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Slow Cooker Beef with Broccoli (Easy Crockpot Recipe)

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Get your taste buds ready! This Slow Cooker Beef with Broccoli is so good! It’s one of those slow cooker recipes that everyone will love, and I promise you’ll make it perfect the first time!

A white plate of beef, broccoli, and red bell peppers garnished with toasted sesame seeds on a bed of rice.

Forget about spending big bucks on Chinese food takeout and just make your own at home! The tender beef and white rice are the best!

If you love recipes like this, you may also enjoy this Fresh Mango Margarita Recipe because it’s always time for a drink!

  • It’s one of those delicious meals that taste like it came from a Chinese restaurant.
  • You can use fresh broccoli florets or frozen
  • This easy crockpot beef makes enough to share and is great on busy weeknights.

Ingredients For Slow Cooker Beef With Broccoli

Ingredients for beef broccoli including brown rice, gluten free soy sauce, and red bell pepper on a white countertop.
  • Beef stew meat: The cornerstone of this dish, beef stew meat becomes wonderfully tender in the slow cooker, though you can opt for flank steak for a more buttery texture.
  • Beef stock: This provides a rich, hearty foundation for the sauce, with beef broth as an easy substitute for convenience.
  • Garlic cloves: Fresh garlic lends a robust flavor that’s indispensable, but garlic powder can be used for quicker preparation.
  • Gluten-free soy sauce: This not only adds the essential umami flavor, but choosing a low-sodium variety helps control the saltiness of the dish, accommodating dietary concerns.
  • Honey: A touch of honey brings a subtle sweetness, balancing the savory notes. Molasses or maple syrup are perfect alternatives.
  • Sesame oil: Imparting a distinctive nutty aroma, sesame oil elevates the dish, though other Asian-style sauces can offer a variety of taste profiles.
  • Salt and black pepper: These two seasoning staples enhance all the flavors in your crockpot creation.
  • Arrowroot: Serving as the thickening agent, arrowroot ensures your sauce is glossy and coats the beef and broccoli beautifully.
  • Broccoli florets: The star vegetable, broccoli adds crunch and nutrition, whether you choose to go fresh or frozen.
  • Red bell pepper: Sliced thin, it adds a splash of color and a sweet, slightly tangy taste that complements the beef and broccoli.
  • Brown rice: Offers a healthier, fiber-packed base for your beef and broccoli, but white rice is a classic alternative for those who prefer it.
  • Sesame seeds: A final garnish of sesame seeds adds a delightful crunch and visual appeal to this homestyle Asian classic.

Substitutions and Variations

  • Add a different delicious sauce – You can easily change up the flavor of this delicious beef recipe by changing up the sauce.
  • Add some heat – Put a little bit of red pepper flakes into the mixture!
  • Add onions – You can mix in green onions or have them as a topping.
  • Use cauliflower rice – If you want to cut carbs, use cauliflower rice instead.

How To Make Slow Cooker Beef With Broccoli

  1. Place beef into slow cooker.
  2. Mix beef stock, garlic, soy sauce, honey, and sesame oil in a small mixing bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Pour over beef, then cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-7 hours.
  3. Mix 2 tablespoons of arrowroot with ¼ cup of cooking liquid to thicken the sauce.
  4. Add the arrowroot mixture, broccoli, and bell pepper to the cooker 15-20 minutes before the end of cooking.
  5. Serve with brown rice and spoon over some of the slow cooker sauce. Optionally, sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Rice topped with beef broccoli.

Expert Tips 

  • To ensure the beef is seared and full of flavor, consider browning it on a skillet before adding it to the slow cooker. This extra step will caramelize the meat’s exterior and add a depth of richness to the entire dish.
  • For the most vibrant vegetables, add the broccoli and bell peppers during the last 30 minutes of cooking if you’re setting the slow cooker on low or the last 15 minutes if cooking on high. This will keep them crisp, tender, and brightly colored rather than overcooked.
  • If the sauce is thinner than you prefer after adding the arrowroot mixture, you can remove the lid for the last 30 minutes of cooking to let some of the liquid evaporate, and the sauce thickens further.
  • To accommodate different dietary preferences, consider using coconut aminos instead of soy sauce. This will make the recipe soy-free and paleo-friendly.
  • Lastly, infusing beef with aromatics like ginger or star anise can introduce a new flavor dimension that further mimics the complexity of traditional Chinese dishes.

Alternative Cooking Methods

Yes, this recipe can indeed be adapted for use with an Instant Pot, which is perfect for those who need a quicker cooking method. 

To make this beef and broccoli recipe in an Instant Pot, simply sauté the beef using the ‘Sauté’ function until browned, then add the stock mixture and lock the lid in place. Cook on high pressure for 20 minutes, then quick-release the pressure. 

Lastly, add the broccoli and bell peppers, setting the Instant Pot back to ‘Sauté’ and cook for an additional 5 minutes until the vegetables are tender. 

This method preserves the flavors while significantly reducing the cooking time.

Storing Tips 

This delicious meal makes enough to feed the entire family and has leftovers! Just let this great recipe cool down completely and then store it in an airtight container.

