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Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli

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Note: This post first appeared on September 12, 2012. The recipe has been edited slightly (to make the recipe easier to understand if you were having issues before) and the photography got a facelift! Enjoy!

Slow cooker beef and broccoli is easy to make at home and such a warm comforting meal to have in a big bowl of rice! Much better than calling take-out; simply whip out your slow cooker and make this beef and broccoli at home!

Time to break out the slow cookers :) one of the best parts of the cooler weather is being able to breakout the slow cooker to make delicious soups, stews, and cozy dinner meals such as this one!

Slow cooker beef and broccoli is easy to make at home and such a warm comforting meal to have in a big bowl of rice! Much better than calling take-out; simply whip out your slow cooker and make this beef and broccoli at home!

You all know my obsession with chicken & broccoli, well I’m also obsessed with beef and broccoli so this slow cooker version is right up my alley. I love setting up a meal and just forgetting about it. You have the freedom to do whatever you want while a delicious meal is cooking away. Let me tell you – your whole house will smell AMAZING and the flavors in the sauce are to die for. I probably could’ve dunked all my rice in it, but I needed sauce for the next day as these make great leftovers :)

Slow cooker beef and broccoli is easy to make at home and such a warm comforting meal to have in a big bowl of rice! Much better than calling take-out; simply whip out your slow cooker and make this beef and broccoli at home!

I can’t wait for all the slow-cooker recipes coming this fall/winter. The only thing that irked me in the past about them was the fact that I had to make them on the weekends cause I have this fear of having the slow cooker on while I was at work. I always worried it’d burn down my house. I found a solution. An electric on/off timer. I bought this and I can now set the time of when I want the slow cooker to start and when to stop. I’ll likely set it only to start because I’ll time it so when I get home, it’ll be done so I can just unplug it :) It’s a great investment and I can’t wait to cook more in my slow cooker! Fear of my house burning down should subside.

 

Slow cooker beef and broccoli is easy to make at home and such a warm comforting meal to have in a big bowl of rice! Much better than calling take-out; simply whip out your slow cooker and make this beef and broccoli at home!
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Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
6 hr 30 mins
Total Time
6 hr 40 mins
 

Much better than calling take-out; simply whip out your slow cooker and make this beef and broccoli at home!

Servings: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 lb boneless beef chuck roast, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 cup beef consumme or beef broth
  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Frozen broccoli florets (as many as desired I believe I used almost 3 cups)
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch or arrowroot powder
  • 4 tbsp of liquid from slow cooker
  • Cooked white rice
Instructions
  1. In the insert of the crockpot, whisk together beef consume or stock, soy sauce, dark brown sugar, sesame oil, and garlic.

  2. Gently place your slices of beef in the liquid and toss to coat.
  3. Turn crockpot on low and cook for 4-6 hours. See notes below.

  4. When done, in a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and cooking liquid, pour into crockpot, stir to mix well. Cook on low for an additional 30 minutes to thicken up the sauce. Please see notes if your sauce does not thicken.

  5. Toss in your broccoli florets then serve hot over white rice.
Recipe Notes

Note about cooking time: Your crockpot may differ in temperature than mine, I suggest cooking this for 4 hours on your first go-round of this dish. 6 hours in the crockpot seems to be giving a lot of people "shredded" beef instead of slices, so decrease cooking time by 2 hours and go from there. Mine turned out fine with 6 hours.

If you are using frozen broccoli florets, you do NOT need to defrost them prior to putting them in the slow cooker. You add them in at the same time as you add the cornstarch mixture. As stated in the instructions, after you add the cornstarch mixture, you cook for 30 more minutes. This should be more than enough time to cook and defrost your broccoli florets.

If you're using fresh broccoli, you do NOT need to steam them prior to putting them in the crockpot. You add them in at the same time as you add the cornstarch mixture. Since you cook an additional 30 minutes, this will ensure that your fresh broccoli will be cooked through.

Yes, you put the meat in the slow cooker raw, in sliced pieces.

If you find that your mixture is not thickening, simply drain the liquid from the slow cooker and place it in a small pot over the stove over medium-high heat. Add the cornstarch mixture and stir into the liquid. This should thicken the sauce.

