Slow-Cooker Beef: Our Greatest Hits

From hearty roasts to savory pasta dishes, these classics with a twist are sure to be a hit at dinner tonight.


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Burgundy Beef Stew

    Tender beef and veggies are simmered in a red wine-beef broth mixture and served over egg noodles.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Cook  5 hrs  to 12 hrs (low) or 5 to 6 hours (high)
2/27
Slow Cooker Meatball Sandwiches

    Homemade meatballs simmered in a spicy tomato sauce and topped with a sprinkling of mozzarella cheese sauce fill a hoagie bun.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Bake   25 mins  350°F 
Cook  3 hrs  to 4 hrs (low) or 1.5-2 hours (high)
3/27
Italian Pot Roast

    Traditional pot roast and carrots are simmered in tomato sauce and served over penne pasta.

Serving size: 4 servings + reserves
Prep   20 mins 
Cook  9 hrs  to 10 hrs (low) or 4.5-5 hours (high)
4/27
Beer-Braised Short Ribs

    These rich and meaty short ribs require just 20 minutes of prep time. Serve them with fluffy mashed potatoes.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Cook  11 hrs  to 12 hrs (low) or 5.5-6 hours (high)
5/27
Beef and Bean Ragout

    Looking for a simple supper? This ragout recipe uses just five ingredients and takes only 10 minutes of prep time.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   10 mins 
Cook  8 hrs  to 10 hrs (low) or 4-5 hours (high)
6/27
Wine-Braised Beef Brisket

    Slow-simmered beef and carrots make a delicious match with rich and creamy mashed potatoes.

Serving size: 6 servings + reserves
Prep   30 mins 
Cook  5 hrs  to 6 hrs (low) or 10 to 12 hours (high)
7/27
Espresso-Braised Beef

    This slow-simmered meat-and-potatoes supper is down-home comfort food at its finest.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Cook  8 hrs  to 9 hrs (low) or 4-4.5 hours (high)
8/27
shredded beef, bean, and corn fajitas

    Featuring tender shredded beef, a medley of veggies, and a satisfying touch of heat, these fajitas will quickly become a family favorite.

Serving size: 6 cups
Prep   30 mins 
Slow Cook  11 hrs  to 12 hrs  (low) or 5-1/2 to 6 hrs. (high)
Start to Finish   20 mins 
9/27
southwestern shredded beef sandwiches

    The secret behind this flavorful beef: It's simmered with tomatoes, green chiles, cumin, chili powder, and cilantro.

Serving size: 6 cups
Prep   30 mins 
Slow Cook  11 hrs 30 mins  to 12 hrs (low) or 5-1/2 to 6 hrs. (high)
Start to Finish   25 mins 
10/27
Gingered Beef and Vegetables

    Served alongside hot-cooked rice, this Asian-inspired dish requires just 20 minutes of prep time. Make it with your favorite veggies; we love carrots, sweet red peppers, and snap peas.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Cook  9 hrs  to 10 hrs (low) or 4-1/2 to 5 hours (high)
11/27
German-Style Beef Roast

    Red wine, chopped dill pickles, and zesty mustard set this succulent beef pot roast apart from the rest.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Slow Cook  8 hrs  to 10 hrs Low or 4 to 5 hours on High
12/27
Polenta with Ground Beef Ragout

    A layer of polenta and olive tapenade topping adds a gourmet touch to slow-simmered beef.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Cook  7 hrs  to 9 hrs (low) or 3-1/2 to 4-1/2 hours (high), plus 30 minutes on high
13/27
Country Italian Beef

    Stir fennel and basil into classic beef stew for an appealing twist.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Cook  8 hrs on Low or High 4 hours
14/27
Beef in Red Wine Gravy

    For a dinner party-worthy dish, team this tempting wine-simmered beef dish with a crisp tossed salad and crusty bread.

Makes: 5 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Cook  10 hrs  to 12 hrs (low) or 5-6 hours (high)
15/27
Spicy Beef Sloppy Joes

    Medium or hot salsa adds a touch of heat to this classic favorite. Simmer the meat-and-veggie mixture for up to eight hours for a sandwich filling that's sure to please any crowd.

Makes: 6 servings
Serving size: 6 servings plus additional meat mixture for Spicy Beef Taco Salad.
Prep   20 mins 
Cook  4 hrs  to 8 hrs (high) or 8 hours (low)
16/27
Orange-Spiced Corned Beef with Dried Fruit

    Mixed dried fruit, cranberries, orange juice, molasses, cinnamon, and nutmeg give plain-Jane corned beef a lively twist you'll love.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Cook  8 hrs  to 10 hrs (low) or 4-5 hours (high)
17/27
Beef Goulash

    Tender pieces of beef, carrot, onion, and sweet pepper simmer in a luscious paprika- and caraway-accented tomato sauce in this slow-cooker rendition of the old-world classic.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Cook  8 hrs  to 9 hrs (low) or 3-1/2 to 4-1/2 hours (high)
18/27
Cranberry-Chipotle Beef

    Looking for a slow-cooked roast that serves just two? Try this fiery chipotle-seasoned chuck roast.

Makes: 2 servings
Prep   10 mins 
Cook  6 hrs  to 8 hrs (low) or 3-4 hours (high)
19/27
Tangy Barbecue Beef

    Sweet mango slices add fresh flavor to smoky beef cooked in beer and barbecue sauce.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Cook  10 hrs  to 12 hrs 
Stand   15 mins 
20/27
Sweet, Hot, and Sour Meatballs

    Jazz up basic cocktail meatballs by simmering them in apple jelly, brown mustard, and whiskey sauce.

Makes: 24 servings
Serving size: 48 meatballs
Prep   20 mins 
Bake   30 mins  375°F 
21/27
Cajun Pot Roast with Maque Choux

    Cajun spices and hot pepper sauce add a fiery kick to this beef roast smothered in sweet peppers and onions.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Cook  8 hrs  to 10 hrs (low) or 4 to 5 hr. (high)
22/27
Chili with Double-Bean Toss

    This beefy chili gets a hot kick from finely chopped jalapeno peppers.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Cook  10 hrs 
23/27
Slow-Simmering Barbecue Sandwiches

    This saucy brisket recipe is ideal for game day parties; freeze leftovers for a great dinner later in the week.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Cook  4 hrs 30 mins  to 5 hrs 
24/27
Extremely Easy Italian Buffet Stew

    Store-bought spaghetti sauce cuts down on prep time for this hearty beef dish. Make it with your favorite veggies; we love zucchini, sweet peppers, and onions. Serve it with whole wheat pasta.