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Slow Cooker Beef Borscht
beets / carrots / potatoes

Active: 25 min Total: 6 hr 45 min

Borscht - an Eastern European / Russian soup - is probably my favorite soup. I love the beautiful color and depth added by beets; even if you don't love beets, you will love the sweet-savoriness of this soup, I promise!
Smarts: We don't offer non-slow cooker steps for this recipe because we think using a slow cooker is the best way to make this beef soft and tender.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
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Slow Cooker Beef Borscht:
  • Beef stew meat - 1 lb, cubed
  • Onions - 1, chopped
  • Beets - 3/4 lb, peeled and chopped
  • Carrots - 1/2 lb, chopped
  • Potatoes - 1/2 lb, peeled and chopped
  • Red cabbage - 6 oz ((6 oz = ~3 cups, sliced))
  • Parsley (opt) - 2 Tbsp, chopped
  • Beef broth / stock - 4 cups
  • Tomato paste - 1/4 cup
  • Bay leaf - 1
  • Sour cream - 4 Tbsp

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Prep

  1. Beef - Sprinkle with salt and pepper and tenderize with a fork. (Can be done up to 1 day ahead)
  2. Onions / Beets (follow this turnip video) / Carrots / Potatoes / Cabbage / Parsley (opt) - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead - potatoes may yellow, but they’ll taste fine)

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Make

  1. Optional step: Heat a skillet and sear meat in some heated oil, until it’s golden brown on the outside.
  2. Transfer meat (seared or not) to slow cooker. Add in onions, beets, carrots, potatoes, beef broth / stock, tomato paste, and bay leaf. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.
  3. Add cabbage and cook on high for another 20 to 30 minutes.
  4. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Divide into bowls and enjoy with sour cream and parsley!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (65)
Gluten-free (7)
Paleo (12)
Vegetarian (14)

44 reviews

You have to like beets to like this soup. I thought the tomato paste would overpower but not at all. I skipped the sour cream for a vegan option. Easy way to get in a lot of vegetables and this makes a lot of soup!!!!

By: Gabrielle
Posted: Jul 27, 2020
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Very tasty Borscht! Though I did use ground beef instead of what was called for. Unfortunately there was a decent amount of fat. I will probably use the beef that the recipe calls for next time.

By: Marina
Posted: Jul 29, 2019
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I loved it the rest of my family thought it was weird. I think they're afraid of tubers.

By: Tawni
Posted: Feb 26, 2016
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

I made this vegetarian version first. I was unsure about the Sour cream on it at first. And it was so good! 2nd try remaking. I added some left over ground turkey. And omg. So much better.

By: Karen
Posted: Feb 11, 2016
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Excellent recipe!

By: Tomoko
Posted: Aug 06, 2015
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I really liked this, my husband not so much, he doesn't like crockpot meat (weird). PS - I agree on more salt.

By: Kathy.
Posted: May 22, 2015
Diet: Original
0 Helpful