Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli

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    This slow cooker beef and broccoli is perfect for those days that you are craving take-out! You can put this together in a snap and best of all, it is all made in the slow cooker!

    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!

    My favorite time of year is the transition from summer to fall. I love the cooler temperatures.

    It’s as if as soon as the temperature gets slightly cooler, my body immediately sends out some sort of alarm saying it needs comfort food.

    Soups, stews, cozy dinners!

    This is why this slow cooker beef and broccoli is the PERFECT meal to break in a slow cooker.

    It’s not just for cooler weather though. We have made this in the dead of summer when we were just absolutely craving take out but didn’t want to actually order it.

    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!

    How easy is this slow cooker beef and broccoli?

    Super easy. Take a look at the ingredient list below and you can see that you don’t need a lot to make this delicious meal!

    Can you use frozen broccoli florets instead of fresh?

    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.

    What about fresh broccoli?

    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.

    Can I cook this faster?

    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 want something faster, I suggest using my Instant Pot beef and broccoli recipe instead.

    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!

    Do you put the meat in raw/uncooked?

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

    My mixture doesn’t seem to thicken when I add in the cornstarch and water mixture.

    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.

    Cornstarch needs heat to thicken so perhaps if you have had the lid open for a while, the temperature of the liquids may have gone down and not have been high enough in temperature to activate the thickening agent of cornstarch.

    Additionally, if you decided to throw in your frozen broccoli florets BEFORE you added in your cornstarch mixture, that would have brought down the temperature of the liquids so you would need to cover and bring it up to temperature again.

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    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

    Much better than calling take-out; simply whip out your slow cooker and make this beef and broccoli at home!
    Prep Time: 10 mins
    Cook Time: 6 hrs 30 mins
    Total Time: 6 hrs 40 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 4
    Calories: 370kcal
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    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

    • In the insert of the crockpot, whisk together beef consume or stock, soy sauce, dark brown sugar, sesame oil, and garlic.
    • Gently place your slices of beef in the liquid and toss to coat.
    • Turn slow cooker on low and cook for 4-6 hours. See notes below.
    • When done, in a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and cooking liquid, pour into crockpot, stir to mix well. Toss in your broccoli florets. Cook on low for an additional 30 minutes to thicken up the sauce. Please see notes if your sauce does not thicken.
    • Serve hot over white rice.

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    Notes

    Nutrition Facts
    Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 370 Calories from Fat 90
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 10g15%
    Saturated Fat 2g10%
    Carbohydrates 24g8%
    Fiber 1g4%
    Sugar 17g19%
    Protein 28g56%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

    Photography by Sarah Fennel

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  • Nicole says:

    This is absolutely AMAZING and super easy to make!!! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Terri McNellage says:

    My husband was a big fan, I am trying a lot of receipts for two since we are empty nesters now. This one is a keeper! And I added fresh broccoli 🥦 and cooked maybe 15 mins. It was perfect!

    • Julie Wampler says:

      So glad to hear!

  • Steph Scott says:

    My husband and I absolutely love this dish! We make at least once a month. Thanks for a great, quick, delicious crock pot recipe!

    • Julie Wampler says:

      So happy to hear this!

  • Kayla Floyd says:

    Is there a way to make this with ground beef? I’m out of Chuck?

    • Julie Wampler says:

      Hi, I definitely don’t recommend making this with ground beef.

  • Chad says:

    Oh my god! This has amazing flavor! It’s such a simple recipe, but it’s delicious. I cooked for 5 hours, and it’s perfect! This recipe made just enough for two servings for me. As a single guy who hasn’t owned a thing in the kitchen for two years, it’s great to successfully make something for myself again. I cooked this is an Aroma multicooker, and it turned out wonderful. Thanks again!

    • Julie Wampler says:

      Great to hear!!

  • Sasha Mahon-Parks says:

    Could you use almond flour instead of the starches you listed. If so, how much do you use ?

    • Julie Wampler says:

      I haven’t tried it that way so I can’t give any suggestions. Sorry!

  • Sandra says:

    HELP.. I don’t have beef stock, can I use chicken??? Ready to make it now..

    • Julie Wampler says:

      Yes, definitely

  • Michaela says:

    What size of slow cooker did you use?

