Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast

Slow cooker pot roast

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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 9 hrs
Total: 9 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Yield: 1 pot roast
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
692 Calories
35g Fat
36g Carbs
60g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 692
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 35g 45%
Saturated Fat 14g 72%
Cholesterol 188mg 63%
Sodium 1260mg 55%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 60g
Vitamin C 12mg 62%
Calcium 91mg 7%
Iron 7mg 38%
Potassium 1489mg 32%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This easy, popular, slow cooker pot roast is made with only four ingredients and water. Use a good lean beef chuck roast in this recipe, or look for a cut of beef with "pot roast" on the label. The onion soup mix flavors this pot roast perfectly and the long slow cooking has the pot roast falling apart tender. No searing is needed with this recipe, just put in the roast and the other ingredients, then top off with the soup mix and water and let it cook. The slow cooker will do the rest. 

Enjoy this pot roast with some homemade biscuits or dinner rolls.


  • 3 pounds lean beef chuck roast

  • 1 1/2 pounds new potatoes, or to taste

  • 1/2 pound baby carrots, or to taste

  • 2 (1-ounce) envelopes onion soup mix

  • 2 cups water

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast recipe ingredients
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  2. Place beef pot roast in crock pot.

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  3. Add new potatoes and carrots.

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  4. Sprinkle with onion soup mix. 

    Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast recipe
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  5. Pour water over pot roast.

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  6. Cook on low 8 to 10 hours or until tender.

    Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast recipe
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  • Cuts of beef for pot roasts are often labeled by the grocer, but if not, choose a lean chuck roast, blade roast, 7-bone, rump roast, bottom round, or shoulder roast.
  • The juices tend to be watery by the end of the cooking time, so when the roast is done, keep it warm and pour juices into a medium saucepan. Bring the juices to a boil and simmer briskly until reduced and more flavorful, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  • To thicken, combine 1 to 2 tablespoons of cornstarch or flour with a few tablespoons of cold water. Mix until smooth, and stir into the simmering juices. Serve the gravy or juices with the sliced pot roast.
  • Make your own homemade onion soup mix instead of using a store-bought one. It's easy, and you will probably have the ingredients at home already.

Recipe Variations

  • Add some more veggies into the mix. Throw in some green beans, sliced mushrooms, or whatever vegetable you desire.
  • Substitute sweet potatoes or turnips for the potatoes.
  • Add in some sliced red or yellow onion for additional oniony flavor.
  • Love garlic? Add some chopped garlic into the slow cooker.

Why is my crock pot roast not tender?

If your pot roast is not tender or doesn't pull apart with a fork, most likely it hasn't cooked long enough. Simply let it cook longer.