Slow Cooker Chuck Roast is the perfect meal to prepare this Christmas. It is the ultimate comfort food and simply a delicious meal to serve.

Roast with carrots and potatoes on a platter
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Easy Crock Pot Chuck Roast Recipe:

Easy Chuck Roast Crock Pot Recipe is the perfect meal to serve for the holidays. The slow cooker does all the work and the results are a tender, juicy and flavorful pot roast. The simple ingredients makes this a family favorite meal.

This classic recipe is hearty and delicious. The vegetables are cook tender and it is made with simple seasoning. Basic ingredients makes this chuck roast recipe one of our favorite recipes to make.

Save time and oven space this holiday and make this delicious, melt in your mouth slow cooker roast recipe with our Slow Cooker Dinner Rolls. This is even the perfect meal to make during the week or for a Sunday night meal.

Roast with carrots and potatoes on a platter

Do you need to Brown a Roast first?

Yes, we recommend searing the roast before placing it in the slow cooker. This adds flavor and improves the meat texture while it is cooking. We like to sear in a hot cast iron skillet for best results.

Ingredients needed - roast, olive oil, salt, pepper, thyme leaves, onion, garlic, broth, worcestershire sauce, potatoes, carrots, cornstarch

Ingredients:

  • Chuck Roast
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Dried Thyme Leaves
  • Medium Yellow Onion peeled and cut into large pieces
  • Minced Garlic
  • Beef Broth
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Small Yellow Gold Potatoes
  • Carrots peeled and cut into large pieces
  • Cold Water
  • Cornstarch

How to Make Chuck Roast in a Crock Pot:

  • Step 1 – Heat Oil – Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  • Step 2 – Season Roast – Season the chuck roast with the salt, pepper and dried thyme leaves.
  • Step 3 – Brown the Roast – Brown the roast in the skillet.  Cook it for 4-5 minutes per side.
  • Step 4 – Add vegetables to slow cooker – Add the onions, carrots and potatoes (leave the potatoes whole) to a crock pot. 
Searing the roast and adding the vegetables to the slow cooker
  • Step 5 – Place roast and seasoning to slow cooker – Then place the browned beef roast on top. Then add the minced garlic, beef broth and Worcestershire sauce into the crock pot.
  • Step 6 – Slow Cooker – Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-5 hours until the chuck roast is tender.
Cooking the roast and vegetables in the slow cooker
  • Step 7 – Shred Cooked Roast – Remove the roast from the crock pot and shred.  Then remove the vegetables from the crock pot as well.
  • Step 8 – Remove Broth – Remove the broth from the crock pot and place in a saucepan.  You can strain out any vegetables from the broth if needed.
  • Step 9 – Heat Broth – Heat the broth over medium high heat and bring it to a low boil.
  • Step 10 – Make Cornstarch Slurry – In a small bowl, whisk together the cold water and cornstarch. Whisk this mixture into the saucepan. 
  • Step 11 – Add to Gravy – Continue to cook and whisk for 30-60 seconds until the sauce thickens.
  • Step 12 – Serve and Enjoy – Serve the roast and vegetables topped with the gravy from the saucepan and topped with the fresh parsley.  Enjoy!
Roast with carrots and potatoes on a platter

Crock Pot Roast Recipe Tips:

  • Sear the meat – Before placing the roast in the slow cooker, we recommend searing in a cast iron skillet. This improves the flavor of the chuck roast.
  • Potatoes and Carrots – When preparing your vegetables to add to the slow cooker, make sure to cut them about the same size. This allows the vegetables to cook evenly and thoroughly.
  • Keep Lid Closed – Keep lid close on the slow cooker. There is no need to stir the ingredients. If you open the lid the steam escapes which takes longer to cook the roast.
  • Cut of Meat – There are different sizes and types of roast to choose from. We like to choose ones that have a lot of fat marbling. This keeps the roast juicy and flavorful. I also like to choose a roast that has been tenderized.
  • Crock Pot – You will need a good crock pot for this recipe. I have been using a multi-cooker and I love it. You can brown the beef, slow cook the dinner and make the gravy all in the same pot.
  • Don’t use Flour for the Gravy – I have found that cornstarch instead of flour works best to make the brown bits gravy for this roast. Cornstarch is flavorless so it thickens without changing the flavor of the droppings from the crock pot.

