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My all time favourite main, my mum cooks this whenever I come home now. Simple, no hassle full flavour.

Cheshire, England, UK

80 people made this

IngredientsServes: 4

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 sticks celery, chopped
  • 1 handful button mushrooms, halved
  • 450g (1lb) stewing beef
  • gravy granules
  • 1 can ale (Guinness® works brilliantly)

MethodPrep:30min ›Cook:8hr ›Ready in:8hr30min

  1. Place veg into slow cooker. Add beef to slow cooker.
  2. Make gravy to desired consistency by adding gravy granules to ale and making to a pint with boiling water. Add gravy to slow cooker.
  3. Cook in slow cooker for 6 to 8 hours. If gravy is a bit thin, add some more gravy granules.

Serving suggestion

Works great with any style of potato (especially mash). Any veg can be removed from the list, I only ever cook this recipe with onions, but I'm a fussy eater, also the thickness of the chopping is down to personal preference.

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Reviews in English (5)

Loved it. Very tasty and so easy-02 Nov 2014

Delicious! I served mine in a giant Yorkshire pudding.-11 Jan 2016

Super easy, super yummy! Left out the mushrooms and served it over mashed potatoes and turnips. Even my 2 year old nephew loved it and couldn't get enough.-04 Sep 2014

Irish stew (made with minced beef)

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Sent in by Lorraine from Winchester

Traditional Irish stew is made with lamb or mutton, but if you prefer you can use beef.

  • Prep Time 15 minutes
  • Cook Time 1 hour
  • Serves 6
  • Difficulty Level Easy

Slow Cooker Sesame Beef and Brocolli

  • 240ml/1 cup beef stock
  • 120ml/ ½ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup erythritol (substitute with brown sugar if you don't need a low sugar recipe)
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 900g/2lb stewing beef
  • 1 head of broccoli
  • 4 Tbsp corn starch
  • 4 Tbsp water
  • Sesame seeds
  1. Place the stock, soy sauce, erytritol/brown sugar, chopped garlic and sesame oil into the slow cooker pot and mix well
  2. Add the beef into the pot and mix well to coat
  3. Cook on LOW for 4 hours
  4. After 4 hours, mix the corn starch and water together and add to the pot, stirring well to thicken
  5. Add the chopped broccoli and stir
  6. Cook for a further 30 minutes on HIGH, or until broccoli is soft
  7. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve with rice or noodles, or a side of your choice.

This was such a simple recipe but has turned out to be a real crowd-pleaser with the family. It’s exactly the kind of ‘chuck it all in’ recipe which makes me love slow cooking, and offered so much flavour for such an easy-to-make dish. The sauce was salty and savoury, and thickened to almost a gravy consistency once the cornstarch was added, and cooking the broccoli in the sauce added an amazing layer of flavour. The best part of this meal is that, when you factor in a portion of rice, it came in at just 453 calories per portion, which is amazingly low!

Beef is probably my favourite meat for slow cooking as you can buy the really cheap cuts but end up with a tender, flavourful dish which is low calorie, high protein and doesn’t cost the earth – basically the Holy Grail of cooking for a family! Let me know if you make this yourself, I’d love to know if you were as pleased with the results as we were.


Most meat and veg casseroles turn out well in a slow cooker.

Beef casserole is my favourite slow cooked recipe especially when I’m using cheaper cuts of meat. Just dust cubes of meat in seasoned flour and sear them in a hot pan, then place in the slow cooker with diced vegetables and about half a cup of stock and allow to cook till tender.

Chicken noodle soup. Bones from the roast chicken, lots of veggies, herbs and let it go. Sit in fridge overnight. Strain, brown some fresh veggies, add stock and bring to boil. Stir in noodle soup pack. Doge. Yum!

Absolutely some amazing recipes here. Thanks everyone.

apricot chicken or sweet and sour chicken is always a winner and easy with fairly minimal amount of ingredients.

I have recently tried a beef pot roast in the slow cooker and it was amazing. So easy and tasty! We also often cook pulled pork in the slow cooker,

Corned beef is amazing in the slow cooker. Throw it all in and let it go. I’ve found a new one that cooks it in Coke, I’m yet to try it but have heard all good reports on the end product

I love the throw in and leave method . I bake a lot in my slow cooker cakes, slices etc. But our go to slow cooked meal is a silverside. Cover with water and add half a cup of vinegar. 3 1/2hours. X

We love a good rich pasta sauce which can be used for bolognaise, lasagne or even as a nacho type sauce. We also love apricot chicken with the meat falling straight off the bone!

