Slow Cooker Chunky Ragu Beef

So it snowed. In November. Right after a full week of sunshine. Needless to say, coming back from Portugal, I was not prepared for this weather and I am so not impressed by it! Cold and dying for the need to get cozy, I decided to whip up a chunky ragu beef recipe for the week!

Need something hearty and uncomplicated to get over the winter blues? Try this Slow Cooker Beef Ragu

This chunky ragu beef is perfect for this cold weather! I can toss it on top of some pasta, rice, or even just dip some bread in it and it’ll warm me right up! But for reals, I practically just ate my first bowl as is because 1. I had just woke up and was starving and 2. my patio was covered in snow and I just wanted something warm.

Need something hearty and uncomplicated to get over the winter blues? Try this Slow Cooker Beef Ragu

I had some extra time the night before so I made this is “long” way, but honestly, if you have 15 minutes, some beef, and some pantry staples, you can make this hearty and uncomplicated chunky ragu beef in a blink of an eye! I had chose the go the long route as I had some extra time and I find that with the caramelizing/precooking of the ingredients, it adds more flavour to the overall product at the end. For this recipe, you’ll need a big wok or a deep pan if you plan on browning your ingredients before placing it into your slow cooker. I used the Stay or Go Programmable 5 Quart Slow Cooker from Hamilton Beach and a large metal wok.


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Slow Cooker Chunky Ragu Beef
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Feeling cold from the winter blues? Whip up this hearty and uncomplicated slow cooker chunky ragu beef and warm right up! There are two options to this recipe. You can either just throw everything into your slow cooker and set it for 8 hours low and be done with it or the long way which takes an hour as I had done.
  • Garlic (4 cloves minced)
  • Bacon (3 slices, I used Presidents Choice)
  • Carrots (3 shaved)
  • Beef chunks (2 lbs)
  • Rosemary (1 tablespoon)
  • Beef Broth (2 cans, 284mL each, I used Campbells)
  • Diced Tomatoes (1 can, 28oz)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  1. On medium heat, brown your minced garlic and bacon. Browning the bacon first creates an oil for the meat to cook later on without having to add much additional oil.
  2. Once browned, add in your shaved carrots.
  3. Lightly salt and pepper the beef then add it to your pan.
  4. As it is browning, add in your rosemary.
  5. Once the meat has finished browning, pour in 2 cans of beef broth and bring it to a simmer before reducing the heat and leaving it covered for 15 minutes.
  6. After 15 minutes, add in your can of diced tomatoes.
  7. Stir it for 2 minutes before transferring everything into the slow cooker.
  8. Cook on low heat for 8 hours.
  9. To serve, mix with pasta, rice, or just dip some bread into it. You do you!
If you want a bit of a thicker sauce, add in a small can of tomato paste


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Need something hearty and uncomplicated to get over the winter blues? Try this Slow Cooker Beef Ragu

13 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Chunky Ragu Beef

  1. I broke out the slow cooker on Friday to make one of the soups for the 14 people we were entertaining at my parents up north this weekend. Probably the first time I used it since last fall. I really need to use it more but I have a tiny one that doesn’t work for meals and than a HUGE one that is always too big.

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