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This flavorful, juicy, and melt-in-your-mouth tender Crockpot pot roast recipe is a full meal with vegetables made in the slow cooker.

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During law school I went through an extensive Crockpot phase. In the morning before heading out for the day I’d throw together the components for something like beef stew, chicken cacciatore, meatloaf dinner, or a soup in the slow cooker.

I understand the appeal of a Crockpot; it was awesome to come home after a 10 hour day and have dinner ready and waiting! Not to mention, a house that smelled amazing.

Now that I work from home I often forget just how handy Crockpot cooking is! This slow cooker pot roast is a great reminder. It’s a full meal that cooks to perfection with only 30 minutes of hands-on prep time.

And it serves about 8 people, so unless I’m making it for a holiday or special gathering, I know I’ll have leftovers, which are even better!

crockpot pot roast dinner on plate

Tender, moist, and juicy pot roast pairs perfectly with potatoes, onion, carrot, and celery. The flavorful cooking liquid doubles as a serving sauce, or you can take a few minutes to make it into gravy. (To do so, just thicken the liquid on the stovetop with a cornstarch slurry.)

This is the perfect meal for a family Sunday supper or special occasion. We also like serving it during Passover.

pouring pan gravy onto tender crock pot chuck roast

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Do a little prep work in the morning and you’ll come home to a house that smells amazing and a full dinner waiting for you. And when I say a little bit of prep work, it really is quick and easy; it will only take you about 30 minutes!
  • You won’t have to worry about making side dishes later. This is a full meal of pot roast with vegetables. If you want to serve it with gravy, take a couple minutes to thicken the cooking liquid!
  • If you use a marbled chuck roast and cook it on low for 8 to 10 hours in your Crockpot, you will inevitably end up with melt-in-your-mouth tender meat. Every single time.
  • Plan for leftovers because they’re even better! You can make it into Pot Roast Hash (it’s delicious topped with a fried egg!), Pot Roast Soup, sandwiches, rice bowls, etc.
crockpot pot roast dinner with vegetables on serving platter

Ingredients and Substitutions

Ingredients Explained

In this section I explain the ingredients and give substitution ideas where applicable. For the full recipe (including the ingredient amounts), see the recipe card below.

crockpot pot roast with vegetables ingredients
  • Chuck roast – Look for a chuck roast with good marbling for the best, most flavorful pot roast.
  • Salt and black pepper – These pantry-staple seasonings add a ton of flavor.
  • Olive oil – We sear the chuck roast in olive oil before adding it to the Crockpot to slow cook. Instead of olive oil, you can use ghee (clarified butter), tallow (rendered beef fat), or any neutral-flavored oil with a high smoke point.
  • Beef broth – We don’t need a lot of beef broth here because the roast and vegetables will release a lot of liquid as they cook. The beef broth should cover about 2/3 of the meat.
  • Tomato paste – A little bit of tomato paste adds depth of flavor, and helps create a velvety-smooth pan sauce that we can easily turn into gravy.
  • Garlic, rosemary, and thyme – Herbs and aromatics help create a complex flavor profile, and add a ton of aroma as this meal cooks.
  • Yellow potatoes, carrots, celery, and onion – We layer these classic pot roast vegetables in with the chuck roast for an easy full pot roast dinner in the Crockpot. Semi-waxy or waxy yellow potatoes work well here because they hold their shape better than starchy potatoes, such as Russet (which tend to disintegrate). Instead of yellow potatoes, red potatoes also work well.
  • Canned diced tomatoes – Tomato adds another layer of flavor here, and the juices make sure we have enough liquid to cook the pot roast.
  • Bay leaf – Adds complexity to the cooking liquid, and subtle herbal flavor notes.
  • Fresh parsley – We use fresh parsley as a garnish to add a pop of bright color and fresh flavor.

Instructions

Step 1: Prep the Vegetables

vegetables prepped for slow cooker pot roast meal

Chop the vegetables, crush the garlic, and mince the herbs.

Step 2: Brown the Roast and Deglaze the Skillet

how to sear beef to prepare for slow cooker
  1. Season the roast with salt and pepper. Heat olive oil in a skillet over high heat on the stovetop. Sear the roast on both sides, and then transfer it to a plate.
  2. To the same skillet, add the broth, tomato paste, garlic, rosemary, and thyme and bring up to a simmer.

Step 3: Assemble Everything in a Slow Cooker

how to make easy pot roast in crockpot

Important: Make sure to layer the ingredients as directed. This helps everything cook properly without overcooking.

  1. Spray the inside of a 6 or 8-quart slow cooker with olive oil cooking spray. Add the potatoes to the pot and spread them out evenly. Add the carrot and spread it out. Pour the diced tomatoes (with juices) on top.
  2. Add the bay leaf. Put the roast (with any juices from the plate) on top.
  3. Add the celery and onion, tucking them onto the side of the roast (it’s fine if they’re on top of the roast too).
  4. Pour the broth mixture on top.

Step 4: Set It and Forget It

making chuck roast pot roast in crockpot
  1. Cover the slow cooker. Cook on LOW for 8 to 10 hours for best results, or if you’re pressed for time, on HIGH for 5 to 6 hours. The meat is done when it’s tender enough to pull apart with a fork.
  2. This is how it looks when it’s done. Remove the vegetables and roast from the slow cooker. Carefully strain the hot liquid through a fine mesh sieve to serve it along with the meat and vegetables (or take a couple minutes to thicken it into gravy).

