This Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff is the easy, healthy version of the classic, making the perfect family meal for busy weekdays. Serve over (gluten-free) egg noodles, or spaghetti squash. It’s made with lean beef, low sodium broth, nonfat Greek yogurt , and no flour.
One of my goals this year is to put my slow cooker to use and make more healthy dinners.
As a result, I decided to start with a long-time family favorite: Beef Stroganoff!
But this recipe offers a plus above other recipes that you may find out there: it’s the healthy version of the classic, yet is just as delicious as traditional Beef Stroganoff.
It features tender lean stewed beef, low sodium broth, nonfat Greek yogurt instead of the usual sour cream, and no flour.
That means that it is gluten-free, low carb, and contains less fat than most Beef Stroganoff recipes on the internet. The result: a dish to enjoy all year round without stretching your waistline.
Although our Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff is accompanied by (gluten-free) egg noodles (just like as our Lean Pork Stroganoff…) , if desired you could serve it over spaghetti squash for a keto or low carb complete meal.
Alternatively, serve it with a hard-crusted bread if you would like to avoid the extra little hassle of preparing any of the suggested sides above.
How to Make Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff
First, season chunks of beef with salt, pepper, and paprika on all sides. Second, heat 2 tbsp oil over medium-high heat in a large no stick skillet.
Add beef in a single layer (do NOT overcrowd the pan). Brown for about 4-5 minutes on each side.
Beef Stroganoff Variations
Ours is the healthy version or variation of the classic Beef Stroganoff, which was originally a 19th century Russian dish.
The traditional version consists of sautéed pieces of tender beef (tenderloin or sirloin steak) served in a sauce with sour cream (smetana)!!!
The dish has become popular all around the world, and now features all sorts of variations in the type of meat and other ingredients used…
…in addition, of course, to a diverse group of accompaniments.
Beef Stroganoff is traditionally served with crispy pan-fried potatoes in Russia.
But egg noodles are among the most popular accompaniments in the United States, while white rice and shoestring potatoes are the most popular sides in Brazil.
Slow Cooker or Crock Pot Cooking Method
Although this dish can be prepared in approximately 45 minutes in a regular pan — just like our Chicken Stroganoff, this time we prepared it in the slow cooker.
The advantage of the slow cooker over a regular pan is that the stew can cook unattended overnight or any other time of the day. Just set the timer, and relax!
Dinner will be ready within 4 to 8 hours, hassle free. 🙂
I hope you enjoy our Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff as much as my family and I did. HAPPY NEW YEAR!
PIN & ENJOY!
Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff
This Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff is the easy, healthy version of the classic, making the perfect family meal for busy weekdays. Serve over (gluten-free) egg noodles, or spaghetti squash.
- 3 tbsp vegetable oil this is used only if pre-browning/sauteeing before slow cooking
- 2 1/2 pounds lean beef stew meat
- 2 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 tsp sweet paprika
- 1 small onion, small diced
- 8 ounces sliced mushrooms
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 3/4 cup low sodium vegetable or beef broth
- 1/3 cup red wine (use broth instead if desired)
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 1/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt (or light sour cream if desired)
- 2-3 tbsp chopped parsley
Season chunks of beef with salt, pepper, and paprika on all sides.
Heat 2 tbsp oil over medium-high heat in a large no stick skillet. Add beef in a single layer (do NOT overcrowd the pan). Brown for about 4-5 minutes on each side.
Add the meat to the slow cooker. Brown the remaining beef and add to the slow cooker.
Using the same skillet, heat remaining 1 tbsp oil and cook onions and mushrooms over medium heat for 3-4 minutes. Add the mushrooms, onion, and garlic to the slow cooker.
Pour the broth, wine, and tomato paste into the slow cooker, stirring just until combined.
Alternatively, if desired, skip the browning/ sauteeing steps above and dump everything into the crock pot or slow cooker except the oil (which is only needed if browning before slow cooking and otherwise is omitted). But be aware stew will be less flavorful!
Cover the slow cooker on HIGH for 4 hours, or LOW for 6-8 hours depending on your time.
Uncover, stir in Greek yogurt, and adjust salt and pepper if necessary. Serve Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff either over cooked egg noodles or cooked spaghetti squash. Enjoy!
- Love stroganoff? Try our chicken stroganoff or our slow cooker lean pork stroganoff.
- Suggested accompaniments:
- (Gluten-free) egg noodles;
- White Rice and/or shoestring potatoes;
- Crispy pan-fried potatoes;
- Spaghetti squash (low carb).