Slow Cooked Beef Stroganoff

beef stroganoff slow cooker
Comforting and warming beef stroganoff made easy in the slow cooker. Fall apart beef in a creamy, luscious sauce. A classic family favourite which freezes brilliantly and can also be made on the stove. This is one of my favourite recipes.
  • 1kg chuck steak or gravy beef (or any slow cooker beef), cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (separated)
  • 1 large onion, roughly diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 500g mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 1 cup sour cream (full fat)
  • Pasta, rice or mashed potato to serve
  • 2 tbsp freshly chopped parsley to garnish (optional)
  1. Dust cubed chuck steak in salt and pepper (cubes should be roughly 2cm wide, the bigger they are the longer the stroganoff will take to cook).
  2. Using 1 tbsp of the oil, brown the beef (in batches if you need to) in a large skillet on medium-high heat for between 8-12 minutes. Once cooked, reserve off heat on a plate.
  3. Using the remaining 1 tbsp of oil, cook the onion and garlic in the same pan on medium heat until softened 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add the mushrooms and cook a further 2-3 minutes until softened.
  5. Add flour, stirring continuously for 30 seconds (it will clump up but that’s fine).

Slow cooker method

  1. Add tomato paste, paprika, Worcestershire sauce and beef stock to your slow cooker, stir to combine.
  2. Add cooked beef and mushroom mixture, stir gently to combine, don’t worry if the beef isn’t fully covered.
  3. Cook on high 4 hours or on low for 8 hours. Stir in the sour cream in the remaining 15 minutes of the cook. The meat should be falling apart easily with a fork, if it is not (which is unlikely), increase your cook time by 15 minute intervals, checking in between.
  4. Serve with pasta, rice or mashed potato. Garnish with parsley if using.

Stovetop method

  1. Return beef to the pan and add 2 cups beef broth/stock, tomato paste, paprika and Worcestershire sauce.
  2. Return to the boil, then simmer on lowest heat for 1.5 hours, lid on. Stir occasionally, if the sauce is sticking to base of your pan add 1/2 cup of water.
  3. Remove lid and cook for an additional hour to thicken.
  4. Once the meat is soft and falling apart with a fork, remove off heat, add sour cream and stir to create a thick, creamy sauce.
  5. Serve with pasta, rice or mashed potato. Garnish with parsley if using.

Do you really need to sear meat before slow cooking? Technically speaking, no. However, If you miss this step of searing the beef first, you will not create the same level of intensity in the dish. The depth of flavour comes from the browning and caramelisation of the meat first. It is well worth the extra little bit of effort. If you choose to not sear, you may need to adjust the recipe and leave the meat in the slow cooker a little longer.

Can I freeze beef stroganoff? Absolutely, yes! This is the perfect meal to freeze. Allow the dish to cool and then store in an airtight container, store between 2-3 months. To defrost, allow it to thaw overnight in the fridge and either cook on the stove top or microwave. Alternatively, defrost from frozen in the microwave ensuring you stir halfway and heat until piping hot.

Got leftovers? Beef stroganoff makes one of the BEST pie fillings. Check out my Beef Stroganoff Pot Pies.

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