Crockpot ‘Cheater’ Beef Pho

Overhead shot of 2 bowls of beef pho

Crockpot ‘Cheater’ Beef Pho uses easy and recognizable ingredients to simmer a pot of delicious tasting broth. Then when you are ready to eat you will simply add onions, noodles, beef, and garnishes for a warming and comforting meal.

Without a doubt soup season here in the Schmidt house. Soups all week long, until my husband complains and I need to come up with something else to make. It turned cold quickly this year and all I want at the end of a day is a warm bowl of soup, and the easier the better. So I often turn to one of my husband’s favorites, Crockpot Beef Pho.

I have actually been making this ‘cheater’ Beef Pho in the crockpot for a while now but have yet to get it published on the blog. So I am super excited to finally share!

I call this ‘cheater’ Beef Pho because well I cheat, true beef pho is simmered with beef bones and oxtails, I just use beef broth either ready from the store or made with Better Than Bouillon. I add beef broth to my crockpot along with fish sauce, star anise, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and brown sugar. I let it simmer on low all day long and come home to the most delicious smelling house, seriously this smell is the most comforting thing you could come home to.

Once the broth is ready finishing the soup is super easy. The onion is thinly sliced and added with the rice noodles.The beef is then thinly sliced and added once the noodles are tender. The Pho is then garnished with green onions, lime wedges, bean sprouts, cilantro, jalapeño, and sriracha. Voila Crockpot Beef Pho!

Close up of a bowl of Beef Pho

Crockpot Beef Pho with Sriracha

Beef and Noodles being pulled up with chopsticks


  • If you want to make this on the stovetop it couldn’t be easier, in fact I have done it a handful of times, just use a large pot and let the spices simmer 30-40 minutes and then follow the remaining instructions
  • A great tip for thinly slicing the sirloin, it cuts so much easier if it is just slightly frozen, when it is slightly frozen, it slices like butter, I do this by leaving it in the freezer for 20-40 minutes before cutting
  • I always use these Gluten-Free Stir Fry Rice Noodles from Thai Kitchen

Thai Kitchen Stir Fry Rice Noodles

Crockpot ‘Cheater’ Beef Pho

Crockpot ‘Cheater’ Beef Pho

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours 20 minutes
Total Time: 8 hours 25 minutes

this 'cheater' beef pho is made easy in the crockpot, with simple spices and sauces, and finished up just minutes before you are ready to eat


  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 6-7 whole star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 2 inch knob of fresh ginger, peeled & sliced
  • 8 cups beef broth
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 small white onion
  • 7 ounces rice noodles
  • 1 pound boneless sirloin steak

To Garnish:

  • green onions
  • lime wedges
  • bean sprouts
  • cilantro
  • jalapeño
  • sriracha


  1. Add brown sugar, fish sauce, star anise, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, beef broth, and water to the crockpot. Stir together so the brown sugar isn't sitting on the bottom. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours.
  2. Use a slotted spoon to remove all of the whole spices*. Slice the onion as thinly as you can. Add the noodles and onion slices to the crockpot. Cook an additional 10 minutes.
  3. While the noodles are cooking, thinly slice the sirloin and prepare your garnishes. Once the noodles are fully cooked add the sirloin. Let cook 1-2 minutes.
  4. Serve immediately topped with the garnishes.


*Alternatively you can use a cheesecloth for all of the whole spices for easy removal.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 394 Total Fat: 17g Saturated Fat: 7g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 8g Cholesterol: 104mg Sodium: 2578mg Carbohydrates: 19g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 6g Protein: 38g
Nutritional data is automated, final nutritional information will depend on ingredients used and any changes made.
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Lauren, The Schmidty Wife

P.S. Looking for more crockpot recipes? Check out my Homestyle Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup, Crockpot Creamy Pumpkin Chili, or my Slow Cooker Black Bean Tortilla Soup.

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2 Replies to “Crockpot ‘Cheater’ Beef Pho”

  1. Why is there so much brown sugar?

    1. Hi Luana, you could certainly try to reduce the sugar but I found that it was the amount needed to offset the fish sauce, otherwise the flavors are a little unbalanced.

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