Crock Pot Beef and Broccoli

I first want to update everyone and thank you all for your prayers.  We were able to come home from the hospital last Thursday and it is SO GOOD to be back!  For those of you that don’t know, my husband came down with Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS), had to be life flighted from our local hospital to a better suited hospital  for his needs.  In the midst of suffering with heart rate and breathing issues from the GBS, his spleen spontaneously ruptured (no known cause).  He had emergency surgery to remove his spleen upon which the found 6.5 liters of blood pooled into my husband’s abdomen.  He also had to be put on a ventilator.  After many miracles, my husband recovered quickly and physical therapy said we had the okay to head home :)  He still has numbness and tingling in his feet, but is a WALKING miracle.  The doctors told us they have never seen a GBS patient leave as quickly as my husband had, having gone through all he went through.  Thank you all so much for your prayers and thoughts.  I truly believe that all the prayers that went his direction was a huge factor in the miracles that have happened and why we are now home.

Thank you


Now, we can talk about this amazing dinner!  My husband asked me to deem this recipe as a “Hubby Favorite” on the blog, so here it is.  This meal is absolutely incredible and one we all gobbled up!  We love Chinese food, and I always feel a little bit better eating it when it is homemade and I know the ingredients that go into it.  The best part about this recipe… It is done in the Crock Pot!  That is right!  Put it in and let it cook all day and then serve it up when dinner time rolls around!  Doesn’t get much more perfect than that!


1 lb. boneless beef chuck roast, sliced into thin strips
1 cup beef consomme
1/2 cup soy sauce, reduced sodium
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp. sesame oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
2 Tbsp. water
Fresh broccoli florets (as many as desired)
Hot cooked rice

Place beef in crock pot.
In a small bowl, combine consomme, soy sauce, brown sugar, oil and garlic.  Pour over beef.
Cover and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours.
In a cup, stir cornstarch and water until smooth.  Add to crock pot.  Stir well to combine.
Blanch broccoli florets and add to the crock pot.  Stir to combine.
Cover and cook for an additional 20 minutes on HIGH or until thickened.
Serve over hot, cooked rice.


(recipe from 365 days of Slow-Cooking cookbook)

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  1. Desire Empire

    Great news about your least he will eat well. Perhaps that's why he's so strong.Carolyn

  2. Aimee

    Nikki, so happy your prayers are answered, the way you want :) Yeah for hubs being home!This dinner looks fantastic, and your photos are wonderful.Aimee

  3. Seaweed and Raine

    Praying that your husband continues to improve rapidly - God is good. There is no doubt. I love that he carries us through the rubble our sinful world hurls in our direction at times. Reminds me of this...! :)

  4. Rita

    I'm so glad to hear your DH's doing so much better after his ordeal!Thanks for the recipe. It looks yummy!

  5. Rona Gregory

    Great that hubby is home, yes indeed a speedy recovery so far with everything that happened. Sending positive thoughts that the recovery continues just as speedily.Love your recipes, thank you for sharing them. I tried the Honey Crock pot chicken the other night...delicious! Can't wait to try this one!

  6. Shannah @ Just Us Four

    Great news on your husbands recovery! I am so happy to hear he is home and doing better!As for the recipe, it looks delicious. We are HUGe Chinese food fans so this will go in the "must try" list.

  7. rainbow35fw

    Glad to hear your husband is doing good and I hope he continues to do well!!!

  8. Kate H.(

    Praise The Lord for your husbands recovery! My Daddy went through close to the same thing in January of '10. We thought he just had a kidney stone and little did we know his whole body was mysteriously shutting down. He was n ICU for 8 days and on a ventilator for 5. I cried every time I saw him, but Praise ate Lord again. My Dad is a miracle as well. He fully recovered! As for this meal, I will certainly have to try it,

  9. Marla

    Great news about your husband~thanks for sharing the good news. Also, thanks for this recipe! This is one of my hubby's favorite~can't wait to try it!

  10. angiek1966

    I am so happy for you and your husband that he is doing better. Our God is an Amazing God!!! I don't mean to sound selfish but I have missed you and I'm really glad you're back!! Will keep praying for continued recovery and health!!

  11. Dan

    Wow, that must have been terrifying. I'm glad he's doing well.

  12. Rose @

    That's so awesome about your husband - praise the Lord - our God is awesome! Now, about the recipe... I live in rural, southern MS and cannot find consomme in my grocery stores. Is there a substitute? How is consomme different from broth? We too LOVE Chinese food but can't get it in our tiny town (that's still 10 miles from my house), so I'd LOVE to try to make it more often at home and this recipe looks fantastic!

  13. Jenn

    Nikki - I am so glad your hubby is home and is doing better. I can't imagine what you were going through.

  14. Benjamin Riley

    So sorry to hear that your husband had such terrible health issues. On a more cherry note, this recipe looks amazing. I would love to add this recipe to our iPhone app.

  15. Mandy Lewis

    That is wonderful news...we have a dear friend going through leukemia right now and know how hard it is to handle everything associated with these terrible illnesses. And a quick question....because I know my husband would love this....can you use frozen broccoli instead of fresh and blanched broccoli? I am all about saving steps!!

  16. Rona Gregory

    Hey Rose...I have a similar problem...we do have a grocery store in town (five minutes in the car) BUT they don't stock EVERYTHING you need! They do however have consomme but I have forgotten to get and don't have time to go this morning AND get this going before I go to work. SO I am going to try beef stock! Will let you know how it turns out LOL!

