Trying to create balance…

Crock Pot Beef with Beets September 24, 2011

Filed under: crock pot cooking,entrees,locavore,recipes — crunchymetromom @ 9:05 am
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Beets? No. BEETS? No…well, okay. Yes, beets. Really, beets? YES, I MADE SOMETHING WITH BEETS.

I’ve never been a fan. Beets always seemed too odd, too “that thing that comes in cans in a sliced form that looks no more appetizing than that cranberry gel everyone hauls out at Thanksgiving“. So, I’ve avoided beets. However, when beets showed up in my Week 2 CSA box, I realized that I was on the spot to make something beety happen. *Cue nail-biting*

Beets are a root vegetable, and what do I love to do with root vegetables? Say it with me: PUT THEM IN THE CROCK POT. So, yes, these beets went into the crock pot. And what was the verdict? Could’ve used even more beets! HA! What a surprise. Not only did the beets come out well, but the beef I paired them with came out even a little sweeter than usual, thanks to the yummy sweetness of the beets. And, even better, you can cook this dish for 8-10hrs or you can stretch it out longer if you need to (as I did, since we had to leave the crock pot on for closer to 11hrs).

Other things of note:

  • If you’re trying to find something to do with the beet greens, since you don’t necessarily want to waste them, just wash and dry them, then toss them in a skillet over medium heat and a small amount of olive oil for a few minutes to wilt them. Add a splash of balsamic vinegar and you have a great, crunchy, green accompaniment to your meal!
  • This dish pairs nicely with just about any starchy side; we had it with egg noodles one night and rice another night.


Crock Pot Beef with Beets



Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 8-10hrs on LOW

Serves: 4



1-1/2 lb stew beef, cut into chunks or bite-sized pieces

1 bunch of medium-small beets, greens removed

1-1/4 cups reduced sodium beef broth

1/4 cup red wine

2 Tb red wine vinegar

1 Tb cornstarch


2 tsp garlic powder

Non-stick cooking spray


Make it Happen

1. Spray the inside of a 4qt crock pot with non-stick cooking spray.

2. Wash the beets well and cut off the stems and roots. Chop the beets into quarters. Add the beets to the crock pot to make a bed for the beef.

3. Add the beef to the crock pot.

4. In a measuring cup or bowl, stir to combine the beef broth, red wine and red wine vinegar, then pour over the beef and beets. Cover and cook on LOW for 8-10hrs.

5. Just before serving, remove the beef and beets from the crock, leaving the liquid in the crock. Add the garlic powder to the crock and stir to combine.

6. In a small bowl, stir water into the cornstarch until the cornstarch has dissolved. Add the cornstarch/water mixture to the crock and stir to combine.

7. Put the liquid into a gravy boat and serve atop the beef and beets.


4 Responses to “Crock Pot Beef with Beets”

  1. What a great recipe, slow cooked beef is simply amazing.

  2. I’m also not a beet fan, but hubby wanted to grow some this year. I have a few sitting in the fridge as I hem and haw on what to make. I found it! I’m making THIS! Thanks!!

  3. […] that wasn’t overly heavy. So, I went for the beef broth in the fridge (left over from my Crock Pot Beef with Beets) and then reached for a bottle of Madeira. There’s nothing like some wine to really make a […]

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