Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff - Rich and creamy beef and mushroom stroganoff with egg noodles. Let your crock pot do all the work! |

The best recipes always seem to have a story behind them, and today, I have a funny one. It involves beef stroganoff, a purse and a bike ride.

This is my best friend Laurie. She likes good food and wine, even when it’s from a plastic champagne flute:

Several years ago, we lived a few blocks from each other. One night, we decided to ride our bikes across town to one of our favorite restaurants. It’s basically a little hole-in-the-wall in a nondescript strip mall near the railroad tracks. You know, that part of town. But they have amazing comfort food. Including the best beef stroganoff in the world. It’s decadent and creamy, and the meat just falls apart in your mouth.

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff - Rich and creamy beef and mushroom stroganoff with egg noodles. Let your crock pot do all the work! |

This beef stroganoff is so rich and delicious that you can only eat a small portion of it, yet it comes in a huge portion. So, Laurie had quite a big plate of leftover stroganoff in front of her when we finished our meal. She asked for a to-go box, and was presented with one of those flimsy styrofoam clamshell-type boxes. That’s when we remembered we had taken our bikes to dinner.

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff - Rich and creamy beef and mushroom stroganoff with egg noodles. Let your crock pot do all the work! |

Never one to waste food, Laurie decided to forge ahead anyway. She packed up her leftovers in this flimsy box, and then carefully nestled it inside of the large purse/bag she had brought. I knew exactly what was about to happen, but I couldn’t talk her out of it. We got back on our bikes and decided to ride to Dairy Queen for dessert.

As soon as we get there, I hear Laurie say “Uh oh. There’s…..a problem.” And sure enough, noodles, meat and creamy sauce was everywhere in that purse. All over her wallet, her phone and all the other accessories she was carrying. I laughed because I saw it coming, but felt bad about laughing, because the purse was really cute! I’ve lovingly referred to this situation as “The Beef Stroganoff Incident of 2008” ever since.

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff - Rich and creamy beef and mushroom stroganoff with egg noodles. Let your crock pot do all the work! |

This Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff is creamy and comforting, and a cinch to pull together. I used Gallo Family Vineyards Merlot, which lends a fruity richness to this hearty dish. Use this store locator to find a bottle yourself and serve this classic dish to your family and friends. Just warn them not to put the leftovers in their purse, under any circumstances.

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Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff - Rich and creamy beef and mushroom stroganoff with egg noodles. Let your crock pot do all the work! |

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 8 ounces button mushrooms, quartered
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 small English cut beef chuck roast (about 2 pounds), cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup Gallo Family Vineyards Merlot
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup low-sodium beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 package (16 ounces) old fashioned wide egg noodles
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


  1. In large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and season with salt and pepper. Cook 5 to 6 minutes or until browned; stirring occasionally. Transfer mushrooms to bowl of slow cooker.
  2. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to skillet. Add beef and season with salt and pepper. Cook 6 to 8 minutes or until browned; stirring occasionally. Add flour; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add wine and cook 1 minute, using spoon to scrape browned bits from bottom of skillet. Transfer meat and drippings to slow cooker.
  3. Add garlic, bay leaf, onion, broth, mustard, Worcestershire and vinegar to slow cooker; stir to combine. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours, or on high for 4 hours.
  4. Just before the slow cooker timer is up, cook noodles according to package instructions; drain.
  5. Use wooden spoon to coarsely break up beef in slow cooker. Add sour cream; stir to combine well.
  6. Serve stroganoff over egg noodles, garnished with parsley.

Adapted from Serious Eats.

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  1. I always make my stroganoff with ground beef, but it looks amazing with chuck! Definitely a must try recipe. And what a great story…I bet you never make this dish without a little giggle 🙂

  2. Oh my. Beef stroganoff inside a purse must have been such a huge mess. At least you both can laugh about it now.

  3. I have been trying to incorporate more slow cooker recipes into our dinners — looking forward to adding this fabulous recipe!

  4. Beef Stroganoff all in her purse!!! AH! but it sounds like it was a fabulous night and hey, it inspired you to make this delicious slow cooker beef stroganoff right? . . love this!

