Honey Garlic Beef and Potatoes in the Slow Cooker

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Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Beef and Potatoes in a bowl with parsley on top.  It's a delicious easy dinner with tender beef cubes are cooked in the slow cooker with lots of delicious garlic, onions, and potatoes.  Then honey and molasses are added for that touch of sweet.

This Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Beef and Potatoes is a delicious easy dinner that’s incredibly savory, with a hint of sweet.  Tender beef cubes are cooked in the slow cooker with lots of delicious garlic, onions, cilantro, soy sauce, and potatoes.  Then honey and molasses are added for that touch of sweet that really takes this over the top!  The beef is fall apart, melt in your mouth tender.  The potatoes soak up all of the amazing sauce and flavors.   

This is one of those easy dinners that you can make almost entirely out of your freezer!  The beef, onion, and garlic, can all be stored in the freezer.  Thaw the beef overnight and add it to the slow cooker with the frozen garlic and onions, plus the rest of the ingredients.  Click here to get my printable cheat sheet with 10 Freezer Hacks to make easy dinners!

SLOW COOKER LOVE

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve posted a Slow Cooker Recipe.  So, I thought I would take a moment to list all of the fantastic benefits of this method of cooking!

  • Easy! You simply add the ingredients in the morning, then set the timer and it cooks dinner for you!
  • Healthy!  Because you are adding ingredients and liquid, you don’t need to add a ton of oil or butter.  That said, many recipes for the slow cooker are not exactly healthy.  Therefore, it’s up to you to use your discretion on which ingredients you add.
  • Economical!  Because the slow cooker can cook for up to 10 hours, you can use less expensive tough cuts of proteins.  They get beautifully tender in the slow cooker and taste incredible.
  • Abundant!  Since the slow cooker most often produces stews, soups, or other one-pot-meals, you can typically get a LOT of food from one cook.  That means you may get lunch or second dinner out of it!  
  • Get Ahead!  Not only are slow cooker dinners easy, but they can be prepped ahead and stored in the fridge or even the freezer!

Here are some of my favorite Slow Cooker Family Dinners:

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

I made this recipe in a slow cooker. However, you could also make it in the oven in a dutch oven or small roasting pan with a lid. If you make this in a dutch oven, you will follow the same instructions, but instead cook it in the oven 450 F degrees for 3 hours.

It can also be helpful to cut the beef with kitchen shears, but you can also just cut with a knife. And mincing garlic is made super easy with a Garlic Press.

PREP-AHEAD STEPS YOUR HONEY GARLIC BEEF AND POTATOES

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are steps you can prepare ahead to save time on busy nights! (See the full recipe below)

Peel and cut the onion into chunks. Add the onion, cilantro leaves, garlic cloves, and Worcestershire sauce to a food processor. Pulse to get the onion going and then puree until the onion and garlic are minced to about rice-size.

Cilantro, onion, garlic, and Soy sauce in food processor for Honey Garlic Beef and Potatoes. It's a delicious easy dinner made in the slow cooker with tender beef cubes are cooked in the slow cooker with lots of delicious garlic, onions, and potatoes.  Then honey and molasses are added for that touch of sweet.

Cilantro, onion, garlic, and Soy sauce blended in food processor for Honey Garlic Beef and Potatoes. It's a delicious easy dinner made in the slow cooker with tender beef cubes are cooked in the slow cooker with lots of delicious garlic, onions, and potatoes.  Then honey and molasses are added for that touch of sweet.

Cut the beef into 2-inch chunks.  You can use kitchen shears or a sharp chef’s knife.

Cutting brisket with cooking shears for Honey Garlic Beef and Potatoes. It's a delicious easy dinner made in the slow cooker with tender beef cubes are cooked in the slow cooker with lots of delicious garlic, onions, and potatoes.  Then honey and molasses are added for that touch of sweet.

Peel the potatoes and cut into 1-inch pieces. Add to the slow cooker pot. If you will not be cooking this right away, submerge the potatoes in cold water and store in the fridge. Before cooking, drain the potatoes and discard the water.

What kind of Beef to use?

As mentioned earlier, one of the benefits of slow cooker is that you can use less expensive tough cuts of beef.  The most commonly used beef cut for stew is Beef chuck, which comes from the shoulder and has a lot of connective tissue and it gets very tender when cooked for a long time.  I used brisket for this recipe, but you can use beef chuck or round.  Many stores have pre-cubed beef stew meat ready to buy.

COOK YOUR HONEY GARLIC BEEF AND POTATOES

To the slow cooker, add the potatoes, cut beef, onion mixture, broth, honey, molasses, salt, and pepper. Set the Slow Cooker to 6-10 hours, depending on your schedule.

