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Cholent in a slow cooker with a black spoon scooping up some of the cholent

Hearty and Comforting Cholent aka Sabbath Stew

Cholent is a traditional dish steeped in history, and absolutely comforting and hearty. Cooked low and slow, it is absolutely worth waiting for. A bowl of this will sooth your soul.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 12 hrs
Total Time 12 hrs 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Jewish
Servings 3 people
Calories 589 kcal


  • 3 qt or larger slow cooker


  • 1 lb beef stew meat fatty is ok
  • cup barley
  • ½ cup dried chickpeas can sub dried lima or white beans
  • 2 potatoes medium sized, peeled and diced
  • 1 onion large, peeled and diced
  • 10 cloves garlic peeled and smashed
  • 2-3 eggs
  • 1 ts paprika
  • 1 ts garlic
  • 1 ts salt more may be added at the end to taste
  • 1 ts pepper more may be added at the end to taste
  • water or beef broth amount will vary - use just enough to cover and then add more if necessary to keep a stew like consistency


  • Peel and dice the potatoes and onions. Peel the garlic and smash the cloves. Rinse the barley and chickpeas with water.
    Barley in a glass bowl, chickpeas in a glass bowl, cut up potato and onion on a wooden cutting board
  • Place the beef at the bottom of your slow cooker and then top with barley and chickpeas.
    beef stew meat with barley and chickpeas on top
  • Next add the potatoes, onions, and spices. The spices include paprika, ginger, salt, and pepper.
    diced onions and potatoes in a slow cooker with paprika sprinkled on top
  • Now add water or beef broth to just cover the ingredients in your slow cooker. Stir to combine. Nestle the eggs gently into the mixture. These eggs are raw and will cook in the crockpot.
    eggs, diced potato and onion, beef, and water in a slow cooker
  • Set your slow cooker to low and cook for 12 hrs. Every once in awhile check to see if more water or broth is needed to keep a stew like consistency and add if necessary. Taste and adjust for seasoning by adding more salt and pepper to taste. You can now peel the eggs. :-)
    Cholent in a slow cooker with a black spoon scooping up some of the cholent
  • Serve your Cholent with some delicious bread!
    Cholent with homemade bread, glass bowls filled with olives and dates and a glass of red wine


This dish is actually very versatile!  You can try other types of fatty beef, dried beans, or veggies.
Just remember to cook low and slow!
Eat In Health!! 


Calories: 589kcalCarbohydrates: 68gProtein: 50gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 203mgSodium: 924mgPotassium: 1641mgFiber: 13gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 202IUVitamin C: 36mgCalcium: 134mgIron: 8mg
Keyword beef stew, cholent, sabbath stew, stew
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