  5. Oh my gosh – your story is cracking me up! It sounds like what happened to your friends leftovers is something that would happen to me.

    And I have never actually had beef stroganoff before – is that a weird confession? I don’t know why – it is one of those classic comfort dishes I know everyone tends to love! Yours looks seriously yummy…

  6. Yum! I’m sure the slow cooker makes this meat so very tender! I use my slow cooker as often as possible, so need to whip this one up for a comfort food meal very soon!!!

  7. ha ha ha! What an awesome story! It’s memories like this that last a lifetime (at least). I love that cute bicycle glass – and the stroganoff sounds amazing.

  8. Great story! Delicious recipe. I love the recipe and the ingredients. Thanks for sharing!

  9. I have never made stroganoff but this is SOOO my kinda meal! Oh and the plastic flutes make me laugh because at our wedding, someone poured beer instead of champagne in our wedding flutes..muwahhaha Happy #SundaySupper :))

  10. Ugh, I am imagining what that mess looked like in the purse. Hoo-ee! Wipe that outta my mind. I want this bowl of delicious for dinner!

  11. I wish I had present for that bike ride . . . But, I have laughed every time you mention BSI08 – from that night when you got home and told me it happened to reading this post years later. Great story. And your version of the dish definitely did justice to the inspiration.

  12. Great story, Lori! We all do things like that we come to regret. Glad you both can laugh about it. I never made stroganoff in a slow-cooker sounds like a great idea!

  13. LOL I could just imagine the same thing happening to me!! You must have read my mind because I have been craving stroganoff! I love the fact that I can do it in the cock pot now thank to you 🙂

  14. That story is hysterical! And I love your recipe! What a great way to simplify this comfort food by using your slow cooker!

  15. I’d do it again…for some of that BEEF STROGANOFF! mmm! 🙂 Thanks Lori!

  16. That is a fabulous story. I would have done the same thing. I absolutely hate leaving leftovers behind, especially for something as delicious as beef stroganoff. Stroganoff in a purse sounds pretty terrible though! I’m definitely pinning this. I can never have too many slow cooker recipes and stroganoff is the Mr’s favorite!

  17. LOL oh no! Beef stroganoff is one thing I would not want to carry around in my purse. I’ve obviously never had this dish, but the ingredients all sound reeeeeally tasty. I’d like to try a vegetarian version!

  18. I make Beef Stroganoff almost the same way, and I also use chuck! 😀

  19. So fun! A fabulous story, great wine and a recipe that would brighten even a Monday. FAB!

  20. The question is, was it more depressing that the purse was ruined, or that there were no stroganoff leftovers? 🙂

  21. Oh gawd, I cringed as I was reading the story because I totally saw it happening. And I can totally see it happening to ME – I’m always putting all kinds of questionable crap into my bag, flimsy styrofoam take-out containers included! I just printed this recipe out. I cannot wait to try making this in my new slow cooker!

  22. Your story about your friend made me giggle! What kind of egg noodles do you use? I’m always looking for a good wide noodle but they all seem so narrow even when they say they are wide. The stroganoff looks amazing by the way.

  23. Tammy, I had the same problem – it seemed like all of the egg noodles were narrow and not what I wanted. Then my husband spotted the Mrs. Miller brand noodles at the store:

    They were a little bit more expensive than a bigger brand, but so worth it!

  24. The worst ever? You’ll laugh at this, because it actually involves OSU.

    Years ago, the Michigan basketball arena used to have THE BEST cinnamon roasted almonds. I would go to basketball games (almost) just for these almonds.

    I went to a UM/OSU game. I’m not sure who won, but I do clearly remember that I bought almonds, but since I had just had a big dinner, only ate a few. I wanted to take them home and eat them the next day or something.

    Yeah, in the commotion of grabbing my coat and all that jazz after the game, totally left them there, in the cupholder.

    I realized when I was about 20 minutes away from Ann Arbor.

    And I legitimately considered turning the car around to see if they were still there.

  25. I keep saying I need to get a slow cooker, but you have definitely inspired me! This looks so tender and delicious!

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