Looking for an easy dinner to serve for Sunday roast? This Slow Cooker Pot Roast is perfect with just five ingredients and an easy cook time in the slow cooker.
The slow braise allows the flavors to develop, making this one of those slow cooker recipes the whole family will love!
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This classic pot roast recipe, one that cooks in the slow cooker all day, makes for a delicious meal any day of the week. Seasoned with a blend of herbs and spices, this easy recipe promises to please the entire family.
Not only is it easy to prepare, but it can cook all day on the low setting so that’s ready for dinner when you are. Make it a complete meal with veggies and a starchy side. It’s so good with Instant Pot Boiled Potatoes!
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Why Make This
It’s perfect comfort food. This slow cooker pot roast is perfect for these cold nights when you need a little comfort food, and whenever you find a good deal on chuck roast! It’s perfect with mashed potatoes, but feel free to add your favorite vegetables. You could even just add carrots and potatoes to the pot and call it good.
It’s got a gluten-free gravy. A good gravy is one of the beautiful fringe benefits of a slow cooker pot roast. Usually they are thickened with flour or cornstarch. This one has a secret ingredient, tomato sauce. Not only does the tomato sauce add a nice flavor to the jus, but it also thickens it just enough for it to serve as a decent gravy.
The leftover pot roast is delicious! You’re gonna love this easy slow cooker pot roast as soon as its made, but it’s tremendous the next day as well. The jus also makes a marvelous mix-in for soup when you have just a few bites of meat and sauce left. We’ve, ahem, enjoyed this a lot lately.
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Here’s what you’ll need to make this easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast:
olive oil – Just a bit of oil is needed to sear the beef roast. This contributes to the Maillard reaction, a chemical process that makes your pot roast taste amazing. Don’t skip it.
Basic Spice Blend – This basic seasoning blend is made from smoked paprika, garlic powder, black pepper, salt, and dried thyme. It really brings big flavor to beef dishes. It takes Carne Asada marinade over the top. If you don’t have the ingredients on hand to make this spice mix, go ahead and use what you do have or use another spice blend.
boneless chuck roast – This cut of beef is perfect for making a delicious pot roast. You can also use a rump roast.
onion – Some people like to add onion soup mix to their pot roast but I find that a sliced white or yellow onion is a cheaper option, especially in combination with the Basic Spice Blend.
tomato sauce – Canned tomato sauce thickens the drippings from your pot roast beautifully. It’s a nice alternative to thickening it with a roux or cornstarch slurry. You can also use a tablespoon or two of tomato paste diluted in water if that’s what you have.
water – I use water as an affordable braising liquid, but you can also use beef stock or beef broth or red wine if you prefer.
Here’s how easy it is to make a Slow Cooker Pot Roast:
In a large skillet or Dutch oven, heat the oil until shimmering. Meanwhile, rub 3 teaspoons Basic Spice Blend over all sides of the chuck roast.
When the oil is hot, place the roast in the pan to brown each side quickly. Remove to the crock of a slow cooker.
Add the onion slices to the drippings in the pan and cook, stirring, until tender and clear, about 7 minutes. Move to the crock.
Whisk together the tomato sauce and the water in the skillet, scraping up any brown bits. Add the remaining teaspoon of Basic Spice Blend and mix well. Transfer this mixture to the crock.
Cover and cook on LOW 6 to 8 hours or on the HIGH setting for 4 to 6 hours. The meat will be fall-apart tender. Transfer it to a serving platter and garnish the top of the roast with the onions from the pot and fresh herbs like fresh thyme.
Serve the roast beef with the jus over mashed russet potatoes or your favorite vegetables, such as baby carrots, red potatoes, or frozen green beans.
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Consume within 4 days. The leftover meat is great in sandwiches, chopped into soup, or tucked into tacos.
Pressure cooker instructions:
To make this easy pot roast recipe in the pressure cooker, cut the meat into several smaller chunks, about 1 to 2-inch portions. Once you’ve seared them in the hot oil in the bottom of the pan, add the other ingredients.
Secure the lid and close the pressure valve. Cook on high pressure for 45 minutes. Allow the pressure to release naturally before opening the lid and serving.
Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Tomato Gravy
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 4 teaspoon Basic Spice Blend
- 2 to 3 lb boneless, beef chuck roast
- 1 onion sliced
- 8 oz tomato sauce
- 1 cup water
- In a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil until shimmering. Meanwhile, rub 3 teaspoons Basic Spice Blend over all sides of the chuck roast. When the oil is hot, place the roast in the pan to brown each side quickly. Remove to the crock of a slow cooker.2 tablespoon olive oil, 4 teaspoon Basic Spice Blend, 2 to 3 lb boneless, beef chuck roast
- Add the onion slices to the drippings in the pan and cook, stirring, until tender and clear, about 7 minutes. Move to the crock.1 onion
- Whisk together the tomato sauce and the water in the skillet, scraping up any brown bits. Add the remaining teaspoon of Basic Spice Blend and mix well. Transfer this mixture to the crock.8 oz tomato sauce, 1 cup water
- Cover and cook on LOW 6 to 8 hours or on HIGH for 4 to 6 hours. The meat will be fall-apart tender. Serve the meat with the jus over mashed potatoes or your favorite vegetables.
This post was originally published on November 12, 2015. It has been updated for content and clarity.