Cholent is a Saturday lunch standard in many Jewish homes. Every family has their signature cholent. This recipe took me twelve years to perfect, and includes secrets I learned from ten different families. Cholent is meant to be experimented with. Some interesting additions you may want to try are soy sauce, honey, Mrs. Dash®, paprika, or left-over beef gravy.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
13 hrs 40 mins
total:
14 hrs
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat the oil in a large soup pot over medium heat; cook and stir the onion and garlic until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the beef stew meat, and quickly brown the pieces on all sides. Stir in the potatoes, sweet potato, baked beans, ketchup, barbecue sauce, mustard, onion soup mix, seasoned salt, and steak seasoning, and pour in enough water to cover. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook on low heat until the beef is tender, 1 1/2 to 2 hours, stirring occasionally.

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  • Stir in the pearl barley, and transfer the stew to a slow cooker set on Low until the barley is tender, about 12 hours.

Nutrition Facts

464 calories; protein 24.2g; carbohydrates 64.6g; fat 13.1g; cholesterol 49.3mg; sodium 680.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
09/29/2009
Well I made this for dinner today. First if Fall had a taste this is what it would taste like! I browned the beef added the onions garlic & salt. Put in CP added the rest Including the pearl barley. I ran it on high for a couple hours and turned it down to low when I left for work. I checked it a couple of times. Please do not cook beef till tender before you add it to the cp. I did it the way I said and the meat was more then fork tender. I had it cooking from 6am till 4:30pm. My hubby liked it a lot! This stew has soo many flavors going on. You get a chunk of beef in one bite and then you get a yam. As I was making this dish I was thinking these items don't go together but some how they work very well with each other.:) I served it with mixed veggies and buttered sourdough bread. I will make this again:)Thank You Very much Basg! One perfect meal for the up coming season!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/06/2009
Gave it three stars only because the recommendation to use 1/2 cup of barley was off. It should be a 1/4 or less or not at all. I like barley but doing this in the crock pot with so many starchy potatoes made this turn mushy. And on top of that the barley absorbed a lot of the sauce/gravy. I would also step up the seasoning and probably double most of the recommendations. Read More
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13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
09/29/2009
Well I made this for dinner today. First if Fall had a taste this is what it would taste like! I browned the beef added the onions garlic & salt. Put in CP added the rest Including the pearl barley. I ran it on high for a couple hours and turned it down to low when I left for work. I checked it a couple of times. Please do not cook beef till tender before you add it to the cp. I did it the way I said and the meat was more then fork tender. I had it cooking from 6am till 4:30pm. My hubby liked it a lot! This stew has soo many flavors going on. You get a chunk of beef in one bite and then you get a yam. As I was making this dish I was thinking these items don't go together but some how they work very well with each other.:) I served it with mixed veggies and buttered sourdough bread. I will make this again:)Thank You Very much Basg! One perfect meal for the up coming season!! Read More
(30)
Rating: 3 stars
11/06/2009
Gave it three stars only because the recommendation to use 1/2 cup of barley was off. It should be a 1/4 or less or not at all. I like barley but doing this in the crock pot with so many starchy potatoes made this turn mushy. And on top of that the barley absorbed a lot of the sauce/gravy. I would also step up the seasoning and probably double most of the recommendations. Read More
(18)
Rating: 4 stars
02/01/2010
This was pretty good although I don't think my kids liked it. They SAID they liked it but then they only ate about half of their portions and put the rest back. That's okay...more leftovers for me to enjoy!! I used beef broth instead of water for more flavor and had to leave out the sweet potato because I forgot to buy one. I also did not do the stovetop step. I browned the beef and put it in the crock pot then sauteed the onions and garlic and added them to the crock pot with the rest of the ingredients. I cooked it on high for about 5-1/2 hours and everything was perfectly tender. Contrary to the feelings of another reviewer I found the amount of barley to be just right. I'll probably make this again with the sweet potato because I'm sure it adds some great flavor to the dish. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/11/2010
I am always looking for new slow cooker recipes so when I found this I thought I would give it a try. I was unfamiliar with cholent which I have now concluded is a kind of versatile beef stew. Had I known this I probably would not have made it because my family are not big beef stew lovers. If yours is however it is definitely worth trying. It was the best beef stew I have tried. I did think it had a sourness to it that I didn't care for so I added a tbsp of brown sugar and 2 more tbsp of bbq (sweet) sauce. If I made it again I would use a 32oz. can (double the recipe) of brown sugar baked beans no additional brown sugar and 3tbsp of a sweet bbq sauce. I also added a bag of frozen corn which was a great addition. I browned the stew meat with the onions garlic salt and pepper. Then I added the remaining ingredients (I did omit the barley after reading another review) covered with water and cooked it on low for about 9 hours in my crockpot. I turned it up to high and removed the lid for an additional hour just to let it thicken up. Everything was tender and flavorful. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/19/2011
Decent but surprisingly bland even with all the ingredients. I even added a bay leaf and some thyme but it was super plain...maybe if you doubled everything but to me it wasn't worth trying again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/04/2012
delicious!! cholent is a tricky dish to make just right and this recipe is perfect! the consistency is right on target not too watery or too thick and the flavors all mesh together wonderfully to make this the highlight of our Saturday afternoon meal. thank you basg for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/13/2010
Never heard of Cholent before I saw this recipe but it got me with the sweet potato! This was very good and I'll be making it as soon as our weather gets colder. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/02/2010
This was mediocre at best. I must admit the ingredient list (the combination alone) intrigued me. This didn't taste terrible... it's just BLAND! My fiance added s&p to taste and said that seemed to do the trick. My issue with this is that it's no more than a mere pot full of "odds and ends." Everything works together but doesn't necessarily complement each other. This reminds me of Saturday's as a kid. My mom would clean out the fridge combine leftovers from that week and either make a soup stew or casserole with them. Not that my memories are horrid (my mom always managed to make something good) but I'm not looking for a repeat of that. If I were I'd do just that and wouldn't bother with a recipe. NOTE: My fiance had a difficult time fining barley at our well-stocked grocery store (I had to send him out for last night because I forgot to pick some up when grocery shopping this past weekend). Turns out pearl barley is located in the ethnic aisle next to the Jewish / kosher items. NOTE #2: It is not necessary to cook on the stove first. Just brown your onions / garlic / meat and add to a well-greased slow cooker with everything else. Add either water or broth (I used beef broth) cover and cook on low for 11-12 hours. Served wtih slices of fresh caraway rye bread this was filling nonetheless. Thanks for sharing your authentic quirky recipe Basg. At least I was able to broaden my "ethnic" horizions.:-) Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/24/2011
I have made a similar version of this which I called Poverty's Cholent Delight. Instead of water I used beef broth for taste and added A1 Steak Sauce and Worcestershire Sauce to compliment the meat. I also added some Rosemary and more Italian seasoned herbs to it so it would not have such an acidic taste from the sauces. I went heavy on the Paprika as I always do but that's the way I like it. When the final product was finished I had enough to feed me for a week and I am not lying. Hence the name Poverty's Cholent Delight. Read More
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