Photography by Sarah Fennel

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  1. 09/12/2012 at 7:29 am

    This looks delicious! My crockpot is being dusted off later I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  2. 09/12/2012 at 8:07 am

    LOVE crockpot recipes that don’t make you brown the ingredients first! This is going on my must-make list!

    Also, I’m a former ballet girl too!!! I never wanted to go to college. I wanted to dance dance dance. But, 7 years later, I still do brain stuff instead of dance stuff.

    • 09/12/2012 at 8:10 am

      I HATE browning ingredients first. Takes out the ease of crockpot dishes. Haha, laziness all the way! Yay ballerinas :)

      • Jennifer
        03/31/2014 at 7:10 am

        Browning meats just adds “something” to the dish – I am now HOOKED on my Ninja 3 in 1 – it is a bit expensive but as much as it does and as much as I use it – totally worth it – I got rid of THREE appliances (re homed) when i ordered it :)

  3. 09/12/2012 at 8:23 am

    Do you know what this looks like? Broccoli CARNITAS!!! And we all know how happy that makes me. Must make. Adding it to the fall/winter rotation :) Also, I will gladly give you some of my arm hair from those lovely Italian genes.

  4. 09/12/2012 at 8:28 am

    oh my! beef & broccoli is my favorite, go-to food to order when we order take out!! I love this fake-out! And I LOVE even more that its in a crockpot…soon, I wont have time to be standing in the kitchen for long periods of time! :( YUM!

  5. 09/12/2012 at 8:49 am

    Two points:
    1) I am *petrifiiiiied* to leave my crockpot on while I’m at work. I’m so afraid my apartment will explode. Such a bummer.
    2) I’m so jealous you never had to have braces! Six years, baby.

  6. 09/12/2012 at 8:54 am

    I do <3 me some crock pot recipes.

    @tara, why?! I love my crock pot!

  7. 09/12/2012 at 8:57 am

    This looks so fantastic, I can’t wait to try it!! Would you believe I sometimes leave my oven on for hours while I’m out during the day? I always cross my fingers I won’t come home and find fire trucks on the street :) Also, I danced too when I was younger! My real passion was gymnastics though, I did that for more than 10 years.

  8. 09/12/2012 at 9:19 am

    Definitely making this recipe! How does the timer work? I have the same fear!

  9. 09/12/2012 at 9:21 am

    This looks good; I must try it!

    I bought the Wolfgang Puck Multi-Cooker which lets you brown/sear right in the crockpot! It stopped working after 6 months though :( I’m waiting for my replacement to come in the mail!

  10. 09/12/2012 at 9:38 am

    you know i love my crock-pot + this sounds absolutely wonderful!

  11. 09/12/2012 at 9:46 am

    This looks awesome!

  12. 09/12/2012 at 10:11 am

    Oh shoot! I knew this would look wonderful. BLAST, I better get that crockpot sooner than later.

  13. 09/12/2012 at 10:16 am

    Whoa dude, triple jointed?! And no arm hair?! Lucky! Fun fact: I crack every single one of my bones and joints, even weird ones like my inner hip bones that you wouldn’t think about. And I do it multiple times a day, too. I sound like a bone orchestra haha :) PS, I LOVEEEE this dish! The sauce looks so caramelized and more glaze-y, which I like about beef and broccoli usually. And anything crockpot screams my name. So easy!

  14. Dawn
    09/12/2012 at 10:24 am

    Thanks for the awesome looking recipe. I dusted off the ‘ol crockpot last weekend and can’t wait to use it some more! I love the timer idea too! I will be trying this recipe asap!

  15. 09/12/2012 at 10:24 am

    yesssss please!

  16. 09/12/2012 at 10:25 am

    I’ve never thought to make beef and broccoli in a slow cooker!

  17. 09/12/2012 at 10:27 am

    I love the facts! And Fall totally = slow cooker time

  18. Becky
    09/12/2012 at 10:31 am

    I’m making this tomorrow. Can’t wait to try it and I know it is something both of my kids will eat which is very hard to achieve :)

  19. 09/12/2012 at 10:36 am

    Mmm, beef & broccoli is one of my faves! I always forget about my slow cooker – maybe if I bookmark this I’ll actually remember I have one!

