Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff


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Beef stew meat, brown gravy, and a few other pantry favorites are all you need to make this delicious Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff. This hearty meal served with crispy garlic bread is the perfect meal for weeknights or weekends.

If you like hearty meals like this, you’ll enjoy my Slow Cooker Beef Noodle Casserole and Slow Cooker Tater Tot Casserole.

Slow Cooker Beef stroganoff in slow cooker, dollop of sour cream on top.
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Why this is the best beef stroganoff

This delicious meal always comes in handy when I am craving something with a creamy sauce, beef, and pasta. It’s a wonderful recipe with minimal ingredients, quick prep time, and yields tender chunks of beef packed with so much flavor.

If I’m having friends or family over, this is a recipe I’ll make that will wow them and leave them asking for the recipe. Take the guesswork out of what you’ll cook for dinner tonight and make this beef stroganoff.

Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients with slow cooker: stew meat, veggies, brown gravy mix, sour cream, egg noodles, spices
  • Beef Stew Meat Cubes – or 2 pounds of beef roast into cubes.
  • Brown Gravy Mix – I use McCormick Brown Gravy Mix
  • Water – Use only 1.5 cups (note- this is less than what the packages of gravy call for, using less will produce a thicker sauce).
  • Seasonings – Thyme, oregano, and black pepper
  • Yellow Onion – Diced
  • Mushrooms – Use fresh mushrooms, sliced.
  • Egg noodles – Do not add to the slow cooker raw, cook on the stove-top according to package directions and drain well before adding, at the end of the cooking time
  • Sour Cream – This is the key ingredient in the dish, makes the sauce mellow and creamy. Add this at the end of the cooking time as well.

Step-by-Step Directions

brown gravy mix packets next to bowl of prepared gravy
  • Whisk together the two brown gravy mixes and the water until smooth.
  • Add the beef to the slow cooker, no need to brown.
beef stew meat in the slow cooker
  • Add the mushrooms, onions, and seasonings over the beef.
  • Pour over the gravy mix and water.
mushrooms and onions on top of beef stew meat.
  • Place the lid on the slow cooker.
  • Cook covered on HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 8 hours without opening the lid during the cooking time.
cooked gravy, beef, mushrooms and onions, before adding the sour cream and egg noodles.
  • Cook the noodles on the stove-top as directed on the package.
  • Add the sour cream into the sauce and stir until smooth.
  • Add the drained noodles. Stir and serve
finished beef stroganoff (mixed with egg noodles) in slow cooker

What do I serve with beef stroganoff?

  • Serve alone with no sides if you are in a hurry or low on groceries.
  • Green salad or green vegetables.

Meat Variations

  • Meatballs – Use 1 pound of frozen meatballs, but cut the timing back to 6 hours on low or 3 hours on high.
  • Ground beef – Be sure to brown and crumble the meat before adding to the slow cooker
  • Chicken – You can use boneless chicken breasts or thighs, and make chicken stroganoff. Change the brown gravy packets to chicken packets. Shred the chicken before adding the noodles and sour cream.
plated beef stroganoff on jadeite plate

Recipe FAQs

Can I use a different type of noodle?

Yes! You can use 8 ounces of any pasta you would like, even whole grain. Cook according to package directions and drain well before adding to the slow cooker.

Can I serve this over rice instead of adding pasta?

Yes! Just skip adding the pasta to the sauce and beef and spoon this beef stroganoff mixture over hot steamed rice.

Can I use low-fat or non-fat sour cream?

Yes, you can, but the consistency of the sauce will be thinner.

Are there other variations to this recipe?

Yes. You can play around with flavors by using mushroom soup, onion soup mix, fresh minced garlic (or garlic powder), and seasonings like fresh parsley or other fresh herbs.

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Beef stroganoff cooked with egg noodles in slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

4.78 from 22 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 6
Tender beef in a sour cream mushroom sauce with egg noodles.


