Keto Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef Recipe – Wholesome Yum
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My slow cooker Mongolian meat recipe is loaded with flavor, no cornstarch or sugar! And, it’s so easy that you might need to add it to your weekday dinner rotation – stat. Mongolian Keto beef comes together in 5 easy steps, and most of it is hands-free cooking time. But the best part? This Mongolian beef Crock Pot tastes better than takeaway! Serve this healthy Mongolian beef over a bed of cauliflower rice for a full low-carb meal.
What is Mongolian meat?
Traditionally, Mongolian meat is a dish sautéed with flank steak, onions, and sometimes other vegetables. The condiments are typically soy sauce, sesame oil and sugar.
My Mongolian beef Crock Pot recipe also has sliced flank steak at the base, but it’s much healthier than what you’d get in a restaurant.
You will only need some basic ingredients for this gluten-free Mongolian meat. Here’s a breakdown of their shopping list.
- Flank Steak – Because it’s cooked in the clay pot, you want this cut of meat to make it super tender. Unflavored gelatin
- used as a thickener and stabilizer in sauce, instead of starch.
- Coconut amino acids – You get the delicious flavor of soy sauce, without the gluten or other problems of soy (I avoid soy because it’s estrogenic). It’s a key flavor in this slow cooker of Mongolian beef.
- Garlic – You can never have too much garlic when making this easy meat recipe. Bring almost any Asian dish to life.
- Sweetener of your choice: Use any sweetener you prefer, whether it’s a powdered or liquid sweetener for low-carb/keto versions (these dissolve best when using sugar-free sweeteners), or any type of natural sugar, such as honey or coconut sugar, will work if it’s not sugar-free.
- Blackstrap Molasses – Although it is a small amount, molasses gives Mongolian meat recipe a classic flavor. I promise it doesn’t significantly affect carb counting, and your Crock Pot beef will remain ketogenic. However, you can substitute some maple extract instead if you insist on omitting molasses.
- Sesame oil: gives depth and flavor to Asian dishes such as Mongolian keto beef.
- Ground ginger – It’s more convenient than fresh, and still gives this Asian Crock Pot meat the flavors you’ve come to expect.
- Sea salt and black pepper – Season to taste, as always!
How to Make Mongolian Meat in a Slow Cooker
The slow cooker is the key to Mongolia’s best meat recipe! It makes the meat juicy and tender, not to mention easy.
Here’s how to make Mongolian beef in Crock Pot:
- Cut the steak finely against the grain. This is important!
TIP: If you’re having trouble making thin slices, try freezing the meat for about 15 minutes to firm it off, making it easier to cut
- Cover the fillet with gelatin powder. Cut the steak as finely as you can, mix with gelatin powder (which acts as a thickener) and then add it to your Crock Pot.
TIP: You don’t need cornstarch for this easy Mongolian beef recipe! Gelatin powder replaces it. If you can’t use or find gelatin, try more cornstarch substitutes here.
- Mix the sauce ingredients. Whisk the amino acids from coconut, garlic, sweetener, molasses, oil, ginger, salt and pepper.
- Pour the sauce over the steak and mix well.
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- Cook the steak in the slow cooker until well cooked and tender.
TIP: How long to cook Mongolian beef in slow cooker? It will take 4-6 hours in Low or 2-3 hours in High.
- Optional step – reduce sauce. If desired, remove the meat from the slow cooker, pour the sauce into a saucepan and simmer to reduce the sauce, until thickened. This is optional, as the sauce is still delicious, only drizzled over the meat, too.
And there you have it: delicious, tasty and simple slow-cooked
No, this homemade Mongolian meat is not too spicy
, as this Asian dish usually isn’t
TIP: If you prefer Mongolian spicy meat, add some red pepper flakes to the sauce.
Hunan Beef Vs. Mongolian
If you’re wondering what the difference is between Hunan beef and Mongolian beef, both dishes have similar flavors. However, Hunan beef tends to be quite spicy and has a bit of chili sauce to give it extra heat, while healthy Mongolian beef is quite mild.
If you want to make Hunan beef, check out my healthy Hunan beef recipe here!
Can you make slow-cooked Mongolian meat ahead?
Yes, you can make slow-cooked Mongolian beef ahead! Isn’t that what the Crock Pot is for?!
In addition to preparing for dinner the next morning, you can also use this easy Mongolian meat recipe to prepare meals. It will last in the fridge for 3-5 days.
Reheat the Mongolian keto beef in a skillet over medium-high heat for about 10 minutes, or mix it again in the slow cooker to reheat.
TIP: Be sure to reheat the meat with the sauce so that it does not dry out. If it looks a little dry, you can add some broth to give it some moisture.
If you’re in a hurry, you can reheat the pre-made Mongolian Crock Pot beef in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time. It will heat up pretty quickly, so take a close look.
Can Mongolian beef Keto be frozen?
Yes, you can freeze Mongolian keto beef. Store it in a secure freezer bag and remove as much air as possible. It will last 3 to 6 months in the freezer.
place frozen Mongolian beef Crock Pot in the fridge the day before, or thaw in a zip-lock bag in a bowl of cold water if it is last minute. Then, reheat on the stove, microwave, or slow cooker, just like the preparation instructions above.
ideas for low-carb Asian dinners
If you love this Mongolian beef recipe and want to see other Asian-inspired low-carb dinner ideas, I have more for you:
- Thai Shrimp Lettuce Wraps – Thai shrimp + lettuce wraps + peanut sauce. SO much to love about this food.
- Keto Beef and Broccoli – If you like Mongolian meat, you’ll love this too.
- Korean Ground Beef Bowl – You’ll love this easy dinner that’s ready in just 20 minutes.
- Spicy Asian Green Beans – The perfect vegetarian side for an Asian meal.
- Korma Chicken – With a little kick, this chicken is perfectly served over rice.
- Slow cooker – This model is super easy to clean and works perfectly with this healthy Mongolian meat recipe
- Chef’s knife – I love this knife for cutting meat and cutting vegetables.