Coca-Cola Is Not Just For Drinking Anymore!

I admit, I am a HUGE fan of Coca-Cola! It’s definitely my go to drink of choice. Until recently I had never really thought about cooking with it. I had heard of people doing just that but I personally never thought beyond the cup….until now. Thanks to My Coke Rewards Meals I am learning all sorts of fun things you can make with Coca-Cola, along with some other recipes that don’t call for it.  Today I want to showcase a recipe I made that does call for Coca-Cola, not as a drink beside the dish, but as an ingredient in it.  I will go ahead and apologize at the look of my photo, I don’t claim to be a good food photographer but I hope to learn one day LOL.

I caroused the recipes and saw dishes like Coca-Cola BBQ Wings, Coca-Cola Pork Loin, and my pick….Coca-Cola Beef Stew.  Once I saw the beef stew recipe I knew it was meant to be.  This particular recipe is from chef Ingrid Hoffman:


I watched her how to video and decided to make the recipe a bit my own.  Here is the original recipes from the site:

I left my roast whole for this.  I also took out the yucca’s, the fennel, the tomatos, and added a can of cream of mushroom soup.  Rather than in the oven I decided to do it in the crockpot so it was all in one dish.  I used baby carrots so there was no peeling and quartered my onions instead of thinly slicing them, we like chunks of onions.  I put all of the ingredients into a crockpot and cooked on low for 12 hours.  It was falling apart when I took it out and my mouth was watering.  My kids were ready to dig in all day thanks to the aroma in the house (one thing I love about crockpot cooking is your house smells so yummy all day).  I served it up and in we dug, with a side of mashed potatoes (not in photo).  Check out our yummy meal:

Oh my goodness, the roast was so tender, in other words perfect.   The carrots and onions were cooked just right, not too hard and not smushy.  Adding the cream of mushroom added a hint of thickness and made a yummy gravy.  We just used a regular sized soup can of it.  My kids ate it up and asked for seconds, that is a HUGE thing for my picky eaters.  I was so surprised to see a recipe for beef stew that used Coca-Cola.  I will definitely look at Coca-Cola as more than just a drink now.  With so many other recipes to choose from on MCR Meals, you are sure to find something with or without Coca-Cola to try, but you have to hurry because this part of their site is only going to be there until May 31.  So head over, find some recipes and print them off!  Get to cooking with Coca-Cola, you don’t know what you are missing!

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  1. 1

    Yum!! I love cooking roasts in my crock pot, it really is my favorite thing to cook in it!

  2. 2

    I’ve heard of cooking with beer and root beer. I love me some diet coke, will have to try it!

  3. 3

    I have made ribs using root bear. I am going to have to try them with Coke next.

  4. 4

    Sounds so good! I love roast.

  5. 5

    I’ll have to try that out!

  6. 6

    I love cooking with Coke!

  7. 7

    oh looks like you did a great job. We use coke for tenderizing steaks for 3 hours marinating OH SO GOOD

  8. 8

    This kind of fascinates me. I’ve never tried it, but now I might.

  9. 9
    Zippy Sandler

    Wow, I had no idea. I have used ginger ale for making ham (takes the excess salt out), but never used Coke for cooking.

  10. 10

    I have to admit that I’m more of a Pepsi fan for drinking purposes but I use Coke all the time for cooking and cleaning!

  11. 11

    I’m going to have to try that! I use Coke Zero instead. 🙂

  12. 12

    Looks great!

  13. 13

    Yum. That Beef Stew sounds great.

  14. 14

    I noticed a recipe in one of my camping cook books that called for Coca-Cola.

  15. 15

    I’ve never cooked with Coke (or any soda) before. Must try it though

  16. 16
    Lauralee Hensley

    I think I like your variation on the recipe better.

  17. 17

    Oh wow that looks so yummy!

  18. 18

    Seriously drooling over here! I think I gained 5 pounds just looking at this, lol.

  19. 19

    Wow, never would have thought of cooking beef stew with coke in it.

  20. 20

    I’ll have to try this next week.

  21. 21

    This looks delish!! I am so picky right now too, but I want to make and eat this asap!!

  22. 22

    I use Coke when I bake a ham. Definitely will be trying it the next time I make beef stew!

  23. 23

    I’ve been thinking about that exact recipe! It looks so good!

  24. 24

    Cool! I’ve heard of using Coke on ham, but not beef. Sounds yummy.

  25. 25

    Seriously, sounds delicious. I wonder if it would work the same with Diet Coke?

  26. 26

    Wow, that beef stew sounds incredible!

  27. 27

    That looks YUMMY! Is is wrong of me to say I’m a Pepsi girl?

  28. 28

    That sounds delicious, I’ll have to give it a shot.

  29. 29

    Nice!!! Cooking w/ coke!

  30. 30
    Canadian Mom Blogger

    Interesting. I’ve put root beer in the slow cooker with ribs, but I haven’t tried coke for cooking. I’ll have to give it a try!

  31. 31

    Looks delish.

  32. 32

    I don’t drink a lot of soda, but original Coke is my favorite!

  33. 33

    This seriously looks good……and I don’t eat beef! ~lol~

  34. 34

    It’s been a long time since I’ve made a yummy crock pot roast like this and I love the idea of using Coke!

  35. 35

    This is a great idea and looks yummy too!

  36. 36

    looks good! thanks for the recipe