Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Background and History:

Slow Cooker Pot Roast, a beloved comfort food, has its origins in Europe, where pot roasting was a traditional cooking method. It involves slow-cooking a tough cut of beef in a covered pot or slow cooker with a mix of vegetables and flavorful broth. This method was popularized in the United States during the 20th century when slow cookers became household staples. Today, it remains a cherished and convenient dish, perfect for busy weeknight dinners.

Serves: 6-8


  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 8-10 hours (slow cooker)


  • 3-4 pounds chuck roast
  • 4-5 medium potatoes, quartered
  • 4 carrots, cut into chunks
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour (optional, for thickening)


  • Season the chuck roast with salt and pepper.
  • In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat.
  • Sear the chuck roast on all sides until browned. This enhances the flavor of the meat.
  • Place the seared roast in the slow cooker.
  • Add the potatoes, carrots, onion, and minced garlic around the roast.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the beef broth, dried thyme, and dried rosemary. Pour this mixture over the ingredients in the slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours until the meat is tender.
  • Optionally, make a slurry by mixing 2 tablespoons of flour with a little water and add it to the slow cooker to thicken the gravy.
  • Serve the pot roast with the vegetables and the rich gravy.

Nutrition Facts:

  • Calories: Approximately 300-400 per serving
  • Protein: Around 30-35g
  • Carbohydrates: Approximately 20-25g
  • Fat: About 15-20g


  • The slow cooker does most of the work for you, creating a tender and flavorful pot roast.
  • Customize the vegetables and herbs to your preference for a personalized touch.

Allergy Warning:

  • Be cautious of potential allergens in the ingredients used, and consider specific dietary requirements.

Slow Cooker Pot Roast is a comforting, time-honored meal that’s perfect for busy days. Let your slow cooker do the heavy lifting, creating tender, flavorful beef and perfectly cooked vegetables, all in a rich and hearty gravy. It’s a classic family favorite that’s sure to please.

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