Traditional Russian Borscht Recipe with Crock-Pot®

by | Oct 26, 2020 | Recipes, Soups & Cozy | 10 comments

Inside Scoop:  Go ahead and try this Crock-Pot Traditional Russian Beet Borscht recipe. It’s filled with vegetables, delicious spices, and it’s so easy to make! It’s one of the most delicious savory soups you can make in your Crock-Pot®

You’ve definitely heard us rant and rave about our Crock-Pot® slow cookers before.

You know how much time and energy it has saved me, plus it’s allowed me to spend more time with my friends and family.

Well, I”m back with another fabulous recipe.

Since it’s Crocktober, you better believe I am sharing with you my best recipes!

Crock-Pot Traditional Russian Beet Borscht is one of my favorite recipes ever and I’m going to share it with you! 

Slow-Cooked Meals are the Best

You know, sometimes cooking on the stove is something you want to do to prepare a meal, but not all of the time.

Sometimes you just want to take out the Crock-Pot® slow cooker and make something that you can just allow to cook on its own. 

Today I’m teaching you how to make Russian Beet Borscht in the Crock-Pot® slow cooker.

Using very simple, yet fresh ingredients, you’ll be able to feed your family very well tonight.

So, what is borscht and how do you pronounce it?!

Borscht, pronounced borsh with a silent T, is cabbage and beet soup that is a staple of every Eastern European household.

We love anything hearty and warm, and this recipe is a staple in our home. We’ve been making our grandma’s recipe but now with a Crockpot, its so much easier!

This hearty and yummy soup is made with cabbage, beef, and many other root vegetables. Beets give this borscht a unique bright color.

Depending on how we feel we add root vegetables like parsnips. Sometimes we make a vegetarian version and use vegetable stock and substitute kidney beans for beef.

Check out our recipe below and let us know how yours comes out!

5 from 3 votes

Traditional Russian Borscht Recipe

A healthy fiber-full colorful classic russian soup featuring beets and cabbage.

Course Soup
Cuisine Russian
Keyword russian borscht recipe
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 6 hours
Servings 8


  • 4 cups beef stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 lb beef cubed
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 cup Onion
  • 3 Beets
  • 1 Cabbage medium size
  • 2 Potatoes
  • 2 Celery stalks
  • 1 Carrot
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 6 oz tomato paste


  1. Thinly slice cabbage 

  2. Peel and grate beets

  3. Peel and grate potatoes

  4. Wash and coarsely chop carrot and celery

  5. Chop onion

  6. Heat oil and sear meat on each side for 3 minutes in pan on stove top

  7. Remove meat from pan 

  8. Sautee onions and deglaze pan with a bit of stock

  9. Set CrockPot for 3 hours and pour in the water and broth

  10. Slowly layer in the vegetables and beef

  11. Season with salt, pepper, and red chili flakes

  12. Voila! Pour soup into bowl, and garnish with sour cream and parsely! 

Make sure to top with sour cream and some parsley or dill. We like to rub some garlic on some toasted pumpernickel or rye bread for added flavor. Enjoy!

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  1. Dana

    Yum reminds me of my moms cooking

    • Naughty Nutrition

      No matter what…moms is always better, but this one will come close we promise!

  2. Amy

    I couldn’t agree more that slow cooked meals are the best. No appliance in the world can bring out all that flavour from produce in 20% of the time. this soup sounds delicious. I have always wanted to try it. Thanks!


    I love the bright red color. This recipe must be very delicious and warming during cold days.

    • Naughty Nutrition

      Its so good and comforting.

  4. Faith

    Yum! Never tried it, but we love beets and cabbage. This looks delicious!

  5. Kay

    Well this is a new recipe for me to try, I love beets and cabbage so I’m sure it will be enjoyed! Will let you know.

  6. Sunrita

    My dinner idea for a busy working day tmrw is sorted. Can’t wait to try something new and nutritious.

  7. Linda

    I enjoy beet in a smoothie; however, never had it in a soup so this one sounds interesting especially now it’s soup weather and this can be done in a crock pot.

  8. Amanda Marie

    I just discovered borscht and have been looking for some recipes, this looks great and I love that it’s a slow cooker recipe.


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