Hubby does most of our cooking and uses the slow cooker a lot more during winter when hearty meals go down well. My favourites are split pea or lentil soup beef and vegetables casserole lamb, barley and vegetable soup (or casserole) and roast chicken. Just about any sort of meat and vegetables, grains, etc can be tossed in and let to slowly cook for a delicious meal.

I love my slow cooker. You can throw anything in it, turn it on and go about your day. I usually buy a slow cooker recipe base from coles like the farmhouse chicken casserole one gather the ingredients which are usually chicken pieces and potatoes. I add other cut up veggies, put everything together turn it on for 4hrs and stir it every now and then and presto it’s done. Quick, simple and easy.

You could try a beef stroganoff recipe, I find it always works well and you just stir in some sour cream at the end.

You can make just about any variety of soup or stew using plenty of vegetables and your choice of meat if you wish to. I know a lady who used to cook a huge amount of vegetables with some chopped chicken breasts or thighs. Some vegetables take longer to cook than others. If adding mushrooms they only take a couple of minutes so add them last. A slow cooker is ideal in a caravan. If you don’t have enough bench space it may be safe for you to use on your table.

a pork roast, pour over 2 jars of salsa and set it going for a delicious pulled pork. great served with rice, in a roll or with some veg.

Silverside and vegies.
I chuck in the silverside with a bottle of ginger ale, cut up carrots, onion and potato quite chunky and cook all together….goes down a treat in our house.

Slow Cooker Competition

To that end, this months competition is all about slow cooker recipes. There is a family sized 3 litre slow cooker as a prize. Plus a more compact 1.8 litre slow cooker, perfect for smaller families or students

What I would like is your favourite slow cooker recipe, one that you know works. Or a recipe that you really like. It can be for anything, any occasion, for any number of people. A single serving, or a big old batch cook size. As this is a blog about eating for £1 a day, please make your recipe a maximum of 50p a serving (see the competition terms)

Put your recipe in the comments section, and don’t forget to register that you’ve done it on the competition widget, so you are credited with an entry. More than one recipe would be fabulous!

When the competition has ended, I’ll put all the entries in a blog post so we can all find them, and use them

Win this 3 litre slow cooker, or a 1.8 litre one

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“Best silverside I have ever tasted.

The slow cooker fan simply wrapped her silverside in aluminium foil with no other ingredients. Credit: Slow Cooker Recipe & Tips/Facebook

“Silverside wrapped in aluminium foil and put into the slow cooker – that is it!

“Nothing else added. Cooked in its natural juices and keeps its natural salty taste.”

Other slow cooker fans were keen to give the hack a try.

Natalie said she cooked the silverside on low for six hours. Credit: Slow Cooker Recipe & Tips/Facebook

“Wow! I’m going to try this way next time. I’ve got corned beef in the slow cooker right this minute but with water, onion, brown sugar, cloves and a bay leaf. This way is very simple,” said one.

Added another: “Oh I must try this next time.”

The home cook said it was the ‘best I’ve ever tasted’. Credit: Slow Cooker Recipe & Tips/Facebook

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11 Benefits of Using a Slow Cooker or Crockpot

Slow cooking is really becoming popular at the moment, and it seems like I’m seeing recipes for slow cookers and crockpots all over the place right now!

I hadn’t used a slow cooker for a few years, until VonShef recently sent me a VonShef 3.5 litre slow cooker* to try out. It’s the perfect size for recipes for 4-6 people, and is available in either silver or black. This slow cooker has three power settings – high, low and an auto setting which switches between the two heat settings. Both the black stoneware pot and the toughened glass lid are dishwasher-proof, so it’s really convenient to clean.

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I’ve been trying out some recipes over the last few weeks, and I’ll be sharing my Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore recipe with you later this week. I’d really forgotten how great it is to have dinner bubbling away and ready when I need it, while I get on with other things. It’s made our evenings feel a lot easier and less rushed!

But if you’re still not sure that using a slow cooker is for you, here are just some of the benefits of a slow cooker.

Less preparation time

There’s less time spent preparing food for slow cooking, so you aren’t left slaving over a pot for hours. All that’s required is the initial preparation, and then your slow-cooker does all the work. So you are left free to get on with other things while your meal cooks.

Less time spent cleaning up

You won’t spend hours scrubbing several pots and pans after cooking in a slow cooker. In most cases, you’ll only have to wash the slow cooker itself and a few prep utensils. And the slow cooker pot is often dishwasher-safe to cut down even more on your cleaning up time.

Take advantage of cheaper cuts of meat

Long slow cooking helps to tenderise tougher cuts of meat, like chuck steaks or stewing beef. This means that you can take advantage of their cheaper prices. But if you’ve got a bigger budget for groceries, a slow cooker is also an excellent choice for venison. Venison is very lean and can end up tough with quicker cooking methods.

