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Beef and Barley Stew (Slow-Cooker )

This beef and barley stew slow cooker recipe is comfort food made easy. For those who like to set it and forget it!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Russian, Ukrainian
Keyword beef and barley, Beef and Barley Stew
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 15 Servings
Calories 195kcal
Author Natalya Drozhzhin


  • 1 1/2 lb beef one inch cubes
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 carrot chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup barley
  • 1 1/2 lb mushrooms sliced
  • 1 tbsp Better Than Bouillon broth concentrate beef or chicken base
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp salt adjust to taste
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper adjust to taste


  • Preheat a deep skillet over high heat. Brown the beef cubes on all sides. Remove the meat from the skillet and place it into the slow cooker.
    Beef browned in a pan
  • In the same skillet, sauté the carrots and onion and cook until they are lightly browned. Place them into the slow cooker.
    Cooked onion and carrot in a pan
  • Next, brown mushrooms in the same skillet and add to the slow cooker.
    raw mushrooms in a pan
  • Add barley, bay leaves, Better than Bouillon broth concentrate, and salt to the slow cooker. Fill the slow cooker with enough water to cover 2/3rds of the ingredients (about 2.5 cups).
    barley added to all the slow cooker
  • Depending on the size and power of your slow cooker, cook on high for 2-4 hours. Check the stew periodically to gauge doneness. Serve hot and enjoy!
    Beef and Barley in a slow cooker


Calories: 195kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 503mg | Potassium: 376mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 686IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 2mg