How to make slow cooker beef broccoli (video)

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When I think Chinese takeout, beef and broccoli is one of those things that immediately pops into my head. Now you can make an amazing version of this dish right at home in your slow cooker. In this recipe, I've added a couple of unconventional veggies — snow peas and red bell peppers — which give this slow-cooked gem a wonderful crunch and yummy flavor. Your family will love it! It is sure to earn a place on your weekly dinner rotation.
Start with the sauce. When cooking in a slow cooker, it's important to get the sauce base right in not just flavors but also thickness. To achieve a rich and silky sauce, you first add cornstarch to beef stock and soy sauce. Whisk everything until the cornstarch is dissolved (no one likes a lumpy sauce). From there, you build your flavors: brown sugar for sweetness, sesame oil for a touch of nuttiness and chili flakes for a little spice. Finally, stir in your beef and away you go. In this recipe, it's important to add the veggies at the end so that they maintain a little crunch. Good luck! 
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slow cooker beef broccoli
8
15 minutes
4 hours
4 hours, 15 minutes
1 cup beef broth
½ cup low-sodium soy sauce
4 tablespoons cornstarch
⅓ cup dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon sesame oil
5 cloves garlic, minced
½ teaspoon red chili flakes
1 cup thinly sliced yellow onions
2 pounds beef sirloin, thinly sliced
4 cups broccoli florets
2 cups large-diced red bell peppers
1 cup snow peas
4 tablespoons thinly sliced green onions
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
Add beef broth, soy sauce and cornstarch into a 6-quart slow cooker. Whisk until cornstarch is dissolved.
Add brown sugar, sesame oil, garlic, chili flakes, onion, beef and 2 tablespoons of green onions. Stir to cover beef.
Cover and cook on high for 3 hours. Stir in broccoli florets, red bell peppers and snow peas. Cover and cook for an additional 1 hour.
Gently stir. Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds and serve.
Note: All slow cookers are a little bit different in temperature and calibration. This recipe was tested in Cooktop Cove's Test Kitchen using this slow cooker, which is available for purchase here.
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