Keep it chilled in the fridge and eat within 2-3 days.

To freeze, ensure the meal has cooled completely before transferring it to freezer-safe bags or containers. It will maintain its best quality for up to 3 months. When ready to enjoy, defrost in the refrigerator overnight and reheat gently to preserve the quality of the beef and broccoli.

Beef broccoli with red bell peppers and garnish with toasted sesame seeds.

What To Serve With Slow Cooker Beef With Broccoli

This slow-cooker beef recipe is great with jasmine rice, white rice, or any type of rice!

If you need other pairing ideas, here are some great side dishes to check out.

FAQs

Can I use frozen beef?

Yes, you can use frozen beef. Make sure to add some extra cooking time to accommodate the thawing process within the slow cooker. However, for the best results, it’s advisable to thaw the beef in the refrigerator overnight before cooking.

What kind of beef cut should I use for this recipe?

Flank steak, chuck roast, or any tender beef cut that does well with slow cooking is ideal for this recipe. Make sure to slice the beef against the grain for the best texture.

Can I make this dish vegetarian?

Substitute the beef for a plant-based protein like tofu or tempeh. Make sure to press and marinate the tofu for best results, and adjust the cooking time since these alternatives won’t need as long to cook as beef.

How can I make this recipe spicier?

To add more heat to the dish, incorporate chopped fresh chili, increase the amount of red pepper flakes, or add a dollop of chili paste such as sambal oelek to the sauce mixture.

Is this recipe gluten-free?

Yes, as long as you use gluten-free soy sauce or an alternative like tamari or coconut aminos, this recipe can be made gluten-free.

How do I ensure the beef stays tender in the slow cooker?

Avoid overcooking the beef by following the recommended cooking times and making sure your slow cooker is working correctly. Adding a bit of acidity, like apple cider vinegar, to the stock mixture can also help tenderize the beef.

What can I use if I don’t have arrowroot for thickening?

Cornstarch or tapioca starch can be substituted for arrowroot. The ratio is typically the same, but you may need to adjust slightly based on your preference for thickening.

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Beef with broccoli and red bell pepper on a bed of rice.
5 from 14 votes

Slow Cooker Beef with Broccoli (Easy Crockpot Recipe)


Author: Kim Schob
Course: Slow Cooker & Crockpot
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 10 minutes
Get your taste buds ready! This Slow Cooker Beef with Broccoli is so good! It’s one of those slow cooker recipes that everyone will love, and I promise you’ll make it perfect the first time!

Ingredients 

  • lbs (680 ⅖ g) beef stew meat cut into chunks
  • cup (354 ⅞ ml) beef stock
  • 3-4 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ cup (118 2/7 ml) gluten-free soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil toasted
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot
  • 1 broccoli florets 14 oz bag frozen
  • 1 red bell pepper cut into short, thin strips
  • 3 cup (570 g) brown rice cooked
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds optional toasted

Instructions

  • Place beef into slow cooker.
  • Mix beef stock, garlic, soy sauce, honey, and sesame oil in a small mixing bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Pour over beef, then cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-7 hours.
  • Mix 2 tablespoons of arrowroot with ¼ cup of cooking liquid to thicken the sauce.
  • Add the arrowroot mixture, broccoli, and bell pepper to the cooker 15-20 minutes before the end of cooking.
  • Serve with brown rice and spoon over some of the slow cooker sauce. Optionally, sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Notes

  • To ensure the beef is seared and full of flavor, consider browning it on a skillet before adding it to the slow cooker. This extra step will caramelize the meat’s exterior and add a depth of richness to the entire dish.
  • For the most vibrant vegetables, add the broccoli and bell peppers during the last 30 minutes of cooking if you’re setting the slow cooker on low or the last 15 minutes if cooking on high. This will keep them crisp, tender, and brightly colored rather than overcooked.
  • If the sauce is thinner than you prefer after adding the arrowroot mixture, you can remove the lid for the last 30 minutes of cooking to let some of the liquid evaporate, and the sauce thickens further.
  • To accommodate different dietary preferences, consider using coconut aminos instead of soy sauce. This will make the recipe soy-free and paleo-friendly.
  • Lastly, infusing beef with aromatics like ginger or star anise can introduce a new flavor dimension that further mimics the complexity of traditional Chinese dishes.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1Bowl Calories: 598kcal (30%) Carbohydrates: 82g (27%) Protein: 35g (70%) Fat: 14g (22%) Saturated Fat: 3g (19%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g Monounsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 70mg (23%) Sodium: 896mg (39%) Potassium: 849mg (24%) Fiber: 4g (17%) Sugar: 4g (4%) Vitamin A: 633IU (13%) Vitamin C: 27mg (33%) Calcium: 79mg (8%) Iron: 5mg (28%)

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18 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I LOVE beef and broccoli! I never thought of creating it in the slow cooker! It looks so yummy!

  2. Oh, yummy! I don’t eat beef but my husband would love this simple yet sumptuous dish ????

  3. Oh wow – I love that you don’t have to thaw the broccoli before you start the recipe. Saves a step and some time!!

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