Easy slow cooker pot roast needs just 15 minutes of hands-on time before it practically cooks itself. Use 5-minute homemade cream of mushroom soup and serve with a simple salad with homemade Italian dressing and dinner is DONE!
This DELICIOUS slow cooker pot roast recipe keeps showing up on our weekly menu.
- Hands-off. You dump everything in the pot and cook it.
- Cheap. Chuck roasts, potatoes and carrots are some of the cheapest real foods at the store.
- Great as leftovers.
- 15 minutes of hands-on (i.e. dumping everything in the pot).
- Really, really good.
- Tastes like Mom’s cooking.
- Comfort food, made easy.
- Freezer-friendly (both for a future freezer meal, or as leftovers)
Here’s What You Need
- Beef. Chuck roast works the best, but a round roast will work as well. (See note below on beef – brisket is a tougher cut and not ideal for this recipe.)
- Carrots. You can use baby carrots, or you can make this with large carrots cut into 1” pieces.
- Potatoes. Use baby red potatoes or russet potatoes, quartered. (Yukon gold potatoes are also good.)
- Cream of Mushroom Soup. I highly recommend homemade cream of mushroom soup, which takes LITERALLY 5 MINUTES and tastes a million times better than any canned soup ever will. If you’re pressed for time, make it the night before.
- Dry Onion Soup Mix. Again, I highly recommend making dry onion soup mix yourself. It takes 2 minutes and WAY healthier than the store-bought packets.
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Notes on Ingredients
- Don’t like carrots? Try different veggies like parsnips, turnips, daikon radish, rutabaga, yams and/or sweet potatoes.
- Don’t like cream of mushroom soup? Make cream of celery soup instead OR make cream of beef (substituting beef stock for chicken stock). If you’re going store-bought, you need one can.
- Don’t want to make dry onion soup mix? Store-bought is fine, you need one packet.
Notice that you DON’T need beef broth, pepper, or garlic cloves (or garlic powder). All three of these ingredients are already in the dry onion soup mix and the mushroom soup!
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Step by Step Instructions for the Crockpot
- If you cut the recipe in half, keep the SAME cooking time.
- If you want to use a larger, 6 lb roast, make sure your slow cooker slow cooker is large enough to handle that size roast (like this 8.5 qt slow cooker, or an 8 qt Instant Pot with a slow cooker function). Double everything else and cook for 10 hours!
- Don’t add any milk or water – it’s not needed.
- Make this crock pot pot roast in the Instant Pot using my slow cooker to Instant Pot conversion guide.
- How to Thicken the Gravy: You can take the liquid in the slow cooker and turn it into a gravy on the stove top:
- Pour the gravy into a sauce pan or Dutch oven and bring to a low boil over medium-high heat.
- Combine 3 Tbsp of corn starch and 3 Tbsp water in a mug and stir together.
- Pour the cornstarch slurry into the sauce pan, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon.
- The sauce will thicken to a gravy to pour over your slow cooker pot roast.
- (Optional, but you can sub red wine for some of the water if you want a richer gravy.)
- If you don’t want to make cream of mushroom soup or dry onion soup mix, store-bought is fine. You need one can of soup, and one packet of seasoning.
No need to brown the roast before putting it in the crockpot.
You do NOT need to add any water to this recipe!
Instant Pot roast is YUMMY…. But it turns out to be less tender when compared to the Crock Pot version.
Any large piece of meat that you use in the crock pot will get more tender the longer it is cooked.
To Serve Slow Cooker Pot Roast
- This recipe feeds my family of 4 and makes at least 2 lunches with the leftovers!
- Use your Instant Pot for steamed broccoli on the side and dinner practically cooked itself! (I know you love your slow cooker, but curious if the Instant Pot is right for you? Read my review.)
- If you don’t have an Instant Pot, sautéed green beans would go great with this pot roast!
- Try my easy dinner rolls, or serve with a loaf of simple sourdough bread to pair with this dish. What a feast!
- If you happen to have two crockpots, I definitely recommend slow cooker peach cobbler for dessert.
- Try garnishing with fresh herbs like fresh thyme sprigs or fresh rosemary.
More Easy Crockpot Recipes
- The Best Slow Cooker Carnitas
- Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken
- White Chicken Chili
- Slow Cooker Mexican Potato Soup
- Easy Slow Cooker Brisket
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Watch How to Make Classic Slow Cooker Pot Roast
Classic Slow Cooker Pot Roast
Slow Cooker Pot Roast is such an easy crock pot recipe. Dump the ingredients in the pot and go! It’s healthy, freezer-friendly, and makes great leftovers!
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 hours
- Total Time: 10 hours 15 minutes
- Yield: Serves 4 1x
- Category: Main meals
- Method: Slow cooker
- Cuisine: American
- Place half the potatoes and carrots on the bottom of the slow cooker.
- Next, place the chuck roast on top of the vegetables.
- Place remaining vegetables on top and around the chuck roast.
- Pour homemade dry onion soup mix and homemade cream of mushroom soup over the top.
- Cover with a lid and cook on low for at least 8 hours, preferably 10.
- Shred meat slightly with two forks, serve hot.
- Don’t add any additional liquid – it’s not needed.
- A longer cooking time is best – aim for 10 hours on low.
- Chuck roast tastes best for this recipe, but a shoulder roast will work in a pinch.
- If you don’t have time to make dry onion soup mix or cream of mushroom soup, you need one packet of dry onion soup mix and one can of cream of mushroom soup.
- Calories: 1137
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