Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff combines savory beef, an irresistible creamy sauce and delicious egg noodles to create an easy dinner that your family will request time and time again. After a few hours in the crockpot, the heavenly flavors of this meal fill the air to the point you can almost taste them, and everyone will be asking if dinner is ready!
Reasons To Make Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff
- You’re ready for an irresistible meal that your entire family will love.
- Thanks to your Crockpot, this meal cooks easily, while you do other things.
- It’s impossible to resist the creamy beef sauce combined with scrumptious egg noodles.
- If there manage to be any leftovers, you will love how great this dish tastes when reheated.
A Favorite Family Recipe
If you have a family full of picky eaters like I do, you know how amazing it feels when you make a meal that every single person looks forward to. For our family, this easy Beef Stroganoff is one of those meals. It’s simple, it comes together quickly, the slow cooker does most of the heavy lifting and everyone walks for seconds. Family dinner success for sure!
The ingredients in this recipe are ones you might already have on hand.
Beef stew meat is the star of the show, though I also like to slice up a chuck roast and use that instead. There are many other cuts of meat that work well in this recipe. If you want to know more about stew meat, and the differences between the different cuts, head over to my Beef Stew post where I discuss those options.
In addition to your beef, you’ll be using beef broth, onions, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. These items are combined and added to your slow cooker to do their thing. And let me tell you, after a few hours that thing smells incredible.
While it’s not required, if you can I like to give this a quick stir every few hours. If you do so, make sure you get the lid off and back on as quickly as possible to minimize heat escape.
After cooking for a few hours, a bit of additional beef broth is combined with cornstarch, to help thicken your sauce. That, along with sour cream and cream cheese, is added to the Crockpot. While the sauce comes together and thickens up, egg noodles are cooked according to package directions, and then it all comes together. Deliciously. Let me tell you, I could eat that sauce with a spoon!
One thing I do not add to my Beef Stroganoff is mushrooms. Most of my household does not like them, so they are a pass for us. If your family enjoys mushrooms, feel free to add about 8oz of freshly sliced mushrooms in at the beginning, when you start cooking your stroganoff.
A Note About Slow Cookers
I have three different slow cookers in different sizes, styles and ages. Each and every one cooks differently. One of them runs hot – extremely hot. Even on low that thing is an inferno. This meal would likely be more than ready to go in six hours. In this recipe I list eight hours, which should safely and fully cook your meat until tender.
That said, your slow cooker might run on the hot, or cold side, and you’ll need to adjust your cook time, or temp, accordingly. I suggest keeping an end on it around the six hour mark the first time you make it, just to see where it’s at. I say the first time, because I’m confident you’ll make this one on repeat.
Serving Beef Stroganoff
This recipe makes such a complete and delicious meal, I find that pairing it with a simple veggie or salad is really all that you need. You can even add fresh or cooked peas to the dish, though my family prefers them on the side.
Other Great Slow Cooker Meals
I do love a great meal made in my Crockpot slow cooker. If you enjoy this meal, I think you’ll really like my Beef Stew Crockpot Recipe as well as my Mississippi Pot Roast recipe. Heck, buy double the meat and make them both. Not only do I enjoy having an amazing meal ready at the end of the day, I find these dishes both reheat wonderfully. Having leftovers for lunch the next day never makes me sad!
While not made in the crockpot, another great creamy comfort food recipe to try is my Chicken and Dumplings with Tortillas.
In a slightly different vein, Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos are another family favorite. But I don’t limit my use of this chicken to just tacos, it’s great for so many dishes. Some days I get it going in the morning, and figure out what exactly I’ll make with it as the day goes on.
I hope your family enjoys this Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff as much as mine does!
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Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff
- 2 pounds beef stew meat
- 1/4 cup minced onion yellow onion suggested
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 3 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
- 2 1/2 cups beef broth, separated low sodium if you are sensitive to salty flavors
- 1 cup sour cream
- 6 oz softened cream cheese cut into cubes
- 3 tbsp corn starch
- 12 oz pasta noodles, cooked per package directions penne, rotini and egg noodles work well
- fresh parsley for garnish if desired
- Prepare slow cooker by greasing or spraying interior with non-stick oil. Add stew meat, then top with onion, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, garlic and Worcestershire sauce. Stir well mix seasonings in with meat. Add 2 cups beef broth, stir and cook covered on low for 8 hours.
- At the 8 hour mark, in a medium size bowl combine remaining 1/2 cup of beef broth with corn starch, and mix well, until all cornstarch is dissolved and incorporated into broth. Scoop out a few spoonfuls of the hot liquid from the slow cooker, and add it to the cornstarch and broth mixture, stir to combine. To that mixture add sour cream and cream cheese and mix until combined and smooth. Spoon the mixture into slow cooker, and stir to combine with ingredients in slow cooker. Place lid back onto slow cooker and allow to cook for 20 minutes.
- During that final 20 minutes cook time, cook pasta according to package directions for a dente pasta. Take care not to overcook pasta. Drain, but do not rinse pasta. Add cooked pasta to the slow cooker and gently stir to combine. Serve immediately, topped with salt and pepper to taste, and fresh parsley or thyme for garish, if desired.
Nutrition information is estimated as a courtesy. If using for medical purposes, please verify information using your own nutritional calculator. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
What can I use in place of cornstarch?
Do you drain the broth from crock pot before adding sauce and noodles?
Christi Johnstone says
No, you definitely don’t want to drain anything from the crockpot. You take a little of the broth out to combine with cornstarch to make a slurry, then return it to the broth, which helps thicken the broth that’s in the crockpot, creating the sauce.
Delicious! Thank you for sharing – I would happily eat this sauce and noodles all the time. I added in a container of mushrooms too. Will certainly be making again!
Can I cook on high for 4 hours rather than low for 8?
Christi Johnstone says
Great recipe 😋 I never used cream cheese with mine it makes a world of difference! Love, Love, love it!!
This has become a family favorite. It’s in our regular rotation now. Thank you!
Sherri Metz says
The absolute BEST Beef Stroganoff ever! Thanks for the great recipe!!!
Could this be made with ground beef instead of stewing beef?
Christi Johnstone says
I haven’t tried making it that way so I’m afraid I can’t really say.