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12 Ways to Cook Beef in a Slow Cooker

By: Rachel Bernstein, Editor,

It's time to break out your slow cooker because we've rounded up some of the best slow cooker beef recipes of all time. Follow this guide and discover 12 Ways to Cook Beef in a Slow Cooker. You may be surprised by some of the dishes you can make using that magical machine!  Plus be sure to check out our Ultimate Slow Cooker Recipe Guide for more than 250 recipes for a slow cooker that you're sure to love.

12 Ways to Cook Beef in a Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker Beef: Main Dish Mainstays

Slow Cooker Beef: Soups, Stews & Chilis

Slow Cooker Beef: Unexpected Recipes


Slow Cooker Beef: Main Dish Mainstays

Slow Cooker Melt in Your Mouth Short RibsMelt in Your Mouth Slow Cooker Pot Roast


Slow Cooker Melt-in-Your-Mouth Short Ribs (shown) - Forget the oven; for the most tender and juicy short ribs, you have to use your slow cooker! This recipe marinates the meat in a delicious combination of French onion soup, ale, garlic, brown sugar and seasonings.

Melt in Your Mouth Slow Cooker Pot Roast (shown) - This magnificent meat dish is unlike any you've ever tasted before. Made with Coca Cola, chili sauce, ketchup, and a few other "mystery" ingredients, this slow cooker pot roast dish is simply divine, especially on a cold winter night. 


Beef Short Ribs

Easy Meatloaf




Barbecue Beef Short Ribs with Vegetables (shown) - It doesn't get much simpler than this awesome one pot recipe. Just toss all of the ingredients into your slow cooker and let the pot work its magic for about 6-8 hours!

Easy Meat Loaf (shown) - Meat loaf is one of those classic weeknight dinner dishes that everyone loves. This slow cooker recipe makes it that much simpler to prepare this family-favorite meal.  Once you try this easy recipe, you'll never go back to your old way of preparing meat loaf again!

Sweet and Sour Beef Brisket - Want to cook your beef in a slow cooker, but you're tired of all the traditional recipes?  Try this Asian-inspired dish for a tender, meaty meal that's bursting with flavor. 


Slow Cooker Beef: Soups, Stews & Chilis

Classic Taco Soup

Savory Slow Cooker Chili


Classic Taco Soup (shown) - This south-of-the-border soup tastes just as good as it looks. If you want a slow cooker soup recipe that has a beautiful presentation and an incredible flavor, this recipe is your best bet. 

Savory Slow Cooker Chili (shown) - When you think about cooking beef in a slow cooker, one of the first dishes that comes to mind is chili.  This simple recipe takes just seven minutes to prepare and then simmers all day. 


Beef and Vegetable Stew

Copycat Wendy's Chili


Beef and Vegetable Stew (shown) - Mmmm... beef stew.  It's one of those classic slow cooker beef recipes that you have to make at least once each winter. This hearty stew will warm you up when the weather gets cold and will impress you with its bold flavors. 

Copycat Wendy's Slow Cooker Chili (shown) - Anyone who's ever sampled Wendy's chili before knows that it is one of the best chili recipes around. Make your own version of this popular dish by following our copycat slow cooker chili recipe.  Made with beef, tomatoes and two types of beans, this chili is as robust and flavorful as it gets. 


Slow Cooker Beef: Unexpected Recipes

Perfect Slow Cooker HamburgerBavarian Meatball Sandwich

The Perfect Slow Cooker Hamburger (shown) - For a burger that's seasoned and cooked to perfection, try this hard-to-beat recipe.  When you cook beef in a slow cooker, it gives you that moist and juicy consistency that's perfect for hamburger patties.  One bite of this slow cooked hamburger and you'll see why we're hooked on this unexpected slow cooker recipe.

Bavarian Meatball Sandwich (shown) - Take a nod from German cuisine and fix this unique slow cooker beef recipe for dinner tonight. Made with Coca Cola, onion soup mix and cheese, there's a whole lot to love about this meaty sub sandwich.

Slow Cooker BBQ Meatballs - No one likes a dry meatball, which is why this slow cooker meatball recipe is one of our favorites. When you allow the meat to cook and simmer for hours in a flavorful sauce, the end result is a tender, moist and juicy meatball dish that you won't soon forget. 


28 Simple Slow Cooker Suppers



Craving even more effortless beef recipes?  There are plenty more easy slow cooker recipes to choose from in this free, printable collection of 28 Simple Slow Cooker SuppersDownload your copy today!









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