Ultimate Beef Stroganoff {Crockpot/Slow Cooker}

25 Feb

It hasn’t been much of a winter here in Iowa this year with less than a handful of snows and extremely mild, dream like temperatures, and I’m definitely not complaining. I wish it was like this every year! Still, the fabulous temperatures can’t squash my never-ending craving for comfort foods. Soul warming, undeniably satisfying comfort food. This Beef Stroganoff is comfort food at it’s finest. One of my ALL time favorite bloggers, Mel from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe, nailed it with her truly ULTIMATE Beef Stroganoff.

It hits two of my soft spots, crockpot meals and freezer meals! Throw it in the crockpot in the a.m. and after a long, hard, busy day its there waiting for you, ready to take away all of your woes and worries. I store the leftovers in a freezer-safe container and then thaw in the refrigerator and reheat over medium-low heat in a saucepan on the stove.

Crockpot Beef Stroganoff


2-3 pounds stew meat (or a 3-pound chuck roast, cubed)

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 medium yellow onion, diced

¼ teaspoon garlic salt

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 ½ cups beef broth or stock

1 tablespoon ketchup

1/3 cup flour

6-7 tablespoons apple juice or water

4-8 ounces sliced mushrooms

1/2 cup light or regular sour cream


Place the stew meat, salt, pepper and onion in the slow cooker. Stir to distribute the seasonings and onion. In a small bowl, combine the garlic salt, Worcestershire sauce, beef broth and ketchup. Pour over the meat. Cook for 7-9 hours on low or 4-5 hours on high. About 30 minutes before serving, combine the flour and apple juice in a small bowl, whisking vigorously to combine well. The roux should be thick but still pourable so add a tablespoon of apple juice or water at a time to thin, if needed. Pour the flour mixture into the slow cooker, whisking quickly to mix in the roux with the stew meat and juices and to avoid lumps. Add the mushrooms and stir. Cook on high for 30 minutes. Stir in ½ cup sour cream right before serving. Serve over buttered pasta, rice or baked potatoes.

{Recipe very lightly adapated from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe}


8 Responses to “Ultimate Beef Stroganoff {Crockpot/Slow Cooker}”

  1. Mel February 28, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    So funny that you posted this today because it is in my crockpot as we speak for us to enjoy for dinner. I’m so glad you love the recipe!

  2. Cara Olsen March 27, 2012 at 4:15 pm #


    This looks incredibly yummy! I cringe to even admit this, but I used to be a huge fan of Hamburger Helper (The tuna-helper, if I am being honest — I know!) and I would make this meal from a box a couple times a week. Aside from shoveling my body full of every single unnatural ingredient, I likely gained about 10 lbs in the process. This would be a much healthier version, and not to mention tastier!


    • alleyo {AtHomeWithAlley} March 28, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

      Cara! That’s nothing to be ashamed of! Growing up my family ate hamburger helper at least once a week if not more. My dad’s favorite was {and still is} the tuna tetrazzini! I promise you though, this recipe is a trillion times better! If you try it I’d love to know what you think!

      • Cara Olsen March 28, 2012 at 6:30 pm #

        Oh, you are so kind so absolve me of my guilt 🙂 It really was quite good . . . LOL.

        Yes, I will indeed let you know how it turns out, should we make this. I am hoping the Hubs is up for it this weekend 🙂

  3. introverted mother March 28, 2012 at 9:21 am #

    I’m been looking for a good beef stroganoff recipe – I’ll give this one a try 🙂


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