Whenever my grandma cooked this, it became an unwritten rule that everyone should save room for seconds

Braised Steak & Onion with Dumplings

Imagine coming home after a long day, tired and hungry, with the aroma of a savory, slow-cooked meal wafting through your front door. The comforting smell of tender, braised steak and caramelized onions fills the air, instantly melting away your stress. This Slow Cooker Braised Steak & Onion with Dumplings recipe is the epitome of comfort food, a deliciously satisfying dish that has the power to warm your soul and bring a smile to your face.

Growing up, my grandmother would often make this recipe. I remember walking into her kitchen, the tantalizing scent of beef and onions enveloping me in a warm hug. The beef would become so tender that it would practically melt in your mouth, while the onions turned golden and sweet, adding depth and richness to every bite. The dumplings, fluffy and light, were like little pillows of heaven, soaking up the rich gravy, creating the perfect marriage of flavors.

Now, as an adult, I still find myself craving that same sense of nostalgia and home-cooked goodness. That’s why I’ve recreated my grandmother’s Slow Cooker Braised Steak & Onion with Dumplings recipe, so you too can experience the joy and comfort it brings. Save this recipe, make it for your loved ones, and create your own cherished memories around the dinner table.


For the steak and onions:2 pounds chuck steak

    • 2 cups beef broth
    • 2 tablespoons onion gravy mix
    • 1 tablespoon beef bouillon powder
    • 1 clove of garlic, minced
    • 4 tablespoons ketchup
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 4 tablespoons barbecue sauce
    • 3 onions, quartered
    • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • Flour and oil
  • For the dumplings:
  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 egg


  • 1. Dice the chuck steak into small cubes and lightly coat them with seasoned all-purpose flour. Brown the coated steak in a frying pan using a small amount of oil. This is for maximum flavor
  • 2. In a separate pan, melt butter. Add onions and minced garlic. Cook until the onions become transparent.
  • 3. In the slow cooker, combine the beef stock, beef bouillon powder, Italian seasoning, sauces, and 1 tablespoon of plain flour. Add the browned meat, cooked onions, and garlic.
  • 4. Cover and cook on high heat for 5 hours. Towards the end of the cooking time, add 1 tablespoon of brown onion gravy powder to achieve your desired gravy consistency, depending on how thick you prefer it.
  • 5. For the dumplings: When there are 45 minutes remaining, begin preparing the dumplings. In a bowl, combine self-rising flour and rub in 1 tablespoon of butter. Add milk and beaten egg. Mix the ingredients together using a fork. Then, knead the dough with your hands for a couple of minutes. Shape the dough into small balls, rolling them in your hands to create ~1 inch in circumference. Submerge the dough balls into the slow cooker, placing them under the gravy. Continue cooking for about 30 to 40 minutes.

This Slow Cooker Braised Steak & Onion with Dumplings recipe is more than just a meal; it’s an experience that reconnects you with the warmth and love of home. With every spoonful, you’ll be transported to a place of comfort and happiness. So, go ahead and give this recipe a try – your taste buds and your loved ones will thank you.