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Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli

About a year ago I started to get really stressed out about our Sunday dinners. Being from the South, my husband insists on keeping the tradition of having our big meal right after church instead of in the evening. I don’t really mind it, but with two toddlers, it can be really tough. My brilliant idea: start collecting awesome slow cooker recipes, so that I can come home from church and have Sunday dinner ready to go when I walk through the door with my starving, sleepy kids. This is one of the recipes I discovered along the way, and I thought I’d share it with you and make your life easier too. Your welcome. :)

Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli


Kim @ onceamonthmeals.com


  • 0.25 cups beef broth
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 Tablespoons white wine
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 0.5 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1.5 pounds round or chuck steak, cut into 1 inch strips
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 2 cups brown rice, cooked
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame seeds


In a mixing bowl, whisk together broth, cornstarch, white wine, vinegar, olive oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Place mixture and beef into slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours (or on high for 4-5 hours). Add broccoli in the last thirty minutes of cooking. Serve beef and broccoli over warm brown rice. Garnish with sesame seeds.

Freezing Directions:

Whisk together ingredients as directed above and place in a bag with uncooked beef and freeze. Freeze cooked brown rice and broccoli in their own separate bags. To serve: Thaw beef/marinade bag and rice, but not broccoli. Cook beef mixture in slow cooker for 6-8 hours on low or 4-5 hours on high. Add frozen broccoli for the last hour of cooking. Serve over warm brown rice. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Servings: 4


**conversion chart image provided by Erik Spiekermann

9 Responses to “Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli”

  1. Jana Olsen says:

    Do you cook the broccoli before freezing it?

  2. Amy says:

    Would it be a big flavor loss if I omitted the sesame seeds? They are the only item I don’t have on hand.

  3. Jenny Crook says:

    My group made this recipe and those of us who followed the instructions for the slow cooker, found the dish way overcooked. Has anyone tried just stir-frying the meat instead?

    • kim says:

      You could stir-fry the meat if you want to, but then you loose the convenience of the slow cooker. You could also try a lower setting or shorter time in your slow cooker.

  4. Cassondra Kingsley says:

    Just put this in the slow cooker and there isn’t really any liquid in there! Is that going to be ok?

    • kim says:

      It will be fine. The meat and veggies will add some liquid as they cook. But if you would like a little extra sauce you can add more liquid.

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