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20 Pot Roast Recipes That Take Comfort Food to a New Level

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20 Pot Roast Recipes That Take Comfort Food to a New Level

If you’re in the mood for something savory and filling, these 20 pot roast recipes will take this comfort food to new heights.

 

Nothing says “fall is here” more than the smell of a freshly cooked pot roast wafting from the kitchen.

And while most families have their own “secret recipes” they swear by, these 20 variations  will help you take this traditional favorite in whole new directions.

From Spiced Venison Roast with Roasted Apples to Italian Pot Roast with Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Olives, there’s something in the list below that will satisfy every savory palate.

Enjoy!

Pot Roast Sandwich

pot roast sandwich Picture courtesy of Oh, Sweet Basil

Don’t stop by the deli to get meat for sandwiches. Instead you can make roast beef in your slow cooker at home.

What you’ll end up with may not be thinly sliced, but you’ll have tasty gravy to make the perfect sandwich. You can even serve the beef drippings on the side for roast beef au jus. These are great when they’re hot and fresh, and leftovers are good as a cold roast beef sandwich, or reheated in a toaster oven.

Serves 4

Ingredients

Roast Beef & Onions:

1 1/2 lb. beef tri tip

1 packet Mrs. Dash pot roast seasoning

2 1/2 Tbsp. butter, divided

4 hoagie rolls

1 onion, sliced

Gravy:

3/4 cup beef drippings

1 1/4 cups water

2 Tbsp. cornstarch

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 611

Protein: 59 grams

Carbs: 53 grams

Fat: 20 grams

 

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Mocha-Rubbed Pot Roast

roast beef in crock pot Picture courtesy of Stupid Easy Paleo

It’s easy to make delicious pot roast in a slow cooker with just a little liquid like broth, wine, or just water. To take it to another level, just add a flavorful spice rub like this one.

Although it can seem like you’ll have to spend a lot of money to make a spice blend from scratch, it’ll only cost a couple bucks if you find a grocery store with a bulk spice section. A lot of natural grocers will have this option for getting spices at a fraction of the cost of buying jars.

Serves 6

Ingredients

Mocha Rub:

2 Tbsp. finely ground coffee

2 Tbsp. smoked paprika

1 Tbsp. freshly ground black pepper

1 Tbsp. cocoa powder

1 tsp. Aleppo pepper (or sweet paprika)

1 tsp. chili powder

1 tsp. ground ginger

1 tsp. sea salt

Beef Roast:

2 lb. beef chuck roast

1 cup brewed coffee

1 cup beef broth

1/2 onion, chopped

6 dried figs, chopped

3 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 398

Protein: 52 grams

Carbs: 16 grams

Fat: 13 grams

 

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Apple-Cinnamon Pork Loin

pork loin roast Picture courtesy of Paleo Leap

Instead of mourning the end of summer, celebrate the beginning of fall with an incredible roast. This pork is infused with the autumn flavors of apple and cinnamon.

Pork loin roast is easy to cook whether you choose a slow cooker or the oven. Start by slicing the tenderloin open to stick some apple slices inside so the juices soak in. Drizzle the pork with honey, and roast with onion and the remaining apples.

Serves 4

Ingredients

2 lb. boneless pork tenderloin

3 medium apples, peeled and sliced

1/4 cup pure honey (optional)

1 red onion, halved and sliced

1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon

1 cup chicken stock

2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil (or cooking fat or choice)

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 510

Protein: 47 grams

Carbs: 40 grams

Fat: 19 grams

 

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Red Wine Pot Roast

Red Wine Pot Roast Picture courtesy of Jeanette’s Healthy Living

All you need to make a fancy dinner out of chuck roast is a bottle of red wine and a slow cooker. Of course it never hurts to add a mix of fresh produce like carrots, onion, celery, and mushrooms to the pot too.

It takes about a half hour to prepare all the ingredients, which can be done in the morning or afternoon. Come dinnertime, you’ll have a complete meal ready to go in the Crock Pot.

Serves 6

Ingredients

3 1/2 lb. beef chuck roast

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1 large onion, sliced

3 carrots, chopped

2 stalks celery, chopped

8 oz. mushrooms, chopped

6 cloves garlic, minced

2 Tbsp. tomato paste

3 cups red wine

8 cups beef stock

2 sprigs fresh thyme

1 bay leaf

2 Tbsp. cornstarch

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 876

Protein: 88 grams

Carbs: 15 grams

Fat: 40 grams

 

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Beef Roast with Caramelized Onions

Crock Pot Roast with Caramelized Onions Picture courtesy of Miss in the Kitchen

With this recipe, all you need to serve alongside the succulent roast are mashed potatoes (or cauliflower). Of course you’ll need gravy too. Right before serving, use just water, cornstarch, and the juices leftover after the roast is removed from the slow cooker to make a quick beef gravy.

