Ultimate Slow Cooker Pot Roast

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Ultimate Slow Cooker Pot Roast that leaves you with tender meat, vegetables and a built in gravy to enjoy them all with in just 15 minutes of prep! Perfect weeknight dinner!

Ultimate Slow Cooker Pot Roast that leaves you with tender meat, vegetables and a built in gravy to enjoy them all with in just 15 minutes of prep! Perfect weeknight dinner!

Ultimate Slow Cooker Pot Roast is a perfect weeknight meal you can make with little effort the morning of and you can even prep the night before. This pot roast recipe is a pared down version of a recipe I used to use and adapted to give to client’s who’s children were going off on their own.

They wanted easy recipes they could make that would remind them of the meals I had made for them. This dish delivers on that promise offering a warm, hearty, healthy meal with little cooking knowledge needed and even without searing the meat you’ll have a delicious meal!Ultimate Slow Cooker Pot Roast that leaves you with tender meat, vegetables and a built in gravy to enjoy them all with in just 15 minutes of prep! Perfect weeknight dinner!The great thing about this Ultimate Slow Cooker Pot Roast is that the whole meal really is made in one place. We like to serve it with a side salad to add a fresh flavor to the meal but for wintery weather and busy weeknights this is pretty much the gold standard for us for delicious food!

You can add in other herbs and vegetables as you would like. We love playing with adding different root vegetables like turnips and parsnips, sometimes we add onion or sweet potatoes. In the fall we love different squash too. This dish can be adjusted to your favorite veggies with no problems!

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Ultimate Slow Cooker Pot Roast that leaves you with tender meat, vegetables and a built in gravy to enjoy them all with in just 15 minutes of prep! Perfect weeknight dinner!

Some quick tips about this Ultimate Slow Cooker Pot Roast:

  • Browning the beef in a pan before adding it to the slow cooker is a step I would not skip if even remotely possible. That crust is delicious and you don’t want to miss it.
  • Seasoning – Yes it looks like a lot of salt, but you also have to remember you have 3 pounds of vegetables under the meat you are seasoning too.
  • The cornstarch finisher – To thicken the liquid you’ll need some cornstarch. I usually add this in the last hour of cooking but a quick saucepan heat-up of the liquids with cornstarch will take care of it for you in just a couple of minutes too. It is just one more dish to wash, haha.
  • Yukon Potatoes – I love the buttery texture of a yukon gold, you can alternately use russet potatoes here without any problems too.
  • If you have fresh thyme by all means use it, I just like how easy this recipe is and pantry friendly so I normally use dried thyme unless I already have fresh on hand.

Ultimate Slow Cooker Pot Roast that leaves you with tender meat, vegetables and a built in gravy to enjoy them all with in just 15 minutes of prep! Perfect weeknight dinner!

 Tools Used in the Making of this Ultimate Slow Cooker Pot Roast:
Slow Cooker: Love this slow cooker and how programmable it is, it has been a workhorse for me… until…
My New Slow Cooker: This recipe was made in this slow cooker. For larger roasts I also brown the meat in the insert and not lose a bunch of the flavor by transferring the meat and leaving the browned bits behind. If you’re thinking of a new slow cooker, consider it if your budget is open.
Better Than Bouillon: I use this for most recipes where I call for broth (I have it in Chicken, Vegetable, Beef and Mushroom (I love this one for adding umami flavor to things). Its so easy to just add a spoonful to some water and it is just beef broth that has had the water cooked out of it.

Ultimate Slow Cooker Pot Roast that leaves you with tender meat, vegetables and a built in gravy to enjoy them all with in just 15 minutes of prep! Perfect weeknight dinner!

Ultimate Pot Roast



Ultimate Slow Cooker Pot Roast

4.98 from 236 votes
  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes
  • Course: Main Course
  • Cuisine: American
  • Author: Sabrina Snyder
Ultimate Slow Cooker Pot Roast that leaves you with tender meat, vegetables and a built in gravy to enjoy them all with in just 15 minutes of prep! Perfect weeknight dinner!


  • 4-5 pound chuck roast
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 pound carrots peeled and cut into 2" chunks
  • 2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • minced parsley optional, to garnish


Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Season the chuck roast with the Kosher salt, pepper and thyme (if you are sensitive to sodium, adjust to your taste or you can even leave the salt out altogether since you're adding broth).

  2. Heat your pan (or if you can brown in your slow cooker, do it in that insert to medium high.

  3. Add the canola oil and when it ripples and is hot add in the roast and brown, deeply, for 4-5 minutes on each side.

  4. In your slow cooker add the carrots, potatoes and garlic.
  5. Lay the beef on top, then add the beef broth and cover, cooking on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 5-6 hours.

