Slow cooker recipes

26 beautiful beef meals to create in your slow cooker

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

Slow cookers are perfect for making tougher cuts of beef tender and buttery with barely any effort. From curries to ribs and stews, these beef recipes will inspire you to break out the slow cooker!

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.

Do you need to brown the meat first?

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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Vietnamese beef brisket

Vietnamese beef brisket

Slow cooked to tender perfection, this fragrant beef brisket with Asian spices and vegetables, is beautiful served atop steamed rice.


Veal and tomato meatloaf

Veal and tomato meatloaf

We’ve made the simple family meal even easier by cooking it in your favourite winter appliance, the slow cooker. Made with veal mince for added tenderness but would work well with beef mince if you prefer.

tuscan beef stew


Tuscan beef stew

Tuscan beef stew

coriander beef curry


Coriander beef curry

Coriander beef curry

A slow cooked beef that will melt in your mouth in a rich and herbaceous coriander curry.


Lasagne-style crock-pot

Lasagne-style crock-pot

Here’s another way of making this humble family favourite even easier! I have added the grated carrot and baby spinach to the mix so you will only need a simple salad to serve. Plus my cheat’s version of a white cheese sauce make this dish as easy as possible.

Slow-cooked Mexican beef chilli mole


Slow-cooked Mexican beef chilli mole

Slow-cooked Mexican beef chilli mole

This traditional Mexican meat dish, where chocolate, chilli and beef are combined in a delicious, hearty casserole, is even more flavoursome in this gorgeous version of the recipe made in a slow cooker.


Slow-cooker veal with balsamic sage sauce

Slow-cooker veal with balsamic sage sauce

Feed the family with this succulent and flavoursome slow-cooker veal with balsamic sage sauce – perfect comfort food for the cooler winter nights.


Texas-style brisket with corn & slaw

Texas-style brisket with corn & slaw

This beef brisket is flavoured with a fragrant spice rub and cooks away in your slow cooker for a tender, fall apart meat served with corn and slaw

Spaghetti bolognese


Bolognese sauce

Let dinner cook itself tonight. Prep the ingredients and throw together in the slow cooker to make the easiest, rich and luscious bolognese sauce.


Slow-cooker cottage pie

Slow-cooker cottage pie

We’ve made the classic comfort food in the slow cooker for ease. Seasoned beef topped with buttery mash and browned under the grill to finish.


Tex Mex beef stew

Tex Mex beef stew

This slow-cooker stew with meltingly tender beef and sweet potatoes cooked with gentle Tex Mex spices is as easy to make as it is delicious.


Five ingredient beef tacos

Five ingredient beef tacos

With only five simple ingredients and the use of a slow cooker you can create these tasty tacos with little effort. Minimum effort for max reward.

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Slow-cooker beef korma

Slow-cooker beef korma

Come home to a delightfully fragrant beef curry.


Beef casserole with cheesy herb dumplings

This hearty beef casserole with cheesy herb dumplings is the ultimate in slow cooker comfort food!


Vietnamese beef brisket

This Vietnamese-inspired beef brisket is simply delicious perched on top of steamed rice and sprinkled with fresh coriander.


Slow cooker beef rendang

Rich beef curries like this delicious beef rendang are perfectly suited to slow cooking, which tenderises tough cuts of beef and intensifies the flavour of spices.


Beef and vegetable soup

The only thing missing from the serving suggestions for this beef and vegetable soup is a thick blanket, fluffy socks and roaring fireplace!


Beer and thyme beef cheeks

These slow-cooked beer and thyme beef cheeks come together over a leisurely 9 hours without you having to worry about a thing!


Coconut curried beef

This Thai-inspired curried coconut beef dish becomes intensely flavoured after stewing in your slow cooker. Perfect for scratching that take away itch without breaking the bank.


Slow-cooked Mexican beef chilli mole

This traditional Mexican beef chilli mole, where chocolate, chilli and beef are combined in a delicious, hearty casserole is an ideal slow-cooker recipe.

Slow-cooker massaman beef curry


Slow cooker beef massaman curry

Your slow cooker is the perfect tool for creating the tender, flavoursome meat in this slow cooker beef massaman curry that will fill your house with a mouthwatering aroma.


Slow cooker shredded beef tacos

Just when you thought taco night couldn’t get any easier in comes the slow cooker! These slow cooker shredded beef tacos are an easy and tasty midweek dinner wonder!


slow cooker osso bucco

Technically a veal dish, this slow cooker osso bucco takes all the guess work out of making this classic Italian stew. Topped with a zesty gremolata, this dish is perfect served atop fluffy polenta.


mushroom and red wine stew

Warm, hearty and packed with mushrooms and bacon, this beef stew is slow-cooked in a fragrant red wine sauce to tender perfection.


paprdelle with beef ragu

Want to take your spaghetti bolognese to a whole other level? Try this pappardelle with slow-cooked beef ragu. Instead of mince, slow cooked beef shin is cooked in a rich sauce and shredded before being served atop thick, al dente pappardelle.


Beef rib bourguignon

This beef rib bourguignon is perfect for your slow cooker, which tenderises the beef short ribs and intensifies the rich sauce in this classic French casserole. Serve these succulent ribs with creamy mashed potatoes.

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