We’ve been sharing a lot of slow cooker recipes recently. We can’t help it! We love slow cookers. They make dinner easy, make your house smell great and create delicious foods with deep flavors. January is National Slow Cooking Month. We’re not surprised that the appliance gets its own holiday, and we’re even less surprised it’s a winter month! There is nothing better than a meal from a slow cooker on cold days.
Today we’re back with more slow cooker recipes. This time we’re focusing on beef. While many recipes can be cooked in a slow cooker, we’re focusing on ones that do best with the “low and slow” method. Looking for recipes, we saw versions of beef and broccoli and beef stroganoff, which do not need a long cooking time. Instead, we have recipes designed for slow cookers, where the hours of slow cooking help the flavors develop and make truly delicious food!
There are a million kinds of shredded beef, from the barbecued kind in a bun to the Mexican version found in tacos. Some versions are not suitable for people who are trying to be low-carb. Asian versions and barbecue ones can be high in sugar, and some recipes use a lot of tomato sauce that can but the carb count. This version is great. It’s savory with a deep flavor and rich gravy. The recipe suggests serving it as a lettuce wrap. But, it can be used as a meat however you like, on sandwiches, with sides, on top of salads. A serving has 221 calories, four grams of carbs and one gram of fiber. Get the recipe.
Slow cookers are an excellent way to make meat that falls apart because it’s so tender. Italian beef was invented to be cooked with the cheapest cuts of meat by poor Italian immigrants. It needs a long cooking time to break down connective tissue. Because you can make it with any cut of beef, this doesn’t have to be an expensive meal to be delicious. You can sear the meat before adding it to your slow cooker to add an even deeper layer of flavor to the dish. A serving has 314 calories, five grams of carbs and one gram of fiber. Get the recipe.
This traditional French stew benefits from a long cooking time. While the recipe has instructions for an Instant Pot, we wouldn’t recommend it. However, it is still delicious if you are short on time; it’s just not our preferred method as you don’t get quite the same depth on flavor. It’s a savory, rich dish that is perfect for cold weather. This recipe is very close to the original. Some vegetables and the thickener have been swapped, but it still has the classic taste, just without the carbs! We think you’ll fall in love with this stew, and it will become a staple in your kitchen! A serving has 324 calories, six grams of carbs and one gram of fiber. Get the recipe.
This is called a carnivore stew, but it’s rich in low-carb veggies as well as meat! The reason it’s called a carnivore stew is that it contains meat, broth, tallow and marrow bones. Marrow bones are something most of us don’t buy, but supermarkets often have them. You just don’t notice because you aren’t shopping for them. You don’t have to go to a specialty store! This is an easy and delicious recipe that satisfies any meat lover. And, a big bonus is that this soup freezes well. A serving has 509 calories, six grams of carbs and one gram of fiber. Get the recipe.
Hopefully, these recipes inspire you to break out your slow cooker and make one of these easy, tasty meals to celebrate the holiday this month!