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Crockpot Shredded Beef

You only need 5 ingredients to make this insanely tender and flavorful Crockpot Shredded Beef! Serve it with mashed potatoes and vegetables or stuffed inside bread for an amazing roast beef sandwich.

A serving spoon is holding perfectly cooked, flaky shredded beef above a crock pot.

Crockpot Shredded Beef

As a kid, did you also get excited when you got home and saw the Crockpot on the counter? The whole house would smell like whatever was slowly cooking to perfection, and you just knew dinner was going to be amazing.

Crockpot shredded beef is the ultimate slow cooker recipe we all grew up loving. Of all the amazing Crockpot dishes out there, this one really might be our favorite! This recipe has been in our family for years, and it’s one we bring out anytime we need some comfort.

This is one of those dinners that always has everyone drooling, just from the smell alone! Once you have your first bite of this savory, tender, flavorful shredded beef, you’ll be craving it just as often as we do. Hopefully it’ll also be one of your new family recipes for generations to come!

Shredded beef is in a white serving bowl.

How To Serve Crockpot Shredded Beef

When serving this slow cooked beef for dinner, we always plate it with our favorite vegetables, mashed potatoes (or cauliflower mash for a low carb dinner!) and a warm roll to soak up any extra sauce. It’s a classic dinner that you just can’t beat!

If you have any leftovers, stuff it inside a slice of fresh French bread for the best roast beef sandwich ever! Make sure to save the sauce as well as the meat to have a juicy sandwich the next day.

The ingredients for crockpot shredded beef are spread out on a white countertop.
The ingredients are close together on a white countertop.

Ingredients

A one pot recipe that only requires 5 ingredients… what’s not to love? This dinner is everything you need on a weeknight – it’s inexpensive, easy, and SO delicious!

  • Boneless Beef Chuck Roast
  • Large Yellow Onion
  • Beef Broth
  • Dry Brown Gravy Mix
  • Dry Lipton Onion Soup Mix
Dry brown gravy mix is sprinkled on top of raw meat in a Crockpot.
Beef broth is poured on top of the gravy mix and meat in the Crockpot.

How To Make Crockpot Shredded Beef

Like most slow cooker recipes, it’s almost TOO easy to make this. Simply toss in the 5 ingredients and let the Crockpot do all the work. This meal is perfect for a working parent!

Step 1: Place the chuck roast in the Crockpot and toss the chopped onions over the top and sides of the roast.

Step 2: Sprinkle the top of the onions and roast evenly with the dry gravy packets and the onion soup mix.

The ingredients are all in the Crockpot, uncooked.
The cooked ingredients are in the Crockpot, ready to be shredded.

Step 3: Pour the beef broth on top and place the lid on the Crockpot.

Step 4: Cook the beef on low for 8 hours or until the beef is easily pierced by a fork. Once it shreds easily, you know it’s ready!

Step 5: Shred the beef directly in the Crockpot, allowing the savory sauce to smother it. Serve as desired, and enjoy!

A cooked portion of roast chuck is in a white crock pot.

I want extra gravy! How do I double up on the sauce?

Are you a gravy a-holic? Don’t worry, so am I. On days I really want a lot of delicious gravy to soak up with my buttery role, I double the liquid in this recipe and add a second packet of dry gravy mix.

So instead of the 1/3 cup beef broth and 1 packet of dry brown gravy mix. Use 2/3 cup beef broth and 2 packets of dry brown gravy mix!

How can I make it sweeter?

This may sound like an odd question to most, but there are plenty of folks out there that like a hint of sweetness in their roast beef.

If you want to lightly satisfy your sweet tooth, you can sprinkle in some brown sugar, or even add a can of coke to the mix! If you add coke, just note that your end result will have more liquid than what is pictured with this recipe.

Shredded meat sits in a white bowl.
A close up shot shows shredded beef stacked in a clean white bowl.

Should I sear the roast?

It is totally optional, but not necessary. We usually do not sear the roast out of total laziness. However, if you do sear the roast it will absolutely add to the flavor!

When you sear a roast, you caramelize the natural sugars on the outside of the meat, which will give an extra rich flavor to the finished dish. So if you have the time and don’t mind washing an extra dish, go ahead and sear your roast on all sides in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

How long will the shredded beef stay fresh?

Keep the shredded beef in the Crockpot on the “warm” setting until you’re ready to serve it. If you have any leftovers, seal them in an airtight container and keep them in the fridge for up to 5 days.

You can reheat your leftovers in the microwave or the Crockpot, if you have the time! Just set your Crockpot to the “high” setting, toss in your leftovers, and let it heat up. Mix the beef around every few minutes to make sure it reheats evenly. Enjoy!

Tongs are picking up a piece of shredded meat from a pile.

When it comes to rich, filling, deliciously easy dinners, this Crockpot Shredded Beef really holds up! After all these years, rich and tender, slow cooked beef with flavorful onions just never disappoints.

If you’re craving more delicious beef-y meals, look no further! Our recipe for Instant Pot beef tips will rock your world. Our easy shepherd’s pie recipe is also a long time family favorite!

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Crockpot Shredded Beef

Shredded beef is in a white serving bowl.

You only need 5 ingredients to make this insanely tender and flavorful Crockpot Shredded Beef! Serve it with mashed potatoes and vegetables or stuffed inside bread for an amazing roast beef sandwich.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 (3 pound) boneless beef chuck roast
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced
  • 1/3 cup beef broth
  • 1 (.87 oz) packet dry brown gravy mix
  • 1 (1 oz) packet dry Lipton onion soup mix

Instructions

  1. Place chuck roast in crockpot and place onions over the top and on the sides of the roast.
  2. Sprinkle the top of the onions/roast with the gravy packets and onion soup mix. Pour the beef broth on top and place lid on the crockpot.
  3. Cook the beef on low for 8 hours, until beef is easily pierced by a fork and shreds easily. Shred beef in sauce and serve as desired!

Notes

  • For extra gravy, you can double the gravy packet and beef broth! So use 2/3 cup beef broth and 2 packets dry brown gravy mix!
  • To add more flavor to your shredded beef, you can sear the outside of the meat before adding it to the slow cooker. This is an optional step, but will defintely add a big punch of flavor to your meat!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8 servings

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 423Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 141mgSodium: 391mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 43g

4 Comments

  • Darlene Elaine Oglesby
    May 17, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    What can I use if I don’t have beef broth?

    Reply
    • Ellen
      May 18, 2021 at 1:47 am

      Hi Darlene,
      You can use water and beef bouillon. If you do not have either of those try vegetable broth, chicken broth or water. Keep in mind that is going to change the taste.
      Let us know what you try 🙂

      Reply
  • Missy
    May 20, 2021 at 4:40 pm

    Went to make this for dinner and realized my onions had gone bad 🙁 Waiting on my grocery order to get here and wondering if cooking this on high in the crockpot for 6 hours will work?

    Reply
    • Ellen
      May 21, 2021 at 2:38 pm

      Hi Missy! Yes, you can cook on high for 6 hours, the meat may not be as tender as when you cook it on low for longer. If you try cooking on high please let us know how it turns out 🙂

      Reply

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