This slow cooker pot roast recipe is quick and easy to make and will satisfy everyone in your family! It’s also easy to use the leftovers for other quick meals!
This slow cooker pot roast recipe is so delicious and easy that it is one of the most popular recipes in volume 1 of our Dining On A Dime Cookbook! It is versatile and one slow cooked roast can be used to make several different meals to keep pleasing your family day after day!
This slow cooked pot roast is so delicious that everyone always raves about it! I cook it for my family any time I can get a good price on beef roast, but it’s also a great recipe to make when you want to impress guests! We have also made this slow cooked roast for holidays and special occasions.
This slow cooked roast recipe can be cooked in the oven or in a slow cooker. The secret to fall off the bone tender roast is in the slow cooking. I prefer to cook pot roast in the oven because I think it gives the roast a little bit better taste than the crockpot, but if you prefer a slow cooker, you will still end up with a tender and tasty roast.
I usually take a few minutes to prepare the beef roast the night before and let it cook slowly all night in the oven. By the next day, it is already starting to smell delicious, but I keep letting it slow cook until it’s time to serve for dinner.
Some people worry about leaving the oven on all night, but as long as there is nothing wrong with your oven, it should be fine, especially if it is an electric oven. I have cooked this slow cooker pot roast recipe in the oven for more than 25 years and have never had a problem.
For an easy one pan meal, I sometimes add some potatoes, carrots and onions about 2 hours before the roast is finished and let them all cook together with the roast. This makes a great meal by itself, but if you want, you can also serve with a salad, fruit salad or fruit or veggies.
If I don’t have carrots and potatoes on hand, I will make some rice and serve the roast with rice and an easy vegetable. My family likes the fresh frozen broccoli or mixed vegetables so if I’m looking for an easy veggie, I will often microwave one of these just before serving.
In the fall when I have lots of zucchini and other squash, I will also occasionally fry some squash and onions in a frying pan with margarine or oil and serve with the slow cooker pot roast. You can fry the squash in butter, but you have to watch it carefully because butter burns easily.
This slow cooker pot roast is super versatile. You can plan to make this pot roast and reserve the excess to make up to 4 dinners with 1 roast.
There are many delicious ways to use leftover roast! The pot roast leftovers are perfect for sandwiches and wraps. You can make delicious Mexican-style wraps by placing some roast on a flour tortilla with cheese, onions, lettuce and salsa.
For lots of great leftover pot roast recipes, be sure to check out the links to the other posts at the bottom of this post!
Slow Cooker Pot Roast Recipe
This delicious slow cooker pot roast recipe is easy to make with 5 minutes preparation time in an oven or a crockpot. I include the oven instructions first because I prefer to make it in the oven and crockpot instructions below!
1 beef roast, 3-5 lbs.
1 onion, sliced
1 can cream of mushroom soup (omit for GF and sprinkle with seasoned salt)
- Preheat oven to 250°.
- Place roast in pan.
- Pour cream of mushroom soup and onion on top.
- Cover tightly. Bake at 250° for 1 hour.
- Then turn it down to 225° and cook for 6-8 hours (about 6 hours for a smaller roast and 8 hours for a larger roast). When done, it should be so tender that the meat easily pulls off the roast with a fork. Serves 4 when you use a 3-5 lb. roast.
Slow Cooker Instructions:
If you prefer to cook this slow cooked roast in a crockpot or slow cooker, place the ingredients in the crockpot and cook on low for 8-10 hours or high for 5-6 hours. For the most tender roast, it is best to cook longer on a lower temperature.
Use a meat thermometer to make sure the internal temperature reaches 145°.
- This slow cooked roast recipe can be cooked in the oven or a slow cooker. The secret is in the slow cooking. I prefer to cook it in the oven because I think it gives the roast a little bit better taste than the crockpot, but if you prefer a slow cooker, you will still end up with a tender and tasty roast.
- This slow cooker pot roast recipe is an excellent way to prepare inexpensive roasts. This slow cooked roast recipe makes them so tender they fall off the bone and are almost impossible to lift out of the pan.
- This recipe is an excellent way to make a delicious meal for Sunday after church or for guests, because it can cook for 2 or 3 hours longer than required without overcooking.
- Since it is so tender that no meat is left on the bone, you get more pot roast for your money.
This easy slow cooker pot roast recipe is from volume 1 of our cookbook:
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From Tawra’s Inbox:
I just want to say a BIG THANK YOU for your slow cooked pot roast recipe! It has been a joke in my family how truly BAD my roasts taste. My loved ones dutifully eat it because they see how hard I’ve worked on dinner ( plus they are nearly starved to death by the time dinner is served ) and they see the strained smile on my face as I bring their plates to the table. But even I can barely swallow the roast.
I always followed my “Better Homes and Gardens” cookbook faithfully and would try different cuts of meat, all to no avail; it still turned out so dry and tough.
Enter your help. I have been enjoying flitting about your website and finding all sorts of nuggets of advice. Then I found your slow cooker pot roast recipe! This was the answer I’ve been searching for, lo these many years! I had been cooking it all wrong. I thought I was doomed to buying the pre-cooked roasts-in-a-bag at my local grocery store.
Now my family smiles when they smell the slow cooked roast cooking as they come home from school. And I feel great knowing I have mastered one of the basic requirements of motherhood… cooking the perfect roast.
Thank you for all your great tips!
Sincerely, Becky H.
“Your slow cooker pot roast recipe calls for pouring soup and onion over roast and to cover tightly. What do you mean by cover tightly? Wrap it in tin foil?”
Yes, wrap in foil. I just put one or two pieces on the top of the pan and then “seal” the edges with my fingers.
If you like this easy slow cooker pot roast recipe, check out these great recipe for using leftover roast beef:
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