Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli

So, the past few months have been full of butter, sugar, and all things delicious . . .
We have been making and photographing all the recipes for our 4th cookbook, which comes out this fall. We have had so many requests for a book full of just our dessert recipes that we decided to just do it. A book loaded with chocolate, cookies, cakes, pies . . . all the things that make life good. 😉
The next book will have over 100 of our favorite desserts!
Want to catch a sneak peak? You can see it by CLICKING HERE.

After making, re-making, and re-making so many desserts, I am feeling a little sugared out! I chose to share an easy dinner recipe today that my family loves: beef and broccoli. We love Chinese food but hate how fried it is, so this recipe is perfect because you get all the flavor without all the fried-ness (yes, fried-ness is a word). 🙂

Serves: 4-5

Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli

10 minPrep Time

8 hrCook Time

8 hr, 10 Total Time

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  • 1-2 lbs boneless beef chuck roast, cut into thin strips
  • 1 cup beef broth (I used reduced sodium)
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce (I used reduced sodium)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 3-4 cups fresh broccoli, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • Hot cooked rice (could also use brown rice or quinoa)


  1. Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Place beef strips inside slow cooker.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix beef broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, and garlic cloves together. Pour over the beef strips in the crock pot and cook on low heat for 6-8 hours (the beef will be so tender that it will fall apart when you touch it).
  4. In a small bowl, mix together cornstarch and cold water. Mix in with the beef and liquid that is in the slow cooker. Add broccoli pieces to the slow cooker, put the lid back on, and cook for an additional 30 minutes on high heat.
  5. Stir, then serve over hot rice.
Cuisine: Chinese | Recipe Type: Main Dish



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17 Responses to “Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli”

    • Kelli, I have a similar recipe on my meal plan service. My subscribers insist on freezer to slow cooker meals so I have tested your idea! Directions call to put everything but broccoli and corn starch into a freezer bag. I will note that my recipe calls for frozen broccoli florets that thaw on the counter while the slow cooker does its job. Another note would be to add an hour of cooking time if the freezer bag of ingredients is not completely thawed (my instructions call for defrosting in refrigerator for 12-24 hours). Otherwise, follow the recipe! It works. I wouldn't go so far as to say it tastes like take-out chinese, but it is a fabulous family dinner in its own right.
  1. LOVE your recipes!!! My family has enjoyed several of them. I also love how you have made available the nutritional information. Just curious on this recipe. I'm finding the WW point value to be awfully high. A serving of Panda Express Beef Broccoli is only 3 points for 5.4 ounce serving. This recipe is figuring out as 20 points. Hoping maybe this is a mistake.

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