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Crock Pot Shredded Beef

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

Easy Crock Pot Shredded Beef

As a kid, did you also get excited when you got home and saw the crock pot 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.

Crock pot shredded beef is the ultimate slow cooker recipe we all grew up loving. Of all the amazing crock pot 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!

Why You’ll Love this Shredded Beef Recipe

  • Easy. You only need 5 ingredients to make this recipe. Put everything in your crock pot and walk away. That’s it!
  • Tender & flavorful. The finished beef is so tender and full of flavor. You’re going to love it.
  • Flexible. There are so many ways to use shredded beef and it goes with a wide variety of sides.
  • Hearty. Looking for a simple dinner idea that fills hungry bellies? This is it. Everyone is going to devour this recipe.
The ingredients are close together on a white countertop.

What You’ll Need

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!

Here’s a quick overview of what you’ll need to make shredded beef in your crock pot. Be sure to scroll down to the recipe card for specific amounts.

  • Boneless Beef Chuck Roast
  • Large Yellow Onion: You can also use a white onion in a pinch.
  • Beef Broth: Vegetable broth will also work.
  • Dry Brown Gravy Mix
  • Dry Lipton Onion Soup Mix

How To Make Crock Pot Shredded Beef

Like most slow cooker recipes, it’s almost TOO easy to make this shredded beef. Simply toss in the 5 ingredients and let the Crockpot do all the work. My mouth is watering just thinking about this recipe! Here’s how to make it:

  • Add meat and onions. Place the chuck roast in the Crockpot and toss the chopped onions over the top and sides of the roast.
  • Sprinkle with gravy and soup mixes. Sprinkle the top of the onions and roast evenly with the dry gravy packets and the onion soup mix.
  • Add broth. Pour the beef broth on top and place the lid on the Crockpot.
  • Cook. 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!
  • Shred. Shred the beef directly in the Crockpot, allowing the savory sauce to smother it.
  • Serve. Plate it with your favorite sides and enjoy!
A cooked portion of roast chuck is in a white crock pot.

How To Serve Shredded Beef

One of the best things about this recipe is how many sides it goes with! Here are some of our favorite things to serve with shredded beef:

Ways to Use Leftovers

Wondering what to do with leftovers? Here are our favorite ideas:

  • Sandwiches: If you have any extra shredded beef 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.
  • Mexican Food: You can also use shredded beef to make burritos, tacos and quesadillas. Beef enchiladas is another great way to use extra meat.
  • Breakfast: Heat it up and serve it with scrambled eggs for breakfast.
Shredded beef is in a white serving bowl.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are a few questions folks commonly have about shredded beef, so I figured I’d share some helpful information. Let me know if there is another question you have in the comments.

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.

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.

Shredded meat sits in a white bowl.

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

If you have any leftovers, here’s how to store and reheat them:

  • Fridge: Seal them in an airtight container and keep them in the fridge for up to 5 days.
  • Freezer: Let the shredded meat cool, then transfer it to an airtight, freezer-safe container and store for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge before reheating.
  • To reheat: You can reheat your leftovers in the microwave or the Crockpot, if you have the time! Just set your crock pot 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.

More Crock Pot Dinner Ideas to Try

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Crock Pot 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


  • 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


  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!


  • 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:



Serving Size:


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

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6 comments on “Crock Pot Shredded Beef”

  1. Went to make this for dinner and realized my onions had gone bad ๐Ÿ™ Waiting on my grocery order to get here and wondering if cooking this on high in the crockpot for 6 hours will work?

    1. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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