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Slow-Cooker Beef and Barley in a bowl

Slow-Cooker Beef and Barley Recipe

Course Main Course
Cuisine Russian, Ukrainian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 15 Servings
Calories 195kcal


  • 1 1/2 lb Beef
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Carrot
  • 1 1/2 cup Barley
  • 1 1/2 lb Mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp Better Than Bullion (Beef or Chicken)
  • 4 Bay Leaves
  • Salt to taste


  • Prepare ingredients for the dish. Cut mushrooms into four pieces, cut meat into cubes, dice onions and carrots into chunks.
    Ingredients on the table including; 4 bowls one with beef pieces, one with cut up onions and carrots, one with barely and one with cut up mushrooms, also a jar of better than bouillon beef, oil, bay leaves and a little jar of salt
  • 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.
    Beef pieces being browned in a skillet
  • Into the same skillet, place carrots and onion and cook until they are lightly browned. Place them into a slow cooker.
    Carrots and onions added into the skillet with the beef
  • Brown mushrooms on a skillet and add them into the slow cooker.
    Mushrooms added into the skillet
  • 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.


Calories: 195kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 38mg | Potassium: 374mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 683IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 2mg