Basic Crock Pot Beef Roast With Vegetables

Crockpot beef roast recipe

​The Spruce Eats / Katarina Zunic

  • Total: 9 hrs 18 mins
  • Prep: 18 mins
  • Cook: 9 hrs
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
361 Calories
5g Fat
66g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 361
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 313mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 66g 24%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Protein 5g
Calcium 127mg 10%
*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 pot roast is a simple preparation, yet it offers amazing flavor. With a variety of vegetables and straightforward seasonings, it's a complete meal in one pot. The slow cooker is the perfect appliance for a pot roast, and it doesn't heat up the kitchen the way the oven or stovetop does. 

As with many slow cooker recipes, it's easy to adapt the dish to suit your tastes. If your family isn't fond of carrots, replace them with parsnips or chunks of rutabaga. Or add more potatoes to the pot. For extra color, add some frozen green beans or mixed vegetables about 30 to 45 minutes before the pot roast is ready.

Serve the pot roast and vegetables with hot baked biscuits or crusty bread for a tasty and satisfying family dinner. 

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds beef chuck roast
  • Pinch Kosher salt
  • Pinch black pepper (freshly ground)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium onions (sliced)
  • 1 1/2 pounds potatoes (small round, peeled or left unpeeled, scrubbed)
  • 3 to 4 medium carrots (peeled and cut in 1/2-inch by 3-inch sticks)
  • 3 cloves garlic (peeled)
  • 4 to 6 sprigs of thyme (or about 1 teaspoon dried leaf thyme)
  • 2 cups beef broth (preferably unsalted or no sodium)
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch 
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons water (cold)
  • 2 teaspoons butter

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for beef pot roast with vegetables
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  2. Sprinkle the pot roast lightly with Kosher salt and pepper.

    Sprinkle meat
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  3. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and sear the pot roast on all sides.

    Heat olive oil
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  4. Add the onions and continue cooking until onions are just beginning to brown. 

    Add onions
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  5. Put the potatoes, carrots, and garlic in the slow cooker. Add the browned roast and the onions, along with the thyme sprigs or dried thyme. 

    Carrots and potatoes
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  6. Combine the beef broth with the Worcestershire sauce and pour over the roast and vegetables. 

    Combine
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  7. Cover and cook on LOW for 9 to 11 hours, or on HIGH for about 4 to 5 1/2 hours. 

    Cover and cook
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  8. Remove the roast and vegetables to a platter and keep warm.

    Remove the roast
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  9. Strain the remaining broth and let stand for a few minutes. Skim off fat. Or, use a gravy separator to skim the fat.

    Strain
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  10. Put the juices in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil for about 10 minutes, or until the broth has reduced to about 1 1/2 to 2 cups. 

    Sauce in pan
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  11. In small bowl, combine the cornstarch and water.

    Cornstarch and water
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  12. Stir in the cornstarch mixture and cook until thickened.

    Stir in cornstarch
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  13. Stir in the butter. Taste and adjust seasonings.

    Butter
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  14. Drizzle some of the sauce over the meat and vegetables and serve the rest at the table.

    Pot roast with vegetables
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Tips

  • Tougher cuts of meat are ideal for long, slow cooking. They have lots of connective tissue which breaks down and makes the meat tender and succulent. Choose a cut from the chuck, such as the chuck arm, 7-bone, blade, or chuck eye. Other excellent options include the beef brisket (not corned), rump roast, or bottom round.