Favorite Pot Roast Recipe - Made In The Crock Pot (2024)

by Mary Neumann · 108 Comments

Today’s recipe is my favorite go-to for pot roast. I have been making this dinner for years. It makes the BEST chuck roast pot roast and it’s all done in the slow cooker. Read the RAVE REVIEWS!

FAVORITE POT ROAST RECIPE – MADE IN THE CROCK POT

This family favorite pot roast is super easy to throw together with only a few ingredients (chuck roast, cream of mushroom soup, onion soup, salt and pepper to taste). This roast recipe makes the tastiest gravy that’s full of flavor, perfect served over mashed potatoes – comfort food at its best! *You can make the soups from scratch*

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WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THE POT ROAST IN THE CROCK POT

Chuck roast, cream of mushroom soup, dry onion soup mix, water, salt and pepper to taste.

*Not a fanof canned soups and packaged dry onion soup mixes? I share links below to easy recipes to make your own homemade condensed cream of mushroom soup and dry onion soup mix.

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HOW TO MAKE POT ROAST IN THE CROCK POT

Lightly spray crock pot with non-stick cooking spray. Place roast in crock pot and season with salt and pepper or your favorite seasonings. In a medium size bowl, mix soups (can and dried) and water and pour mixture evenly over roast. Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 to 5 hours. Each crock pot cooks differently so you may need to adjust cooking times.

*Be sure to read tips about browning the roast and adding red wine – both are optional but add extra layers of flavor and make this awesome pot roast recipe even better!

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I always serve my pot roast with caramelized onions– delicious! The gravy from theroastis wonderful over mashed potatoes.

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Favorite Pot Roast Recipe Made in the Crock Pot/Slow Cooker

  • 5 to 6 pound pot roast
  • 2(10.75 ounce)cans condensed cream of mushroom soup (or make homemade condensed cream of mushroom soup, using equivalent amount)
  • 1 packet onion soup mix (Lipton or store brand – 1 ounce packet (or make homemade dry onion soup mix)
  • 1 1/4 cups of water (water can be substituted with beef broth. You can also add a little red wine. My favorite is 1 cup water and 1/4 cup red wine)
  • salt & pepper to taste (or use your favorite go-to seasonings)



Directions

Lightly spray crock pot with non-stick cooking spray. Place roast in crock pot and season with salt and pepper or your favorite seasonings. In a medium size bowl, mix soups (can and dried) and water and pour mixture evenly over roast. Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 to 5 hours. Each crock pot cooks differently so you may need to adjust cooking times. Serve with your favorite potatoes and veggies. The gravy from the roast is wonderful with mashed potatoes. Enjoy!


Tips
Browning the roast before placing in the crock pot adds wonderful flavor. Also, if you had red wine, I highly recommend replacing 1/4 of cup of water with wine – it’s wonderful!


For leftover roast beef sandwiches, try my Grandpa Kelly’s Famous Horseradish Cheese Spread recipe! Just 4 ingredients, simple to make, so good.

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Cheers!

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Comments

  1. Carol

    Made this. It’s was the best crockpot beef roast ever

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  2. Crystal J.

    Made this tonight. This is definitely our new favorite roast recipe! Served over rice with a side of peas.

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  3. Meme

    Made this for dinner today. OMGosh it is so yummy. I’ve tried several recipes for roast beef in the crock pot and this is the best one by far. And, the gravy is so yummy. I used beef broth instead of water and I used a sirloin tip roast. The roast was fall apart tender. Thanks for the awesome recipe!

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  4. Doris

    This is the best pot roast I ever had thanks so much for sharing

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  5. linda

    I’m a little confused with the recipe ! when browning the roast do you add the wine and water?

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    • Mary Neumann

      Hi Linda – Yes, after you brown you add the water (and wine if you like). Browning adds an extra layer of flavor. You don’t have to use wine but I highly recommend if you have some. This recipe is great with and without wine and without browning – but browning and wine make this roast even better.

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      • Alexia

        Do you had the wine and water to the soups?

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  6. Stephanie Sewell

    My family loves pot roast. I have always cut the roast into strips, then slightly brown each piece on the stove top with plenty of butter and seasoning. Place in the slow cooker on high for 3 hours and then on low heat for abt an hour. Best served with sour cream and cheese mashed potatoes.

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    • Robert Titman

      There is only 2 people in my house so recipe for 2 to 3 lb roast

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  7. Summer C.

    I used a 3lb roast and added carrots, onions and potatoes. I doubled the soups and beef broth (in place of water) because my family likes a lot of gravy. I added gravy master to the soups to darken the gravy. I cooked it on high for for 5 hours. While the roast was cooked, it wasn’t falling apart so I turned it to low and cooked it for 2 more hours. Everything turned out great. Next time, because there will definitely be a next time, I will allow more time and I will make a cornstarch slurry and add it for the last 15 minutes or so.

  8. Jennifer

    Have you tried this in the instant pot?

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  9. Janet

    This was my Mom’s Sunday roast beef recipe. I’ve always made it myself and it turns out great. In the past few years I have started substituting brewed coffee for the water and it gives the gravy a darker color with even more savory flavor. This is a family favorite!

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    • Courtney

      Could you do this in the oven? If so what would you cook it on? And for how long?

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  10. Elaine Roberts

    Love your recipes.Thank you for taking the time to post.

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  11. Jessica

    Can you tell me how I would adjust the recipe if I only have a 3 pound roast? I cannot find one bigger then that at my grocery store.

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    • Jennifer

      Cut the recipe in half

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  12. Ann

    Thank you for sharing this recipe turn out wonderful super easy dull of flavor honestly my new way to make roast

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  13. Tanya

    I used cream of chicken instead since I didn’t have mushroom. I also used beef broth instead of water and added the red wine vinegar. I also added garlic. This was one of the most AMAZING crockpot recipes I have ever made! I made 7 adults and 5 kids all happy and those are hard odds to come by!! Thank you so much for this recipe!

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  14. Yeszenia

    Do you have a good gravy from the roast recipe to go with this?

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    • Mary Neumann

      Yeszenia – the roast makes it’s own gravy, so no need! The gravy is what makes the roast so good.

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  15. Erica

    This is so good! And my super picky husband likes it too. I use a bit of wine, as suggested.

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    • Mary Neumann

      Browning and adding red wine takes it to the next level. Thrilled you enjoyed this old school recipe, Erica!

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  16. Lexy

    This is the best pot roast! Delish! Thank you so much.

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  17. Donald

    Good recipe for the meat. But when do you put in the vegies for best tenderness.

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    • jenny

      i put 2 cans mushroom soup, 1 can cream of celery, and use beef broth for the liquid. I put potatoes, carrots, onion and mushrooms on the bottom of the crock pot, top with roast, then cook for 8-9 hours on low

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  18. Debbie

    I have a 2.6# roast how can I adapt your recipe & cook time for my roast?

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  19. Trina

    Made this recipe! It smells and tastes delicious. Very easy to make. Added carrots and potatoes in the last hour and everything came out great!

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  20. Amanda

    Can you put potatoes and carrots possibly fresh mushrooms in here also? Would you need to increase the liquid?

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