Slow Cooker Beef & Barley Soup

Slow Cooker Beef & Barley Soup

Use your slow cooker to make this hearty and nutritious soup.

30 min. prep time
10 servings
252 Ratings


2 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter
1 pound beef stew meat, cut into 1/4- to 1/2-inch pieces
1 teaspoon garlic salt
2 to 3 medium (1 cup) carrots, chopped
2 cups water
2 (10 1/2-ounce) cans French onion soup*
1/2 cup medium barley
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 cup frozen corn
1 cup frozen green beans
Salt, if desired
Pepper, if desired


Melt butter in 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until sizzling; add beef and garlic salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until beef is browned. Place beef and juices in slow cooker. Stir in all remaining ingredients. 

Cover; cook on Low heat setting 5-6 hours or High heat setting 4-5 hours, or until meat is very tender. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.

*Substitute 2 (10 1/2-ounce) cans beef broth and 1/2 cup finely chopped onion.

Recipe Tip

- If stew meat is larger than 1/4- to 1/2-inch pieces, it will take longer to become tender.

- To make ahead, brown beef as instructed; place into slow cooker insert or large bowl. Stir in all remaining ingredients. Cover; refrigerate overnight. To cook, allow insert and ingredients to come to room temperature. Cook as directed above.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories: 170

Fat: 5g

Cholesterol: 40mg

Sodium: 550mg

Carbohydrates: 18g

Dietary Fiber: 4g

Protein: 13g

Recipe #15465©2012Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

Quick, easy and delicious.
Love this soup! Make it at least once a month. Use dried french onion soup mix and water.
I used chicken instead of beef, tasted ok
This was delicious. I used my homemade beef stock and added 1 TB extra of the barley. Will definitely make again.

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