  6. In the last hour mix your cornstarch and water and add it to the slow cooker to thicken the sauce or you can take the food out when done cooking, and add the leftover liquid to a small saucepan with the cornstarch/water mixture and cook on high for just 2-3 minutes until the liquid is thickened into a gravy.

  7. Pour the gravy over the meat and garnish with parsley if desired.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 8 servings, Amount per serving: 542 calories, Calories: 542g, Carbohydrates: 21g, Protein: 47g, Fat: 29g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Cholesterol: 156mg, Sodium: 1039mg, Potassium: 1435mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 9500g, Vitamin C: 16.5g, Calcium: 99g, Iron: 8.8g

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Ultimate Slow Cooker Pot Roast that leaves you with tender meat, vegetables and a built in gravy to enjoy them all with in just 15 minutes of prep! Perfect weeknight dinner!

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  1. This is pretty horrible recipe and the cooking time is way off. I used a 4.5lb chuck roast and it was done at 6.5 hours. Additionally this has zero flavor. I added pearl onions at the beginning and when I saw how flavorless this was I added Worcestershire sauce and some dry red cooking wine. I let it set on warm for another hour and a half…..total waste of $65 in ingredients.

  2. SO delicious and easy. Pop this into the crockpot before you leave for work and when you get home, dinner is served!

  3. I used this recipe due to its simplicity, as this was my first time making a pot roast. I put twice as much garlic as the recipe said and used the recipe seasoning requirements on half the amount of meat (I also added some herbs). I used a round bottom roast that I found on sale in the meat aisle of the grocery store (I am a grad student and can’t really afford to get a super expensive cut of meat). I seared the meat like instructed and overall followed the recipe (using celery, carrots, and potatoes as veggies). While the meat it was definitely not dry, its interior was not very flavorful. (Perhaps I should have let the seasonings sit on it all day, like I said before, this was my first time and this recipe did not tell me to do that). The vegetables were good though. Overall I thought this was a mediocre recipe and I will probably try a different one next time.

  4. I’ve loved every recipe on this site (and I’ve made at least ten), but not this one. Not sure what went wrong. Used good quality chuck roast, salted and seared as instructed, and final result was fall apart tender but soooo bland. I used beef broth but not the same brand—maybe variances in sodium for different brands of broth? Maybe I lost seasoning in the searing process?

    Seems like something is going on if recipe is working for some but coming out bland for more than just one or two others.

  5. I’m making this for tonight. For something different I add radishes. They’re delicious cooked. Kinda like a very mild turnip. People who don’t know think they’re potatoes.

  6. This is my family’s favorite pot roast recipe! One small critique – I never have to cook the meat nearly as long as the recipe calls for, whether using high or low power on the slow cooker. This morning, I was up early enough to use the low power setting, and it only took 2.5 hours to get the 4.05 lb roast to 170 degrees. It’s no big deal though, I just periodically check it with a thermometer and remove it at the desired temp and shred it. Then I continue the carrots and potatoes until desired tenderness.

  7. This is the only pot roast recipe I use now. Delicious. I add some whole mushrooms. This turns out perfect every time. Thank you!

    1. I figured it would need some flavour to so I cooked it with rosemary, sage, Italian seasoning, bay leaves. Plus added a clubhouse pot roast seasoning mix but instead of mixing it with water I used a 3/4 cup of red wine! Came out delicious.

  8. This was absolutely perfect! Gravy is so easy and truly thickens up in the last hour!! This will be my go to recipe every time… Put it together in no time and so nice that the ingredients are ones that are staples in the kitchen!! Thank you so much!

  9. Very basic , I added worcestshire and a little red wine to the broth , celery and onions to the veggies , fresh thyme and a bay leaf and also a can of roasted garlic tomatoes for the acidity , it was really good!

  10. Simple, fast and good. Family favourite that we’ve made many times. For those complaining of blandness- buy meat from a good butcher, be liberal with the salt and sear the meat longer. Few but quality ingredients makes this work. This is a lazy day recipe and the prep is further shortened by using whole new potatoes and baby carrots. I prefer fresh thyme and I like a thicker gravy so add more cornstarch or flour.

  11. Oh geezzz how I could forget…
    I didn’t have any beef broth on hand; how about I simply, added my go to “Orrington Frarms Broth Base & Seasoning” to two cups of water, mixed with the juices and fat from my searing pan and WOW!!! Okay I’m done being excited.

    Thanks for a really awesome recipe, one I will continue to use!

