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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!”

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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
  • Shredded Beef
  • Healthy 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.

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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!

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Slow Cooker Chili
Your search for the best slow cooker chili recipe stops here! With just the right amount of zesty seasoning, this classic beef crockpot chili is thick, rich, and incredibly flavorful. Serve it with…
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Crockpot Cabbage Soup with Hamburger
It doesn’t get much easier than a healthy, nourishing pot of Grandma’s Crockpot Cabbage Soup with hamburger, beans, and loads of veggies. Prep a big batch in advance and stash it in…
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Lasagna Soup {Slow Cooker or Stovetop}
This flavorful and easy Lasagna Soup recipe works in the slow cooker or on the stovetop! Full of rich Italian flavor, fresh vegetables, ground beef, and noodles, each bowl is delicious when…
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Grandmother’s Hamburger Soup
This simple, healthy, and easy hamburger soup recipe is pure comfort in a bowl, and it has stood the test of time for generations! Loaded with ground beef, vegetables, and potatoes, the one…
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Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce
An easy slow cooker dinner that the whole family will love! This thick, rich Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce recipe is loaded with ground beef, Italian sausage, and plenty of tomatoes and fresh herbs.…
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9-Can Beef Soup {Stovetop or Crock Pot}
The easiest homemade soup recipe! This simple 9 Can Beef Soup can be stirred together on the stovetop or in a Crock Pot for a cozy, satisfying and delicious weeknight dinner. Serve…
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Crockpot Meatloaf
Just set it and forget it! You can “bake” a classic comfort food dinner in your slow cooker with this easy Crockpot Meatloaf recipe. Pair it with mashed potatoes, mac and cheese,…
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Spaghetti Meat Sauce {Slow Cooker or Stovetop}
Mom’s recipe for a hearty and healthy Spaghetti Meat Sauce is always a family favorite! The simple spaghetti sauce can be prepared on the stovetop or in the Crock Pot for a…

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Slow Cooker Cowboy Pork and Beans with Ground Beef
Sweet, savory, tangy and satisfying, these Slow Cooker Cowboy Pork and Beans are loaded with ground beef, navy beans, vegetables, and a tomato-based sauce. The easy dinner or potluck side dish is…
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Pumpkin Chili {Slow Cooker or Stovetop}
Nothing says “fall” quite like a cozy bowl of savory Pumpkin Chili! This healthy and easy dinner recipe is the perfect dish to serve on Halloween, but it’s also a simple option…

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Chili Con Carne
This easy Chili Con Carne recipe works well on the stovetop or in the slow cooker for a simple, cozy and healthy dinner that suits your busy life!
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Easy Taco Soup
Simmer a pot of easy taco soup on the stovetop or in the Crock Pot for a cozy, satisfying dinner with just 10 minutes of prep! The ground beef, beans, corn, and zesty…

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Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak
With only 15 minutes of prep, this Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak with mushroom gravy is an easy dinner any night of the week! The simple Crock Pot meal is made with French…

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Slow Cooker Italian Sloppy Joes
For a simple and easy dinner that your family will love, turn on your Crock Pot and let these Slow Cooker Italian Sloppy Joes simmer in your kitchen while you pour a…

Shredded Beef Crock Pot Recipes

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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Crock Pot Beef Barbacoa
Just like your favorite meat from Chipotle, this copycat beef barbacoa is a simple way to enjoy a flavorful, restaurant-quality meal at home. Best of all, the easy dinner is made in…
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Mississippi Pot Roast
Just a few pantry ingredients create a tender and juicy Mississippi Pot Roast recipe! Prepare this easy dinner in the oven, Crock Pot, or Instant Pot for a comforting meal any night…
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Crock Pot Italian Beef
Juicy, tender and flavorful Crock Pot Italian Beef is an easy dinner recipe that’s perfect for busy days. Serve the shredded meat and pepperoncini on a hoagie roll with giardiniera and melted…
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Crock Pot Pot Roast
This easy Crock Pot pot roast recipe comes from our neighbors, who make it a regular post-church meal on Sunday afternoons. The unique combination of Coca Cola, onion soup seasoning mix, potatoes,…

