This is not your average beef stroganoff recipe! Get outta here ground beef, we are using fall-apart tender pot roast, cooked to perfection in the crock pot. Juicy beef in a rich mushroom sauce is topped with a huge dollop of sour cream. Classic comfort food!  Serve over pappardelle pasta with fresh chives. Originally published October 21, 2020.

crockpot beef stroganoff served over  pappardelle pasta on a plate with sour cream and fresh chives.

Well, it finally happened. I’ve joined the ranks of frantic parents who realize that their kid has just taken scissors to their own hair. I don’t know how I made it 10 years of mom-ing without it happening before now. I thought I just had incredibly well behaved children. HA! Joke’s on me.

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Little girl with long hair.

I took some pictures, just to memorialize it before she decides to do it again. It’s really not bad, right? (See the shorter piece on the side? And the piece over her shoulder.) Her hair was in a pony tail so she could only axe off the front part. It’s almost like she got some nice layering in?? I know you probably can’t even tell at all. BUT I CAN.

It’s definitely not as bad as my sister Nikki though, who cut all of her hair to the SCALP when she was little. My poor mother. It also helps that Valentine has ridiculously long hair, so even if we have to repeat this incident a few times, hopefully it just means she will end up with a cute bob in the end!  See, it’s fine. EVERYTHING IS FINE.

crock pot beef stroganoff with fresh chives served over pappardelle pasta with a fork.

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In other news. I am sick and ready for some comfort food. Who’s with me?? (Also it’s weird getting sick during a pandemic. I feel like…guilty almost? What if I give it to someone?? Very strange. No idea if it’s Covid or not. It’s pretty mild, but then most cases are, right?

But we are hunkering down and making some comfort food as we ride it out. Does comfort food get more comforting than a classic beef stroganoff recipe?? I don’t think so. I could eat this stuff every day.

crock pot beef stroganoff with a big dollop of sour cream and fresh chives in a bowl with a fork and spoon.

Beef Stroganoff recipe ingredients

See the recipe card below for the full recipe and instructions!

  • Chuck roast
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Butter
  • Onion
  • Mushrooms
  • Seasonings (kosher salt, cracked black pepper, paprika, and dried parsley)
  • Garlic
  • Tomato paste
  • Red wine
  • Water
  • Better Than Bouillon Beef Base
  • Sour cream
  • Pappardelle pasta
  • Garnishes (fresh parsley and chives)

How to make this recipe for Beef Stroganoff

This ain’t no 30 minute Hamburger Helper situation, where we throw in some ground beef and call it good. Oh no. There is a time and a place for ground beef (like this Easy Chili I just posted), but comfort food means we need to take some time. (Time in the crock pot, that is, while you kick up your feet and do nothing.) The only active time is in the beginning when we brown the beef and simmer the sauce for a bit.

raw beef, chopped and ready to sear; adding salt and pepper to chopped beef.

Start off with a 2 pound chuck roast and chop it into 2 inch chunks. I learned recently that stew meat, the pre-chopped beef they sell at the store, can sometimes have odds and ends from lots of different cuts. I usually have no issues with it getting tender when slow cooked, but to guarantee tender fall-apart meat, buy yourself a chuck roast and chop it your self. Takes 3 minutes.

Pat dry, and salt and pepper generously. Generously, I say!

searing stew meat (beef) in a pan, seared beef in a crock pot.

Sear it in your hot hot pan with plenty of space in between each piece of beef. If you dump it all in at once, the meat will steam itself instead of browning, and you’ve completely defeated the purpose. You may as well dump it in the crock pot raw. Searing properly gives you that gorgeous brown edge that has unparalleled flavor!

chopped onions and sliced mushrooms on a cutting board, then cooking in a sauce with a wooden spoon.

Next, chop up your onions and mushrooms. Cook them in butter in the same pan that you browned the beef in, working up all those browned bits. Season with salt, pepper, paprika, parsley, and garlic, yes please.