  17. Rona Gregory

    OK Rose...I fibbed! Just went to the cupboard and I had purchased some beef broth (It's an age thing - I forgot!)! anyhow I opened it and it's exactly the same thing as beef consomme as far as I am concerned (Consomme just means clear soup, which is what broth is also). so I have thrown that in. I think you probably could use a light/weakish beef stock if you couldn't get this...but not like a whole stock cube so it's dark...I think that would be too salty with the soy as well! Hope this helps

  18. Rose @

    Thanks so much Rona! I bought a roast today and I'm gonna grab the beef broth in town tomorrow and make this on Sunday! I can't wait for homemade Chinese food!

  19. Kristy R

    Glad your husband is home! Thanks for sharing...your newest follower! Found you at TT&J!

  20. Sheila Estrem

    Nikki, Thanks for sharing! God bless you and your family. I hope all is going very well now. Miracles do happen! When I was about your age we were living in Hawaii, top Neurologists diagnosed our baby with spinal muscular atrophy with a 99.9% accuracy rate we were told our baby would die soon from SMA, we had everyone we knew loved God, pray for him and laid hands on him in prayer, he did not die. He showed no signs of SMA after two weeks of praying and believing in Gods miracles. He is now 23 and such a blessing to us all! He is the sweetest young man you could ever meet! God's blessings to you!

  21. anita

    I just wanted you to know that I am glad your husband is okay....My son had guillain-barre syndrome 3 years ago at age 12...he was also a miracle...after 10 days in the hospital in May he came home with a wheelchair and a the beginning of the school year at the end of August he was able to go back to school without both....He had a form called the Miller-Fischer variant in which his eyes were paralyzed as was such a scary time for me so I know what you went through...

  22. ADiuguid

    I don't often leave comments but I had to come back to your page to tell you how much we loved this recipe! My kids ate it wholeheartedly! I will definitely make it again... The meat was tender, the saucy was tangy and overall, resembled Chinese take-out except that it was better. GREAT recipe!

  23. joan wanat

    I need crock pot recipes for pasta

  24. tina

    Thanks to you, this is my husband's favorite recipe, too! It is so delicious. Thanks so much for sharing! The recipe is perfect as-is. No need to change anything!

  25. Cris Ziegler

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious. Enjoyed by even the picky l.ittle one. Is there a way to get the nutritional info?

  26. Tayo O.

    What is the serving size on this recipe? It looks delicious!

  27. Caitlin

    Quick question...I see Sesame Oil listed in the ingredients but not included in the recipe. Are you supposed to brown the meat in it first?

  28. Kim

    Hi there. What is beef comsomme? Is it the same as beef stock? Thank u

    1. Allyson

      Hi Kim. Beef comsomme is very similar to beef broth. It can be found in the soup aisle. Just look in the good old Campbell soup section. Does anyone know the serving size to this recipe? I will be serving 5 adults, and wasn't sure if I should double the recipe.

    2. kim

      Thank you:)

  29. Emily

    I had a question, when I went to the store, I could only find condensed beef consomme, did you use condensed or regular? Thanks!

  30. Nicole

    Could you also make this recipe on HIGH ? If so, how many hours ?

  31. literry branham

    what is the Serving Size for this recipe

  32. Kayleigh

    I made this recipe on Saturday and the kids hated it - could barely choke it down! It was SUPER salty. Any recommendations? Maybe I'll only do half the soy sauce next time... ?

  33. Sara

    You have to add water to the beef consume....I'm going to do that this time

  34. Julia

    Any suggestions for doing this as a freezer meal? Thanks!

  35. Amanda

    As I was making it, I realized I didnt have sesame oil. So I used canola oil instead. Hopefully this is okay.

  36. Amanda

    I made this today. I was really looking forward to it, but it did not work out. I cooked it on low for 8 hours. Turns out that way too much. The broccoli was overcooked. You know that smell you smell when broccoli overcooks. Such a gross smell. My husband says he even thinks the beef was overcooked as well. Has this happened to anyone else? Im sure Im not the only one who has cooked this for 8 hours, but yet no one has mentioned this problem.

    Did I do something wrong or what?

    If I ever make this again, I think I will not cut up the beef when I put it in. Then when I go home, take the beef out. I will take frozen broccoli, steam it in the microwave and than add it to the crock pot. Then cut up the beef and put it back into the crock pot.

    I have never cooked broccoli in the crock pot before. And this is why. I honestly dont think you can cook it for 6 to 8 hours without it overcooking.

    1. Lisa

      It says to cook the beef on low for 6-8 hours and then at the end only cook the broccoli in the crock pot for 20 min on high while you're thickening the sauce. Try again- you won't be disappointed :)

  37. Fahtema

    I know I'm super late but I wanted to reach out to say thanks for the recipe but also follow up with your husbands GBS recovery. My husband also suffered from GBS in which he was completely paralyzed from the neck down, and yes by God's grace he has recovered but he too still had lingering symptoms.

  38. Heather

    We have put this recipe on our Meal Planning rotation! It is so easy and delicious and ALL of my kids will eat the broccoli this way! Thank you for a wonderful family-friendly recipe!

  39. Phylis Brower

    My question is do you stir in the cornstarch mixture after the meat has cooked in the crock pot for the 6-8 hours or when you start the beef cooking?

  40. Abigail

    Do you know the ballpark nutritional information for this recipe?

  41. Sheila Kilpatrick

    Your recipe looks delicious! I am going to make it this week. Beef & Brocolli is one of my favorites.
    Hope your husband is doing well. My 24 year old daughter had GBS when she was 9 years old. She spent 6 weeks in Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City and another 3 weeks in outpatient therapy. She recovered 100% and doing quite well. I can sympathize with him and your family and know first hand what he endured. God Bless!