Kalo/taro leaves are heart shaped because there's a lot of love in them. Which means this stew is jam packed with so much love you'll want to marry it.


This stew is simple and filling. There are a bunch of ways you can make this but I like mine sweet and savory so it has coconut milk and brown sugar to balance out the saltiness and add a depth of flavor.


Beef Luau Stew Recipe
  • 2 pounds chuck steak (I trim some of the fat off but keep in mind that's where the flavor's at)
  • 2 lbs luau leaves, ribs removed (if you don't have these around you can sub chopped spinach but take into consideration it needs a lot less cooking time. Put in during the last 10-15 min)
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 small sliced onion (optional)
  • 3 tbs butter
  • 2 tsp sea salt (Hawaiian salt preferred)
  • 1 tbs brown sugar
  • water
  • shoyu to taste

  1. Place the sliced onion on the bottom of the slow cooker
  2. Chop the luau leaves and place on top of the onions. If you have a small crock-pot you can blanch the leaves first to shrink them down to fit.
  3. Cut the beef into chunks and add to slow cooker along with the butter, salt, coconut milk, sugar, and enough water to barely show through the meat (about one can-from the coco. milk). A lot of liquid is released from meat and leaves. Add more water if you'd like it more soupy.
  4. Set slow cooker to high and cook for 4-6 hours (or on low for 8+ hours). Stew is ready when leaves are tender and meat is falling apart
Luau Stew
Best meal to come home to



  1. Aloha! Mahalo for sharing this recipe...I pinned this awhile ago but only made it for the first time tonight. It is WINNAHZ! Ono ono grinds, this beef luau really came out delicious, and it was so easy! My mom was always too scared to make this at home (because of the taro leaves and itchy throat if you don't prepare them properly), so I never had this at home while growing up...only special occasion luau parties with aunties and uncles. Again, mahalo! Successful dinner night!

    1. Right on, Sam Jam! Mahalo for the killah review, you're making me blush. This is one of my family's favorites too :)

  2. Anonymous10/15/2013

    I was looking for a crockpot beef luau recipe and I'm so happy to come across this wonderful blog! Will be coming here all the time now : ) Thanks so much! Aloha, from Kona, Big Island.

    1. Chris Wilcox1/26/2016

      I was looking for a crock pot beef luau recipe that included coconut milk. As I scrolled down and came across your recipe I knew that was the one for me! It was easy, and you can't go wrong with a crock pot! My husband ate two big bowls and kept asking how did I learn to make it! Haha Mahalos for sharing your recipe..was ono!!��