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Slow Cooker Pot Roast Shopping Tips

Most cattle are fed a diet of grass until they are sent to a feedlot – where they are finished on corn. When possible, choose beef from cattle that are “100% grass fed” - it will be more expensive, but better for your health.

Slow Cooker Pot Roast Cooking Tips

The method used to cook beef is dependent on the cut. Cuts that are more tender, like filet mignon, should be cooked for a relatively short amount of time over high heat by grilling or sautéing. While less tender cuts, like brisket and short ribs, should be cooked for a longer time with lower heat by braising or stewing.

Best Ever Slow Cooker Roast

Do you have a roast and need a great recipe? This Best Ever Slow Cooker Roast is an easy recipe that you will definitely want to try!

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Recipe Summary

  • 1 (5 pound) bone-in beef pot roast
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, or as needed
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 8 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 ½ tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 ½ cups chicken broth
  • 3 medium carrots, cut into chunks
  • 2 stalks celery, cut into chunks
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme

Generously season both sides of roast with salt and pepper. Sprinkle flour over the top until well coated, and pat it into the meat. Shake off any excess.

Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Sear the roast on both sides for 5-6 minutes each, until well browned. Remove from the skillet and set aside.

Reduce the heat to medium and stir in mushrooms and butter cook for 3-4 minutes.

Stir in onion cook for 5 minutes, until onions are translucent and begin to brown. Add garlic, stir for about a minute.

Stir in 1 1/2 tablespoons flour cook and stir for about 1 minute. Add tomato paste, and cook for another minute.

Slowly add chicken stock, stir to combine, and return to a simmer. Remove skillet from the heat.

Place carrots and celery in the slow cooker. Place roast over the vegetables and pour in any accumulated juices. Add rosemary and thyme.

Pour onion and mushroom mixture over the top of the roast. Cover slow cooker, turn to high and cook the roast for 5-6 hours, until the meat is fork tender.

Skim off any fat from the surface and remove the bones. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Some of our absolute favorite slow cooker meals: Zuppa Toscana, Texas Chili, and Creamy Chicken Tacos.

Seriously, we could cook in a slow cooker or Instant Pot almost every night of the week. The ease and convenience of slow cooker cooking cannot be beat.

This Crockpot roast beef recipe is an easy recipe that has been in our family for years. It is so quick and simple that we really should think about making pot roast more often! And the leftovers are always phenomenal!

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This pot roast recipe delivers enough grub for a big Sunday night family dinner, while still leaving leftovers for the following week.

Our Best Slow-Cooker Recipes

Slow cookers are great for preparing warm and cozy comfort food, but we love them year-round. From helping to break down and tenderize tough cuts of meat, such as flank steak and chuck, to letting home cooks get a head start on dinner prep, slow-cookers truly work wonders. Prep a recipe, like Garlic Chicken with Barley pictured here, in the morning before you get your day started and it will be cooked through and delicious by dinnertime.

One of the most popular slow-cooker recipes is pulled pork. We have a recipe for Easy Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork that is delicious as a sandwich or served on its own. Another classic? Classic Pot Roast for the Slow Cooker&mdashit's a fabulous recipe for a special Sunday night dinner. The carrots and potatoes cook with the beef roast so everything absorbs the savory, rich flavors of garlic, tomato paste, red wine, chicken stock, and Worcestershire sauce.

Hosting a party? One of our favorite party starters is this Slow-Cooker Queso recipe. It's made with two varieties of cheese, cornstarch, evaporated milk, and diced tomatoes with chiles. The slow cooker keeps the queso warm and creamy and prevents it from breaking, so you get a luscious cheese pull every time you dip.

We even have a few sweet slow-cooker recipes. First, start your morning with Slow-Cooker Cinnamon Buns the pot not only thoroughly cooks the dough but keeps it super moist, too. Plus, each bun has that irresistible pull as you tear them apart. Or try fudgy and rich Slow-Cooker Triple Chocolate Brownies, which cook on low for about four hours.

Our slow-cooker recipes are flavorful, fabulous, and completely foolproof.

Slow Cooker Country Pot Roast

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Don't be surprised if your next-door neighbors come knocking on the door after getting a whiff of your Slow Cooker Country Pot Roast. The smell of this tender beef roast cooking up in your slow cooker all day is enough to get everyone rushing to your dinner table!

What You'll Need

  • 1 (3- to 3-1/2-pound) chuck roast
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 / 2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 / 2 cup water, divided
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

What to Do

  1. Sprinkle roast with salt and pepper on all sides. In a large skillet over high heat, heat oil brown roast on all sides.
  2. Place onions in a slow cooker place roast over onions.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix tomato paste, 1/4 cup water, Worcestershire sauce, rosemary, and garlic pour over roast.
  4. Cover and cook on HIGH 6 to 7 hours or on LOW 8 to 10 hours or until meat is very tender. Remove meat to a platter cover and keep warm.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk remaining water into flour until smooth. Whisk flour mixture into onions and sauce in slow cooker until thickened. Serve onion gravy over roast.

