Slow Cooker Balsamic Beef - 4 Weight Watchers SmartPoints
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Slow Cooker Balsamic Braised Beef Recipe

Quick and easy, this slow cooker balsamic beef cooks up tender and flavorful!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 10 mins
Servings: 6
Calories: 159
Author: Martha McKinnon | Simple Nourished Living


  • 1-1/2 pounds lean beef (lean stew meat, eye of the round roast, rump roast, etc.)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 large onion, peeled and diced
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1-2 tablespoons instant granulated tapioca (optional thickener)


  • Ideal slow cooker size: 4-Quart.
  • Season the beef with salt and pepper. (Or my favorite, Montreal Steak Seasoning.)
  • Place beef in the slow cooker with the onions, balsamic vinegar, tomato paste, bay leaves and tapioca, if using.
  • Cover and cook on LOW until meltingly tender, 8 to 10 hours. (This will vary depending on the size of your slow cooker, size of beef, and how hot your slow cooker cooks.)
  • To cook in the oven instead, add in a cup of water, cover and bake at 250F degrees for 6-8 hours, or until the beef is meltingly tender. Add in a little more water if the beef starts to dry out.
  • Taste, season with salt and pepper if needed, and serve hot with your chosen accompaniments.

Recipe Notes

Serving size: 1/2 cup
4 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
4 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
4 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
4 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Balsamic Braised Beef Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 /2 cup)
Calories 159 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Protein 24g48%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: balsamic braised beef, crock pot balsamic beef