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Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Slow Cooker Pot Roast – The best tender pot roast with vegetables and gravy. This easy pot roast recipe cooks all day in your crockpot. It’s perfect for Sunday dinner or a weeknight meal!

Slow Cooker Pot Roast in a crock pot, with tender fall apart beef, carrots, potatoes and gravy.

This slow cooker pot roast is one of the best meals I’ve made recently. Pot roast is one of those meals that brings up memories of cozy Sunday dinners at home and Mom’s home cooking. It’s the perfect hearty comfort food as we head into fall and winter!

If you have a pressure cooker, you might like my Instant Pot Pot Roast recipe because you can cook a chuck roast to tender perfection in 2 hours start to finish. When you want the convenience of prepping your dinner in the morning and letting it slow cook while you go about your day, then this Slow Cooker Pot Roast recipe is perfect. Like my Crockpot Chicken and Potatoes and Slow Cooker Beef Stew, this hearty meal will be hot and waiting for you when you’re ready to eat dinner.

As this crock pot roast cooks all day in your slow cooker, the flavors will develop and you will have a warm, wholesome meal to enjoy at dinner time. Pot roast could be considered a complete meal as is, with the meat, potatoes and carrots. I like to serve some crusty bread, biscuits or yeast rolls on the side for soaking up extra gravy. If you have time to make a quick green salad, it adds fresh flavor to the meal.

Slow Cooker Pot Roast with beef chuck roast, potatoes and carrots, served on a plate with a fork.

How to Make Slow Cooker Pot Roast

This recipe takes about 20 minutes to prep and then you can either cook it on low or high in your crock pot, depending on what time of day you want to prep your roast.

You will need a 5 quart or larger slow cooker to make this recipe. This is the slow cooker that I use and recommend. You can fit a 3 to 4 pound roast in a 5 quart slow cooker. If you want to cook a larger beef chuck roast, you’ll need a 6 quart or larger slow cooker.

Here are the steps to prepare this pot roast:

Sear the meat. Browning the beef chuck roast in a pan on the stove will add so much flavor to your meal, so I urge you not to skip this step. Heat some olive oil in a skillet, Dutch oven or other large pan on the stove. While the pan heats up, season the roast with salt and pepper on all sides. Sear the meat for 4-5 minutes per side, until browned. Then transfer the roast to a clean plate.

Sauté onion and garlic. In the same hot pan, add a chopped onion. Cook the onion for about 2 minutes, until it begins to soften. Again, you are layering the flavors of your dish with these stove top steps. Next you’ll add some minced garlic and flour to the pan. Cook these for 30 seconds, stirring. The flour is going to help to thicken the gravy.

Deglaze the pan. Pour in the beef broth and scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. You want all of those bits in your gravy because they add more flavor! Remove the pan from the heat and stir in tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce and dried thyme. You’ve now added all of the ingredients that will make up your gravy.

Add vegetables, meat and gravy to slow cooker. Add a single layer of carrots and potatoes to your slow cooker and pour the broth mixture from the skillet over the vegetables. Then place the browned roast on top. Fit the rest of the veggies around the sides of the roast. Put the lid on the slow cooker and cook according to the directions below.

How Long to Cook Pot Roast in a Slow Cooker

Cook a 3 to 4 pound boneless chuck roast for 8-10 hours on your slow cooker’s low setting or 4-5 hours on the high setting. The pot roast is done when the meat is fall apart tender and the vegetables are tender.

Overhead view of chuck roast in a slow cooker with vegetables and gravy.

How to Thicken Gravy for Pot Roast

After your pot roast is done cooking, you may want to thicken the gravy. The easiest way to do this is to stir in a cornstarch slurry during the last hour of slow cooking time. You’ll combine two tablespoons of cornstarch with two tablespoons of water in a small bowl and stir until smooth. Stir this mixture into the slow cooker when there is one hour of cook time left. I find that the gravy thickens best on high, so if you have your slow cooker set to low you may want to increase the heat to high at this point.

You can also thicken the gravy on the stove. This is faster, but takes a little more effort. You will need to remove the meat, potatoes and carrots from the crock pot and then transfer the juices in the pot to a pan on the stove. Stir in the cornstarch slurry and cook over medium high heat for 2 to 3 minutes, until thickened.

More Slow Cooker Meals

  • Slow Cooker Taco Pasta
  • Crockpot Chicken and Mushrooms
  • Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice
  • Slow Cooker Turkey Chili
  • Crockpot Lasagna

Close up of slow cooker pot roast in a slow cooker.

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