Tender Slow Cooker Beef Cheeks

If you have never had beef cheeks before, then this slow cooker beef cheeks recipe is the perfect one to start with. By the time it’s ready to eat you will have tender flavor packed pieces of meat.

Slow Cooker Beef Cheeks

Beef cheek is a budget cut of a cow and can be quite tough. Usually, slow cooking is recommended to get the meat nice and tender. There are many ways you can slow cook beef cheek, but my favorite is with some vegetables and excellent red wine gravy.

This dish is great for feeding a crowd. A single batch of this recipe should feed roughly six people. If you add some sides, then you might be able to feed even more.

Many side dishes go well with these slow cooker beef cheeks. A smooth potato mash works excellent with the tender beef. Alternatively, white rice, couscous or even some healthy cauliflower rice.

Beef Cheeks

One of the best parts of this dish is the leftovers are great the next day for lunch or dinner. Simply reheat any leftovers in the microwave or oven. You should avoid heating leftovers in the slow cooker as it doesn’t heat the food fast enough.

You can check out all the steps to making this delicious recipe in the video below. Alternatively, you can find the full written recipe right underneath the video.

Slow Cooker Beef Cheeks Recipe

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Prep time
20 Minutes
Cook time
8 Hours
Total time
8 Hours & 20 Minutes


  • 1kg (2.2 lb) beef cheeks
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 2 onions sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic crushed
  • 2 carrots roughly chopped
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • 500g (1 lb) mushrooms, halved
  • 2 cups beef stock

To thicken

  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • ½ cup water


  1. In a frypan over high heat quickly brown the beef cheeks. Once brown, put to the side.
  2. Add the red wine into the same frypan and cook for 2 minutes, stirring continually.
  3. In a slow cooker, add the onions, garlic, carrots, brown sugar, tomato paste, bay leaves, thyme, and the mushrooms. Lastly add the beef cheeks, wine, and beef stock.
  4. Cook on low for 8 hours or until the beef cheek is tender.
  5. Season with salt & pepper.
  6. Mix the cornstarch and water to form a paste. Slowly mix into the slow cooker. Allow to cook on high for a further 15 minutes or until thickened.
  7. Serve & Enjoy

Cooking Tips

  • If you’re running low on time, then you can throw everything into the slow cooker. You might notice a few differences by skipping the frypan steps but nothing too drastic.
  • On the flip side, if you have time, then you can cook the mushrooms in some butter before adding them to the slow cooker. This extra frying will help add a ton of flavor to the dish.
  • You can try using a variety of mushrooms to help add a bit more flavor and texture to the dish. For example, you can try using some shiitake mushrooms as well.
  • Beef cheek can feel a bit tough at first. However, you will find that when you go to eat, it will be incredibly tender. Just make sure you cook it for long enough.

Nutritional Information

As with all of our recipes you can find the nutritional information right below. It’s important to remember that this information is only an estimate as I made use of an online tool to calculate it.

Also, remember to add any extras that you are having with these beef cheeks, such as some potato mash.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 429g (15.13 oz)
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 307 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 2.8g 14%
Trans Fat 0.6g
Cholesterol 123mg 41%
Sodium 327mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 7g
Protein 39g 78%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

There are a ton of slow cooker beef recipes that you’re able to do. Personally, I love a good beef goulash but there are plenty more that are great, including this recipe.

I hope that this slow cooker beef cheeks recipe has shown you all the steps to making this amazing dish in an easy to understand manner. If you have some feedback, tips or anything else then please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.

Note: I use a 5.5L (6 Quart) slow cooker for all the recipes that I have on this website unless specified. If you have a smaller or larger slow cooker, then you might need to adjust the ingredients.

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