  20. 09/12/2012 at 11:17 am

    I am so going to take that typing test. I am crazy fast, but never have done a test – fun!
    I love the crock pot, the only down fall is I work from home and then the house smells heavenly all day, and I am tortured :)

  21. 09/12/2012 at 11:18 am

    This sounds delicious! I can’t wait to break out my crock pot as well – this might be the first one I make :)

    Oh, and I feel the same way about leaving it on when I’m at work – might need to invest in this timer!

  22. 09/12/2012 at 11:44 am

    beef and broccoli has been on my “to make soon” list for so long! finally time to make it this way! yumm!

  23. Jennifer @ Mother Thyme
    09/12/2012 at 12:04 pm

    We have been on a beef and broccoli kick lately and it has been on my dinner rotation the last few weeks. I never thought of doing it in the crockpot. This awesome recipe is going to be cooking in my crockpot very soon! I am fascinated with aviation too! That is probably why I worked in the travel industry for 16 years. ;)

  24. 09/12/2012 at 1:06 pm

    What a gorgeous dish! I love the rustic background, and the plates are super cute.

    And how did you know how much I love beef & broccoli? My mom would always order this and sesame chicken for me when I was younger.

  25. 09/12/2012 at 1:29 pm

    This looks fantastic!

  26. 09/12/2012 at 1:30 pm

    I love crock pot season! For a lot of reasons, but I will add this recipe to that list! I will be trying this! I love the list of things we don’t know about you! So cute!

  27. 09/12/2012 at 1:39 pm

    That’s it. I totally need to go buy a slow cooker now.

  28. 09/12/2012 at 2:47 pm

    I love slow cooker beef recipes that you don’t have to brown the meat…ugh what is the point if you have to brown….slow cooker=easy/lazy LOL

  29. 09/12/2012 at 3:00 pm

    Beef and broccoli is my absolute favorite, hands down. I love this and your random facts!

  30. 09/12/2012 at 3:13 pm

    This looks soo good! I actually used my (boyfriend’s) Crockpot a TON this summer because 1) I broke my hand and couldn’t cook normal food :( and 2) It was waaay too hot to use the oven! The Crockpot is a good way to cook meat without heating up the kitchen!

  31. 09/12/2012 at 3:20 pm

    Damn, 104 wpm!! Wow!

    Totally loving your plates!!

  32. 09/12/2012 at 3:52 pm

    Oh my! This dish looks amazing. I adore my crockpot. We become good friends during the semester since I lack the time needed to cook when I get home. I can’t wait to try this. Pinned!

    One thing you don’t know about me. Hmmm. I like to wear funky patterned socks in the winter.

  33. 09/12/2012 at 3:52 pm

    This looks so GOOD! Pinned for later this fall. YUM! Ps. love the plates…actually kind of obsessed. Where did you find those beauties!?

    • 09/12/2012 at 4:29 pm

      Thank you! The plates are from Anthropologie :)

  34. 09/12/2012 at 6:37 pm

    I use to take Ballet & Jazz too (and tap) but for 7 years. It’s like we are dance twins! I can type fast but not as fast as you… like 70 or 80+ wpm… I’ll have to take the test to see where I still rank! This crock pot meal looks and sounds amazing!!!

  35. Vicki
    09/12/2012 at 8:54 pm

    This looks soooo good! Question… Do you cook the broccoli before adding to the crock pot?

    • 09/12/2012 at 8:58 pm

      Nope! You just throw it in :) the heat of everything will thaw it out and warm it up fairly quickly.

  36. 09/12/2012 at 9:37 pm

    This look so fabulous! My husband is a beef and broccoli NUT and I love that this will cost less than take out! I don’t have to change out of my sweats to make it!

  37. 09/12/2012 at 11:40 pm

    This looks really yummy!!!! I love slow cooker meals and I am AMAZED by that timer gadget! I need to get one of those!!!! This looks like a fantastic recipe to make for fall! PS, I AM SO EXCITED FOR FALL!!!! Hmmm, some things you dont know about me:

    1. Apparently I cannot have a part time job and stay on top of blogging, commenting on other blogs, or even stay on facebook and twitter! I need to work on time management =/

    2. I tried to pierce my own belly button when I was 13. Ummmm… yeah, it didnt work and I still have a black mark from it (Ill show you in Portland haha!)