Storage

Store leftovers covered in the fridge for up to 4 days.

close up top view of easy pot roast recipe made in crockpot

Tips

  • Chuck roast – Look for a chuck roast with good marbling. This will add great flavor as the pot roast cooks, and make sure the end result is extremely tender and juicy.
  • To thicken the cooking liquid – After you strain it, transfer it to a saucepan on the stovetop over medium heat. Dissolve 2 tablespoons of cornstarch in 3 tablespoons of cold water and whisk it into the simmering liquid. Cook until thickened, about 1 to 2 minutes, whisking constantly.
  • Don’t skip the fresh herbs – With a meal that slow cooks all day, fresh herbs really help enhance and brighten the flavor.
  • A splash of vinegar – Other than when I make this dish during Passover, I like to add about a tablespoon of red wine vinegar to the cooking liquid before serving to wake up the flavors. (During Passover I use fresh lemon juice.) This is the secret ingredient that transforms mediocre pot roast gravy into an amazing gravy!
slow cooker pot roast with gravy and vegetables meal

Slow Cooker Pot Roast Recipe FAQs

What Cut of Beef is Best for Pot Roast?

Boneless beef chuck roast is the best cut for making pot roast.

It typically has great marbling, which results in a melt-in-your-mouth tender and juicy roast after braising.

well marbled chuck roast
Look for a well-marbled chuck roast.

Do You Have to Brown a Roast Before Putting it in the Crockpot?

Technically no, you don’t have to brown a roast before cooking it in the Crockpot. This recipe will still work without it!

But if you have a few extra minutes, I recommend searing the meat before slow cooking. This caramelizes the outside of the roast and results in a more flavorful dish.

Should Pot Roast be Covered with Liquid in a Slow Cooker?

We are essentially braising pot roast when we cook it in a slow cooker. That means it should be cooked low and slow, and only partially submerged in liquid.

Braising (or pot roasting) is a good way to cook cheaper cuts of meat because the end result is very tender. As the meat slow cooks, the connective tissue that holds the muscle together breaks down.

When braising, the liquid should cover about 2/3 of the meat.

close up of fork tender chuck roast pot roast on platter

Is it Better to Cook a Roast on High or Low in the Crockpot?

If you have the time, it’s best to cook pot roast on LOW for 8 to 10 hours. If you want the meat really tender, you can even go a little longer, like 11 or 12 hours. This ensures that the meat is tender enough to cut with a fork and extremely juicy. Dare I say, it’s the best pot roast of my life?!

However, if you’re pressed for time you can cook a pot roast in a Crockpot on HIGH for 5 to 6 hours.

Can I Add Red Wine to Pot Roast?

Yes! If you want to add red wine, reduce the beef broth to 1 cup and add 1/2 cup of dry red wine.

More Delicious Beef Main Courses to Make

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Crockpot Pot Roast Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time8 hours
Yields: 8 servings
This flavorful, juicy, and melt-in-your-mouth tender Crockpot pot roast recipe is a full meal with vegetables made in the slow cooker.

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Ingredients
 

  • 3 pounds chuck roast
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 6 large cloves garlic peeled and crushed
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced fresh thyme
  • 1 1/2 pounds yellow potatoes scrubbed and each cut into 4 pieces
  • 6 large carrots peeled, ends trimmed, and each cut into 3 pieces
  • 14.5 ounce can no-salt-added diced tomatoes with juices
  • 4 large stalks celery ends trimmed and each cut into 3 pieces
  • 2 large onions peeled and each cut into 8 pieces
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley for garnish

Instructions
 

To Prepare the Meat:

  • Season the roast on both sides with 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt and the black pepper. Add the olive oil to a large skillet over high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the chuck roast. Sear it on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer the roast to a plate.
  • Turn the heat down to medium. To the same skillet that you seared the roast in, add the broth, tomato paste, garlic, rosemary, and thyme. Bring up to a simmer, whisking to combine, and then remove from the heat.

To Cook:

  • Spray the inside of a 6 or 8-quart slow cooker with olive oil cooking spray. Add the potatoes to the pot and spread them out evenly. Add the carrot and spread it out. Pour the diced tomatoes (with juices) on top. Add the bay leaf. Put the roast (with any juices from the plate) on top. Add the celery and onion, tucking them onto the side of the roast (it’s fine if they’re on top of the roast too). Pour the broth mixture on top.
  • Cover the slow cooker. Cook on LOW for 8 to 10 hours for best results, or if you're pressed for time, on HIGH for 5 to 6 hours. The meat is done when it’s tender enough to pull apart with a fork.

To Serve:

  • Remove the vegetables and roast from the slow cooker. Carefully strain the hot liquid through a fine mesh sieve to serve it along with the meat and vegetables (see the Notes below if you want to thicken it into gravy).
  • Garnish with parsley.

Notes

  • Chuck Roast: Your roast doesn’t have to be exactly 3 pounds; anywhere from 2 1/2 to 3 pounds is fine. Look for a chuck roast with good marbling. This will add great flavor as the pot roast cooks, and make sure the end result is extremely tender and juicy.
  • To Thicken the Cooking Liquid: After you strain it, transfer it to a saucepan on the stovetop over medium heat. Dissolve 2 tablespoons of cornstarch in 3 tablespoons of cold water and whisk it into the simmering liquid. Cook until thickened, about 1 to 2 minutes, whisking constantly.
  • Don’t Skip the Fresh Herbs: With a meal that slow cooks all day, fresh herbs really help enhance and brighten the flavor.
  • A Splash of Vinegar: Other than when I make this dish during Passover, I like to add about a tablespoon of red wine vinegar to the cooking liquid before serving to wake up the flavors. (During Passover I use fresh lemon juice.)
  • Storage: Store leftovers covered in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 471kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 117mg | Sodium: 1124mg | Potassium: 1344mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 7992IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 5mg

Nutritional information is automatically calculated and should be used as an approximate.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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This post was first published on An Edible Mosaic on April 11, 2022 and updated on April 5, 2024.

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  1. 5 stars
    Delicious recipe. The crock pot roast was great. Thank you

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