Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast (Crockpot Recipe)

This Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast makes the most tender, fall apart beef. This chuck roast is so simple to make in the crockpot, nestled with all the tender potatoes, carrots and onions that soak up all that flavor. It’s all top with the most flavorful gravy!

easy slow cooker pot roast with veggies

Juicy, tender Easy Slow Cooker Beef Roast with seasoned vegetables is the perfect Sunday night meal for. Whether it’s a last minute family gathering or a big group of friends round, this is the original crowd pleaser!

How To Make This Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast – Step by Step

Spray the inside of the crock with nonstick spray and add 1-cup beef broth. Set the slow-cooker to HIGH heat. Cover and allow to heat while prepping the vegetables and beef.


Add the onion and carrot halves to a skillet with hot oil and butter, cook until the vegetables are seared (browned). Then transfer the vegetables to the slow-cooker.


Generously sprinkle the entire roast with salt, pepper and smoky paprika. Set the roast in the skillet, press down and brown the meat. When the roast has browned, set it on top of the vegetables in the slow-cooker.


Reduce the slow-cooker temperature to LOW, then add 1-cup beef broth, wine, Worcestershire Sauce, bay leaf, rosemary, and thyme. Cover and cook 4 hours.


Add the additional root vegetables over the roast, if using. Cover and cook an additional 3-4 hours or until roast and vegetables are fork-tender.


Remove the vegetables from the top of the roast and, then, remove the roast. Keep the food warm in a covered dish set in a warm oven.


To make the gravy, use a hand-blender (immersion blender) to puree the remaining vegetables and beef juices. 


Garnish with chopped fresh parsley and serve with remaining gravy.


pot roast on plate

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What To Serve With This Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast

This really is a meal in a pot, but who can so no to sides? Especially when you’ve got a big crowd (or hungry family) to please! Here are some ideas:

What Vegetables Should I Use In A Pot Roast?

I want for carrots, potatoes and onions, a classic trifecta of veggies. But you can add in other herbs and vegetables as you would like. Play around with different root vegetables like turnips and parsnips, or sweet potatoes. In the fall squash would be awesome too. This dish can be adjusted to your favorite veggies with no problems!

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Do I Have To Brown The Roast Before Slow Cooking It?

Generally slow cooker recipes don’t always instruct you to brown meat before adding it to the pot, but there are some advantages to doing so. If you sear meat to a crusty brown with a little oil in a hot skillet, the meat develops more complex flavors and improves the dish.

gravy and pot roast

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Top Tips For This Easy 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.
  • Don’t under season. 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.
  • Yukon Potatoes –  the buttery texture of a yukon gold are divine, 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.

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Have you tried this Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast recipe? Feel free to leave a star rating and I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

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