Slow Cooker Beef in Gravy, a heavenly tender, flavourful and rich meal to make dinner the best time of the day. Melt-in-your-mouth beef, smooth gravy, all served over creamy mashed potatoes and a handful of peas. The best ever comfort food!
This is a dish after my own heart! It's filling, it's packed with rich flavours, and it's the perfect comfort food in winter, and pretty much all year round.
Slow cookers must have been invented for cooking beef, really. If you want the beef cooked to perfection, so tender that it melts in your mouth, this recipe is for you.
And that gravy! Forget about gravy granules and other store-bought cheap-quality gravy pots, this is the real deal. Apart from searing the beef before adding it to the slow cooker, everything else is cooked in one pot, thus saving you time and energy.
And no dishes to wash afterwards. I do like one pot meals, don't you? Plus, you really know that there is no such thing as tough beef that can't even be chewed, never mind enjoyed the right way.
- beef tips -or diced beef, any cheap cuts of beef would do here, as they become very tender in the slow cooker
- beef stock -broth, it adds a lot of flavour to the dish
- onion - any colour, shallots would do too
- cloves of garlic
- plain flour
- Worcestershire sauce - or soy sauce if you don't have any
- dried mixed herbs
- salt & black pepper
- cornflour - corn starch, to thicken the gravy
- vegetable oil
Step-by-step photos and instructions
Now, quality meat will always bring the best and most delicious results. You can use any good beef, already diced or steak that you cut into cubes yourself. But with a slow cooker, even the cheaper cuts can be cooked to perfection.
Searing the beef, although optional, does add more flavour to the dish. If you really are short of time, you can just dump everything in the slow cooker and still get a yummy meal. But, if you want to take this dish to the very next level, sear the beef chunks, and you'll get the best possible beef and gravy.
- lightly coat the diced beef with flour, making sure you shake off the excess flour
- heat up the oil in a pan, and fry the beef until lightly brown
Make sure you don't overcrowd the pan, if you cook for a larger meal, sear the beef in batches.
- add the beef to the slow cooker together with the beef stock (broth), Worcestershire sauce, Italian herbs and chopped onion
- Cook on high for 4 hours, or on low for 8-9 hours
How to make beef gravy in the slow cooker
When the beef is tender, use a spatula to remove it. Pass the beef broth through a sieve, so that all bits can discarded. We'll be left with a clear broth.
Transfer it back to the slow cooker, mix the cornflour (corn starch) with water, add it to the broth, and mix well. Leave to cook for high for 15-20 minutes until the gravy thickens to the desired consistency, then add the beef back in.
What to you serve with beef and gravy
Mashed potatoes and peas are my favourite sides for this delicious dish. You get a great range of flavours and textures, and a complete meal with protein, carbs and veggies.
Some good old roast potatoes are another great side to go with this delicious beef recipe.
Other slow cooker beef recipes
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Slow Cooker Beef in Gravy
- 1 ½ lb beef tips (or diced beef) (600 g)
- 2 cups beef stock (broth)
- 1 onion
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 2 tablespoon plain flour
- 1 tablespoon Worchestershire sauce
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon mixed herbs
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
- 2 teaspoon cornflour (corn starch)
- 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
- Use a kitchen paper to pat the beef dry, then coat with flour, shaking off any excess.
- Heat up the oil in a pan, add the beef and fry gently until lightly brown. Work in batches to sear the beef rather than adding it all up at once.
- Add the seared beef to the slow cooker together with the broth, herbs, salt, pepper and chopped onion and garlic, and cook on high for 4 hours, or on low for 8-9 hours.
- Use a spatula to remove the beef from the slow cooker, pass the broth through a sieve to remove any bits, then return the broth to the slow cooker.
- Mix the cornflour with 2 tablespoons of cold water, add it to the broth, and stir.
- Leave to cook on high for 15-20 minutes so it can thicken into a gravy.
- Transfer the beef back to the slow cooker, and give a good stir.
- Serve hot with your favourite side dish.