Slow cooker recipes

28 beautiful slow cooker beef recipes

Time to break out the slow cooker!
Women's Weekly slow cooker recipes

From curries and casseroles to ribs and stews, these slow cooker beef recipes will inspire you for a big batch cook or just for dinner tonight.

If you can’t get enough of slow cooking then you can also try our slow cooker chicken recipes.

How to adapt your favourite recipes for a slow cooker

When it comes to winter comfort food, you can’t go past a heart slow cooker recipe. These one-pot wonders, perfect with almost any cuts of meat, are guaranteed to turn out fragrant, tender meals every time. Best of all, you can just pop your ingredients in and return in a few hours with all the work done for you.

However, not all of our favourite recipes were designed with the slow cooker in mind. Luckily, most of your favourite casserole, curry and soups can easily be converted for a slow cooker.

Here, we’ll take you through what you need to know for adapting your favourite recipes.

Keep in mind that a recipe that takes 2 hours to simmer or slow-roast will take about 6-8 hours on Low or 3-4 hours on High in the slow cooker.

And, as a general rule, a slow cooker should be at least half-full when cooking casseroles, curries and soups. Place vegetables into the cooker, put meat on top, then add the liquid.

How to brown meat

You can just throw all the ingredients in the slow cooker, but browning the meat first gives far better colour and flavour.

Do this in a frying pan with a little oil over a high heat, as shown in the video below.

For more tips on adapting recipes to suit your slow cooker.

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