  • 2 lbs. beef stew meat, (raw cubed beef)
  • 1.74 oz brown gravy packets, (two .87 oz. packets gravy packets)
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • ½ tsp. dried leaf thyme, (not ground)
  • ½ tsp. dried leaf oregano, (not ground)
  • ½ tsp. black pepper

Add these items after cooking time is up:

  • 16 oz. sour cream
  • 8 oz. egg noodles, cook according to package directions on the stove top


  • Add stew meat, onions and mushrooms to slow cooker.
  • Sprinkle over the thyme, oregano and pepper.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the water (only 1.5 cups, not what the packages say) and gravy mixes. Pour over the meat and veggies in the slow cooker.
  • Cook on low for 8 hours or HIGH for 4 hours without opening the lid during the cooking time.
  • Add the sour cream, stir until smooth.
  • Add the drained cooked noodles, stir and serve!

How to Video

Sarah’s Notes

Can I use a different kind of meat?
  • Meatballs – Use 1-2 pounds of frozen meatballs, cut the time down to 3 hours on high or 6 hours on low.
  • Ground beef – Be sure to brown and crumble the beef before adding to the slow cooker.
  • Chicken – You can use boneless chicken breasts or thighs. Use chicken or turkey gravy instead of beef. Shred the chicken before adding the noodles and sour cream.
Can I use low-fat or non-fat sour cream?
Yes, but the consistency of the sauce will be thinner.
Can I serve or rice instead of adding pasta?
Yes! Forgo adding the pasta. Add the sour cream just before serving and serve over steamed rice.
Could another type of pasta be used?
Yes, any type of pasta will work great (8 ounces). Cook according to package directions and drain well before adding to the sauce.


Calories: 311kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 111mg | Potassium: 327mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 494IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 107mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition info is auto-generated. This information is an estimate; if you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations.

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  1. Heather Hunter says:

    4 stars
    Made this with the Stroganoff seasoning as I didn’t have the brown gravy packets. Used only one because the size of one packet equaled two of the brown gravy packets . Kept the water the same and followed the recipe to the letter. It came out good but a little bland. Not sure if it was the different seasonings or something else. Next time I’m adding wine to it! This is a keeper…. thanks Sarah!

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      Thanks for letting me know! I’ve never tried the stroganoff packet before.

    2. Janna says:

      I would use garlic also. Either garlic powder or minced garlic.

  2. Kevin Morris says:

    3 stars
    I made this as directed. It was OK, but it just seems like it needed more flavor. More seasoning. Maybe add some beef bullion or garlic. Not really sure.

  3. James Smallwood says:

    5 stars
    Delicious, I used half beef and I it all ingredients except meat in blender for 5 seconds. Served over thick sliced fresh oven wheat bread with lemon pie salad.

  4. Christine Marie says:

    Can you skip the mushrooms and onions if you have a bunch that doesn’t like them?

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      Yes, though I would add a touch more water.

  5. Chet says:

    5 stars
    Very good I put half purple onion and half yellow put some Anaheim’s and Jalapeño’s I use two packages of Roasted Beef Gravy it was by Pioneer company it was two for a buck.

  6. Caroline Hamilton says:

    5 stars
    Was great and easy. I would add fresh parsley to the dish before serving next time. Thank you!

  7. Hawkins says:

    How long do we cook this is we use ground beef that’s already browned?

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      I would do 5 hours on low or three on high.

  8. Linda says:

    Have you ever just tried beef stew meat, golden mushroom soup and about an hour before over egg noodles add a block of cream cheese

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      Yes! I have tried that one! It’s really good too.

  9. Renee M Heydeman says:

    5 stars
    This is so good for dinner everyone enjoys it: so i just keep making it like every other week you would think they would get tired of it but not yet! thank you for the great recipes i have made alot of the recipes and not one of them was a failure!

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      Very happy to hear that! We love this meal too!

  10. VickyC says:

    5 stars
    Dear Sarah: I’m not quite sure how you have the time to create these, cook these, post these and then share them with the rest of us…but, I’m sure glad you do! Thanks from Vicky and family