slow-cooker beef stroganoff

by Amy on 2 October 2012

happy october, everyone! october is one of my favorite months – it’s when the weather here starts to feel properly fall-ish, which makes me even more excited to do all sorts of cooler weather cooking + baking. so, it should come as no surprise that i’m introducing another slow-cooker recipe today – a true comfort food that’s ideal for the upcoming chilly autumn evenings: slow-cooker beef stroganoff.

beef stroganoff is a favorite comfort food of many but, interestingly, i had never tried it until i ate this version i made myself. it’s one of my husband’s favorite childhood meals, so i told him i’d attempt making it, not knowing exactly what to expect. thankfully, we were both amazingly pleased with the results. it’s full of tender, juicy pieces of beef, flavorful, meaty mushrooms, + a wonderfully tangy, rich cream sauce. i served it over egg noodles + it was a delicious, stick-to-your-bones comfort food meal. and the leftovers? just got even more flavorful + complex. now that i’ve finally experienced the deliciousness that is beef stroganoff, it’ll be on regular rotation at our household!

slow-cooker beef stroganoff

serves about 6, adapted from recipe girl


1 1/2 pounds beef chuck steak, trimmed & cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 pound sliced cremini mushrooms
2 small onions, finely chopped
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup low-sodium beef broth
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
1/2 cup white wine
4 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce, divided
1 cup reduced-fat sour cream
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
cooked egg noodles, whole wheat pasta or rice, for serving
chopped italian parsley, for garnish (optional)


heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the pan + when hot, sear the beef (in batches, if needed) until browned on all sides. as the beef is seared, transfer to the crock-pot.

once all beef is seared + in the slow cooker, add in the mushrooms, onions, tomato paste, broth, mustard, wine + 3 tablespoons of the soy sauce. cover + cook LOW for 6 hours, or until beef is tender.

in a small bowl, stir together sour cream, remaining 1 tablespoon soy sauce, cornstarch + black pepper; whisk into the hot meat mixture + cook an additional 30 minutes or until sauce has thickened slightly. serve over pasta or rice and garnish with parsley, if using.

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1 claire @ the realistic nutritionist October 2, 2012 at 6:46 am

Beef straganoff is seriously the best. My favorite comfort food!

2 Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray October 2, 2012 at 7:54 am

Ooh, I’ve been excited to see this recipe! I definitely want to try it. Do you think I could replace the white wine with stock if I don’t have any wine on hand (terrible, I know)?

3 amy October 2, 2012 at 8:04 am

definitely! you could add more beef broth to compensate, or substitute chicken or beef stock, or even water. =)

4 Cassie October 2, 2012 at 8:08 am

The best! I love beef stroganoff, and now even more that i can make it in the slow cooker. yum!

5 danielle October 2, 2012 at 9:03 am

I love stroganoff but never tried it in the slow cooker. It looks great!

6 amy October 2, 2012 at 9:08 am

the slow-cooker seals in a ton of wonderful flavor + makes the beef incredibly fall-apart tender. you’ll have to try it!

7 Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl October 2, 2012 at 9:34 am

This is definitely a meal my hubby would devour–and I love that you can make it in the crock pot! Looks great!

8 Kathryn October 2, 2012 at 9:44 am

This sounds like it’s just packed full of flavour; what a perfect Autumn meal.

9 JulieD October 2, 2012 at 12:51 pm

I love beef stroganoff…and I can’t believe I have never made it in a crockpot before…thanks for the kick in the pants to try it :)

10 Ashley@BakerbyNature October 2, 2012 at 12:55 pm

You are the slow cooker queen! And… guess who you encouraged to finally buy one?! Yes: it’s in the mail, and I might just christen it with this gorgeous stroganoff!

11 amy October 2, 2012 at 1:56 pm

woohoo, I’m so glad I encouraged you to buy a slow-cooker! can’t wait to hear about all the awesome things you make with it!

12 Megan @ girl by the lake October 2, 2012 at 2:42 pm

I’ve never thought to make beef stroganoff before! You’re so brave for trying it out for all of us though!

I have a bad memory of trying beef stroganoff as a child, and I’ve honestly never thought of making it. Now, though, after seeing this, you have certainly perked my interest!

13 Angela @ AnotherBitePlease October 2, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Ooooo..I am likin’ your version. Totally amped up more than the one I made….cubed beef is more stroganoff-y than ground beef. This will soon be made on my typical put it in a slow cooker Tuesday meal. I love the photo with the mushrooms!!

14 Choc Chip Uru October 2, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Wow I never even imagined trying beef stroganoff at home but you make it awesome 😀

Choc Chip Uru

15 Jackie @ The Beeroness October 2, 2012 at 6:18 pm

I need to start a pin board called, “Why I need To Just Buy A Slow Cooker ALREADY!” and this will be my first pin.

16 amy October 2, 2012 at 6:21 pm

bahahaha, love it!

17 Julie @ Table for Two October 2, 2012 at 7:13 pm

I’m loving the slow cooker recipes! Ever since i got my timer to work on my slow cooker, i’ve been trying to think of a bajillion meals to make in it so i don’t have to rush around when i get home at night!! this looks amazing and i’m sure your house smelled awesome!

18 Nicole @ Lapetitebaker October 2, 2012 at 7:59 pm

I have never tried beef stroganoff but your recipe looks so good, I’m going to make it tomorrow night for dinner.

