Slow Cooker Beef, Barley, and Mushroom Stew


This concoction formed from what I had on hand on a cold afternoon. This beef, barley, and mushroom stew is now a home favorite and will hopefully be enjoyed by many generations.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 45 mins
6 servings


  • 5 medium potatoes, quartered

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 ½ pounds boneless beef sirloin steak, cut into 1-inch cubes

  • 2 (14 ounce) cans beef broth

  • 1 (10.5 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup

  • ½ cup quick-cooking barley

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 1 cup chopped fresh mushrooms

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, or to taste

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • ½ (16 ounce) package frozen mixed vegetables


  1. Place potatoes in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until they're almost falling apart, about 20 minutes.

  2. While potatoes are cooking, heat olive oil in a medium pan over medium-high heat. Add steak and brown on all sides, 5 to 7 minutes total.

  3. Pour beef broth and condensed soup into the bottom of a slow cooker and set to Low. Add barley. Drain potatoes and add to the cooker. Add steak, including pan juices and oil, followed by onion, mushrooms, garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper.

  4. Cover and cook on High for 1 hour. Add frozen vegetables and continue to cook until barley and vegetables are tender and steak is cooked through, about 2 hours more.

Cook's Note:

Season with whatever you like.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

444 Calories
13g Fat
54g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 444
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 49mg 16%
Sodium 825mg 36%
Total Carbohydrate 54g 20%
Dietary Fiber 9g 31%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 30g
Vitamin C 41mg 207%
Calcium 77mg 6%
Iron 5mg 26%
Potassium 1336mg 28%

* 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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