Best Ever Crockpot Beef and Barley Soup

Super thick and comforting soup for a fall or winter meal. This Crockpot Beef and Barley Soup is comfort food at its best!

It's Halloween week! I love Halloween week! I always make the most of this week, squeezing in as many scary movies/shows as possible. Dan thinks I'm crazy, but he patiently puts up with my obsession. He threatens to make me watch all of the Rambos and Terminators next week, but I know he doesn't mean it. :)

Another obsession of mine right now is fall food! This soup is definitely on my fall comfort food list. It is the BEST! I love it thick and chunky, but feel free to add extra broth or water for a soupier version. You need not look any further for the best beef and barley soup recipe!

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Crockpot Beef and Barley Soup

Super thick and comforting soup for a chilly fall or winter meal!

Contributed by Megan Porta from

Published Oct 26, 2015

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Serves: 8

Total time: 7-8 hrs, 30 min (Low heat) or 4-5 hrs, 30 min (High heat)



  • 1 1/2 pounds stew meat, cut into bite-size chunks
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 8-oz. package sliced mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 32-oz. container beef broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup pearl barley
  • 6-oz. can tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 14.5-oz. can diced tomatoes
  1. Cook stew meat in a large skillet over medium heat for 4 minutes, stirring often. Add onion, garlic, carrots, mushrooms, parsley, salt and pepper and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  2. Add contents of the skillet to a crockpot along with beef broth, water, barley, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce and diced tomatoes. Mix well and cook on High heat for 4-5 hours or Low heat for 7-8 hours.