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Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef Stew is a hearty and comforting cross between savory Asian beef and a classic beef stew recipe. Quick and easy to prep, a short list of ingredients, and your crockpot does the hard work. Just come home and serve it over rice, cauliflower rice, ramen noodles, or zoodles. And yes, just the simple swap of tamari for soy sauce makes this flavor-packed dinner gluten free!
Originally published March 21, 2013. Updated with new photos and additional information about the recipe.
When life gets crazy, my slow-cooker and I go together like peas and carrots. On days where I know I’m going to be running around a lot or I know I won’t have enough time to prepare dinner in between after school activities and the onset of hangry children, it’s a lifesaver.
Throw together a bunch of ingredients together early in the day, then at dinnertime, the most you have to do is heat up some veggies, toss a quick salad with Creamy Balsamic Dressing or Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing, or make some quick rice or pasta.
And for an added bonus, many slow cooker recipes make quite a lot or can easily be doubled. So you can freeze leftovers for when life is not just crazy – it’s double and triple crazy!
It’s so helpful to have a freezer packed with Healthy Slow Cooker Butter Chicken, the Best Chili, Slow Cooker Steak Pizzaiola, and some of this Mongolian Beef Stew all ready and waiting for me.
What is Mongolian Beef?
Believe it or not, Mongolian Beef did not originate in Mongolia. It is actually from Taiwan, and usually consists of sliced flank steak and onions that are stir fried in a mild brown sauce.
In the United States, beef dishes of a similar style are popular in Chinese restaurants and chain restaurants, and it is given the name to make it sound more exotic.
This dish has also been adapted into Slow-Cooker Mongolian Beef recipes so you can make your own takeout at home with minimal prep work.
Crock Pot Asian Beef Stew Recipe
Unlike traditional Mongolian Beef or the adaptations for Crockpot Mongolian Beef, this recipe can be made using a beef roast or stew beef cubes. By adding carrots and sugar snap peas into the mix, it makes it more like an Asian beef stew or pot roast.
Since you have your veggies covered, when it’s time for dinner, you just need to make some rice, noodles, cauliflower rice, or zucchini noodles to serve it.
What is in Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef Stew?
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- Soy sauce – most soy sauce contains wheat, so be sure to get gluten free soy sauce or tamari, if needed.
- Mirin or rice vinegar – mirin is a sweet rice-based cooking wine. Some brands contain gluten, so be sure to buy a brand that is gluten free. You can also use plain rice vinegar. It will not add sweetness, so add a tablespoon of honey if you prefer.
- Peanut butter – I recommend creamy peanut butter.
- Sesame oil
- Ginger – if you only have powdered ginger, that works just fine in this recipe. But fresh ginger or ginger paste works great too.
- Red pepper flakes – it really doesn’t make it spicy, but you can omit this if you prefer.
- Black pepper
- Beef – this dish works equally well with a beef roast or stew beef cubes. If you use a roast, you’ll want to remove it from the crockpot and shred the meat after it cooks. It will more closely resemble pot roast. The cubes can be left whole for a beef stew.
- Carrots – cut into thick sticks, or save prep time and use a bag of baby carrots.
- Frozen sugar snap peas – I have used fresh sugar snap peas, and they are a little tough, especially with the strings. Frozen sugar snap peas are much more tender. You can toss them in about a half-hour before you plan to eat. If you don’t have time, they can be added at the beginning, but they will break up a bit and the peas might pop out of the pods.
How to make Crock Pot Mongolian Beef Stew:
Here is a brief overview so you can see just how easy it is to make. Scroll down to the printable recipe card for the full quantities and details.
- Combine all of the sauce ingredients in the slow cooker and whisk until combined.
- Add the beef, onions, and carrots, and mix everything together.
- Cook on Low for 6-8 hours or High for 4-6 hours.
- Add the sugar snap peas and cook on High for another 30 minutes or until they are tender.
- Serve over rice, cauliflower rice, Asian noodles, or zoodles, and sprinkle with sesame seeds and sliced scallions, if desired.
What do you serve with Mongolian beef?
You can fill a bowl with any of the following things and spoon your Asian beef stew right over the top:
- White or brown rice – while traditional rice cooked on the stove, or in a rice cooker or Instant Pot is the most nutritious, minute rice or those pouches that cook in the microwave a good option when you are short on time.
- Ramen noodles – I like these Brown Rice and Quinoa Ramen noodles because they are gluten free, whole grain, not fried, and cook in just a few minutes.
- Cauliflower rice – if you are short on time, you can find frozen cauliflower rice or even microwave pouches in most grocery stores. Also, broccoli rice is a great option that many people don’t think of.
- Zoodles – break out the spiralizer, and then either use zucchini noodles raw, saute them quickly, or even make Sesame Zoodles.
