Beef is really the ideal protein when it comes to slow cooking. Almost synonymous with the word ‘braising’, beef is one of those meats that gets more intensely flavorful and juicy the longer it cooks. Cooking beef in your slow cooker is really as simple as it gets. As with any meats, browning them in a skillet on the stove beforehand is a wonderful way of sealing in flavor, but is hardly necessary. All beef really needs to shine is a great recipe and a few hours of cooking time—after which you’ll be left with fork-tender meals that will delight the whole family.
Try these 7 fabulous beef recipes for your slow cooker and see for yourself!
1. Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast
With just a few simple ingredients, you could be on your way to enjoying a delicious pot roast, made with the ease of a slow cooker! This particular recipe was designed with maximum convenience in mind -- the gravy for the pot roast is made using seasoning packets. While there might be other ways to make gravy, getting this incredible blend of flavors couldn't be easier!
Full Recipe: Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast
2. Slow Cooker Mississippi Roast
We all love pot roast, but this Southern classic straight out of Mississippi will knock your socks off!
This chuck roast is cooked slowly in an array of spices, with mild heat and tang from pepperoncini peppers. It becomes an instant classic in any home. Easy ingredients packed with flavor — it's hard to go wrong.
Full Recipe: Slow Cooker Mississippi Roast
3. Slow Cooker Steak Fajitas
There's something very exciting about fajitas, and it's due to more than just that sizzling hot skillet that comes out from the restaurant kitchen. When that unmistakable aroma first hits your nose, you know you're about to embark on an adventure. And a spicy one, too, that will include notes of chili powder, garlic and onion, cumin, and maybe even a pinch of cayenne. This slow cooker version is no different, except that instead of inhaling those intoxicating smells for just a few minutes, you'll be surrounded by them for hours.
Full Tutorial: Slow Cooker Steak Fajitas
4. Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff
4. Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff
Full Tutorial: Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff
5. Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef
Whenever I serve an Asian-style meal, my family and friends usually go crazy with joy. This Mongolian beef recipe does just that. You will no longer need to order takeout!
Serve this dish over steamed white rice. You can make it mild by eliminating the sambal or extra spicy (how I like it) by adding a few Thai bird chili peppers. Either way, you will have a dish that everyone will love!
Full Recipe: Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef
6. Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Beef Stew
I've been eating curry for years, but I used to think of the spice as a super spicy Indian herb that would completely overtake anything I sprinkled it in. Once I was brave enough to try cooking with it, I realized that curry is really just about comfort. It is deeply aromatic and not actually one particular spice, but rather a blend of spices that come together to form a most perfect concoction.
Full Recipe: Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Beef Stew
7. Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce
Bolognese sauce is one of those dishes that can make alittle bit of meat go a very long way. Traditionally served over spaghetti,this hearty meat sauce is as classic as it gets. Bolognese is best cooked overlong stretches of time, so as to allow all of the flavors to come togetherperfectly. This slow cooking also allows for the beef to tenderize and absorb so much flavor that itessentially becomes the sauce itself. Mastering a perfect Bolognese isn’t ashard as one might think, especially when using this fabulous recipe from TheKitchn. When tossed with pasta, this meal can feed a family of four with roomfor second helpings!
One of the most convenient things about making a Bolognese isthat it freezes remarkably well. Just make sure to label it in your freezerwith the date and leave it there for up to 3 months. When you’re ready todevour for dinner, just leave it to defrost in the fridge overnight.
Get the full recipe here.
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