Crock-Pot Mongolian Beef
I love PF Chang’s. In college, whenever my husband, Matt, would take me out on a date, he would always ask where I wanted to go eat. My answer was always the same - PF Chang’s (not quite sure why he bothered asking after awhile)! While my obsession with always going to PF Chang’s has waned, my obsession with their Mongolian Beef has not.
The sauce that their Mongolian Beef is served with is the perfect combination of salty, sweet and savory. I wanted to re-create this dish at home but I didn’t want to spend the time slicing the beef and pan frying it all. My solution? Crock-Pot Mongolian Beef!
This recipe gives you the same flavors as PF Chang’s Mongolian Beef without all of the hassle. Just throw all the ingredients in the crockpot, turn it on and *boom*, you’ve got perfectly shreddable and delicious mongolian beef! Serve it over rice and with some chopped green onions on top and then we are really talking. My kids absolutely love this one and it makes great leftovers - a win-win in my book!
Crock-pot Mongolian Beef
2-3 lbs boneless beef chuck roast
3/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup beef stock
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 cloves garlic, minced
2.5 tsp fresh ginger, minced
green onions, optional for serving
rice, optional for serving*
Put the boneless beef chuck roast into a crockpot (don’t forget those crockpot liners!).
In a separate bowl, combine the soy sauce, beef stock, brown sugar, and the minced garlic and ginger.
Add the sauce to the crockpot with the meat.
Cook the meat on low for 4-5 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
Shred the meat and serve on top of rice, garnished with sliced green onions.**
*I always make rice with chicken broth instead of water. I find that this makes the rice so much more flavorful - just use the same amount of chicken broth that you would water. If I don’t have chicken broth, I will add a bouillon cube to the water to mimic the same taste.
**The Mongolian Beef keeps really well in the freezer. Just place it in a gallon freezer Ziploc bag and thaw it when you are ready to use.
TIPS FOR INVOLVING KIDS
Let them help you measure the ingredients for the crock-pot pulled pork and pour them into the bowl (there are a lot so this will keep them busy)!!
Have them whisk to combine all the ingredients (I absolutely love this kids kitchen utensil set - it includes a whisk!).
Have them help you chop up the garlic and ginger with these knives.
Check in on the progress of your food in the crockpot - my boys love checking to see how far along it has come!