Easy Slow-Cooker Beef Recipes to Serve from Tailgate to Dinner Party

Beer-Braised Pot Roast
Photo: Photo: Hector Sanchez

When in doubt, take the slow cooker out. That's the motto we've been following for decades, whether for busy weeknights, lazy Sundays, holiday gatherings, or dinner parties. No one will walk away from the dinner table hungry with our favorite slow-cooker beef recipes. With family-friendly classics like pot roast, chili, brisket, and Bolognese, the dinner opportunities are endless with these hearty slow-cooker beef recipes.

The kids are going to love recipes like Slow-Cooker Beef Nachos, Slow-Cooker Meatball Sliders with Tomato Sauce, and Slow-Cooker Spaghetti Casserole. There are also plenty of slow-cooker beef recipes that can be dressed up for company. Our Slow-Cooker Ginger, Sweet Tea, and Whiskey Short Ribs, Beer-Braised Beef Tips, and Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce are all perfect for hands-off hosting. Need a recipe for the tailgate? Our Slow-Cooker Beef Sliders with Pickled Peppers, Beef-and-Bean Chili, and BBQ Brisket are ready to be put in the game.

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Slow Cooker Tomato-Basil Meatloaf

Slow Cooker Tomato-Basil Meatloaf
Photo: Victor Protasio

Recipe: Slow Cooker Tomato-Basil Meatloaf

Meatloaf is forever the most reliable dinner recipe in our tin, and the slow cooker makes it easier than ever.

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Slow-Cooker Pot Roast

Slow-Cooker Pot Roast
Photo: Alison Miksch; Prop Styling: Mary Clayton Carl; Food Styling: Mary-Claire Britton

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Pot Roast

It doesn't get more classic than a slow-cooker pot roast when you're in the need of supper for a crowd.

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Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak

slow cooker salisbury steaks
Photographer: Jennifer Causey Food Stylist: Melissa Gray Prop Stylist: Christina Daley

Recipe: Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak

Cooking this classic supper in a flavorful gravy makes sure it doesn't dry out before serving.

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BBQ Brisket

BBQ Brisket
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: BBQ Brisket

With a handful of ingredients that are already in your pantry, you can serve up pitmaster-worthy brisket.

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Slow-Cooker Short Ribs with Pork Rind Gremolata

Slow-Cooker Short Ribs with Pork Rind Gremolata
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Short Ribs with Pork Rind Gremolata

This dinner will impress guests without you having to spend an entire day in the kitchen.

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Beer-Braised Pot Roast

Beer-Braised Pot Roast
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Beer-Braised Pot Roast

Pot roast is the ultimate comforting Sunday supper, and it's so easy with the help of your slow cooker.

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Slow-Cooker Carne Guisada

Slow-Cooker Carne Guisada
Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Carne Guisada

While some cooking will happen in a skillet, slow cooking allows the beef to tenderize and fully marinate in the flavors of the included ingredients.

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Peppered Beef Soup

Peppered Beef Soup
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Peppered Beef Soup

Is there anything cozier on a cold winter night than a bowl of beef soup? Actually, yes! Beef soup that's served in a toasted bread bowl.

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Slow-Cooker Bolognese Sauce over Pappardelle Pasta

Slow-Cooker Bolognese Sauce over Pappardelle Pasta
Photo: Greg Dupree

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Bolognese Sauce over Pappardelle Pasta

Picky eaters? They'll eat up this incredible homemade pasta sauce over whatever pasta shape you have on hand.

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Slow-Cooker Ginger, Sweet Tea, and Whiskey Short Ribs

Slow-Cooker Ginger, Sweet Tea, and Whiskey Short Ribs
Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Ginger, Sweet Tea, and Whiskey Short Ribs

This bright sauce is the perfect balancing act with hearty short ribs.

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Slow-Cooker Beef Nachos

Slow-Cooker Beef Nachos
Laurey W. Glenn

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Beef Nachos

Prep for the tailgate in advance with these easy nachos that will be a major touchdown with your crowd.

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Julie Yoste's Mississippi Roast

Julie Yoste's Mississippi Roast
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Julie Yoste's Mississippi Roast

The Mississippi Roast is one of Pinterest's most popular recipes, and once you give it a try, you'll see why.

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Slow Cooker Goulash

Slow Cooker Goulash
Jennifer Causey

Recipe: Slow Cooker Goulash

A tip from the Test Kitchen for the dreamiest sauce: Choose a roast with good marbling throughout.

