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Crock Pot Roast

A fool proof recipe for The Best Crock Pot Roast. Fall apart tender beef that's been deliciously seasoned, served with carrots and potatoes!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 hrs
Total Time10 hrs 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crock pot roast, pot roast, slow cooker pot roast
Servings: 10
Calories: 550kcal

Ingredients

  • 5 pound chuck roast boneless and excess fat trimmed
  • 2 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon pepper or to taste
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 pound potatoes such as Yukon Gold or Russet, peeled and cut in cubes
  • 1 pound carrots peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 large onions peeled and quartered
  • 5 cloves garlic peeled and smashed
  • 3 cups beef broth low sodium or no sodium added
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoon water

Instructions

SLOW COOKER

  • Season the chuck roast generously with salt and pepper. Use your hands to rub in the salt and pepper in all the cracks and crevasses, to ensure maximum flavor.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chuck roast to the skillet and sear on all sides until brown. About 4 minutes per side.
  • Transfer the pot roast to the insert of your slow cooker. 
  • Add the potatoes, carrots, onion, and garlic, beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, and herbs to the slow cooker. 
  • Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours or on high for 4 to 5 hours, until the roast is tender.
  • Transfer the pot roast to a platter and let it rest for 15 minutes. 
  • Discard the herbs from the slow cooker. Use a spoon to skim any visible fat from the surface of the liquid.
  • Whisk the cornstarch with the water and add to the slow cooker. Stir everything together and cook on high for 20 minutes or so until the sauce thickens up a bit. Add more cornstarch if you're looking for more of a thicker gravy.
  • Slice the beef or shred it with a couple forks. Serve the beef with the potatoes and carrots and drizzle with gravy.

OVEN

  • Preheat your oven to 350 F degrees. Season the chuck roast generously with salt and pepper. Use your hands to rub in the salt and pepper in all the cracks and crevasses, to ensure maximum flavor.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the chuck roast to the Dutch oven and sear on all sides until brown; about 4 minutes per side.
  • Add the potatoes, carrots, onion, and garlic, beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, and herbs to the Dutch oven. Bring to a simmer, cover with lid and transfer to the preheated oven. 
  • Roast for 3 to 4 hours until the meat starts to fall apart. Transfer the pot roast to a platter and let it rest for 15 minutes.
  • Whisk the cornstarch with the water and add to Dutch oven. Stir everything together and cook on high for 5 minutes or so until the sauce thickens up a bit. Add more cornstarch if you're looking for more of a thicker gravy.
  • Slice the beef or shred it with a couple forks. Serve the beef with the potatoes and carrots and drizzle with gravy.

INSTANT POT

  • Season the chuck roast generously with salt and pepper. Use your hands to rub in the salt and pepper in all the cracks and crevasses, to ensure maximum flavor.
  • Turn the Instant Pot to the saute setting. (See your manufacturer's guide for detailed instructions on how to use your instant pot). Add the olive oil and wait for the oil to heat. 
  • Add the chuck roast to the Instant Pot and sear the meat on all sides. About 4 minutes per side. 
  • Add the potatoes, carrots, onion, and garlic, beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, and herbs to the Instant Pot. Close the lid (follow the manufacturer's guide for instructions on how to close the instant pot lid). Set the Instant Pot to the Manual setting and set the timer to 80 minutes on high pressure.
  • Once the Instant Pot cycle is complete, wait until the natural release cycle is complete, should take about 10 to 15 minutes. Follow the manufacturer's guide for quick release, if in a rush. Carefully unlock and remove the lid from the instant pot. Transfer the pot roast to a serving platter, and let it rest for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Turn the Instant Pot to the high saute setting. Whisk the cornstarch with the water and add to the Instant Pot. Stir and cook for 5 to 10 minutes or until the sauce thickens a bit. 
  • Slice the beef or shred it with a couple forks. Serve the beef with the potatoes and carrots and drizzle with gravy.

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Notes

  1. Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.

Nutrition

Calories: 550kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 156mg | Sodium: 835mg | Potassium: 1483mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 7625IU | Vitamin C: 11.4mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 5.9mg