- February 2020
Steak Recipes for the Crockpot
If you are in the mood for a savory meal that you can sink your teeth into, steak recipes for the crock pot are easy and extremely tasty. For a rich and bold flavor, add just the right amount of seasoning or steak sauce.
Don’t worry, we have plenty of ideas and helpful tips to get your slow cooker steak just right! We also have some steak recipes for the crockpot to guide you on your culinary adventure. Oh, and for those of you that live life in the fast lane, have some quick prep time recipes that are perfect for you, too.
Let us be your guide through wild and wonderful world of steak in the crock pot from hot to cut and prep slow cooker steak to ingredients, directions and our favorite crock pot recipes.
Which Cut of Steak Works Best in the Crockpot?
Chuck steak, round steak, sirloin steak, or skirt steak?
There are so many choices of steak to cook in the crock pot but it is going to boil down to what type of steak recipe you are using. The recipe will help to determine the cut of the steak that works best.
For example, if you are in the mood for a thick and rich stew, sirloin or stew meat (chuck) is the best choice.
If you are looking for something a little lighter like steak tacos or steak salad, you are going to want a steak cut that you can shred like a marbled chuck roast or rump roast or sirloin tips. Yummy…warm sirloin tips over a crisp bed of mix greens with hunks of blue cheese.
Shredded beef is also a good choice if you are looking to meal prep ahead of time. It can be slow cooked and then frozen in individual freezer bags. This makes it convenient to pull out for a weeknight meal or pop it in your lunch box along with some shredded cheese and flour tortillas.
If you are cooking a beef roast, a large piece of ground chuck works best.
How to Cut & Prepare Steak for the Crockpot
If you are planning to cook a steak recipe for stew in the crock pot, it is best to cut the steak into bite sized chunks. You can also buy “stew meat” in the meat department or have your butcher cut and prepare the steak for you.
If you are cooking a roast beef in the crock pot, you do not want to cut it but leave it whole. Make sure to season it well with steak seasoning. Crown National has convenient steak seasoning packs that taste good on all kinds of steak. Make sure to season the meat prior to putting it in the crock pot.
To prep meat for shredded beef tacos, pour beef seasoning sauce like Jimmy’s Steak Sauce over the top of the roast. After the steak slow cooks for 6-8 hours it will be easy to shred with two forks.
Ideas for What to Serve with Steak in the Crockpot
There are many delicious ideas of what to serve with steak in the crockpot. If your recipe has steak with gravy, you can pour it over a bed of steamed rice, egg noodles, or do a bowl with quinoa, shredded carrots, onions and baby peas.
If you are making a cubed steak recipe, top your steaks with swiss cheese and mushrooms for a swiss steak. I usually have the mushrooms on the side when I know children will be joining us.
For a beef roast, carrots, potatoes and onions can be cooked with the steak in the crockpot. Add a little bay leaf and seasoning salt. If you are looking to do low carb, a side of steamed broccoli or cauliflower rice keeps it nice and simple. For gourmet low carb sides, zucchini and cheese gratin is decadent and delicious!
If you are more a meat and three kind of eater, mashed potatoes with garlic butter, green bean casserole, and parmesan Texas toast might be more your speed.
Our Favorite Crockpot Steak Recipe
Once a week for as long as I can remember, we had Sunday lunch at my Grandmom’s house. It was a joyous time for the family to gather and spend some time catching up on the ins and outs of each other’s week and break some bread (and I mean literally break the bread and try not to break a tooth-Grandmom’s biscuits were hard as a rock!)
But never fear, there was always enough butter and homemade jelly to slather on the biscuits to make it a little easier to swallow. As a kid I always loved her pot roast but as I grew older and had more of a discerning palate, I learned that the older members of the family referred to Grandmom’s Roast as being “tough as an old boot”.
As an adult and a lover of all things relative to food, I searched to find a delicious, tender roast recipe that I could make for my own family and I want to share it with you.
· 5-pound chuck roast
· 2 teaspoons of seasoning salt (such as Jimmy’s General Seasoning Salt)
· 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
· 1 teaspoon of thyme
· 1 bay leaf
· 2 pounds of potatoes cut into chunks-russet potatoes or gold fingerling potatoes
· 1 pound of baby carrots
· 2 Tablespoons of steak sauce, such as Jimmy’s Steak Sauce
· 2 cups of beef broth or 1 beef broth and 1 beef consume
· 2 Tablespoons of corn starch
Season roast with steak seasoning and time. Sear each side on a skillet with vegetable oil over high heat for 2 minutes per side.
Add veggies to the crock pot and put the roast on top of the veggies. Add beef broth, corn starch, Jimmy’s Sauce, and bay leaf to crock pot.
Cook on low for 7-8 hours. Serve.
Choosing the Right Ingredients for Your Crockpot Steak
Ingredients for your crockpot steak will vary depending on which recipe you are using but there is a common thread that runs through most of the steak slow cooker recipes.
First, select a fresh cut of steak with the cut depending on your recipe. Most of the time it is a chuck steak but please refer to the recipe for any nuances. Second, make sure to have a good seasoning and spice rub. With those two main ingredients, you have your most crucial ingredients covered.
Tips for Cooking Your Crockpot Steak
When you are cooking steak in your crockpot, you want to make sure you do not overcook the meat and cause it to dry out. I know this seems a little confusing. Some people think that the longer it cooks, the more tender the meat. This is correct as long as you follow these directions.
Make sure to cook on low for a long period of time unless the recipe tells you otherwise. If you are using liquid like broth, water, soup or gravy, do NOT cover the beef completely because if it gets too hot it will boil and overcook the meat.
Make sure to only fill it to where the liquid is no more than ½ way up the side of the beef.
If you follow these directions, you will be on the road to a spectacular dish! Bon appetit!