Test Kitchen Tips

  • For the perfect compliment to this recipe, check out our Classic Mashed Potatoes. The gravy in this recipe take them over the top!
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I also add a tiny bit of port wine or red wine to the roast beef recipe!

Cooking pot roast for a crowd in my electric roaster. About 10#. What temperature for how long should it cook?

This was delicious! No leftovers. Thanks for the recipes Mr. Food

Love these slow cooker recipes. They get the meat so tender which helps my husband eat it with his dentures. Have recently discovered the addition of tomato paste to lots of recipes deepens the overall flavor of the dish. Have not yet used it on a pot roast but will be making this soon. And the onion gravy sounds wonderful.

This is a regular on my recipe rotation. If I need something easier then I put the large chopped vegetables on the top like carrots and potatoes but if I have more time then I'll make mashed potatoes and gravy. And sometimes I compromise and make red skin smashed potatoes.

Made for a small get together, it was a hit ! Can't wait to make it again, another addition to my go to recipes !!

Didn't really care for this. Thought it was boring.

I would like to add carrots and chunks of potatoes to the Slow Cooker. At what point would be the best time to do this? Thank you! This makes my mouth 'water' just reading about it! )

If your carrots and potatoes are cut into 2-inch chunks or larger, then add them at the beginning of cook time. If they are cut into 1-inch chunks, then you should add them to the slow cooker 3 hours before end of cooking time.

No onions are listed in the ingredients.

I see a large onion, chopped, as the fifth ingredient.

Very, very good. Followed the recipe almost exactly, the only difference was that I did not add the tomato paste but did add everything else the recipe called for. Instead of the tomato paste, I added an envelope of onion gravy mix and about a cup of water. I did have to add the flour and water mixture at the end of the cooking time to add a bit more thickness to the gravy. The roast and gravy turned out excellently!

Is 1/4 cup of water basically all the moister you add to this roast?

Yes, you only need 1/4 cup of water because when you use a slow cooker covered, the steam increases the liquid in any recipe. Enjoy!

the tomato paste really enhanced the flavor combination. made gravy by adding 2 cups beef broth, my family HAS GOT TO HAVE NOODLES with rst beef along with mashed potatoes. again, super flavor!!

i really like this pot roast recipe, and my family really did too. made mashed potato's with it because the gravy turned out so good.

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Beef Pot Roast


  • 3 to 4-pound chuck pot roast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 to 4 medium potatoes, quartered
  • 3 to 4 carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 medium onions, quartered
  • 1/2 cup beef broth


  1. Sprinkle roast with salt and pepper.
  2. Place half of vegetables in bottom of slow cooker crock, top with roast, then add remaining vegetables and liquid.
  3. Cover and cook 5 hours on HIGH or 8 hours on LOW.


Make this delicious and hearty beef pot roast in any 5-6 Quart Slow Cooker . Garnish with fresh herbs and serve your family this easy dinner that will be loved by everyone.

Half of a 1 lb. bag of baby carrots can be used instead of 3-4 medium carrots. A long cooking time in moist heat will tenderize a tougher cut of meat. Therefore, using a lower-priced cut, such as chuck, is economical as well as delicious.

Undercooked pot roast will be tough and chewy. Allow your roast to cook longer, however, be sure to keep an eye on the liquid, if the liquid dries out it can lead to dry meat.

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  • Bottom round or Top round. These cuts are leaner and less tender than a chuck roast but the long slow cooking process in this recipe makes them &lsquofork-tender&rsquo.
  • Brisket. This cut has a lot of connective tissue that needs a long slow cooking process to break down. This recipe is ideal for a brisket.
  • Tri-tip. This is another inexpensive cut of meat that is rich in flavor. Typically, we cook a tri-tip in the oven or on the grill but it does very well in the slow cooker. We also enjoy tri-tip in the Instant Pot.
  • Chuck roast
  • Salt and pepper
  • Veggies. We used onions, carrots, and potatoes.
  • Herbs for amazing flavor: garlic, thyme, rosemary, bay leaves.
  • Red wine.
  • Dijon mustard.
  • Worcestershire sauce.
  • Beef broth.
  • Corn starch. Corn starch will thicken the gravy.

Other flavor variations:

-Make Mississippi pot roast sandwiches with this shredded beef and your favorite toppings like lettuce, cheese, coleslaw e.t.c. Use high quality thick bread so it doesn’t tear easily when eating.

-To make Mississippi pot roast with vegetables, add potatoes or carrots halfway through cooking.

-You can also make this roast with pork or chicken but it won’t be the original Mississippi roast recipe.


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