This easy slow cooker pot roast is hearty and delicious!
It’s the perfect belly-warming food for those chilly nights!
It occurred to me recently that I had been imparting my food tastes upon my children. If I don’t like a particular food, I assume my kids don’t either. Shame on me, I’ve been sorely mistaken.
A great example of this would be brussels sprouts. For years I thought I hated Brussels sprouts until I made a few years ago. Not only did I fall in love with them, but the kids did too! I was shocked.
How could they like Brussels sprouts if I grew up despising them? It hit me: it isn’t what I was serving, it’s how I was serving them. Brussels sprouts were always good; it was just the way my mom prepared them that I didn’t like! This revelation changed everything.
This pot roast was another recipe revival. My mom’s pot roast was always bland and chewy. I assumed all pot roasts were like this.
Then I made this recipe. I love it; the family loves it, and I’m going to wager that you will love it too!
Slow Cooker Pot Roast With Vegetables
This slow cooker pot roast is a great way to use up vegetables! I used a combination of fingerling potatoes, parsnips, and carrots for this recipe. I find that these vegetables stand up really well to slow cooking.
You could certainly vary your vegetables, but I would stay away from quick-cooking vegetables like broccoli, mushrooms, green beans, and any leafy green.
How To Make Slow Cooker Pot Roast
To get the best flavor from your pot roast, start by browning your meat. I like to use a cast-iron skillet, I think it is a terrific conductor of heat.
Season your beef with salt and pepper then allow the beef to brown on all sides. The meat will not be cooked through; the slow cooker will take care of the rest of the cooking!
Arrange your potatoes, parsnips, and carrots on the bottom of the slow cooker. Arrange the beef over the veggies.
In a bowl, combine tomatoes, broth, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and vinegar. Pour over beef. Toss in fresh herbs and cover.
The beef will take about 6-8 hours on low to cook. This slow cooking will yield super flavorful beef and tender veggies!
Tips For Slow Cooker Pot Roast
- Don’t skip browning your beef! Not only does it speed up the cooking process, but the browned edges will add so much flavor to this pot roast.
- Try to have your vegetables the same size, this is ensure even cooking.
- Feel free to add a little red wine to the beef broth mixture. The red wine will deepen the flavors; the sauce will taste so much richer.
- To cut the time in half, allow the slow cooker to cook the pot roast on low for an hour then increase the temperature to high.
- Many people like adding onion soup mix to their pot recipe, you can certainly add the mix to this recipe, although I think you will find this recipe has plenty of flavor without it,
What Kind Of Beef is Best For Pot Roast
I know this doesn’t sound logical, but the tougher the meat the better when it comes to pot roast.
The tough cuts tender to break down and tenderize during a slow cooking process. As the meat breaks down they add flavor and richness to the broth or the sauce.
Look for a round roast, a brisket or a chuck roast. These cuts do not usually have a lot of fat or marbling.
What Goes Well With Pot Roast
Since the meal itself and can feel heavy, try serving a salad like this easy spinach salad, or these rosemary Parmesan rolls to sop up the sauce! Finish the meal off with a lime and strawberry sorbet to keep things light and refreshing!
If you like this, then you should try:
Guinness Slow Cooker Shortribs Recipe
Crockpot Beef Tips and Noodles
Easy Crockpot Pot Roast
Crockpot pot roast set over fingerling potatoes, carrots and parsnips!
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- salt and pepper
- 1 3 lb chuck roast
- 1 1/2 lb fingerling potatoes
- 2 parsnips
- 3 carrots
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 cup crushed tomatoes
- 2 cups beef broth
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 sprig fresh rosemary
- a handful of fresh thyme
- Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Season beef with salt and pepper and place in the hot skillet. Brown the meat for about 5-6 minutes per side.
- Place potatoes in the bottom of the crockpot. Cut parsnips and carrots into equal size chunks and add them to the potatoes. Place beef over vegetables.
- In a bowl, combine tomatoes, broth, garlic, Worcestershire sauce and vinegar. Pour over beef. Toss in fresh herbs and cover.
- Cook beef on low for 6-8 hours or until vegetables are tender.
Amount Per Serving Calories 530Total Fat 27gSaturated Fat 11gTrans Fat 2gUnsaturated Fat 14gCholesterol 141mgSodium 484mgCarbohydrates 28gFiber 5gSugar 4gProtein 46g
Everyone can use a great recipe for pot roast! This looks delicious!
I love pinto beans cooked in crockpot.
Julie @ Tastes of Lizzy T says
It’s hard to choose a favorite crockpot recipe because I love every.single.one. I’d have to say a classic pot roast like this tops my list. It’s always my birthday dinner choice! 🙂 Pinned!
A good pot roast recipe for sure. It’s perfect for chilly days
Amanda | The Chunky Chef says
We do pot roasts in the slow cooker all the time… it’s so convenient! Yours looks great 🙂
Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction says
I’ve been looking for a good pot roast recipe for the crock pot. I can’t wait to give this a try!
Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes says
My favorite crock pot recipe is chicken and dumplings! I love this pot roast idea! I felt like it was me writing that paragraph about the brussels sprouts 🙂 I just discovered a love for them a couple of years ago when I had them done right!
heather @french press says
I LOVE a good pot roast, and a crock pot one is even better 🙂 this looks beyond amazing, and everything that a lazy Sunday needs
We love pot roast around here and your recipe looks right up my alley!!
alexandra robertson says
This looks perfect for a cool fall dinner!! My favorite crock pot dish is chili! No beans though because we make texas chili and. there are no beans in real chili 🙂 extra beef though!
Lora @cakeduchess says
I know what you mean about Brussel sprouts…it all depends on how they’re made. There’s nothing like a great pot roast on a cold fall or winter day!
Nutmeg Nanny says
I love pot roast! Especially when it’s made with lots of vegetables…yum!
Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet says
Really, what beats a good pot roast for the perfect comfort dish? It’s always been one of my faves and yours looks great!
Laura @PetiteAllergyTreats says
I know the whole family would love this easy crock pot roast. Pot roast is one meal everyone fights for leftovers!
Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes says
I love easy pot roasts like this one – especially in the fall! Perfect comfort food!
I am looking forward to the weather cooling down so that I can make a pot roast soon, this looks like the perfect one to try!
Diane (Created by Diane) says
The weather is cooling off and this looks like a must make pot roast!
Christy Maurer says
I love using the crockpot because it is so convenient! My favorite recipe is simple round steak with dry onion soup mix, a can of cream of whatever soup and a little water. It is so good!
Jordan @ Smile Sandwich says
My mom used to make us pot roast at least once a week, as my grandpa was a cattle farmer. I loved to make a meal of Texas toast, mashed potatoes, pot roast and gravy … all in a big pile. 🙂 Love that this can cook while I’m away all day.
I love chicken and lentil stew!
A delicious classic made easier in the crock pot. Love this!!
Cathy Trochelman says
Funny how we do that, isn’t it? I never make peas, lima beans, meatloaf….the list goes on….because I don’t care for them! I’m sure my whole family would love this pot roast, though. (Another thing I’ve never made!)
Michelle @ My Gluten-free Kitchen says
This is very similar to my Crock Pot pot roast recipe, except for your clever use of fingerling potatoes and parsnips! Great ideas! This looks delish!
Heather @ Sugar Dish Me says
Crocktober. Ha! Love that! Also — why did I not see this when i was making pot roast the other day? Mine was just meh. Yours looks amazing! Stealing all your tips and tricks.
Lor Simpson says
My favorite crock pot recipe is an old family tradition! Beef and bean chili with tons of spicy flavor and fresh veggies!