Mum's beef in ale in the slow cooker

Mum's beef in ale in the slow cooker


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About this recipe: My all time favourite main, my mum cooks this whenever I come home now. Simple, no hassle full flavour.

TLR Cheshire, England, UK

Serves: 4 

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 sticks celery, chopped
  • 1 handful button mushrooms, halved
  • 450g (1lb) stewing beef
  • gravy granules
  • 1 can ale (Guinness® works brilliantly)

Prep:30min  ›  Cook:8hr  ›  Ready in:8hr30min 

  1. Place veg into slow cooker. Add beef to slow cooker.
  2. Make gravy to desired consistency by adding gravy granules to ale and making to a pint with boiling water. Add gravy to slow cooker.
  3. Cook in slow cooker for 6 to 8 hours. If gravy is a bit thin, add some more gravy granules.

Serving suggestion

Works great with any style of potato (especially mash). Any veg can be removed from the list, I only ever cook this recipe with onions, but I'm a fussy eater, also the thickness of the chopping is down to personal preference.

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Reviews (4)


Loved it. Very tasty and so easy - 02 Nov 2014


Delicious! I served mine in a giant Yorkshire pudding. - 11 Jan 2016


Super easy, super yummy! Left out the mushrooms and served it over mashed potatoes and turnips. Even my 2 year old nephew loved it and couldn't get enough. - 04 Sep 2014

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