Long Cooking Pot Roast

pot roast with potatoes and carrots
The Spruce
  • Total: 11 hrs 25 mins
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Cook: 11 hrs
  • Yield: 1 pot roast (8 to 10 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
620 Calories
19g Fat
52g Carbs
59g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 pot roast (8 to 10 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 620
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 25%
Saturated Fat 7g 37%
Cholesterol 162mg 54%
Sodium 188mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Dietary Fiber 7g 24%
Protein 59g
Calcium 103mg 8%
*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.)

With this simple recipe for long cooking pot roast, you can be away all day and come home to a fabulous and hearty complete dinner. Big cuts of beef will most likely always take a long time to cook in the slow cooker. The tough cuts such as top round and chuck have lots of connective tissue that does not dissolve until the meat temperature reaches around 200 F. So, while a steak would be inedibly tough at that temperature, a roast becomes meltingly tender and succulent.


  • 1 (4 to 5 pound) lean top round beef roast
  • 3 to 4 onions (sliced)
  • 4 to 5 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 6 to 8 potatoes (peeled and cut into chunks)
  • 3 to 4 carrots (peeled and cut into chunks)
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 1/2 cup burgundy wine (or beef stock)
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram leaves

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Trim the visible fat off of the roast and discard.

  3. Place the onions, garlic, potatoes, and carrots vegetables in the bottom of a 4 to 5-quart crock pot. Place the beef roast on top. Sprinkle the soup mix over it all. Then pour the wine or stock over everything.

  4. Cover the crock pot and cook on low for 10 to 12 hours or until the beef and vegetables are tender. Skim the fat from the juices and serve with the beef and vegetables.

  5. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Variation

  • You can use other vegetables in this easy recipe. Add some thickly sliced red, yellow, or orange bell peppers, or fresh green beans. Some parsnips or turnips would be a nice change of pace.