Beef Slow-Cooker & Crockpot Recipes

Find healthy, delicious beef slow-cooker and crockpot recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Slow-Cooker Braised Beef with Carrots & Turnips

Rating: 4.5 stars 10
The spice blend in this healthy beef stew recipe--cinnamon, allspice and cloves--may conjure images of apple pie, but the combo is a great fit in savory applications too. Serve over creamy polenta or buttered whole-wheat egg noodles.
Hilary Meyer
By Hilary Meyer

Slow-Cooker Carne Picada Tacos with Avocado Salsa

Rating: 5 stars 3
Loosely translated as "minced meat," the traditional texture of carne picada ranges from finely chopped to ground. Here we start with brisket, which becomes nice and tender in the slow cooker, then shred and chop the meat before serving. The seasoning is flavorful but not too spicy. Blistered jalapeños added at the end will satisfy the heat-lovers in the family. Pile the brisket into warmed corn tortillas, with lettuce, the jalapeños, cheese and avocado salsa for a healthy dinner that'll wake up your taco night routine.

Slow-Cooker Balsamic Short Ribs

Rating: 5 stars 8
Now here's a healthy beef short ribs slow-cooker recipe you can serve to company--even on a holiday. Serve with mashed celeriac or mashed potatoes, steamed green beans and a bold Italian red wine that has a touch of sweetness (think amarone or brunello).

Slow-Cooker Beef Stew

Rating: 4.5 stars 5
Load the crock pot and go with this stew recipe that's prepped in the morning and simmers all day so you'll come home to a Sunday-worthy dinner (and your house smelling downright heavenly). Tender beef, melt-in-your-mouth potatoes and carrots in a rich broth--this could be the best and easiest beef stew you've ever made.
By Carolyn Casner

Spaghetti Lover's Soup

Rating: 5 stars 1
This easy slow-cooker soup has all the great flavors of your favorite dish of spaghetti with beef sauce, without a lot of fussy preparation.

Pasta Puttanesca with Beef

Rating: 5 stars 3
This easy slow cooker ground beef and pasta recipe makes a great meal any night of the week.

Slow-Cooker Beef Stroganoff

Rating: 3.5 stars 3
This slow-cooker Beef Stroganoff recipe brings together tender beef and fresh mushrooms served over hot noodles with a creamy sauce.

Nonna's Spaghetti & Meatballs

Rating: 4.5 stars 7
The meatballs and sauce are cooked in the slow cooker for this traditional Italian spaghetti and meatballs recipe. You could also serve the meatballs over creamy polenta or on a sandwich with melted provolone.

Hungarian Beef Goulash

Rating: 3.5 stars 26
This streamlined goulash skips the step of browning the beef, and instead coats it in a spice crust to give it a rich mahogany hue. This saucy dish is a natural served over whole-wheat egg noodles. Or, for something different, try prepared potato gnocchi or spaetzle.
Patsy Jamieson
By Patsy Jamieson

Hearty Vegetable Beef Stew

The slow cooker makes this veggie-packed beef stew super-easy and extra-savory.

Slow-Cooker Barbecue Brisket Sliders

Rating: 5 stars 1
Serve these slow-cooker brisket sliders when company's coming--perhaps to watch the big game--for an easy, crowd-pleasing dish. The crisp, tangy coleslaw is the perfect pairing for the tender, rich brisket. Serve with chips, crudités and cold beer to round out the meal.

Layered Brisket Dinner with Tangy Mustard Sauce

Rating: 5 stars 1
Perfectly seasoned red potatoes and baby carrots accompany this filling brisket dish.
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Inspiration and Ideas

22 Slow-Cooker Beef Dinners for Winter
Alongside the beef, these recipes have plenty of veggies, like carrots and potatoes, plus plenty of flavorful spices to create a delicious dinner.
18 Slow-Cooker Beef Dinners You'll Want to Make Forever
These top-rated meals run the gamut from spicy tacos to veggie-packed pot roasts, so you're sure to find something you'll love.
Slow-Cooker Korean Beef & Cabbage Stew
Rating: 5 stars 1

Brown sugar makes this slow-cooker beef stew a tad sweet, which beautifully complements the spicy kimchi. You can make this soup ahead and refrigerate it until ready to eat. If you opt to make it ahead, wait until you reheat the soup to add the cabbage.