These are easy beef crockpot recipes. Try out all of these slow cooker recipes for beef to “beef” up your family friendly meal plans.
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The great thing about beef crockpot recipes is that they're family friendly. They're simple, wholesome, hearty flavors that everyone will love.
What kind of beef can I cook in the crockpot?
Thankfully, you can cook any kind of beef you want to in the slow cooker. Ideally I would stick with cuts like chuck steak, skirt steak, shank, and brisket. Shoulder and picnic roasts are also good on a low slow cooking method but they're usually quite large and more suited to a smoker!
The reason we stick with these cuts of meat is because they are large muscles for the most part that benefit from a longer cooking time on a lower heat. It helps the meat become tender and release all of those juices we like!
Why should I use the crockpot for beef recipes?
You should use the slow cooker for all of your recipes if you can help it! There's nothing I like better than being able to set a recipe up in the crockpot and forget about it until dinner time.
It can be frustrating after everything we do in a day to also have to spend an hour or more in the kitchen getting a meal together. The slow cooker takes all the work out of it, making meal times a breeze even when we have 100 other things going on!
Do I need to marinate beef when cooking in the crockpot?
No! That's a great question because we tend to marinate and over season beef that we need to cook quickly. That is because when you cook beef fast it doesn't have time for the fat to break down and render.
When beef is cooked more slowly, the fat has time to cook down and it releases more natural flavor into the recipe and into the meat!
What should I have on hand for these crockpot recipes?
If you like making slow cooker recipes for beef, there are some tools you might want to keep on hand. I like to have several types of bouillon on hand for making broth, and a whisk is always best to get that whipped up.
Common spices like garlic powder, onion powder, season all, and pre-mixed beef “rubs” are nice to have on hand so you can boost the flavors of your dishes without adding extra salt.
When it comes to tools, you will want to have a slow cooker on hand, obviously!
But you can also use a pressure cooker with the slow cooker setting, and I have more than one slow cooker, so I can prep multiple meals at once! It's also nice to keep smaller crockpots or larger crockpots on hand in case you want to cut recipes in half or double them to feed a crowd!
Keep an instant read digital thermometer on hand, too. I use this one.That's a great way to make sure your beef recipes reach the proper temperature before you serve them.
When cooking large cuts of meat in the crockpot, you don't want to have to break out your good sharp knife to slice them up and try to guess if they're done or not.
More crockpot recipes to try:
Of course you'll find all the beef crockpot meals here you could want but if you are looking for something a little different, here are some other Crockpot recipes that aren't beef related!
Let's get into it! Here are some of my favorite beef crockpot recipes that you won't want to miss out on. Save them for later or add them to your meal plans, there's so many you'll be covered for dinner and lunches till the new year!
Beef Crockpot Recipes
These are easy beef crockpot recipes. Try out all of these beef crockpot meals to "beef" up your family friendly meal plans!
Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce is one of my all-time favorite recipes. I can't wait to show you how easy it is to make slow cooker spaghetti sauce that is rich, meaty, and packed with delicious Italian flavors.
Gluten-free Pot Roast is one of those super easy meals that is full of veggies and is a stick to your ribs type of meal. If you have a family member that is a meat and potatoes kind of person, they’ll love this gluten-free crock pot roast recipe.
This Slow Cooker Baked Ziti is an easy crockpot recipe that packs all the flavour! With tender noodles coated in a ground beef marinara and mixed with a melty cheese goodness, it’s the ideal weeknight meal.
You can't go wrong with this family favorite classic Slow Cooker Spaghetti and Meatballs, especially when it's made in the Crockpot and becomes a hands-off, effortless dinner with perfectly seasoned Italian meatballs.