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Crock Pot Italian Pot Roast
Tender, juicy, and full of flavor, this moist Italian Pot Roast with vegetables and gravy is an easy Crock Pot dinner that your family will love! Whether you serve the meat over pasta,…
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Beef Ragu Recipe {Slow Cooker or Stovetop}
Total comfort food — with just 10 minutes of prep! Prepare this Beef Ragu recipe in the slow cooker or on the stovetop for an Italian-inspired easy dinner that your family will…
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Crock Pot Pot Roast
This easy Crock Pot pot roast recipe comes from our neighbors, who make it a regular post-church meal on Sunday afternoons. The unique combination of Coca Cola, onion soup seasoning mix, potatoes,…
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Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches
Nothing says “comfort food” like the aroma of a warm roast wafting through your home.  These Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches are the perfect satisfying and easy dinner option for busy home…
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Slow Cooker Beef Barbecue
Slow Cooker Beef Barbecue is a simple and easy all-day Crock Pot dinner that comes together with only 5 minutes of prep! Perfect for busy nights!

Healthy Beef Crock Pot Recipes

Lightened up with plenty of veggies and lean meat, healthy options like Crock Pot beef stew make nutritious dinners a breeze!

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Hands holding a bowl of the best beef barley soup recipe.

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Beef Barley Soup
This old-fashioned Beef Barley Soup is a healthy and easy lunch or dinner for cool days! The one pot meal is loaded with nourishing vegetables, chunks of tender meat, and plump barley…
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Dump-and-Bake Corned Beef and Cabbage
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day or cozy up on a cold winter evening with a flavorful meal of Corned Beef and Cabbage! Just dump the ingredients in one pot and let the beef,…
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Beef Burgundy {Beef Bourguignon}
This easy Beef Burgundy recipe, or Beef Bourguignon, simplifies the classic dish made famous by Julia Child. Tender beef, vegetables and potatoes are slowly braised in a rich red wine sauce for…
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Irish Stew
Prepare this traditional rich, hearty Irish Stew recipe on the stovetop or in the slow cooker for a flavorful comfort food dinner! Perfect for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration or for a…
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Slow Cooker Beef Stew
This classic Slow Cooker Beef Stew is an easy one pot meal that simmers on the counter all day while you go about your busy schedule. At the end of a chilly…

Brisket, Roast Beef, and Other Easy Beef Crock Pot Recipes

Don’t forget that you can use your slow cooker to prepare other types of meat-based meals, including bbq brisket sandwiches, beef tips and gravy, or a hearty goulash.

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Slow Cooker Brisket Recipe
This Slow Cooker Brisket recipe is the easiest way to get a tender, juicy, and flavorful beef brisket every single time! With only 10 minutes of prep, you can set the timer…
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Beef Tips and Gravy
The greatest comfort food! Slowly cooked in the Crock Pot or braised in a Dutch oven, this rich, flavorful, and tender Beef Tips and Gravy recipe is an easy dinner for cozy…

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Classic Pot Roast with Vegetables and Gravy (oven or slow cooker)
Nothing beats a cozy, tender Classic Pot Roast with Vegetables and Gravy on a cool evening! This simple slow cooker pot roast recipe is the easiest and most delicious way to prepare…

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Balsamic Slow Cooker Roast Beef
Looking for an easy chuck roast recipe? This Balsamic Slow Cooker Roast Beef only requires about 5 minutes of hands-on time, and then the Crock Pot does the work!
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Hungarian Goulash
A simple and satisfying one pot meal is the perfect way to nourish your family! This traditional Hungarian Goulash recipe is full of tender chunks of beef and vegetables in a rich,…

What are your favorite beef crockpot recipes?

Leave a note in the comments below to share your favorite beef crock pot recipes with the rest of us. We’re always looking for new ideas!

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    1. Hi, Betty Lue! Thank you so much for asking! I don’t have a cookbook available, and there isn’t one in the works at the moment. We’ve had lots of discussions about it, so it likely will happen…but not yet! 🙂