Crockpot Beef Barley Soup

Prep Time
Cook Time
8h 20m
Ready In

"This is something I like to make when I buy a 2.5 to 3.5 boneless beef chuck roast. What I'll do is take off enough meat to make a pound of beef mince and 2 burgers, then chop the rest small and add to soup or in bigger chunks for stew. If I make stew beef, I will usually forego one of the other things so I have enough meat for stew. The beef mince and burger meat I will grind on my KA mixer or pulse in the food processor until it has a nice grind. I like that I can control the fat content in my beef mince but that is really beside the point of this soup recipe. The soup is good, and you can vary the ingredients a bit, just making sure you have enough water to cover. You could make it with beef stock instead of water, but I don't find the need myself."

Original is 5 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (282.2 g)
  • Calories 691.8
  • Total Fat - 34.8 g
  • Saturated Fat - 12.3 g
  • Cholesterol - 126.4 mg
  • Sodium - 757.7 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 55.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 13.2 g
  • Sugars - 2.8 g
  • Protein - 39.5 g
  • Calcium - 65.2 mg
  • Iron - 5.2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 4.4 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.8 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Heat oil in a large skillet and add beef, cooking until it is well browned.

Step 2

While beef is browning, place all ingredients except water, salt and pepper into the bottom of a 3 qt crock pot.

Step 3

Add enough water to cover, and stir gently until tomato paste is mixed in.

Step 4

Season to taste with salt and black pepper.

Step 5

Add beef to crockpot (adding it last helps keep the veggies down in the water.)

Step 6

Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until carrots and barley are tender.


No special items needed.

2 Reviews


I love beef with barley soup and this recipe was no exception. I loved how easy it was to prep in the morning, and we enjoyed this for a no-muss-or-fuss supper. I made exactly as directed (except my daughter "measured" the barley and I'm certain she put more in than called for) and wouldn't change a thing! Made for Billboard Tag in the forums.


review by:
(15 Aug 2023)


I chose this recipe cause I love barley, it's also the best one i've ever made, I made a few changes also....I sauteed all vegies first, added more barley...used chicken broth instead of water added in some dry thyme when I was sauteeing the vegetables and mushrooms together...I think thyme goes good with barley. it's totally delicious and THIS is the recipe i will use from now on, so a big thank you Sue Lau! I made this for Recipezazz Billboard tag game


review by:
(27 Jan 2015)

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