And those awesome caramelized onions can be strewn all over the plate too, adding flavor to both the roast beef and the side dish.

Serves 6

Ingredients

3 lb. beef bottom round roast

2 1/2 tsp. salt, divided

3/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1 Tbsp. vegetable oil

1 cup V8 vegetable juice

1 cup brewed coffee

2 onions, thinly sliced

1 tsp. minced garlic

1/3 cup water

3 Tbsp. cornstarch

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 380

Protein: 51 grams

Carbs: 9 grams

Fat: 14 grams

 

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Sweet & Sour Crock Pot Beef Roast

beef roast crock pot recipe Picture courtesy of Weary Chef

A good pot roast doesn’t require a lot of seasonings. But when you have a well-stocked pantry with Worcestershire sauce, red wine vinegar, and molasses, why not add them to the mix? The result is a sweet and sour beef roast that hits all the flavor notes.

It even has mushrooms for extra umami, but you could use bell peppers instead if that’s more your style.

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar

1 Tbsp. molasses

1 tsp. Italian seasoning

1 tsp. salt (or more to taste)

1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (or more to taste)

2 1/2 lb. beef chuck roast

1 1/2 cups beef broth

8 oz. baby carrots

1/2 onion, sliced

1 cup white mushrooms, sliced

2 Tbsp. low-fat plain Greek yogurt

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 431

Protein: 52 grams

Carbs: 8 grams

Fat: 20 grams

 

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Ginger & Orange Glazed Pot Roast

glazed Beef Roast Picture courtesy of Recipe Girl

It pays to learn how to cook bottom round roast. It’s a bargain because it is one of the lowest price cuts of beef. While you might have to cook it all day over low heat, you’ll be rewarded for your patience.

Once you slow-roast it, the meat will taste like top sirloin. So basically you’re having a cheap steak for dinner that’s fork tender.

Serves 4

Ingredients

3 lb. bottom round beef roast

1 large red onion, sliced

1 cup orange marmalade

1/3 cup water

2 Tbsp. rice vinegar

1 Tbsp. soy sauce

2 tsp. Chinese five-spice powder

2 tsp. grated fresh ginger

1/2 tsp. Tabasco sauce

2 cloves garlic, minced

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 798

Protein: 76 grams

Carbs: 58 grams

Fat: 27 grams

 

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Perfect Pot Roast

chuck roast crock pot recipe Picture courtesy of Food Network

Of course everyone’s version of a perfect pot roast will be slightly different, depending on your favorite herbs and veggies. But one thing is for sure: this recipe from Ree Drummond, aka The Pioneer Woman, won’t disappoint. It uses a mix of fresh thyme and rosemary, plus red wine and beef broth, so the result is a rich yet simple roast.

For more flavorful, down-home dinners, pick up The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl by Ree Drummond.

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Serves 6

Ingredients

4 lb. beef chuck roast

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

2 onions, peeled and halved

6 large carrots, unpeeled and cut into 2” pieces

1 cup red wine (optional)

3 cups beef broth

2 sprigs fresh rosemary

2 sprigs fresh thyme

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 753

Protein: 83 grams

Carbs: 13 grams

Fat: 36 grams

 

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Yankee Pot Roast

Yankee pot roast Picture courtesy of Saveur

Pot roast is one of the oldest American meals, dating back to the colonial era. That’s why we still call simple versions of the dish Yankee pot roast. Inspired by French cuisine, they would boil whatever vegetables they had on hand, including new-world foods like potatoes, and then rump or round roast was braised along with the veggies.

Now the method of cooking may change, but any simple American-style pot roast will echo the original.

Serves 8

Ingredients

5 lb. beef brisket

Salt to taste

2 Tbsp. ground white pepper

1 cup flour

3 Tbsp. canola oil

3 cups beef stock

1/2 cup A1 steak sauce

2 Tbsp. celery salt

1 tsp. poultry seasoning

6 bay leaves

6 carrots, chopped

2 small yellow onions, chopped

2 stalks celery, chopped

1 can (15 oz.) whole peeled tomatoes, drained and crushed

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 680

Protein: 90 grams

Carbs: 22 grams

Fat: 23 grams

 

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Balsamic Cherry Crock Pot Beef

roast beef in crock pot recipe Picture courtesy of Rae Gun Ramblings

This Crock Pot roast for two proves that the easiest way to make beef chuck is in a slow cooker. That’s because it’ll turn the collagen, which is tough connective tissue, into soft gelatin. In other words, well-marbled meat will become so tender it pulls apart.

