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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: 4

Servings are adjustable but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings.

Calories: 370kcal
Author: Julie Chiou

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.

Video

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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Kim in MN

Wednesday 14th of October 2020

This is a favorite standby for our family! I especially love that it does not use cream of anything soup, which many crockpot recipes do (at least here in the Midwest) & which I hate. Sometimes I use Costco’s frozen stir-fry veggie mix which also works well instead of just broccoli. A simple, easy recipe that makes awesome leftovers!!

Lynn

Wednesday 7th of October 2020

Has anyone tried making this with coconut aminos instead of soy sauce? I use coconut aminos in place of soy sauce in other recipes due to a soy intolerance.

Eileen

Sunday 2nd of August 2020

I have made this several times now and it is always a hit. I hope there will be leftovers but no such luck.

Ashley

Sunday 26th of July 2020

I haven't made this dish yet but I was wondering if I can use beef cubes instead of strips? Would this affect cooking times? If so how?

Also if I use the beef chuck roast and do cut it into strips, do you cut before or after cooking?

Julie Wampler

Monday 27th of July 2020

1. you can use beef cubes; it should not affect cooking time because that's what i did (cut a chuck roast into cubes)...however, i will warn you that already cut beef cubes (like beef stew cubes) are not as tender as buying a big chuck roast and cutting it yourself. it's usually the cut of beef they use for those that is not very good. 2. i would not recommend cutting the chuck roast into strips; definitely cubes. if you cut into strips, they will be too tender and kind of disintegrate. you cut the cubes before cooking.

Molly Bozeman

Thursday 11th of June 2020

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

Tuesday 23rd of June 2020

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