Slow Cooker Beef Barley Soup

Slow cooker beef barley soup

Are you feeling the chill?  A little fall nip in the air?  Are you ready for some hearty soup?  This slow cooker beef barley soup recipe is souper easy to make (see what I did there…hee hee).  And once again, a wonderful smell wafts at you when you open the door after a long work day.  Have you noticed it’s getting darker much earlier now too?  Winter is coming…  I made this soup on Monday night and plopped the it in the slow cooker on Tuesday morning.  Tuesdays are always the roughest day of the week for me.  Never Monday for some reason.  So it was a great treat to come home to an already made comfort meal.

Directions for slow cooker beef barley soup

When I said this was easy, I meant it.  You literally just throw everything into the slow cooker, stir it up and then set it to cook.

Cut 1 1/2 lbs. of beef stew meat into 2″ cubes.  Or, you could buy the already cut up meat at the grocery store.  It’s a little more expensive but it’s convenient.  I won’t judge you if you do.  For the veggies, you can use your favorites for soup.  I used 1 c. green beans, 3/4 c. chopped onion, 2/3 c. fresh or frozen corn kernels,  and 1/2 c. chopped green bell pepper.

Vegetables for slow cooker beef barley soup

For the barley, you just need 2/3 c. of uncooked barley.  It expands when you cook it so trust me, that’s plenty.  Are you throwing this all into the slow cooker?  Just chop and toss it in there.  Now add 1 tsp. diced garlic, 1 1/2 c. water, 1 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. dried thyme, 1/3 tsp. black pepper, 2 cans low-sodium beef broth, 2 cans diced tomatoes (undrained), and an 8 oz. can of tomato sauce.  Stir it all up…now cover and set the slow cooker on low for 8 hours.

Beef barley soup ingredients ready to slow cook

On my way home from work I stopped and picked up a fresh baguette.  This soup goes great with some crusty bread and butter!

If you are in the mood for another hearty soup, try this New England Clam Chowder.


Slow Cooker Beef Barley Soup

  • Author: Kathleen
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Beef, Soup
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American



1 1/2 pounds beef stew meat cut into 2” chunks
1 cup fresh green beans cut into 1” pieces
3/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
2/3 cup uncooked barley
2/3 cup fresh or frozen corn
1 teaspoon diced garlic
1 1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 cans low-sodium beef broth
2 cans diced tomatoes, undrained
1 8oz. can tomato sauce


Mix all ingredients in slow cooker.
Cook on low for 8 hours.


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