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Slow Cooker Pot Roast

The ultimate one-pot family meal! Meltingly tender slow cooker beef and vegetables smothered in a gravy-like sauce (because I prefer that to just watery broth). I like to make this in my slow cooker but I've also added directions for pressure cooker, stove and oven.

Prep Time

    •    Prep Time: 15 minutes
    •    Cook Time: 8 hours & 20 minutes
    •    Yield: Serves 8


    •    2 tbsps olive oil
    •    1 tsp dried rosemary
    •    1 1/2 tsp dried thyme
    •    1 tsp each salt and pepper
    •    2 kg / 4 lb beef chuck roast
    •    1 large onion, cut into large dice
    •    1/3 cup (50g) flour (plain / purposed)
    •    5 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
    •    3 cups (750ml) beef broth, salt reduced
    •    3 celery stalks, cut into 4cm / 15" pieces
    •    1 cup (250ml) dry red wine (sub with veef broth)
    •    5 carrots, peeled and cut into 2.5cm / 1" pieces
    •    750g / 15 lb potatoes, peeled and cut into 2.5cm / 1" pieces


  1. Pat beef dry with paper towels. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper all over.

  2. Heat oil in a skillet over high heat. Brown aggressively all over - a deep dark brown crust is essential for flavour base! Should take about 7 minutes.

  3. Transfer beef to slow cooker.

  4. In the same skillet, add onion and garlic. Cook for 2 minutes until onion is browned.

  5. Add wine, reduce by half. Transfer to slow cooker.

  6. Mix together flour and about 1 cup of the broth. Lumps is fine. Pour into slow cooker.

  7. Add remaining broth, carrots, celery, rosemary and thyme into slow cooker.

  8. Cover and slow cook on LOW for 5 hours. (45 min pressure cook on HIGH, Note 3a for Oven and Stove)

  9. Add potato, slow cook on LOW for 3 hours. (10 min pressure cooker on HIGH.

  10. Remove beef. Rest for 5 minutes, then slice thickly.

  11. Adjust salt and pepper of Sauce to taste.

  12. Serve beef with vegetables and plenty of sauce! Crust bread also terrific for mopping up sauce.

This great family recipe is thanks to Recipe Tin Eats Recipes at


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