    • Julie Wampler says:

      I have a 6 quart slow cooker

  • Renea Handy says:

    I absolutely love this dish and crockpot cooking is such a great way to go, especially when it’s so hot outside and don’t want or need to use the oven or stove to much. Love Love Love it!! Thank you ❤️

  • Candice J Grubbs says:

    Can I do this without the sesame oil? do I need to sub something for it? Daughter has allergry to sesame seed. Thanks.

    • Julie Wampler says:

      yes, you can do it without!

  • Gail says:

    Really easy and very tasty. We ate it all and there was only two of us!!! Think for 1 lb of meat I would do 5 hours as it does fall apart but my husband loved it. Think it’s better to cook the sauce to thicken but I didn’t do that because I wanted to keep everything hot.

  • Miss Thalia says:

    Can you use frozen sliced beef for longer cook time?

    • Julie Wampler says:

      yes, i imagine that would work but i honestly haven’t tried that myself so i can’t say for certain

  • Monica Trayer says:

    First time on website

    • Julie Wampler says:

      welcome!

  • Mike says:

    Hi there I’ve made this several times now . And my young daughter loves it And every time I make it I make it a little different I do like to add hot sesame oil and seeds also I use veriyeri marinade. Absolutely delicious making again today for my daughters school pot look Xmas party. Ty mike smith Chelmsford mass

  • Melissa Torrez says:

    I’ve made this several times over the last year, it was an instant hit with my family. Actually tastes better than our local chinese take-out restaurant. I always add fresh broccoli that I’ve blanched while the sauce is thickening. This recipe is a must-try!!!!

  • Courtney says:

    When do you add the broccoli? Do you cook the broccoli first or throw it in frozen?

    • Julie Wampler says:

      It’s in the last step of the instructions additionally all your questions are answered in the blog post itself.

      • Courtney says:

        It wasn’t clear to me is why I asked but thanks I guess..

  • Kim Moffatt says:

    I’m making this AGAIN was really good! Yum-yum LETS EAT 😸

  • Genna says:

    :: Brocoli Beef Fake Out::
    If i double this recipe, is it straight forward just doubling each ingrediant?

    • Julie Wampler says:

      Yep

  • Maddie says:

    I made this last week and LOVED. I was putting it together to make again today and realized i am out of soy sauce. It’s too late to back out now. What is this going to taste like without soy sauce and can I add it in at the end of the slow cooking?

    • Julie Wampler says:

      It’s one of the sauce ingredient so it definitely would not taste right and no, you need to add it while it slow cooks.

  • Jessica Johnson says:

    I have it in my crockpot now, but I used 3 pounds of meat (I have a big family). How long should I cook it?

    • Julie Wampler says:

      Should still be fine 4-6 hours – I’d err on the side of 6 hours though

      • Jessica Johnson says:

        Thanx…it turned out delicious! ❤

  • SABLE WHITE says:

    Can I use beef broth and light brown sugar?

    • Julie Wampler says:

      Yep!

  • Sami says:

    This dish was so easy make and turned out great! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I can’t believe how simple it was and how easy the directions were to follow. Love this and will not only be making this recipe again, but I will definitely be sharing it.

  • Nicole says:

    Can I use flank steak with this recipe? If so how how should I cut it and would the cooking time change? Thanks in advance!

    • Julie Wampler says:

      you can, but cooking time would be really little since flank is so thin, and also the cut might just end up tough so i’m honestly not sure if it’s the best cut to use in this..

  • Raquel says:

    Should I double ingredients if I’m making 2 pounds?

    • Julie Wampler says:

      yes

  • Jacklyn says:

    Hello! I have yet to make this recipe but I read in one of the comments that you used a 6 quart slow cooker to make this dish. If I use a 3 quart would I need to cut each ingredient in half or will this all fit in a 3? Thanks so much!

    • Julie Wampler says:

      It should fit in a 3 quart!

  • Molly says:

    Hi, this recipe sounds delicious! But I don’t have any broth, would water or wine work, and if so, the same amount as listed for the broth or different? Thanks so much!

    • Julie Wampler says:

      water would work but you might not get as much flavor! yes, same amount

  • Molly Bozeman says:

    Would it be possible to substitute water or red wine in place of the beef stock, and if so, would the amount be the same or different? Thank you!

    • Julie Wampler says:

      it would taste watered down, i think, if you use water. the red wine might make the entire flavor profile wonky.

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