how do you make beef stroganoff in a crockpot

Add beef strips, onion and garlic; cook 7 to 9 minutes or until beef is browned. In 3 1/2- to 4 1/2-quart slow cooker, mix beef mixture, soup, mushrooms, salt and pepper. Cover; cook on low heat setting 5 to 6 hours or until beef is tender. Stir cream cheese into beef mixture until melted.

We’re kicking it old school with Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff from scratch. This crock pot beef stroganoff is made without canned soup, offers creamy, cozy flavor, AND is made easier in the crock pot!

I grew up eating my Grandmother’s classic beef stroganoff recipe, so this homey dish has a special place in my heart.

If you’ve never had Beef Stroganoff, it’s a rich, creamy beef and mushroom sauce served over noodles.

It’s the sort of no-frills family recipe that warms and reassures in that special way that I remember only grandma could—simply, unconditionally, and where food is involved, deliciously.

How to Make Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff from Scratch

This crockpot beef stroganoff recipe is based on my Grandma’s traditional beef stroganoff, but cooked in the crockpot to make it convenient and hands-free.

You’ll need a few key ingredients to make crockpot beef stroganoff.

Beef. As when you make Crockpot Beef Stew, the best, most tender cuts of beef for slow cooker stroganoff have marbling and can withstand long cook times, such as sirloin or chuck roast. Choose something you can cut into strips with some connective tissues that will break down and keep the beef tender.

  • I opted for sirloin. Sirloin can still stand up to the long cooking time in the crock pot (and crock pot beef stroganoff = easy beef stroganoff) but is relatively lean compared to other cuts. When the stroganoff is finished, the beef is fall-apart tender, without being heavy or greasy.
  • You can also use beef stew meat, though it is less preferable; since stew meat is a mix of different cuts, all of the pieces might not cook evenly.
  • For a ground meat option or to use chicken, check out Ground Beef Stroganoff, or Chicken Stroganoff.

The Creamy Element. Sour cream (or Greek yogurt!)

  • Instead of making the crockpot beef stroganoff with sour cream, I used plain Greek yogurt. It gives the stroganoff sauce the same richness I remember from my childhood, but Greek yogurt is higher in protein and lower in fat than sour cream.
  • The remainder of the stroganoff sauce uses beef broth.

how do you make beef stroganoff in a crockpot

Herbs. Let’s be real: beef stroganoff is not a looker. That said, you can certainly add a pop of color and an extra layer of deliciousness by finishing it with fresh herbs.

  • Thyme is my favorite herb to add to beef stroganoff and what you see pictured here.
  • Parsley is another tasty choice.
  • Dill, while not traditional, is another herb I really enjoy with beef stroganoff. While I don’t always have fresh dill on hand, I do have dried dill weed in my pantry, which is super yummy added to the beef stroganoff sauce. This is a matter of taste, so feel free to leave it out if you prefer.

Serving. Noodles, rice (or cauliflower rice), and even Garlic Mashed Potatoes are all options for serving your slow cooker stroganoff.

  • You really can serve this crock pot beef stroganoff with any shape of noodles you like, but egg noodles are classic.
  • Use whole wheat egg noodles instead of regular, as they offer more fiber and protein.

how do you make beef stroganoff in a crockpot

Grandma knows best, and here’s the most important tip about beef stroganoff my Grandma Dorothy shared every single time we ate it:

Go back for seconds. ALWAYS.

How to Make Beef Stroganoff in a Crock Pot

This savory slow cooker meal may take hours to simmer, but it can be made in just 3 simple steps!

  • Heat oil in a skillet and brown stewing beef with salt and pepper (this adds flavor).
  • Deglaze the pan with red wine and add the remaining ingredients to the crockpot to simmer.
  • Cook until the beef is melt in your mouth tender.

Just before serving, stir in the sour cream and egg noodles and top with a sprinkle of parsley.

When making classic beef stroganoff, I use a tender cut of beef and cook it quickly so it doesn’t overcook.

For slow cooker beef stroganoff use stewing meat (or chuck roast if you have it), the meat will become very tender as it cooks low and slow. If you use a lean cut of beef, it will dry out and become tough.

You can use ground beef in this recipe to create a ground beef stroganoff. Replace the stewing beef with 1 1/2 lbs of ground beef. Brown the ground beef and drain any fat, add to the slow cooker and proceed as written.

More Comforting Beef Dinners

Sure! To make with ground beef instead of sirloin: In a large skillet over medium, heat 1 tablespoon oil. Add the ground beef and sprinkle with the seasonings. Cook, breaking apart the ground beef and stirring to evenly incorporate the spices, until cooked through. Drain off any excess grease and discard. Transfer the ground beef to the crock pot and proceed with step 2.

Absolutely! Check out my Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff for a recipe.

No, it is not safe to put frozen meat in the slow cooker, as the meat will spend too long at room temperature as it thaws and bacteria can develop. If you want to use frozen beef, thaw it in the refrigerator first.

Absolutely! Beef stroganoff can be frozen in an airtight container for up to 3 months or refrigerated for 3 days. The best way to reheat it is gently on the stovetop with a splash of beef broth to keep it from drying out. I also suggest storing and reheating the stroganoff sauce only, then cooking the noodles fresh just before serving.

how do you make beef stroganoff in a crockpot

Add beef strips, onion and garlic; cook 7 to 9 minutes or until beef is browned. In 3 1/2- to 4 1/2-quart slow cooker, mix beef mixture, soup, mushrooms, salt and pepper. Cover; cook on low heat setting 5 to 6 hours or until beef is tender. Stir cream cheese into beef mixture until melted.

FAQ

What is the sauce in beef stroganoff made of?

Stroganoff sauce is a sour cream gravy made with beef broth that’s thickened with flour. It’s flavoured with mustard and has mushrooms in it. I love the pale brown creamy colour against the deep golden brown seared beef!

What is the most tender cut of beef for beef stroganoff?

Traditionally, tenderloin is the meat of choice for Stroganoff, and after testing out a few alternatives—strip steak and ribeye along with more inexpensive cuts like flap meat, hanger, flank, and skirt—I decided to stick with tradition (flap meat and hanger came in a close second).

Does sour cream thicken beef stroganoff?

This will thicken very quickly! Add sour cream and stir until mixture is smooth. If too runny, add more flour-water mixture and if too thick, add more sour cream. Serve noodles with stroganoff mixture over the top.

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