Not only is it quick to get this meal cooking, but you can add whatever ingredients you want to the pot. So if you’re looking for a lazy way to prepare a romantic dinner for two, this recipe is a must-try.

Serves 2

Ingredients

3/4 lb. beef chuck roast

2 stalks celery, sliced

1/2 onion, chopped

1 tsp. minced garlic

1 1/2 cups pitted cherries

2 Tbsp. oil

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

1/2 cup red wine

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 cup beef broth

1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning

1 tsp. steak seasoning

1 Tbsp. flour

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 284

Protein: 19 grams

Carbs: 19 grams

Fat: 12 grams

 

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Pressure Cooker Pot Roast

chuck roast crock pot Picture courtesy of Noble Pig

If you have a pressure cooker taking up space in you cabinets, it’s about time you put it to good use. It’s actually an awesome way to prepare pot roast. Whatever ingredients you add to a pressure cooker will retain their nutritional value better than when boiled or sautéed.

You’ll also be able to transform any cheap cut of meat into a tender, juicy entrée in way less time than it takes in a slow cooker.

Serves 6

Ingredients

3 lb. beef chuck roast, cut in half

3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1 Tbsp. Montreal steak seasoning

2 cups beef stock

2 tsp. dried minced onion

2 Tbsp. butter

2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour

1 cup cooking liquid

1/4 cup whole milk (plus more if needed)

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 609

Protein: 77 grams

Carbs: 3 grams

Fat: 30 grams

 

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Dutch Oven Pot Roast

dutch oven pot roast recipe Picture courtesy of Carries Experimental Kitchen

Having a slow cooker can take some of the work out of a pot roast, but by no means is it necessary. A Dutch oven will do just as great of a job – maybe even better.

After all, pot roasts were around for centuries before electric kitchen appliances were invented. So if you’re going for rustic flavor, there’s nothing like a heavy pot to do the work.

Serves 4

Ingredients

3 lb. boneless beef chuck roast

1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

3 stalks celery, quartered

6 carrots, quartered

1 sprig of rosemary

2 1/2 lb. baby Yukon gold potatoes, halved

1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning

2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 779

Protein: 72 grams

Carbs: 56 grams

Fat: 31 grams

 

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Oven Pot Roast with Sweet Potatoes

oven pot roast Picture courtesy of Taste of the South Magazine

People often avoid making a roast in the oven because it can dry out, but this recipe allows you to make a tender pot roast without even using a pot.

For those of you without a slow cooker or Dutch oven, this is the way to go. The chuck roast goes in the oven whole, so you just have to rub it down with olive oil before giving it a quick pan-sear. Then the veggies get a quick sauté before it all roasts at a low temp for a few hours.

Serves 6

Ingredients

3 lb. beef chuck roast

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1 large onion, sliced

3 carrots, chopped

2 stalks celery, chopped

8 oz. mushrooms, chopped

6 cloves garlic, minced

2 Tbsp. tomato paste

3 cups red wine

8 cups beef stock

2 sprigs fresh thyme

1 bay leaf

2 Tbsp. cornstarch

Fresh parsley, chopped

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 577

Protein: 65 grams

Carbs: 15 grams

Fat: 18 grams

 

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Italian Pot Roast with Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Olives

italian pot roast Picture courtesy of The Perfect Pantry

When you think of Italian food for dinner, you probably don’t consider pot roast. Yet adding sun-dried tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, olives, and roasted garlic can turn plain beef chuck into an entirely new dish.

And while most pot roast is served with mashed potatoes or veggies, this one is just as delicious with egg noodles.

Serves 6

Ingredients

3 lb. beef chuck

1/4 cup roasted garlic paste (about 20 garlic cloves)

1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, roughly chopped

1/2 cup dry red wine

2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar

1 tsp. dried Italian seasoning (or dried thyme)

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1 tsp. arrowroot

8–10 large green olives stuffed with pimento, sliced thick

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 510

Protein: 69 grams

Carbs: 3 grams

Fat: 19 grams

 

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Pot Roast with Cider-Maple Gravy & Mashed Butternut Squash

pot roast with gravy recipe Picture courtesy of Beef It’s What’s for Dinner

It’s hardly pot roast without gravy. You’ll always end up with some kind of drippings in the bottom of the pot, but this recipe adds a couple ingredients that make a gravy that tastes like it came from a chef’s kitchen. You won’t even have to pick up anything fancy, just some apple cider and maple syrup.