  12. Ended up having to trash the rest after we ate enough to make a meal. Zero flavor. Really mad at myself for such a waste of good meat on a terrible recipe. Should’ve known better! Literally zero flavor.

  13. This is the 2nd time making this don’t go by the times listed because you probably over cook it. My first time I went low for 8 hours checked the internal temp on the meat at 6 hours and it was 195. Came out like boot leather also you want the meat in the liquid if doesn’t fit in the liquid cut it in 2 or 3 parts it’s under the liquid. use a meat thermometer 145 med-rare to 150 medium check how soft the potato’s and carrots.

    1. I will agree that slow cookers can differ as far as if they run hot or not. The best way is to use a meat thermometer to get an accurate internal temperature. Thanks for the suggestion.

  14. This is the third time I’ve made this. It’s very good. I spend a lot of time searing the meat and add a dash or two of Peter Luger’s steak sauce for some kick. I add flour after the meat is out of the crock pot to thicken the gravy. It freezes very well. I usually eat one portion and put the rest in ziplock freezer bags – perfectly heated up in the air fryer. Thank you for a simple and delicious meal.

  15. OMG, this was the best pot roast I’ve ever had!!! I used more salt pepper and added some Worcestershire sauce to the meat when in the crockpot. DELICIOUS!

    1. Haha…as I was pulling my spices out I thought about Worcestershire sauce…I will definitely add a little the next time. Thanks for sharing that, and I agree, this was my beat one ever, and I won’t say how many years I’ve been cooking ?

      And it was so easy and simple, even better!!!

  16. OK – just buying a “chuck roast” is an adventure in a Barcelona butcher shop. The names for all the cuts of beef you have known all your life — out the window. I googled for information and some were good and some very wrong! I showed my butcher the cow and and where the chuck was located and what I thought it was called in Spanish. He agreed that it was a good cut but he had a more tender cut. I gave it a try. Delicious. This recipe is so simple and delicious that the entire experience was positive! Thanks!

    1. Going to try this myself, so exciting your experience sounds! I went to Barcelona a few years back and the cuisine was most of the best I’ve ever had! I live at the top of Minnesota, I will go to our local butcher and get some fresh local chuck with a good marble! Wish me luck.

  17. It was delicious! Family loved it. Browning the meat beforehand was what really added that touch I was looking for too. Great meal, thank you.

  18. This looks like an amazing recipe and I’m going to cook it today but my SO got a 2.08 lb instead of 4. Do I need to adjust the cooking time? If so what would you recommend?

    1. What quality of meat did you use?? Why would it be bland with all the ingredients given in the recipe?? It was a rude commentary. Perhaps you could add your suggestions instead of just a bruising and actually questionable critique, that would actually be helpful. For me, it was delicious.

    2. Do you not have taste buds? This is such a flavorful melt in your mouth roast. Did you use a coarse sea salt to bring out those flavors. Or maybe you should get checked for Covid. This is an amazing recipe. I learned how to make this from my Mem and has been my favorite for 50 years. I usually do it in a cast iron pot right in my oven. I was checking with Sabrina for slow cooker time because it has to make a two hour trip. this is almost identical except for a couple of family secrets. You’re awesome Sabrina. K T P is clueless!

  19. Made it for the Fam-bam and it was an instant hit !!! From the tender meat to the thick savory gravy and vegetables.

    Great for those cold winter nights –

  20. My go to recipe is similar. Brown roast, place in roaster with potatoes and carrots, and onions. Parsnips, too if I have. Cover top of roast with a package of dry onion soup mix, pour a can of Diet Coke over all and bake.

  21. The best pot roast recipe. Hands down.

    Really easy to perfectly pull this off. No fancy or hard to find ingredients.

    The juice / gravy is wonderfully flavorful.

    This is my new go to.

  22. This is my go to recipe, I add celery, baby carrots and the mini potatoes (the kind in the netted bags with 1.5 pounds of the mini’s inside.) As well as minced garlic. I always season and deeply brown the roast first! Put it on top of the veggies, add beef broth, cover and slowly cook it…on low for about 8-10 hours. I prep is as soon as I get home from work at 7am. It cooks all day(and smells AMAZING) I got up, make the gravy and my family has dinner ! There is never any left overs!

  23. I wanted to try something different from my pot roast and went with this recipe. It was delicious. I was out of thyme so improvised with a few different spices.
    I also added celery, red onion, and cabbage.

    1. Bacon is always a winning idea! I’d cook it up until it’s crisp and add it into the slow cooker for the last hour of cooking. Enjoy!