    3. I have always been a tom-boy. Im not at all a girly-girl. I have an older brother and I always wanted to follow in his footsteps, so I did. But Im seeing a therapist about it. They told me to buy high heels, so I did… I have yet to wear them :P

  38. 09/12/2012 at 11:51 pm

    Love this! I broke out my crockpot last week and this week, I LOVE the cooler weather for that reason! Something you might not know about me, hm? Where to start…but if we cross paths I will definitely be checking out that lack of arm hair :)

  39. 09/13/2012 at 10:38 am

    This is one of my most favorite Chinese take out dinners!!

    Can’t wait to give it a whirl.

    Also…will you type my posts for me? ;)

  40. Vicki
    09/13/2012 at 11:35 am

    Do you throw in the broccoli during the 30 minutes sauce is thickening or after it has thickened?

    • 09/13/2012 at 11:44 am

      I threw it in halfway through the 30 min process. You can always throw it in unthawed cause it’ll thaw with the heat of the dish :)

  41. 09/13/2012 at 12:53 pm

    This looks perfect, Julie! I’ve always wondered about making this dish at home – and now I will!!!!

  42. 09/13/2012 at 3:11 pm

    I’m jealous of your lack of arm hair. And something about me? Hmm. I live in my pajamas. The second I come home (doesn’t matter what time and for how long), the pajamas go on. My favorite pairs are the ones I got in the 9th grade (uh, 1999) with animals. They’re still in great shape! Oh and my husband hates this, but as my pajama tops, I wear XXL men’s t-shirts (my favorite being my DARE shirt from 5th grade!). Poor guy. That and I HATE showering. My hair is super long and it’s just a pain. That said, I do shower. I just hate it.

    Anyway, this looks amazing! I pinned it before I even got to look at the post and recipe. Love the pictures, as always. I’ve bookmarked it for when some suitable type of beef’s on sale!

  43. 09/13/2012 at 3:56 pm

    This looks delicious!! However, i dont have that many interesting facts, unlike you! XD

  44. 09/13/2012 at 4:44 pm

    Hmmm, something about me? I hate flying, I’m only double jointed in my thumbs, and I have an irrational fear of things without legs. Or things with too many legs.

  45. Grace
    09/13/2012 at 5:04 pm

    I actually made this recipe today, and the meat turned out super dry. Is there a solution to this at all?

    • 09/13/2012 at 5:14 pm

      That’s odd your meat turned out dry. It shouldn’t because it is covered by the liquid. Did you slice up your meat in slices and did you use more than a pound?

      • Kiley
        07/15/2014 at 12:56 pm

        trying this today.. except the smallest roast i could get my hands on is about 3 lbs… #texasproblems

        we will see what happens!

      • Julie
        07/15/2014 at 9:38 pm

        Hope this works out for you! Enjoy :)

  46. 09/13/2012 at 5:07 pm

    This looks perfect, all sticky and great with the rice!! You might not know I am Scottish and I used to break dance when I was a kid..Yow, Chaka Khan ;)

  47. 09/13/2012 at 6:49 pm

    I made this for dinner tonight, and it was delicious! A huge hit with my family, including my kids, who are notoriously picky! I love the sweetness of the sauce from the brown sugar. I used fresh broccoli, so I steamed the florets first before I put them in with the beef mixture.

    This is the second recipe I’ve tried from your blog, and I must try more, because this is the second homerun! (The other one I tried was the barbecue BBQ Chicken Cornbread Pie…awesome!) Thanks much for a great dinner!

    • 09/13/2012 at 8:36 pm

      I’m so glad to hear this!! :) Thank you for the feedback!

  48. 09/13/2012 at 11:03 pm

    I need a crockpot in my life. That looks delicious, Julie :)

  49. 09/14/2012 at 10:38 am

    Going to give this a whirl on Sunday. I’ll let you know how it turns out!

  50. 09/14/2012 at 9:43 pm

    I love Beef & Broccoli, so being able to make this in a slow cooker would be AWESOME! Thanks for the recipe – can’t wait to try it myself.

    Hmmm. something that you don’t know about me…how about the fact that I collect snow globes and vintage cameras? :)

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