Slow Cooker Beef and Vegetable Casserole

Theme 14: Hearty

Cookbook: Australian Women’s Weekly, Slow Cooker

Recipe: Simple beef and vegetable casserole

I have only recently bought my first slow cooker.  I was quite excited as I’ve heard friends say they love it and cook their dinners in it on busy days.

Because this dish takes so long to cook, it’s best to quickly brown the meat and sauté the vegetables before throwing into the slow cooker in the morning before heading out for the day.

I, too have come to love my slow cooker.  I have used it for my daughter’s birthday family dinner.  It was one less dish I had to fiddle and fuss over during the day.

I have read that desserts and cakes can be made in the slow cooker too.  I am curious.  I will definitely give those a try.


  • 1.2kg beef chuck  steak, cubed
  • 1/3 cup plain flour
  • 1/4 olive oil
  • 2 medium onions cut into thick wedges
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped coarsely
  • 2 sticks of celery, trimmed and chopped coarsely
  • 3 cloves  garlic, crushed
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 400g can of diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups beef  stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  1. Coat the beef in flour, shake off excess and fry in batches in a large frying pan.
  2. When browned, transfer to a slow cooker
  3. Heat the remaining oil in the same pan, cook the onion, carrot, celery and potatoes.  Keep stirring until the onions soften
  4. Add the tomato paste and cook for a further minute.  Transfer to the slow cooker
  5. To the slow cooker, add the bay leaves, canned tomatoes and stock.  Stir.
  6. Cook, covered for 8 hours on low.
  7. For comfort, best served with mashed potatoes and steam vegetables.

You can check out my previous post for the Cook Book Challenge this year here.

Bon Appetite,


7 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Beef and Vegetable Casserole

  1. I too love my slow cooker. Dishes always turn out perfect with minimal fuss (and dishes – I’m down with that!). Have never tried sweets in it though – I’ll wait and see how your efforts go.

    • The slow cooker I have is 5.5litres and it’s a Ronson brand. I think most slow cookers are pretty much the same. I picked this one simply because it was on sale at half price. I love mine now and I probably used it about once a week.

  2. Yum! I have just bought a slow cooker recently being my birthday and all.. I also think a slower cooker does do budget meals for the family..

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