And for a break from mashed potatoes, this meal is rounded out with butternut squash.

Serves 8

Ingredients

3 lb. beef bottom round roast

4 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided

1 cup beef broth

3/4 cup apple cider

2 medium butternut squash, halved lengthwise and seeded

3 Tbsp. cornstarch + 3 Tbsp. water

2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 348

Protein: 38 grams

Carbs: 25 grams

Fat: 11 grams

 

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Braised Rump Roast

rump roast Picture courtesy of Real Food Forager

A Dutch oven is great for braising tough cuts of meat because of the way it’ll slowly break down the fat while browning the outside. They key is to cook it low and slow with enough moisture, which is exactly what happens when you braise.

And make sure to have extra for leftovers. When you’re braising beef, it’ll taste even better the next day.

Serves 8

Ingredients

3 lb. beef rump roast

1 large onion, peeled and sliced

3 stalks celery, sliced

4–5 carrots, peeled and chopped

4 cloves garlic, sliced

1 bay leaf

Sea salt to taste

10 peppercorns

1 cup beef stock

1–2 cups water

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 387

Protein: 34 grams

Carbs: 6 grams

Fat: 24 grams

 

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Roasted Rosemary Chicken with Fall Vegetables

crock pot roast chicken Picture courtesy of Dinner then Dessert

Don’t worry about getting a whole chicken to make a roast. That’s a great way to go but can be a bit more cumbersome to make.

For a weeknight dinner, a one-pot meal is always going to be more appealing. So pick up some chicken thighs, and roast them in a skillet or Dutch oven. This recipe has a wintry blend of Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes, but you could swap those out for any two veggies you prefer.

Serves 4

Ingredients

6 chicken thighs, skin and bone

1 Tbsp. fresh rosemary, minced

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 lb. Brussels sprouts, trimmed

2 lb. sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1” chunks

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 594

Protein: 30 grams

Carbs: 75 grams

Fat: 20 grams

 

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Spiced Venison Roast with Roasted Apples

venison roast Picture courtesy of Wide Open Spaces

If you enjoy hunting, or know someone who does and is willing to share the game they score, you’ll get the rare indulgence of a venison roast.

Don’t let that flavorful lean meat go to waste with poor cooking preparation. Since it doesn’t have a lot of fat, venison pot roast will ensure the meat stays tender and juicy. So will the white wine, chicken broth, and apples.

Serves 8

Ingredients

2 1-pound venison tenderloins

3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

3 cloves garlic, finely minced

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

3/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg

1/2 tsp. ground ginger

1/4 tsp. ground allspice

1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1 1/2 tsp. salt

1 1/2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup

4 tart apples, peeled, cored, and quartered

1/4 cup dry white wine

1 cup chicken broth

2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cold and chopped small

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 312

Protein: 35 grams

Carbs: 16 grams

Fat: 11 grams

 

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Crockpot Pork Shoulder with Barbecue Sauce

pork roast Picture courtesy of Wellness Mama

Planning to barbecue in the backyard, but the weather’s not on your side? Whether it’s the middle of summer or the dead of winter, you can enjoy succulent barbecue pork sandwiches prepared in a Crock Pot.

You only need four ingredients – and that includes the salt and pepper. That means if you have extra energy, you can make the sauce from scratch with vinegar, brown sugar, tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and seasonings.

Serves 12

Ingredients

6 lb. bone-in Boston butt pork shoulder

1/4 cup water

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 cups barbecue sauce

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 484

Protein: 40 grams

Carbs: 15 grams

Fat: 28 grams

 

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Irish Pot Roast with Guinness

dutch oven pot roast Picture courtesy of Indulgence Recreated

This is a traditional Irish dish to serve on St. Patrick’s Day, but it’s good any other day of the year too. That’s because of the Guinness stout, of course, which adds dark, nutty notes like roasted barley.

The only thing missing to make this meal even more Irish is potatoes. The pot roast is tastes great alone, but it’s even better served over mashed potatoes.

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 Tbsp. coconut oil

1 Tbsp. unsalted butter

4 medium carrots

1 1/2 large onions

3 lb. sirloin tip roast

1 Tbsp. sea salt

1 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour

1 cup Guinness stout

Small bunch of fresh thyme

1 cup vegetable broth

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 536

Protein: 63 grams

Carbs: 11 grams

Fat: 26 grams

 

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    I never knew there were so many variations of pot roast. They all look so good! I’m part Italian so I definitely plan on making the Italian pot roast. Also, I used to think of pot roast as sort of plain and boring but these recipes really are very interesting.

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