Less chance of burning

Slow cookers operate at much lower temperatures than conventional ovens. This reduces the chance of food burning and sticking to the bottom of the pot. And less burned food means you won’t have to soak the pot for ages before cleaning it. If you are worried about food sticking, you can always brush the bottom of the pot with a little oil before you start putting in the food. This will reduce the chance of sticking even more.

Clears up space in your oven

If you’ve ever tried to juggle several pots and pans on your hob and in your oven, then a slow cooker can definitely help. You could either make your main course in the slow cooker, or use it for one of the sides or a starter. It’s a great choice for large gatherings or special occasion meals.

Less heat in the kitchen

The slow cooker gives off much less heat than a standard oven. That means that it won’t heat up your kitchen in the same way, which is a real bonus on a hot summer’s day!

A slow cooker helps you save money

A slow cooker uses less energy than a regular oven, so it can help you to save money on your energy bills. And because you can opt for cheaper cuts of meat, it also helps you to cut down on your grocery bill as well.

Improve the flavour of foods

Slow cooking really helps to bring out the flavour of foods. Sauces and stews will taste richer and deeper, and you can easily add herbs, spices and other flavourings to your dish.

Dinner ready when you are

If you’re out of the house all day, there’s nothing like having a meal ready for you when you get back home. All you need to do is 10-15 minutes of food prep in the morning, and the slow cooker will have dinner ready for your return. You could even prepare the ingredients the night before and leave the slow cooker pot in the fridge overnight. Just remember to take the pot out of the fridge 30 minutes before you turn the slow cooker on, to bring it back up to room temperature.

And having food ready when you get in can help to reduce the temptation to order takeaway!

Ideal for busy households

If your house is anything like mine, people don’t always want to eat at the same time. The slow cooker is ideal if you have someone who will be home late or needs to eat before the rest of the household. You can just leave the slow cooker on low to keep the rest of the pot warm til it’s needed.

A versatile piece of kitchen equipment

You don’t just have to make stews and soups in a slow cooker. You can also use it to cook mashed or baked potatoes, heat up hot dogs, bake bread and even make fudge!


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  • 1.3kg/3lb oxtail, cut into chunky pieces (ask your butcher to do this for you)
  • 3 tbsp plain flour
  • 3–4 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, finely chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 4–5 sprigs thyme (or ½ tsp dried thyme)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 300ml/½pint red wine
  • 500ml/18fl oz beef stock
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped flatleaf parsley, to serve (optional)

Preheat the oven to 150C/130C Fan/Gas 2.

Wash the oxtail pieces and pat dry with kitchen paper. Trim off as much excess fat as possible. Put the flour in a freezer bag and season well with salt and pepper. Put half the oxtail pieces into the seasoned flour, toss well to coat then set aside on a plate. Repeat with the remaining oxtail pieces.

Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large frying pan. Brown the oxtail over a medium heat for about 10 minutes, turning every now and then, until dark brown all over. You may need to add extra oil if the pan looks dry at any point during the browning step. Put the browned oxtail into a flameproof casserole dish. (You may need to do this in batches.)

Return the frying pan to a low heat and add the onions, garlic, carrots and celery. Add a little extra oil if necessary. Cook gently for 10 minutes, or until softened and lightly browned, stirring occasionally.

Tip the vegetables on top of the beef and add the thyme and bay leaves. Stir in the wine, beef stock and tomato purée. Season with salt and pepper, put the casserole on the heat and bring to a gentle simmer. Cover with a lid and cook in the centre of the oven for 3 hours. Stir after 1½ hours, turning the oxtail in the sauce.

After 3 hours, the meat should be falling off the bone and the sauce should be thick. Remove the casserole dish from the oven and transfer the oxtail pieces to a plate, set aside and keep warm.

Skim any fat that has pooled on the surface of the sauce.

Divide the oxtail pieces between six warmed plates and spoon over the sauce. Sprinkle with the chopped parsley, if using, and serve with mashed potato and steamed vegetables.

What should I cook with a slow cooker?

Large cuts of meat, such as pulled pork, cook brilliantly in a slow cooker because the tough muscle fibres break down over the extended cooking time, allowing the meat to get nice and tender. Stews also work well because cheaper cuts of meat can be used and vegetables won’t get overcooked.

Most countries and cuisines have signature dishes ideal for slow cooking. As a result, there are literally hundreds of great slow cooking recipes, from perfectly fluffy rice, tagines, paellas, curries, dahl, spareribs, kleftiko and chilli. That said, it’s pretty difficult to ignore a classic steak and ale (or sweet potato and lentil) casserole.


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