19 amy October 2, 2012 at 8:11 pm

I had never tried it before i made this recipe either + i just loved it! think beef stew, but creamier + tangier. =) can’t wait to hear how you like it!

20 monet October 2, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Delicious. I wish I had seen this earlier…we made beef stew (which was good) but this looks all the yummier! Thank you for sharing such an inspired meal! I’m hungry…even though I just ate a big bowl of that stew! I hope you are having a good start to the week. I’m already ready for Friday :-)

21 Sammie October 2, 2012 at 9:45 pm

Amy! This beef stroganoff looks delicious! You’re so good with pastas! All your pasta dishes look incredible!! hehe.. I know where to look when I’m craving some pasta now. 😀

22 Steph@TheChickpeaChickadee October 2, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Looks fabulous! Perfect fall meal. I’ve never made it in a crock-pot before. I’m going to have to give it a try.

23 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef October 3, 2012 at 12:17 am

i love beef stroganoff, but always make it with ground beef. i’ll have to give this a try!

24 Kiran @ October 3, 2012 at 1:00 am

I know i’ve said this before, but I want to reiterate my love for your slow cooker expertise!

25 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious October 3, 2012 at 1:03 am

Can you believe I’ve never had stroganoff before? That needs to change ASAP!

26 amy October 3, 2012 at 1:32 am

i totally understand because i had never had it before i made this dish! if you like beef stew, i think you’ll love this – it’s got a wonderfully rich, tangy cream sauce which works perfectly with the super-tender beef + meaty mushrooms. yum!

27 baker street October 3, 2012 at 2:33 am

oh my! this is comfort food at its best, amy! great slow cooker recipe. :)

28 Tracey October 3, 2012 at 8:29 am

Seeing all of those mushrooms in the slow cooker makes me insanely happy, they’re one of my favorites! This is great comfort food for sure, it might just be a simple Sunday supper for us soon :)

29 EA-The Spicy RD October 3, 2012 at 8:49 am

This was my childhood favorite too!!! Love that you made this in a slow cooker-will add it to my recipe collection! Still no fall-ish weather here…more like record breaking temps, but this looks too delicious to pass up! P.S. Congrats on your cooking debut!!!

30 amy October 3, 2012 at 8:56 am

Thank you so much, EA! And hope the weather cools down a bit for you on the west coast soon so you can get started on some fall cooking + baking! =)

31 Sandra's Easy Cooking October 3, 2012 at 10:21 am

This looks so good! I wish to have this for my lunch…great recipe!

32 Erin @ Texanerin Baking October 3, 2012 at 1:08 pm

My husband requested stew the other day. We haven’t had it in years since the last time I made it, I got food poisoning. I have quite the aversion to stew-like stuff now. So maybe I’ll make this for him as something special. Sounds good. :)

33 Nik@ABrownTable October 3, 2012 at 1:18 pm

I love the slow cooker take you have on this classic dish, stroganoff is so delicious in cooler weather!

34 Jed Gray (sportsglutton) October 3, 2012 at 7:37 pm

Kinda funny to see this recipe Amy as I just spent the entire day preparing the meat for an upcoming stroganoff dish. 😉

Is it strange that seeing those mushrooms and beef in the crock makes me excited???

35 amy October 3, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Not at all! First, it just shows that great minds think alike. =) and second, it shows that you have fabulous taste. Can’t wait to hear about your stroganoff dish!

36 natalie@thesweetslife October 3, 2012 at 8:34 pm

this was my favorite meal as a kid and i haven’t had it in years! must make soon and relive my childhood :)

37 Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings October 4, 2012 at 12:24 am

So, is it true that with slow cooker I can switch it ON is the morning to the prescribed time via cooker’s timer, leave for work, and when I come home, the food will be ready? I am convinced that I need to get one, especially now that I have 3 kids and have to go back to work in January :( Haven’t had beef stroganoff in a long time. This recipe looks terrific!

38 amy October 4, 2012 at 12:27 am

yes, it’s true! the slow-cooker cooks on such a low heat that you basically just plug it in, put in the food, turn it on, + that’s it. you can leave it on while you’re out of the house, at work, running errands, etc. it really is a great kitchen appliance!

39 Jennifer October 4, 2012 at 3:18 pm

This sounds so yummy for brisk fall weather….and I think I have all the ingredients so plan to make it soon! Love your blog and happy anniversary. Still waiting to meet you in person 😉 ricejen

40 amy October 4, 2012 at 3:22 pm

thanks, Jen! Hope you make it soon + love it! and hope we *finally* get to meet up in person even sooner than that!

41 kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts October 5, 2012 at 6:05 am

Bookmarked! I love beef stroganoff and I love my slow cooker.

Thank you!

42 Renee October 6, 2012 at 6:34 am

Now you have me craving beef stroganoff. Looks like i will have to make a batch soon.

43 Jess October 8, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Oh YES! Even as a kid, beef stroganoff used to be my favorite food! The ONLY thing different is I like mine without the tomato sauce and with a dollop of cream fraiche!

44 Sherri @ The Kitchen Prescription October 8, 2012 at 5:14 pm

amy, pinning this one to my crock pot board. Definitely trying this recipe! Looks fabulous. the last time i made it, I abandoned my own recipe just to try something different and the recipe was a complete bomb. Our meal tasted awful that night. So, besides mine, now a have a new variation. Can’t wait to try!

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