Add in some wine and beef broth and simmer it down for a few minutes. I used cooking wine. Anyone who drinks wine will tell you in a hoity toity voice that cooking wine is the worst thing ever, but I use it all the time and think it tastes amazing. And it’s cheap. I don’t drink alcohol and am certainly not going to buy a $20 bottle of wine just for beef stroganoff, to have the rest go down the drain. But if you drink wine, pick your favorite red and go to town!

crock pot beef stroganoff shot from overhead, in the crockpot.

Here is the beef and mushroom sauce after slow cooking. This meat is so tender you can cut it with a wooden spoon. It’s so good!

a fork shredding beef from crock pot beef stroganoff with a big dollop of sour cream and fresh chives.
Just look at how tender it is!

I love to serve this with pasta on the plate, then the beef stroganoff, then a healthy dollop of sour cream. You can add the pasta and sour cream straight to the crock pot and mix it all together before serving, if you prefer! I just think it’s so pretty served in layers. And this way your guests can choose how much sour cream they want to add!

Top with fresh parsley and chives. I love the pop of flavor the herbs add!

How long to cook Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff

As far as cooking time goes, you have a couple of options–either cook on low for 8 hours or cook on high for 4 hours. 

I love having the option of either one. If I’m shorter on time, I’ll cook everything up a little bit quicker. But if I have the option to leave it all day, I’ll definitely pick low and slow every time. Don’t get me wrong, it’s delicious either way, but if you can set it and forget it for a good 8 hours, your meat will be fall-off-the-bone tender, more flavorful, and less likely to dry out or burn. 

a fork lifting a bite of crock pot beef stroganoff with sour cream and fresh herbs from a plate.

What to serve with Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff

I love serving this creamy beef stroganoff over a bed of pappardelle noodles or egg noodles. But it is also really good on mashed potatoes! Aunt Shirley’s Famous Creamy Mashed Potatoes will forever and always be my favorite recipe!

You could also serve it over rice or brown rice for a healthier option. Or cauliflower rice for an even healthier option!

For side dishes to classic beef stroganoff, a nice big green salad always hits the spot. Green vegetables are good too. Try these green beans almondine or browned butter asparagus.

It’s nice to serve bread to mop up all the sauce. Try these Big Fat Crescent Rolls, or this One Hour French Bread! You really can’t go wrong!

Beef Stroganoff Crock Pot storage & reheating

Leftover beef stroganoff will last in the fridge for 3-4 days. To heat it up, warm single servings in the microwave or heat a larger portion up on the stove with a splash of beef broth to help everything heat evenly and avoid burning. 

Since stroganoff contains dairy, I don’t recommend freezing the finished dish. The sour cream can separate and become watery, and the noodles can get mushy. 

crock pot beef stroganoff served over pappardelle pasta with fresh chives in a bowl with a fork.

Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff Recipe FAQ

What is the best cut of meat for beef stroganoff?

Since this beef stroganoff is made in a crockpot, I recommend using an affordable cut of meat like chuck roast. Chuck roast is tougher than other cuts of beef, but since it cooks low and slow in the crockpot it has plenty of time to get nice and tender! 

What is the sauce in beef stroganoff made of?

Beef stroganoff sauce is a rich and tangy sauce made of beef broth, simmered with herbs and seasonings, butter, red wine, onion, and sour cream. 

How do I thicken slow cooker stroganoff?

If needed, you can easily thicken your sauce using a cornstarch slurry. To make a slurry, simply whisk together 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and 3 tablespoons of water until smooth. Stir it into the sauce and cook, just a few minutes, until thickened.

Can I substitute chicken broth or chicken base for beef base in beef stroganoff?

Yes. Feel free to swap the beef base out for chicken broth or chicken base if preferred. It will have a lighter flavor, but sometimes you gotta use what’s on hand.

Can I use milk instead of sour cream in Stroganoff?