Pouring honey over raw beef and other ingredients in slow cooker for Honey Garlic Beef and Potatoes. It's a delicious easy dinner made in the slow cooker with tender beef cubes are cooked in the slow cooker with lots of delicious garlic, onions, and potatoes.  Then honey and molasses are added for that touch of sweet.

All ingredients in slow cooker for Honey Garlic Beef and Potatoes. It's a delicious easy dinner made in the slow cooker with tender beef cubes are cooked in the slow cooker with lots of delicious garlic, onions, and potatoes.  Then honey and molasses are added for that touch of sweet.

What can I use instead of Molasses?

If you cannot find molasses, you can add 1/4 cup of Brown Sugar and then reduce the honey to 3 tablespoons.  Or you can simply leave the molasses out all together and increase the honey to 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons.

Can I freeze this?

You can freeze the ingredients before you cook it WITHOUT the broth.  Place all of the ingredients in a freezer bag or container in a flat layer.  When you are ready to cook it, place the frozen ingredients in the refrigerator to thaw 24 hours in advance.

Or you can cook it in the slow cooker and then portion it out and freeze it.  If you go this route, you can cook it in the oven straight from the freezer or thaw it 24 hours in advance in the fridge.

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Beef and Potatoes in a bowl with parsley on top. It's a delicious easy dinner with tender beef cubes are cooked in the slow cooker with lots of delicious garlic, onions, and potatoes.  Then honey and molasses are added for that touch of sweet.
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Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Beef and Potatoes

This Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Beef and Potatoes is a delicious easy dinner that's incredibly savory, with a hint of sweet.  Tender beef cubes are cooked in the slow cooker with lots of delicious garlic, onions, and potatoes.  Then honey and molasses are added for that touch of sweet that really takes this over the top!  The beef is fall apart, melt in your mouth tender.  The potatoes soak up all of the amazing sauce and flavors. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword beef recipes, beef stew, Brisket, family dinner, slow cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Servings 6 servings
Calories 472 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 1 Small Onion
  • 6 cloves Garlic (6 teaspoons minced)
  • 1 cup Fresh Cilantro Leaves
  • 1/4 cup Soy Sauce
  • 2-3 lbs beef brisket boneless
  • 2 large Russet potatoes
  • 1 cup beef Broth or chicken Broth
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup Molasses
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper

Instructions

Prep-Ahead Steps

  1. Peel and cut the onion into chunks. Add the onion, cilantro leaves, garlic cloves, and Worcestershire sauce to a food processor. Pulse to get the onion going and then puree until the onion and garlic are minced to about rice-size.

    Cilantro, onion, garlic, and Soy sauce blended in food processor for Honey Garlic Beef and Potatoes. It's a delicious easy dinner made in the slow cooker with tender beef cubes are cooked in the slow cooker with lots of delicious garlic, onions, and potatoes.  Then honey and molasses are added for that touch of sweet.
  2. Cut the beef into 2-inch chunks.

    Cutting brisket with cooking shears for Honey Garlic Beef and Potatoes. It's a delicious easy dinner made in the slow cooker with tender beef cubes are cooked in the slow cooker with lots of delicious garlic, onions, and potatoes.  Then honey and molasses are added for that touch of sweet.
  3. Peel the potatoes and cut into 1-inch pieces. Add to the slow cooker pot. If you will not be cooking this right away, submerge the potatoes in cold water and store in the fridge. Before cooking, drain the potatoes and discard the water.

Cooking Steps

  1. To the slow cooker, add the potatoes, cut beef, onion mixture, broth, honey, molasses, salt, and pepper. Set the Slow Cooker to 8 hours.

    Pouring honey over raw beef and other ingredients in slow cooker for Honey Garlic Beef and Potatoes. It's a delicious easy dinner made in the slow cooker with tender beef cubes are cooked in the slow cooker with lots of delicious garlic, onions, and potatoes.  Then honey and molasses are added for that touch of sweet.

Recipe Notes

  1. I made this recipe in a slow cooker. However, you could also make it in the oven in a dutch oven or small roasting pan with a lid. If you make this in a dutch oven, you will follow the same instructions, but instead cook it in the oven 450 F degrees for 3 hours.
  2. I used Brisket for this, but you can use beef chuck, beef round, or buy the pre-cubed beef stew meat.
  3. The 6 servings were based on 2 lbs of beef brisket.  If you have more beef, you will get more servings.

2 thoughts on “Honey Garlic Beef and Potatoes in the Slow Cooker

  1. 5 stars
    I have never heard of honey and molasses with a slow cooker beef recipe like this before, but I am so intrigued because it sounds so fantastic. I love the sweet aspect you bring to this dish. Amazing! I will definitely have to try it. And how can you possibly go wrong with a slow cooker recipe? Yum!

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