Slow Cooker Beef Stew recipe

Welcome to Slow Cooker Week! We’re sharing all our favorite Crock Pot recipes, tips, tricks, and advice this week—and including the Instant Pot, of course, since it slow cooks too. Here, find the best Crock Pot pot roast and 11 more great slow cooker beef recipes for when you’re feeling meaty.

Do you like red meat? I sure do. Do you like simple dinners? Who doesn’t?! So how would you like a rundown of the best slow cooker beef recipes? These easy-to-make dishes are sure to have you humming Aaron Copland’s Hoe-Down from “Rodeo,” and proclaiming, “Beef. It’s what’s for dinner.”

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Red meat is my favorite source of protein. In fact, it’s probably my favorite food. From burgers to bolognese, and stew to steak, beef is where it’s at. The variance in beef cuts make for some versatile applications, distinct flavors, and unique textures. And while I could probably be happy pan searing a steak most days of the week, I recognize that could get boring for the other folks for whom I cook. So, that means I need to switch it up from time to time.

Sometimes, that means using (gasp!) other meats, like pork and chicken. But sometimes it just means finding a different beef preparation. Now, because I’m a busy guy (wait, does having two kids under four years old count as busy?), I like to keep things simple in the kitchen. This is why I like slow-cooker cooking so much! It’s flexible, it’s easy, and it’s super versatile. So, without further ado, here’s a list of twelve of the best slow cooker beef recipes out there!

Slow Cooker Spaghetti Bolognese

Easy Slow Cooker Spaghetti Bolognese recipe

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It doesn’t get any more classically Italian-American than Spaghetti Bolognese. Next time, consider making it in the slow cooker, and let the savory aromas fill your house while the flavors dance all day to form one the most robust sauces you’ve ever had. Get our Slow Cooker Spaghetti Bolognese recipe.

Easy Crock Pot Meatloaf


Seriously. Did you think you could make a meatloaf in the slow cooker? I didn’t. But you can! Which means you can assemble all your ingredients in the morning, pop it in your slow cooker of choice, and have a delicious, simple, and inexpensive meal ready to roll when you’re done with your day! Get the Easy Crock Pot Meatloaf recipe.

Crock Pot Italian Beef


I’m a Chicago guy, and if there’s one thing that’s a Chicago food staple it’s pizza. Wait, no. Hot dogs. No, I mean Italian beef. Alright, alright. So Chicago has several food staples. Arguably the most under-the-radar item, though, is the Italian beef sandwich. Tender, shaved beef, cooked in “gravy” and served on Italian bread (sweet peppers and giardiniera optional!). What’s not to like? Get the Crock Pot Italian Beef recipe.

Slow Cooker BBQ Beef

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Here’s another sandwich idea that your family is sure to love. Cooking beef low and slow allows you to take less expensive (though usually tougher) cuts and make them fork tender. This makes for sensational sandwiches. Get our Slow Cooker BBQ Beef recipe.

Crock Pot Beef Stew

Slow Cooker Beef Stew recipe

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What is it about winter that makes it seem like it’s going to last forever? For. Ev. Er. Anyway, the good thing about winter is that it gives me a jones for stew, and we all know the king of stews is beef stew (I made that up). Hearty and warm, it’s sure to fill you up on a cold winter’s day. Only one month left till spring, but who’s counting (me!). Get our Crock Pot Beef Stew recipe.

Crock Pot Prime Rib Chili

slow cooker chili recipe

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What happens when you enjoy steak, or prime rib for a special occasion, and you have leftovers? Reheating it, as is, will produce a dish that pales in comparison to what you ate the night it was originally cooked. Knowing this, you’d be much better served by taking those delectable leftovers, and using it in a chili. That’s what you call a win-win (any time you have chili is considered a win in my book). Get the Crock Pot Prime Rib Chili recipe. (Or try our Easy Slow Cooker Chili recipe with ground beef.)

Crock Pot Beef and Broccoli


If you’re looking to switch up your flavor profile, you may want to consider an Asian-inspired beef with broccoli dish. Less expensive than take-out, with featured flavors of soy, garlic, oyster sauce, and honey, you might have an instant hit on your hands. Get the Crock Pot Beef and Broccoli recipe.

Slow Cooker Barbacoa


Do you celebrate Taco Tuesday? Are you a fan of enchiladas, or burritos, or flautas, or taquitos? Well, if you answered yes to any of these questions, I’d like to recommend you try barbacoa as your filling of choice to spice things up (pun definitely intended). This spicy shredded beef can rejuvenate the tiredest of tacos. Get the Slow Cooker Barbacoa recipe.

Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage


St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner! Have I mentioned that spring is only a month away? Oh, I have? Whatever, it’s true! Regardless, there’s no more quintessential American St. Patrick’s Day meal than corned beef and cabbage. If you’re in the mood for making one this year, give your slow cooker a shot. Get the Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe.

Slow Cooker Cottage Pie

ground beef shepherd's pie recipe

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Another St. Patrick’s Day option is cottage pie (made with beef), a variant of shepherd’s pie (made with lamb). More than just a once-a-year meal, though, this could be a go-to for you and your family during the winter months. Veggies. Ground Beef. Potatoes. Savory gravy. There’s a lot to love, folks. Get the Slow Cooker Cottage Pie recipe.

Slow Cooker Red Wine Short Ribs

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Looking for something a bit more…decadent? A rich meal worthy of a steakhouse’s “other favorites” part of the menu? Look no further than short ribs. Juicy. Tender. Spectacular. Serve ‘em with steamed carrots, some mashed potatoes, and you’re all set! Get the Slow Cooker Red Wine Short Ribs recipe.

Slow Cooker Pot Roast


Last, but not least! Pot roast. There may be no more quintessential slow cooker beef recipe than pot roast. Classic comfort food at it’s finest. When you walk through the door after a long, cold winter day, and you notice a pot roast in your slow cooker, your worries will disappear (I mean, there are no guarantees, but it’s possible). Get the Slow Cooker Pot Roast recipe.

If you’re like me, you like red meat, and you like easy. So, these twelve slow cooker beef recipes should be right up your alley. I hope a few of them make their way into your rotation. After all: Beef. It’s what’s for dinner!

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Greg is a Chicago guy who likes to cook, dine, and help others navigate their food choices. Why? Because food is an integral part of our lives, and he's the best version of himself when he's well fed. When he's not writing for Chowhound, he's writing about handling the domestic responsibilities of a husband and stay-at-home parent for his new online community. Visit philosophyofdad.com.
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