This slow cooker Mongolian beef is an easy and flavorful dinner option! It’s paleo, whole30, AIP and can be adapted for a simple freezer meal.

What is Mongolian beef?

Mongolian beef is a delicious and simple dish made with beef sliced thin that’s in a savory and thick sauce. It’s served with green onion and often a side of rice and vegetables.

Mongolian beef has been one of my absolute favorites during my pregnancy! It’s packed with protein, flavor, and is easy to make into a healthy, simple dish. I decided to adapt this recipe for the slow cooker to make it even more convenient during the postpartum period. It’s also paleo, whole30, and AIP compliant.

How to make Mongolian beef in the slow cooker

  • Season the beef well and toss in arrowroot starch to thoroughly coat. Add to the bottom of the slow cooker along with the carrots.
  • Combine the coconut aminos, broth, apple cider vinegar, and seasonings (reserving the green onion) and mix well.
  • Pour the mixture into the slow cooker and stir well to coat.
  • Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on high for 2-3 hours or low for 4 hours. Stir in the green onion at the end.

How to turn this into a freezer meal.

This recipe is part of freezer meal week here on the blog, which is inspired by my own postpartum freezer prep! Here’s all you have to do…

  • Add all of the ingredients to a freezer bag.
  • Freeze flat in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • When ready to cook, transfer to the fridge and place it in a large container (like a casserole dish or a large bowl in case it leaks at all) to defrost.
  • Once the meat is totally thawed, cook as directed.

Here are a few safety things to note about freezer meals…

  • Never refreeze previously frozen food.
  • Always wait until the meat is totally thawed before putting it in the slow cooker.

Can you adapt this recipe for the instant pot? What about the stovetop?

I have not tried this particular recipe in the instant pot. If you’re going to be freezing it beforehand, it may be challenging to dump it in the instant pot and set it and forget it. However, if the instant pot and slow cooker aren’t your things, I do have a very similar recipe that can be made on the stovetop, here!

What can you serve as a side with this recipe?

  • Cauliflower rice. Always a good
  • Regular rice.
  • Steamed or sauteed broccoli.

The Ingredients for This Recipe

Flank steak

I always think this is the best cut of beef for Mongolian beef. You can often buy this pre-sliced at the butchers counter, but it’s also very easy to slice at home.

Coconut aminos

This is a soy sauce substitute that is soy and gluten-free.

Shredded carrots

This is an optional ingredient, but it helps to add some veggies to the recipe!

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Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef


  • Author: Michelle
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lb flank steak, sliced thin against the grain
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper (omit for AIP)
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot starch
  • 1/2 cup carrots, shredded
  • 1/2 cup coconut aminos
  • 1/2 cup beef broth (sub water)
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp coconut sugar (omit for whole30)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 thumb ginger, grated
  • 34 green onions, sliced into 1” pieces

Instructions

  1. Season the beef well and toss in arrowroot starch to thoroughly coat. Add to the bottom of the slow cooker along with the carrots.
  2. Combine the coconut aminos, broth, apple cider vinegar, and seasonings (reserving the green onion) and mix well.
  3. Pour the mixture into the slow cooker and stir well to coat.
  4. Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on high for 2-3 hours or low for 4-5 hours.
  5. Stir in the green onion and allow to soften.
  6. Serve with cauliflower rice or steamed broccoli.

Notes

All nutritional information are estimations and will vary. Estimations do not include optional ingredients.

  • Category: Main Dishes
  • Method: Slow Cooker

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 214
  • Fat: 5.8g
  • Carbohydrates: 14.2g
  • Fiber: 0.6g
  • Protein: 24.8g