In theory, yes. However, milk will naturally create a thinner sauce. Sour cream makes it creamier and thicker. 
If you do decide to use milk, I recommend whole milk. The higher the fat content, the creamier the sauce will be. If you have half and half or heavy whipping cream, even better.

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Beef Stroganoff Recipe (Crock Pot)

4.84 from 42 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 8 hours
Total: 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 6
This is not your average beef stroganoff recipe! Get outta here ground beef, we are using fall-apart tender pot roast, cooked to perfection in the crock pot. Juicy beef in a rich mushroom sauce is topped with a huge dollop of sour cream. Classic comfort food!  Serve over pappardelle pasta and fresh chives.


  • 2 to 2 1/2 pounds chuck roast, chopped into 2 inch chunks
  • 1-2 tablespoons vegetable oil, I used light olive oil
  • generous salt and pepper
  • 4 tablespoons butter, (half stick)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 8 to 12 ounces mushrooms, quartered
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper, or more to taste
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, smashed and minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons Better Than Bouillon Beef Base
  • 1 to 2 cups sour cream, to add after cooking
  • 12-16 ounces pappardelle pasta, plus water and salt
  • fresh parsley, to garnish
  • fresh chives, to garnish


  • Use a sharp serrated knife to cut the chuck roast into 2 inch chunks. Separate all the pieces out onto a work surface (I had mine on a cutting board) and dry them all over with paper towels.
  • Salt and pepper the pieces. Be generous. I used at least 1 and 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt.
  • Heat a 12 inch skillet over medium high heat. When it is hot, add 1 tablespoon oil and swirl to coat.
  • Carefully place about 1/3 of the pieces of beef into the pan, one by one. Leave at least an inch or two of space in between. If you put them too close together (or just dump the meat in all at once), your meat will start to steam itself, and no browning will occur. (You may as well just skip the entire browning process altogether and dump the raw meat straight into the crock pot.)
  • Let the meat sear for about 1-2 minutes, then use tongs to flip each piece. When you see nice brown edges on both sides, transfer the meat to your slow cooker.
  • Continue searing the rest of the beef in one or two more batches, depending on space. Add more oil as necessary, and reduce the heat to medium if your pan starts to smoke. Remove all the meat to the slow cooker, but don’t clean out that pan. We need all those gorgeous brown bits.
  • Turn the heat off if you need to take a moment to chop your onion and slice your mushrooms if you haven’t already.
  • Melt 4 tablespoons butter over medium high heat in the pan you seared the meat in. When it’s melted, add the chopped onion and quartered mushrooms. Add 1 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, 2 teaspoons paprika, and 1 tablespoon dried parsley. Saute for 5-8 minutes, until onions and mushrooms are soft.
  • Add 1 tablespoon smashed and minced garlic. Saute for 1 minute until fragrant. Add 1 or 2 tablespoons tomato paste. I love to use these refrigerated tubes of tomato paste, so I don’t have to throw away the rest of a 6-oz can.
  • Add 1/2 cup red wine (I used cooking wine) and 1/2 cup water. Add 2 teaspoons Better Than Bouillon Beef Base.* Let the mixture come to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to a simmer and let cook for another 5-7 minutes until it has reduced a bit.
  • Transfer the mixture to the slow cooker, adding in every last drop. Stir it together with the beef.
  • Cover and cook on low for 8 hours, or on high for 4 hours.
  • Fill a large pot with water and about a tablespoon of salt (it should taste like seawater.) Bring the water to a  boil and add the pappardelle pasta. Stir constantly to make sure the noodles don’t stick. Cook according to package instructions, usually about 3 minutes. Boil until al dente, don’t over cook.
  • Drain and add olive oil, stirring to coat.
  • Add some pasta to a serving plate.** Top with beef stroganoff. The chunks of beef may be big, but it’s so fork tender your guests can take care of it themselves at the table.
  • Add a big dollop of sour cream to each plate. Top with fresh parsley and fresh chives.


