The Best Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

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The Best Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff Recipe
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There are certain dishes that set a benchmark for comfort. In my mind, beef stroganoff is at the top of the list.

It’s not the most glamorous of meals. Yet the perfect blend of succulent slow cooked beef, earthy mushrooms, pasta, sour cream, and boozy essence make it a show-stopper on any cold night!

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Today’s recipe, The Best Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff, is my second stroganoff recipe here on A Spicy Perspective. The first Beef Stroganoff I post years ago, is a quickie-version, made with grilled steak and a relatively fast pan sauce.

It’s a fantastic mid-week meal you can make in a hurry… Or when you want to dress-up your stroganoff with New York Strips or Ribeye!

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However, The Best Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff Recipe, is our most beloved mouthwatering crock pot version that you can set-and-forget.

Then come home later to a house that smells like pure heaven!

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How To Make The Best Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff Ever

When slow cooking stroganoff, it’s important to use a cut of beef that stays moist and succulent over time.

Here I used thin strips of chuck roast. You can also cut the beef into bite-size chunks if you prefer. The marbled fat in the chuck roast gently breaks down over time, keeping the beef tender.

Short ribs are also a good choice, but a bit more expensive.

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Another key element in making The Best Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff Recipe, is to sauté the onions and brown the beef first, before adding it to the slow cooker.

This sweetens the flavor of the onions and improves their overall texture. It also seals in the juices of the beef. Don’t skip this step!

If you happen to have a large Instant Pot or Multi-Cooker, you can sauté the onions and beef right in the crock, then turn in down to “slow cook”  without dirtying a skillet.

 Best Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff Recipe Ever!

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Two more highly important ingredients for creating the perfect beef stroganoff are liquor and beef base.

I like to use Cognac in stroganoff, because it leaves a gentle lingering slightly-sweet boozy essence. If you love robust flavors you can add as much as a cup of Cognac to the recipe. However, if you’re palette is a bit on the delicate side, use a little less. You can also use brandy or whiskey if you prefer.

Do not skip the booze! It’s an important component, and the flavor cannot be replaced. The alcohol does cook out over time, so don’t be afraid of serving this to your whole family.

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Beef base is essentially concentrated beef stock, and provides a deep rich beefy flavor.

When making The Best Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff, the crock pot lid holds in all the moisture, so regular beef stock would not be able to cook down, and concentrate over time. Using beef base (or beef concentrate) with water, creates an intensified punchy beef quality that truly elevates the sauce.

Perfect Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff Recipe

If you buy the right ingredients, and sauté your onions and beef before slow cooking, you too, will experience The Best Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff you’ve ever made!

The Best Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff Recipe
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The Best Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
6 hrs
Total Time
6 hrs 20 mins
 
The Best Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff Recipe - Easy Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff you can make in your Instant Pot or Multi-Cooker. Bold flavor, silky texture!
Servings: 8 Servings
Nutrition Facts
The Best Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff
Amount Per Serving (1.5 cups)
Calories 573 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 31g 48%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 161mg 54%
Sodium 561mg 23%
Potassium 938mg 27%
Total Carbohydrates 40g 13%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 5g
Protein 35g 70%
Vitamin A 9.9%
Vitamin C 5.2%
Calcium 10.8%
Iron 26.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 pound beef chuck roast
  • 6 shallots, peeled and chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 pounds button mushrooms, quartered
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 1/2 - 1 cup cognac
  • 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons beef base, or 5 Tb + 1 tsp beef concentrate
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3 cups water
  • 12 ounces extra wide egg noodles
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Set a large 6 quart slow cooker to low heat. Cut the beef roast into small bite-size chunks, or cut against the grain into thin strips.
  2. Place the butter in a large skillet and set on the stovetop over medium heat. Once melted, add the onions and garlic. Sauté for 2-3 minutes, then add the beef pieces. Brown the beef on all sides, about 5 minutes. Then sprinkle the flour over the beef and stir to coat. Cook another 3 minutes. Pour the mixture in the bottom of the slow cooker. *If using an Instant Pot or Multi-Cooker, do this in the crock on the Sauté setting, then lower the heat to Slow Cook.
  3. Add the chopped mushrooms to the crock. In a bowl, whisk the sour cream, cognac, beef base, dijon mustard, and thyme together. Pour the mixture over the mushrooms, then add in 3 cups water. *If using less than 1 cup cognac, add extra water to equal 1 cup.
  4. Cover the crock and slow cook for 5-6 hours on high, or 7-9 hours on low, until the beef is fork-tender. Stir in the egg noodles. Cover again and slow cook another 20-30 minutes, until the pasta is cooked to al dente. Taste, then salt and pepper as needed. 

Recipe Notes

If you like stroganoff with a strong boozy essence, use 1 cup cognac. If not, go with 1/2 cup cognac + 1/2 cup water.

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14 comments on “The Best Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

  1. Caprianaposted November 1, 2018 at 12:17 pm Reply

    Hi, I was wondering if the setting should be high or low when cooking it for 5-6 hours in a crock pot. 

    • Sommer Collierposted November 8, 2018 at 6:13 am Reply

      Hi Capriana,

      The 5-6 hour time frame is for high heat. Happy Cooking!

  2. Annieposted October 29, 2018 at 3:11 pm Reply

    What is happening in this recipe? Things are browned and added twice. An editing error?

    • Sommer Collierposted October 30, 2018 at 10:02 pm Reply

      Hi Annie,

      I’m not sure what happened here… We are in the middle of a recipe format change, site wide, but I haven’t seen that glitch yet. All fixed!!

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  7. Edposted January 29, 2018 at 1:25 pm Reply

    This is an incredibly good recipe. It was an instant hit with all at the dinner.

  8. melodyposted October 31, 2017 at 2:54 pm Reply

    what can i use instead of cognac? can i use a broth of some kind or water? i dont use any kind of alcohol in my recipes

    • Sommerposted November 6, 2017 at 9:06 am Reply

      Hi Melody,

      That is a really tricky question because the liquor is a significant attribute to the flavor of stroganoff. It just won’t taste right without it. You could add equal parts beef broth and omit it entirely, or use beef broth and a little boozy extract, like brandy or whiskey extract.

      Let me know how it turns out! :)

  9. Linda Jeanposted October 25, 2017 at 6:53 am Reply

    Made it this past weekend – the best stroganoff I have ever made! I used the cognac – yum. I followed your directions for slicing the beef – I think that’s the key to the results. Thank you. I learned a lot on this one. It’s a great recipe to add to the crock pot repertoire.

  10. mauritaposted October 18, 2017 at 7:56 pm Reply

    Can you substitute Brandy for the Cognac?
    It looks delicious I always have made this on stove top. looking forward to cook in slow cooker

    • Sommerposted October 24, 2017 at 7:40 pm Reply

      Hi Maurita, Absolutely! :)