Slow-Cooker Beef and Barley Recipe Recipe

You guys often ask for slow cooker recipes and I am on a mission to fulfill your desires :) This dish is inspired by Pilaf recipe, but with a healthier twist to it. Barley is a whole grain that has a lot of great nutrients, it will keep you filled for hours, making it a great option for those who are trying to eat healthier.

You don't have to precook the meat and vegetables, although I do like to, since it adds extra flavors to the dish. But on days when I am just a busy bee, I would toss everything and let it do its magic. Also, I like to pre-cut everything the night before, that way it won't hold up my plans in the morning.

Serving size:
20 min
2 hr
Ready in
2 hr 20 min


Prepare ingredients for the dish. Cut mushrooms into four pieces, cut meat into cubes, dice onions and carrots into chunks.
Preheat skillet to a high heat, brown the meat until it's browned. Remove meat form the skillet and place it into a slow cooker.
Into the same skillet, place carrots and onion and cook until they are lightly browned. Place them into a slow cooker.
Brown mushrooms on a skillet and add them into the slow cooker.
Into the slow cooker, add in barley, bay leaves, better than bullion and season with salt. Fill the slow cooker with water, covering 2/3 of the ingredients(I used about 2.5 cups).
Depending on your slow cooker you would need to cook the food on high for 2-4 hours. Check while it's cooking to see if it's ready.
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