- Mashed potatoes or mashed cauliflower – while it might not fit the Asian theme of this dish
Try these Asian slow cooker recipes…
- Slow Cooker Orange Sesame Chicken
- Sriracha Lime Crockpot Turkey Tenderloin
- Healthy Slow Cooker Butter Chicken
Crockpot Mongolian Beef Stew Recipe
It takes almost no time to mix a few simple pantry ingredients together and throw it in your slow cooker. This twist on Mongolian Beef is a rich, hearty, comforting dish, with just a background of robust, Asian-inspired flavor for easy dinner you’ll want to enjoy again and again. And lucky for you, this Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef Stew recipe makes a lot or can easily be doubled so you can freeze the leftovers.
Slow-Cooker Mongolian Beef Stew
- 1/2 cup soy sauce or tamari for gluten-free
- 1/4 cup mirin or plain rice vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon dry ginger or 1 Tablespoon minced fresh ginger or ginger paste
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 2-3 lb stew beef cubes or beef roast
- 1 lb carrots (either baby carrots, or carrots cut into large sticks)
- 1 onion, diced
- 12 oz. bag frozen sugar snap peas
- Rice, cauliflower rice, Asian noodles, or zoodles for serving
- Sesame seeds or scallions for garnish, if desired
- Add the soy sauce, mirin, peanut butter, sesame oil, corn starch, garlic, ginger, red pepper flakes, and black pepper to the slow cooker and whisk until smooth.
- Add the beef, onion, and carrots, and mix everything together.
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4-6 hours.
- If you used a beef roast, remove it from the slow cooker to a plate and shred with a fork. Return it to the slow cooker.
- Add the sugar snap peas and cook on high for another 30 minutes.
- Serve over rice, cauliflower rice, Asian noodles, or zoodles. Sprinkle with sesame seeds or thinly sliced scallions, if desired.
Do I add any more water or liquid? It does not even come close to covering all that is in my crock-pot.
No, the meat tends to give off some liquid as it cooks.
I made this recipe last night-I put my slow cooker on low and checked it at 3 hours and saw that the sauce was getting stuck to the bottom and sides of the cooker and I knew if I didn’t add liquid it would not make it. I added 1 cup of beef broth and after cooking for 7 hours it was fine as there was a nice sauce in there. I recommend adding a cup of liquid at the start.
This recipe looks absolutely fantastic, but I must ask you to delete the pics of the chopsticks standing straight up in the rice! Very bad, in some Asian cultures it is bad etiquette because it resembles incense offering at funerals and in others, like Japan, this is how one offers rice at a funeral.
I heard that after it was posted and I have to remake it and take some new photos.
Hey just happened onto your blog. Leaving your chopsticks in your rice like that symbolized death in Japan.
I was just checking out the recipe and had to gasp at the chopsticks in the rice! As Leigh said, sticking chopsticks in the rice turns the rice into an offertory to the deceased.
That being said, I’m very excited to try the recipe!
I have to say, since I heard that, I feel terrible, but I haven’t remade this to take new pictures.
Perhaps change the photo on your recipe to show a less offensive one?
Thank you for mentioning that. I found out long after I posted this recipe the significance, so I will have to re-photogrpah when I have a chance.
Yum- the meat looks so tender and juicy, and I love cooking carrots in with beef. Looks delicious!
Thanks, it was very juicy and delicious!
This looks delish! My family would love this stew. I hope you’re off having a baby 🙂
It was really good! Looking forward to the leftovers. Not yet, but I hope soon!
I need to start using my slow cooker more often, your recipe looks wonderful and the flavors sound perfect. Great carrots & peas entry.
My Improv Cooking Challenge entry this month: Mom’s Beef Vegetable Soup, hope that you’ll stop over and check the recipe out.
Thanks so much!
This looks really delicious!
Nothing beats a good beef stew, and the Asian flavours sound like they would give it a really interesting kick.
Awesome choice for the challenge!
It was like the classic comfort food with some fun flavors!
Now that is a great time saving meal. I am glad you have planned ahead with freezer meals. Save your energy and good luck!!!
Thanks so much Kristen!
Sounds great. I love my slow cooker too. I’ve actually got a little family of them now. 🙂
I have a few, as well 🙂
You are inspiring me to join the slow cooker club, Brianne! Love that your stew includes peanut butter. Woo too!
P.s. Sounds like you are taking very good care of you and the baby =)
Oh it makes life so easy!!
I’ve wanted to make Mongolian Beef for quite a while now. This recipe looks great and bonus that it’s made it in the crock pot!
Gotta love anything made in the crockpot!
Brianne, my youngest is always bugging me to make Mongolian Beef. Thank you for posting a recipe for me to try!
This probably isn’t the most traditional, but it is tasty! Enjoy!