A hearty beef borscht recipe with little potatoes. Throw everything in a slow cooker and allow the flavours to mellow into a satisfying bowl of goodness.

15 mins
4 hours


  • Skillet
  • Slow cooker


  • 1 lb lean ground beef or bison
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp dried thyme leaves
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 3/4 lb Little Potatoes
  • 2 cups cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 3 to 4 beets, peeled and chopped
  • (To garnish) sour cream and chopped fresh herbs


  • Step 1

    In a skillet over medium heat, brown ground meat with onion, garlic, thyme and paprika until browned. Add to large pot or slow cooker.

  • Step 2

    Add a little broth to the pan and whisk to deglaze any brown bits. Add to pot or slow cooker.

  • Step 3

    Add remaining broth, tomato paste, Little Potatoes, cabbage, carrots, and beets.

  • Step 4

    Simmer on the stovetop for one hour or slow cook for four hours on medium.

  • Step 5

    Serve with a dollop of sour cream and fresh chopped herbs.