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A convenient collection of more than 30 beef Crock Pot recipes! From beef stew to chili, cozy soups to easy shredded pot roast, there’s a new, simple meal idea to add to your regular dinner rotation. Take advantage of the magic of the slow cooker, and “set it and forget it!”
Easy Beef Crock Pot Recipes
Whether you work in an office all day, have hectic evenings full of scheduled sports practices, or just don’t enjoy spending much time in the kitchen, these easy beef slow cooker recipes will help you get a delicious dinner on the table quickly. I’ve broken our favorites down into a few categories so that you can easily find what you’re looking for. Which meal will become your new family favorite? We’ve got:
Ground Beef Crock Pot Recipes
Easy Beef Crock Pot Recipes
What is the best beef to cook in a crock pot?
Chuck roast is a very common cut for juicy beef in the slow cooker, but you can also use a brisket or a round roast for similar recipes. A boneless chuck roast (or a bone-in chuck roast, if you can find it) is my first choice for a many Crock Pot meals because it has great marbling, making the roast tender and juicy when braised. Chuck roast is cut from the shoulder just above the short rib, so it’s tougher (and therefore more affordable) than those cut from the front part of the animal, like the sirloin or short loin.
As the chuck roast cooks slowly over a long period of time, the tough connective tissue breaks down and the meat becomes fall-apart tender. Thanks to plenty of fat and marbling, it also stays juicy, rather than drying out like other leaner cuts might.
Can you put raw beef in the slow cooker?
Absolutely. Most recipes call for raw meat, which cooks low and slow in the Crock Pot until it’s tender and juicy. Some recipes suggest searing or browning the meat on the stovetop (to add color, flavor, and to lock in the juices) before adding it to the slow cooker, but this is not necessary in all cases — and the meat certainly doesn’t need to be cooked through before it goes into the pot.
Food safety experts advise against adding frozen meat to a slow cooker, though. This is because the slow cooker doesn’t bring the frozen beef up to a safe temperature quickly enough to prevent the growth of potentially harmful bacteria.
Do you need to put liquid in a slow cooker with beef?
Unlike pressure cookers, it’s not absolutely necessary to add liquid to the Crock Pot with beef. Most recipes include at least a little bit of broth or sauce to create a nice environment for braising the meat; however, it’s not a requirement. The meat and other ingredients will typically release a fair amount of juices, while the condensation from the lid will fall back down into the pot, adding even more moisture to the dish.
Crock Pot Recipes with Ground Beef
If you’ve got a pound or two of ground beef in your freezer, pull it out, thaw it, and use it in one of these easy meals. There are so many different options, including chili, soup, meatloaf, spaghetti sauce, Salisbury steak, and sloppy Joes!
Succulent, tender, and juicy shredded beef is total comfort food. From Mexican-inspired barbacoa or taco soup, to classic pot roasts, French dip sandwiches, and an Italian ragu — see how you can use your slow cooker to achieve a decadent and delicious supper any day of the week.
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