Save yourself a trip to the grocery by using one of these 25 Easy Substitutes For Beef Broth In A Slow Cooker.

We have all had it happen: you are right in the middle of making a recipe, and you realize you are out of beef broth so you can finish making dinner. So if you’re looking for a beef broth substitute in your slow cooker recipes, you’re in luck. Here are several great substitutes that will give your dish a rich beef-like flavor. Read on to learn more about the best substitutes for beef broth in the slow cooker.

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Beef broth substitutes and flavor enhancers

There are several great substitutes for beef broth in the slow cooker. These substitutes will give your dish a rich flavor without using beef broth.

1. Beef bouillon cubes

Beef bouillon cubes are a great way to add beef flavor to your recipe without using beef broth. Simply add one tablespoon of bouillon cube per cup of water called for in the recipe. You can also add a tablespoon of soy sauce to give your dish an extra boost of beef flavor.

2. Chicken broth

Chicken broth is an excellent substitute for beef broth in most recipes. It has a lighter flavor than beef broth but will still give your dish a rich flavor.

3. Vegetable broth

Vegetable broth is a great vegetarian substitute for beef broth. It has a similar flavor and can be used in most recipes. You can purchase veggie broth at any grocery store or make your own homemade broth with some plain water, vegetable scraps, a bay leaf, and your desired amount of salt. You can also add onion powder and garlic powder for extra flavor.

4. Beef base

Beef base is a concentrated form of beef broth that is typically used in soup recipes. It has a strong beef flavor and can be added to water to create a beef broth substitute.

When substituting beef base for beef broth, use one tablespoon of base per cup of water called for in the recipe.

5. Miso paste

Miso paste is a fermented soybean paste with a rich, umami flavor. It is often used in soup recipes and can be used as a substitute for beef broth.

To substitute miso paste for beef broth, mix one tablespoon of paste per cup of water called for in the recipe.

6. Beef stock or beef bone broth

Beef stock or bone broth is an excellent substitute for beef broth in most recipes. It has a richer flavor and higher nutrition and can be used in place of beef broth.

7. Worcestershire sauce

Worcestershire sauce is a great way to add flavor to your dish without using beef broth. Simply add a few drops of Worcestershire sauce to your recipe to give it a boost of flavor.

8. Chicken stock

Chicken stock is an excellent substitute for beef broth in most recipes. It has a lighter flavor than beef broth but will still give your dish a rich flavor.

To substitute chicken stock for beef broth, use half the amount of stock per cup of water called for in the recipe.

9. French onion soup

French onion soup is another great way to add depth of flavor to a dish without beef broth. Simply sauté onions in a bit of olive oil until they’re softened and browned, then add them to the slow cooker with your other ingredients. For an extra boost of flavor, you can also add a splash of white wine or sherry to the pot.

Be sure to try my Authentic Tasting Copycat Lipton Onion Soup Dip Recipe. It’s a great way to keep onion soup mix on hand in your pantry.

10. Vegetable stock

If you have a bit of extra time, you can make your own vegetable stock to use in place of beef broth. Simply simmer carrots, celery, onions, and garlic in water for about an hour, then strain the liquid and use it in your recipe. You can also add herbs and spices for additional flavor.

11. Steak sauce

Steak sauce is another great way to add flavor to a dish without using beef broth. Simply add a few tablespoons of steak sauce to the slow cooker along with your other ingredients.

12. Mushroom broth

In many slow cooker recipes, you can use mushroom broth as a delicious and healthy substitute for beef broth. Simply substitute one cup of mushroom broth for every one cup of beef broth called for in your recipe. You can find mushroom broth at most health food stores or online.

I like to keep mushroom broth concentrate on hand. It adds a rich flavor and fits into my plant-based diet.

13. Red wine

Red wine is a great way to add flavor to your dish without using beef broth. Simply add a small amount of red wine to your recipe when you would typically add beef broth. The exact amount will depend on your personal preferences, but start with a quarter cup and go from there.

14. White wine

White wine can also be used as a substitute for beef broth in the slow cooker. Simply add a small amount of white wine to your recipe when you would generally add beef broth. Your own preferences will determine the precise amount, but start with a quarter cup and work your way up.

15. Red wine sauce

A rich and flavorful red wine sauce can be made by simmering red wine and any variety of broth together on the stovetop. Once reduced, this sauce is perfect for spooning over roast beef, grilled steak, or even roasted vegetables.

16. Mushroom gravy

Mushroom gravy is another excellent way to add flavor to a dish without using beef broth. To make it, simply sauté mushrooms and onions in a bit of butter or oil until softened. Then, add flour to make a roux and cook for a minute or two. Finally, whisk in veggie or chicken broth and let the gravy simmer until thickened.

17. Miso soup

Miso soup is a Japanese soup made with fermented soybean paste, and it’s a great way to add umami flavor to a dish without using beef broth. Simply dissolve miso paste in water and add it to the slow cooker along with your other ingredients.

18. Tomato juice

Tomato juice can be used as a substitute for beef broth in many slow cooker recipes. The acidity of the tomato juice will help to break down the meat and add flavor to your dish. Simply substitute one cup of tomato juice for every one cup of beef broth called for in your recipe.

19. Vegetable juice

Vegetable juice is another excellent option for substituting beef broth in the slow cooker. It’s packed with nutrients and will add flavor to your dish without adding any fat or calories. Simply replace one cup of vegetable juice for every one cup of beef broth called for in your recipe.

20. Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is another excellent way to add flavor to your dish without using beef broth. Simply add a small amount of apple cider vinegar to your recipe when you would typically add beef broth. The exact amount will depend on your personal preferences, but start with a tablespoon and go from there.

21. Aus Jus

Aus jus is a type of beef gravy that is made by simmering beef bones or trimmings in water. Once the liquid has been reduced, it is strained and typically served with roast beef. I use this packet of season mix in my How To Cook Melt In The Mouth Roast Beef And Gravy. This recipe has so much gravy for topping mashed potatoes.

22. Liquid Aminos

Liquid aminos is a sauce made from soybeans that is similar to soy sauce. It is a great way to add flavor to a dish without using beef broth. Simply add a few tablespoons of liquid aminos to the slow cooker along with your other ingredients.

23. Soy Sauce

Another fantastic option to flavor a dish without needing beef broth is to use soy sauce. Just combine a few teaspoons of soy sauce with the remaining ingredients in the slow cooker.

24. Bone Broth Concentrate

It’s easy to have bone broth on hand when you buy a 24-serving bottle of Beef Bone Broth Concentrate.