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20 Beef Slow-Cooker Recipes You'll Love

Make tender pot roasts, delicious ribs, hot sandwiches and hearty stews with our beef slow-cooker ideas.

Beef Lo Mein

Packaged ingredients such as stir-fry sauce, canned water chestnuts and frozen veggies mean this slow-cooker meal goes together quickly. Add cashews for extra crunch, and serve over lo mein noodles.

Beef Lo Mein

Short Ribs over Cheesy Polenta

Cooked this way, short ribs give you a delicious, dressed-up dish with hardly any work. A hint of licorice from fennel accents the recipe.

Short Ribs over Cheesy Polenta

Fireside Beef Stew with Root Vegetables

Cranberry juice makes a surprise appearance in this slow-cooker main dish. The juice adds a little sweetness to the winter veggie-packed soup.

Fireside Beef Stew with Root Vegetables

Slow-Cooker Meatball Sandwiches

Cook homemade meatballs in a spicy tomato sauce, then top with mozzarella cheese before serving on a toasted hoagie bun. If you're in a hurry, substitute an 18-ounce package of frozen cooked meatballs for the homemade ones.

Slow-Cooker Meatball Sandwiches

Burgundy Beef Stew

Either a good Pinot Noir or Burgundy works well in this slow-cooked beef main-dish recipe.

Burgundy Beef Stew

Spicy Beef Sloppy Joes

Medium to hot salsa adds a touch of heat to this favorite meal. Simmer the meat and veggie mixture for up to eight hours for a classic sandwich filling-set some aside for Spicy Beef Taco Salad the next day.

Spicy Beef Sloppy Joes

Slow-Cooker Pot Roast Stew

Butternut squash, apples and onions cook with boneless beef chuck pot roast. Serve over hot cooked couscous.

Slow-Cooker Pot Roast Stew

Italian Beef Sandwiches

Chuck roasts come out so tender from a slow cooker, and this cheaper cut of meat is easy on the budget. For dinner, spoon the beef onto hoagie buns and top with provolone, onions and peppers, then pop it under the broiler to melt the cheese.

Italian Beef Sandwiches

Brisket in Onion-Ale BBQ Sauce

Beef, chili sauce and brown sugar flavor tender beef brisket in this slow-cooker recipe.

Brisket in Onion-Ale BBQ Sauce

Slow-Cooked Minestrone

Ground beef turns this vegetable soup recipe into a satisfying meal. Top the slow-cooked main-dish soup with fresh-grated Parmesan cheese.

Slow-Cooked Minestrone

Cappuccino Pot Roast

A cup of strong coffee gives this beef chuck roast a punch of flavor. If you have a single-serving coffeemaker, this is the time to use it.

Cappuccino Pot Roast

Beer-Braised Beef Short Ribs

Beef short ribs turn tender after cooking for 11 hours in your slow cooker.

Beer-Braised Beef Short Ribs

Italian Pot Roast

Simmer pot roast, carrots and fennel in a tomato sauce, then serve over hot cooked penne pasta.

Italian Pot Roast

Beef and Sweet Potato Stew

Sweet potatoes, cumin, cinnamon, and dried apricots or plums add a North African flavor to this lower-sodium version of slow-cooker beef stew.

Beef and Sweet Potato Stew

Classic French Dips

Slow-cook beef brisket or boneless beef bottom round roast with onions, bell peppers and beef broth to juicy tenderness. Serve on baguette-style bread, and pass juices from the slow cooker for dipping.

Classic French Dips

Saucy Brisket

Our slow-cooker recipe provides instructions not only for a beef brisket dinner with noodles or potatoes, but also for a next-day meal of chutney-beef panini sandwiches.

Saucy Brisket

Cajun Pot Roast

Cajun seasoning turns up the heat on this slow-cooker pot roast, simmered with corn, sweet peppers, onion and diced tomatoes.

Cajun Pot Roast

Beef Goulash

Beef, carrot, onion and sweet pepper cook in a tomato sauce seasoned with paprika and caraway seeds. Serve with hot cooked noodles, and top with sour cream or yogurt.

Beef Goulash

Beef Lo Mein

Packaged ingredients such as stir-fry sauce, canned water chestnuts and frozen veggies mean this slow-cooker meal goes together quickly. Add cashews for extra crunch, and serve over lo mein noodles.

Beef Lo Mein

Orange-Spiced Corned Beef

Dried fruit, orange juice, molasses and spices dress up corned beef with lively new flavor in this slow-cooker recipe.

Orange-Spiced Corned Beef

 

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