, fluff with a fork.)
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