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Slow Cooker Beef and Potatoes with Cheese

This is a hearty and delicious beef and potato meal that is made in the slow cooker and tastes like comfort in a bowl. Slow cooker recipes make life so much easier for busy women and moms, and this is a great way to provide a filling and hearty dinner your entire family will love! 

Beef and potatoes in a white bowl on a cutting board.

This is the perfect meal for busy weeknights!

The next time you are having difficulty figuring out what to serve for dinner, this is the perfect comfort food for a delicious complete meal easily made in the slow cooker.

​You most likely will have the simple ingredients in your pantry and refrigerator, otherwise, they are found at the grocery store.

​No fancy ingredients are required for this easy weeknight meal.

​Try this hearty meal with my crusty French baguettes, my delicious no fail crusty bread recipe, or my healthy sourdough French bread for a great finishing touch!

Beef and potatoes in a white bowl on a cutting board.

What is Slow Cooker Beef and Potatoes with Cheese?

This budget friendly recipe is a combination of ground beef, peeled and sliced russet potatoes, beef broth, and shredded cheddar cheese.

The best part is that it only takes 15 minutes of prep time and then it slow cooks for 4 hours.

You can start it right after lunch and it will be ready by supper time!

Beef and potatoes in a white bowl on a cutting board.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • The whole family will love it and ask for left-overs the next day.
  • Most husbands love a meat and potatoes recipe, and this one makes a hearty dish!
  • It is an easy recipe to double up and you can share it with another family who may need a meal or freeze it for another night.
Beef and potatoes in a white bowl on a cutting board.

Tell Me About This Slow Cooker Beef and Potatoes with Cheese

  • Taste– This recipe is a blend of rich and savory flavor.
  • Texture– Each bite is full of fork-tender beef and potatoes.
  • Ease– The hardest part of making this meal is when you brown the 2 pounds of ground beef in a large skillet. The rest is simply adding the cooked ground beef and remaining ingredients to the slow cooker.
  • Time– You only need 15 minutes of prep time and 4 hours of cook time on high heat in the slow cooker.
Food and cheese in a slow cooker.

Ingredients for Slow Cooker Beef and Potatoes with Cheese

  • Ground Beef– Ground beef is the main protein source and bulk of this perfect recipe.
  • Russet Potatoes– The peeled and sliced russet potatoes are layered with the meat, onions, and cheese.
  • Fresh White Onion– Onions add so much flavor to this simple recipe.
  • Salt– Salt adds flavor and brings out the other flavors in the recipe.
  • Black Pepper– Black pepper adds some light spiciness to the dish.
  • Garlic Powder– Garlic tastes great in any meal and adds savory flavor.
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese– Cheese is a key addition to this great recipe.
  • Beef Broth– The broth helps to join all the ingredients together and cook the potatoes. 
Beef and potatoes in a white bowl on a cutting board.

Make Slow Cooker Beef and Potatoes with Cheese in 3 Easy Steps

  1. Mix ground beef with seasonings– Cook the raw ground beef, and then mix the ground beef with the seasonings and stir well.
  2. Layer the ingredients in slow cooker– Layer the potatoes, onions, meat and cheese; then repeat with another layer of potatoes, onions, meat, and cheese.
  3. Add broth and cook– Pour the broth over the top, cover, and cook on high heat for 4 hours, or until the potatoes are tender. Enjoy!

Variations for Beef and Potatoes with Cheese

  • Red Potatoes– Red potatoes are a good substitute for the russet potatoes. They make not take as long to cook, so check the potatoes after around 3 hours of cooking time.
  • Gold Potatoes– If you do not have russet potatoes, gold potatoes will also work. Again, check them around 3 hours of cooking time with a fork to see if they are tender. 
  • Yellow Onion– If you have a yellow onion in the pantry, it will work as a substitute for the white onion.
  • Onion Powder– Although you cannot layer onion powder, it can be used instead of sliced onions.
  • Steak, Pot Roast, or Beef Stew Meat– These are other hearty options to use for the meat if you would prefer instead of ground beef.

Tips for Making Beef and Potatoes with Cheese

  • You can switch up the seasonings or even the meat to make this meal suit your needs.
  • It is such a filling meal that you may not want to add other side dishes, however, you can add veggies to the dish if you would like.
  • You can use a homemade broth or store-bought beef broth.
  • Garnish with fresh herbs like parsley if you want to be fancy!

Add-Ins for Beef and Potatoes with Cheese

  • A1 Steak Sauce– This sauce is often used with beef and provides a bold flavor.
  • Red Wine– Red wine adds depth to the flavor of recipes that contain beef.
  • Worcestershire sauce– This sauce contains anchovies, vinegar, soy, and sugar. It is also often used in recipes that contain beef.
  • Steak Seasoning– If you decide to substitute steak in your recipe, some people enjoy steak seasoning. 
  • Bacon– Bacon tastes great in any recipe and would also add a salty savory flavor.
  • Honey– A tad bit of honey could add a slight bit of sweetness to the recipe.
  • Brown Sugar– A small amount of brown sugar would add some sweetness and thicken the recipe a bit.
  • Carrots– If you want to add some veggies to the recipe, sliced carrots or baby carrots would be a good choice. You may need to add some more beef broth to assure that they become tender.
  • Celery– Celery adds a type of herbal flavor to recipes, so you may want to add it to this beef, potatoes, and cheese recipe.

How to Store Leftover Beef and Potatoes with Cheese

Once the beef, potatoes, and cheese recipe is cooled, you can put it in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for three to four days.

How to Reheat Beef and Potatoes with Cheese

Reheat your leftovers in a pan on the stove or in the microwave in a microwave safe dish.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can this recipe be frozen?

Yes, it can. Just make sure that it is cooled first. You can put it in a freezer bag or a freezer safe airtight container for up to 3 months.

What makes this recipe so delicious?

Slow cooking these simple ingredients allows all of the flavors to blend together beautifully.

Can I use an instant pot instead of a slow cooker?

Yes, you can. Make sure you brown the ground beef first. Then follow the recipe as if you were using the slow cooker. Close the valve and cook for 20 minutes on high pressure. Release the pressure after the 20 minutes is over. Then serve and enjoy!

Slow Cooker Beef and Potatoes Recipe

Beef and potatoes in a white bowl on a cutting board.

Slow Cooker Beef and Potatoes

Liz Quick
A hearty and delicious beef and potato meal that is made in the slow cooker and tastes like comfort in a bowl.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
0 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people
Calories 100 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 slow cooker,

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pounds ground beef, browned
  • 3 pounds peeled and sliced russet potatoes, ½ inch slices
  • 1 large white onion, sliced
  • teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup beef broth

Instructions
 

  • Mix the ground beef with the seasonings and stir well.
  • In the bottom of your crockpot, add half of your potatoes. Follow the potatoes with half of the onions, meat, and cheese.
  • Repeat with a second layer of potatoes, onions, meat, and cheese.
  • Pour the broth over the top and cover.
  • Cook on high for 4 hours or until the potatoes are tender.

Notes

You can switch up the seasonings or even the meat to make this meal suit your needs.
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