How Long to Cook Chuck Roast in Crock Pot:

Chuck roast in the slow cooker for about 8 hours on low. If you want you can cook on high for about 4 hours. Cooking time will vary based on the size of your roast and your slow cooker.

We like cooking on low so I can place in the slow cooker in the morning and it is ready whenever everyone gets home.

While cooking, we try to not to lift the lid to keep the moisture in. We believe that this results in a tender roast.

Roast with carrots and potatoes and a serving on the fork.

Variations for Slow Cooker Pot Roast:

  • Carrots – We used regular carrots and cut them before adding to the slow cooker But baby carrots work great too.
  • Seasoning – Feel free to change the seasoning. You can add an onion soup mix packet to the roast. It adds the perfect amount of onion flavor and makes the gravy so delicious.
  • Garlic – We used minced garlic but you can also use garlic powder.
  • Potatoes – I used gold potatoes in this recipe, but you can use russet potatoes or use what you have. We have even used red potatoes and they turned out so good.

What to Serve with Chuck Roast:

  • Mashed Potatoes If you prefer you can make mashed potatoes instead of placing potatoes in the slow cooker. My family prefers mashed potatoes over roasted potatoes.
  • Homemade RollsWe love making homemade rolls to get the very last drop of the delicious gravy that the roast makes.
  • More Roast SidesIf you are looking more sides to serve with your slow cooker roast recipe, we have gathered other side recipes.
Roast with carrots and potatoes and a serving on the fork.

How to Thicken the Roast Gravy:

Whenever we make roast, my families favorite part is the gravy. It is so delicious and easy to make with a cornstarch slurry.

  • After the roast and vegetables are finish cooking, remove from the crock pot.
  • This leaves the broth in the slow cooker and I like to strain it into a sauce pan, so I just have the liquid.
  • Place the sauce pan on the stove top and begin to heat.
  • Combine cornstarch and water together in a bowl.
  • Then slowly pour this mixture in the saucepan to thicken up the gravy.
  • Heat to a boil or until the sauce thickens. Continue whisking the ingredients in the sauce pan to make sure their are no lumps.
  • Pour the gravy in a sauce pan to serve with the roast, potatoes and carrots.

How to Store Leftovers:

Leftover slow cooker roast is one of my favorites for lunch the next day. Store in an air tight container with the leftover vegetables for a delicious lunch.

We have even shredded the roast and cut up the carrots and made roast pot pie later in the week. The kids did not realize they were eating leftovers.

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Slow Cooker Chuck Roast

3.67 from 3 votes
Slow Cooker Chuck Roast is the perfect meal to prepare this Christmas. It is the ultimate comfort food and simply a delicious meal to serve.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours 10 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 25 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 605

Ingredients

  • 3 lb Chuck Roast
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Dried Thyme Leaves
  • 1 Medium Yellow Onion peeled and cut into large pieces
  • 1 Tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 2 cups Beef Broth
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 1/2 lb Small Yellow Gold Potatoes
  • 4 Carrots peeled and cut into large pieces
  • 2 Tbsp Cold Water
  • 2 Tbsp Cornstarch

Instructions

  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  • Season the chuck roast with the salt, pepper and dried thyme leaves.
  • Brown the roast in the skillet.  Cook it for 4-5 minutes per side.
  • Add the onions, carrots and potatoes (leave the potatoes whole) to a crock pot.  Then place the browned beef roast on top.
  • Then add the minced garlic, beef broth and Worcestershire sauce into the crock pot.
  • Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-5 hours until the chuck roast is tender.
  • Remove the roast from the crock pot and shred.  Then remove the vegetables from the crock pot as well.
  • Remove the broth from the crock pot and place in a saucepan.  You can strain out any vegetables from the broth if needed.
  • Heat the broth over medium high heat and bring it to a low boil.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the cold water and cornstarch. Whisk this mixture into the saucepan.
  • Continue to cook and whisk for 30-60 seconds until the sauce thickens.
  • Serve the roast and vegetables topped with the gravy from the saucepan and topped with the fresh parsley.  Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 605kcal, Carbohydrates 42g, Protein 50g, Fat 27g, Saturated Fat 12g, Polyunsaturated Fat 2g, Monounsaturated Fat 13g, Trans Fat 2g, Cholesterol 159mg, Sodium 1072mg, Potassium 1799mg, Fiber 6g, Sugar 4g, Vitamin A 6837IU, Vitamin C 42mg, Calcium 94mg, Iron 7mg

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