Slow Cooker Spicy Barbecue Beef Tips

Tender, delicious beef stew meat slow cooked with a spicy homemade barbecue sauce! This Crock Pot Beef Tips recipe is a wonderful comfort food dinner.

beef over mashed potatoes on a white plate.

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scoop of beef in a slow cooker.

Life is always busy. We always rely on our slow cooker at home to do the cooking for us when we have a lot going on.

Our local grocery store has a meat section that's 5 for $20 and beef stew meat is always something I grab when I'm doing my shopping. The rest of the ingredients in this recipe are usually found in my fridge and pantry, so I can pretty much make it any time. 

If I don't have jalapeno ketchup, I just use regular instead. The flavor is great either way and you can make it spicy or not. 

The flavors in this spicy beef are rich and SO delicious! It's wonderful served with mashed potatoes, rice or even pasta. The prep is super quick and the beef turns out so fall apart tender.

It makes a regular appearance on our dinner menu and the leftovers are such a great lunch the next day.

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What are the ingredients in this recipe?

Scroll down to the printable recipe card for measurements and instructions!

Recipe tips:

  • The beef can be browned in a skillet with some oil prior to slow cooking. 
  • Don't like spicy? Try this with regular ketchup and skip the crushed red pepper.

spoon in a bowl of beef with mashed potatoes.

More beef slow cooker recipes you might like:

You can add or substitute with these ingredients:

  • regular ketchup instead of jalapeno
  • garlic balsamic vinegar instead of regular
  • cubed pork or chicken instead of beef
  • red, yellow or orange bell pepper instead of green

beef and mashed potatoes in a bowl with slow cooker in the background.

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Slow Cooker Spicy Barbecue Beef Bites
Yield 6 servings
Author Hot Eats and Cool Reads
Prep time
5 Min
Cook time
7 Hour
Total time
7 H & 5 M

Slow Cooker Spicy Barbecue Beef Bites


  • 2.5 pounds beef stew meat
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 cups jalapeno ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper


  1. Add the beef stew meat, onion and bell pepper to the slow cooker.
  2. In a bowl, combine the garlic, balsamic, Worcestershire, brown sugar, ketchup, paprika, chili powder, crushed red pepper, salt and pepper.
  3. Pour mixture over beef and stir to combine.
  4. Cook on low for 6-7 hours or high for 3-4 hours, until beef is fork tender.
  5. Serve over rice, mashed potatoes or baked potatoes.

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