Slow cooker cola beef

A well-known if controversial dish, as some people don’t like using soft drinks in cooking. You may prefer to use a low-sugar cola – it’s totally up to you as both work – or to use steak or diced beef, or even other red meats. Keep in mind the volume of cola in each actual serve will be minimal.

Serves 6–8 

Preparation: 5 mins

Cook: 8 hours


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  • 1.5–2 kg roasting beef
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 375 ml (1½ cups) cola soft drink, or diet cola
  • 40g French onion soup mix, dry
  • 420g tinned condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour (cornstarch), to thicken
  • Vegetables, to serve



  1. Put the beef in a slow cooker. Scatter over the onion.
  2. Put the cola, soup mix and mushroom soup in a medium bowl and combine.
  3. Pour the mixture over the beef in the slow cooker.
  4. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours.
  5. Remove the beef and set aside. If the sauce needs thickening, combine the cornflour with a little water and add to the sauce in the slow cooker. Stir until the sauce thickens.
  6. Carve the beef and serve with the sauce and vegetables of your choice.
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This recipe is taken from Paulene Christie’s best selling book Slow Cooker Central. If you loved this recipe and want to see more, you can purchase the book here.