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 Spaghetti & Meatballs
Spaghetti and meatballs is a classic dish that's both tasty and filling. If you don't like spending too much time in the kitchen, or you already have a whole plethora of things on your to-do list, this easy slow cooker spaghetti recipe is perfect for you. Get the full recipe here.
8. 5-ingredient Steak Fajitas
Full Recipe: 5-ingredient Steak Fajitas