*You can replace the 1/2 cup water and 2 teaspoons beef base with 1/2 cup of high quality beef broth. But I really love the extra concentrated flavor the beef base adds. Try it!
**If you prefer, you can add the sour cream and pasta straight to the beef stroganoff and mix it all together. But I love how it looks plated with the sour cream on top, and this way your guests can add as much or as little sour cream as they like. 


Serving: 1g | Calories: 689kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 191mg | Sodium: 659mg | Potassium: 925mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 904IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 107mg | Iron: 5mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Calories: 689
Keyword: Beef, classic, stroganoff
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  1. 5 stars
    This beef stroganoff recipe is awesome; so delicious! I followed the recipe as written and I even found Pappardelle pasta! The chuck roast steps beef stroganoff up to another level of tender fall apart chunks of meat and the sauce, it’s divine! I seared the meat and other ingredients in my cast iron pan, deglazing it with wine. I did use tomato paste and Better Than Boullion, and I did add some sour cream to the sauce but served extra for an additional dollop. I can’t wait for tomorrow so I can eat leftovers! I absolutely loved the recipe and plan to use it when I’m making Stroganoff! It’s a keeper, thank you very much!

    1. Hurray Eleanor, love hearing how much you enjoyed this! Thanks for sharing your tips and tricks.

  2. Looking to make for 8 people and I thought I should do a 4 lb roast. Do you think I should double everything else as well? Or will there be too much liquid?

    1. Hi Brittany! Yes, you should double the other ingredients as well if you’re using a 4+ pound roast. Sounds like 8 people are lucky to know you! Enjoy :-)

    1. Hi Chris! The beef chuck roast in this recipe benefits from a long time in the crockpot; this way the connective tissues can break down and the meat will be tender and delicious. Meat can be slow braised on the stovetop, but this recipe hasn’t been tested that way. If you try it, come back and let us know how it turns out!

  3. Hi, most importantly, I want to tell you that I have loved your blog from the early days. It’s been such fun to see your family grow. I read it as much for your stories as the recipes.

    I do have a question. I looked up cooking wine online (my husband doesn’t consume alcohol) to see how it was different. The ones I found actually had a higher alcohol level than regular wine). Since not all the alcohol cooks off even with a long braise, I’ve never been able to use my drinking wine in any dishes for him. Can you share the brand of your non-alcohol cooking wine? Love your recipes.

    1. DJ! My heart! Thank you so much for following along all these years, you are the sweetest! And thank you so much for appreciating my stories, it’s one of the happiest things in my life when someone enjoys the food AND the fun we have here :)

      Cooking wine is still wine, it just usually has a higher salt content and isn’t good for drinking. If wine is not an option for you, I would use half beef broth and half (really high quality) concord grape juice in it’s place. (If you have time, cook down the juice on the stove for a few minutes to make it more concentrated.) You could even throw in a tablespoon of red wine vinegar to your beef for more flavor. Even if you use only beef broth in place of the wine though, this recipe is still going to turn out great! I hope you find something that works for you!

  4. 4 stars
    It could have been 5 stars if the recipe had less salt, which was overwhelming. Otherwise, using REAL wine, it was a very good recipe. A keeper for sure.

  5. 5 stars
    This was the best!!!! Followed the recipe to a tee. I forgot to get out the sour cream though. I can’t even explain how good it was. I can’t wait for the left overs for dinner tonight. The prep time was more than I thought – maybe an hour. But it was well worth it!

  6. 5 stars
    This is a great recipe! I’ve made several times and the family loves it!
    Question: Can I do steps 1-10 and then put it in the fridge overnight so that I can cook it the next day? I don’t have time for the same day prep and cook and thought that might be an option. Let me know your thoughts. Thanks!

    1. Hi Judy! I’m so glad you are loving the recipe! And yes, you can totally stick this in the fridge overnight after step 10. great idea!!

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