Slow Cooker Beef Barley Soup


This slow cooker beef and barley soup is the easiest recipe ever. My family likes it so much, they always ask me to bring it to Christmas Eve dinner. I usually make it with leftover boneless beef short ribs.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
6 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
6 hrs 30 mins


  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 ½ pounds boneless lean beef, cubed

  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 6 cups water, divided

  • 3 (10.5 ounce) cans beef broth

  • 6 medium carrots, chopped

  • 6 medium green onions, chopped

  • 4 stalks celery, chopped

  • 1 cup barley

  • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme


  1. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add beef and sauté until browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic powder, salt, and pepper, then transfer mixture to a slow cooker.

  2. Add a few tablespoons water to the skillet. Stir over medium heat, scraping up any browned bits with a spoon. Transfer liquid and browned bits to the slow cooker.

  3. Add remaining water, broth, carrots, green onions, celery, barley, and parsley. Cover and cook on Low until vegetables and barley are tender, 6 to 8 hours.

  4. Stir in thyme just before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

306 Calories
18g Fat
20g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 306
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Cholesterol 46mg 15%
Sodium 615mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 9mg 45%
Calcium 56mg 4%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 566mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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