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Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef with Pineapple

Prep Time 25 mins
Total Time 3 hrs 25 mins
Servings 4 servings

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This Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef is sweet, sticky and a little spicy and loaded with pineapple! It’s your new favorite Asian takeout dish made at home in the crockpot!

slow cooker mongolian beef with pineapple over white rice in a grey bowl with chopsticks on the side

Friends, this is such an exciting day for me. I’m sharing a recipe from my good friend Kelly’s new cookbook: The Asian Slow Cooker! (<— to buy it, because you’ll want to!)

I’ve had the pleasure of hanging out with Kelly twice just this year (like, in real life!), but I feel like we’ve been friends for so much longer. She is such a sweet person, and I am so happy to see her new cookbook and to share it with you!

the asian slow cooker cookbook on grey marble background

We love Asian food, but I’ve always admitted that I’m no authority in Asian recipes. And so I’m so excited to be digging into this cookbook and making some easy, super flavorful meals for the fam right from the slow cooker.

close up of mongolian beef with pineapple and carrots on rice in bowl

I had a hard time choosing something to share with you, but we love a dark, thick, sticky sauce and this Mongolian Beef was calling to me! I also have a mild obsession with pineapple (and I put it in everything from barbecue sauce to crisps to squares and meatballs and lasagna).

In other words, we’re obsessed. Just like we’re sure to be with this cookbook!

overhead of white slow cooker with mongolian beef and pineapple with metal spoon scooping

Kelly’s original recipe of this Mongolian Beef had some red chili flakes in it for extra spice, but because the children like their food pretty mild I chose to leave it out. Feel free to add it back in if you like things on the spicy side!

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Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef with Pineapple

This Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef is sweet, sticky and a little spicy and loaded with pineapple! It’s your new favorite Asian takeout dish made at home in the crockpot!
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 25 mins
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Servings 4 servings
Calories 576cal


  • 1/2 cup plus 1 ½ tablespoons corn starch divided
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 1/2 lbs flank or sirloin steak sliced thinly
  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 2/3 cup beef broth
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar packed
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Thai sweet red chili sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon fresh minced ginger
  • 1/4 cup reserved pineapple juice
  • 1 cup canned pineapple chunks drained and juice reserved
  • 1/2 cup matchstick carrots
  • green onions
  • hot cooked rice


  • In a large ziploc bag, combine corn starch, baking soda, salt and pepper. Add beef and shake until coated.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet and sear the beef, about 1-2 minutes per side, before adding to the slow cooker.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, broth, sugar, hoisin sauce, chili sauce, garlic and ginger until combined and pour over beef. Cover with lid and cook on low for 3-4 hours.
  • About 30 minutes prior to serving, whisk together the remaining 1½ tablespoons corn starch and pineapple juice. Add to the slow cooker along with the pineapple and carrots.
  • Cover, turn to high, and cook 30 minutes until the sauce thickens. If sauce becomes too thick, thin with a little more pineapple juice.
  • Garnish with green onions and serve over hot cooked rice.


Recipe from “The Asian Slow Cooker” by Kelly Kwok

Nutrition Information

Calories: 576cal | Carbohydrates: 79g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 1914mg | Potassium: 941mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 2745IU | Vitamin C: 16.2mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 4.3mg

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My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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  1. Dawn Brant says

    I’m a little confused. The recipe says to thinly slice the steak, but the picture shows the steak in chunks. Is either one ok or is one preferred? Please let me know as I’d love to make this in the next few days.

  2. Rachel @ Bakerita says

    Kelly’s cookbook looks amazing, and this mongolian beef looks SO good! It’s definitely one of my Asian restaurant go-tos. I need to try this recipe for sure – I love Asian food, but never make it myself.

  3. Kelly says

    This looks amazing, Ashley! Thank you SO much for sharing this recipe and my book! You are the SWEETEST! I loved that we got to hang out twice this year! I had SO much fun and can’t wait until the next time! <3

  4. Dorothy Dunton says

    Hi Ashley! I’ve been using my slow cooker more lately so I’m very happy to see this recipe! This sounds delicious and I also have an obsession with pineapple!

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