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Chimichurri Beef Meatball Hoagies

Chimichurri Beef Meatball Hoagies
Photo: Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Chimichurri Beef Meatball Hoagies

These hearty meatball sandwiches are topped with a simple, light slaw for some crunch and freshness.

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Beef-and-Bean Chili

Beef-and-Bean Chili
Photo: Hector M. Sanchez

Recipe: Beef-and-Bean Chili

There's nothing like a slight chill in the air to remind you that it's chili season.

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Beer-Braised Beef Tips with Root Vegetables and Horseradish

Beer-Braised Beef Tips with Root Vegetables and Horseradish
Victor Protasio

Recipe: Beer-Braised Beef Tips with Root Vegetables and Horseradish

Horseradish adds a welcome zing to your old-school pot roast in this recipe.

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Meatball Sliders with Tomato Sauce

Meatball Sliders with Tomato Sauce
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Meatball Sliders with Tomato Sauce

These meatballs use a mix of ground beef and ground pork for tons of flavor in this recipe that's kid-friendly and tailgate-ready.

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Four-Ingredient Slow-Cooker Pot Roast

Four-Ingredient Slow-Cooker Pot Roast
Melina Hammer

Recipe: Four-Ingredient Slow-Cooker Pot Roast

This simple pot roast recipe can be served in a variety of ways, whether over veggies and potatoes or between sandwich buns.

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Slow-Cooked Cowboy Brisket and Beans

Slow-Cooked Cowboy Brisket and Beans
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Slow-Cooked Cowboy Brisket and Beans

Whether for a summer cookout or a fall tailgate, this BBQ recipe won't disappoint.

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Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage
Antonis Achilleos

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

This New England-inspired recipe is comfort food at its finest.

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Spaghetti Casserole

Spaghetti Casserole
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Spaghetti Casserole

Pasta night is already easy, but we went ahead and simplified it even more by turning it into a slow-cooker casserole the kids will love.

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Beef Bourguignon

Beef Bourguignon
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Beef Bourguignon

This rich recipe is fall-apart tender from hours in the slow cooker.

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Brisket Tacos with Summer Salsa

Brisket Tacos with Summer Salsa
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Brisket Tacos with Summer Salsa

Your slow cooker doesn't have to gather dust in the summer with this fresh recipe.

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Company Pot Roast

Company Pot Roast with Creamy Mushroom Grits
Greg Dupree; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Recipe: Company Pot Roast

For a Southern spin, we love to serve this classic pot roast over creamy grits instead of mashed potatoes or egg noodles.

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Slow-Cooker Bolognese Sauce

Slow-Cooker Bolognese Sauce
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce

Whether for a holiday gathering, a dinner party with friends, or a Sunday supper with the grandparents, Bolognese is always a good choice.

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Best Slow-Cooker Chili

Big Batch Chili
Lee Harrelson

Recipe: Best Slow-Cooker Chili

Be sure to invite company over to share—this recipe was made to feed a hungry crowd.

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Slow-Cooker Sloppy Joes

Slow-Cooker Sloppy Joes

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Sloppy Joes

When you're having a crazy week and can't have the broccoli fight with the kids, whip up easy slow-cooker Sloppy Joes for a happy dinner table.

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Zesty Pot Roast

Zesty Pot Roast
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Zesty Pot Roast

The secret ingredient to this flavorful pot roast? A hint of lime.

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Slow-Cooker Brisket Chili

Slow-Cooker Brisket Chili
Hector M. Sanchez

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Brisket Chili

This is truly a dump-it-and-forget-it recipe for your most relaxing Sunday yet.

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Slow-Cooker Beef Sliders with Pickled Peppers

Slow-Cooker Beef Sliders with Pickled Peppers
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Beef Sliders with Pickled Peppers

Pickled peppers add just the right amount of tang to tender, savory beef.

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Slow-Cooker Barbecue Beef Sandwiches

Slow-Cooker Barbecue Beef Sandwiches
Southern Living

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Barbecue Beef Sandwiches

Here's your new go-to barbecue recipe for tailgates, cookouts, and parties.

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Red Bean Chili

Ground Beef Recipes: Red Bean Chili
Southern Living

Recipe: Red Bean Chili

With just six ingredients, this has to be the easiest chili recipe you'll ever make.

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