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Crock Pot Beef & Barley Soup

Warm, hearty and delicious! Crock Pot Beef & Barley Soup is classic comfort food that's healthy too! https://www.slowcookerkitchen.com/crock-pot-beef-barley-soup/
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 10 mins
Servings: 8 to 10 servings
Author: Gwen


  • 2 lb(s) beef roast OR stew meat
  • 2 cup(s) carrots chopped OR use frozen OR use baby carrots
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cup(s) celery chopped
  • 1 cup(s) onions diced (optional)
  • 2 cup(s) vegetable juice
  • 2 to 4 cup(s) beef broth
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cup(s) regular barley
  • Water to desired consistency


All Cooking Versions

  • Dice up your meat and carrots (if needed)
  • Optional step: Brown the beef and onions (it's yummy if you do...if you aren't sure how to check out Crockpot Ranch Beef Stew for the directions)

Crockpot Directions

  • Complete the "All Cooking Versions" steps
  • Toss everything in the crockpot and stir it up
  • Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours
  • Add more beef broth, vegetable juice, or water to get to your desired consistency.

Instant Pot

  • Do the "All Cooking Versions" above. You can use your saute function for about 5 minutes for step #2 if you want.
  • Stir well, close the lid, and vent.
  • Set to manual high and cook for 25 minutes. Quick-release and allow to sit for 10 minutes. Stir and serve.


  • Complete steps 1 and 2 from "all cooking versions"; in a large, deep skillet, over medium-high heat.
  • Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to low, cover, and allow to simmer 45-50 minutes.

Freezer Meal Directions

  • Complete steps 1 and 2 listed above; if you brown the meat, let it cool.
  • Then toss all the ingredients in a Ziploc bag, label, and freeze for up to 2 months.