16 Slow Cooker Pot Roast Recipes That Are Guaranteed Goodness

Slow Cooker Creamy Pot Roast
Photo: mc3mcintyre

If any dish and appliance were meant to be together, it's pot roast and the slow cooker. Pot roast's tender beef and vegetables taste best after simmering for an extended period of time, and that very cooking method is where the humble crock pot succeeds. Both pot roast and the slow cooker are reliable, and together the two make a foolproof alliance. These slow cooker pot roast recipes are big on taste but low on effort, making a flavorful, yet easy comfort food dinner well within reach.

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Marie's Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Marie's Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast

What's the first lesson of slow cooker pot roast? Meat matters. Using a chuck of roast will render the finished product flavorful and tender. If you don't have dry soup mix on hand, you can use broth and omit the cup of water the recipe calls for.

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Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Malbec (Red Wine)

Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Malbec (Red Wine)

Red wine, savory herbs, and Montreal steak seasoning transform a humble pot roast into an impressive, flavorful dinner. Creator Alex Storm recommends that salt-sensitive cooks should start with a lower amount and gradually add more until it's to taste. If you're not a fan of Malbec, try another red wine, such as Merlot, Pinot Noir, or Zinfandel.

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All Day Venison Pot Roast

All Day Venison Pot Roast
Soup Loving Nicole

This pot roast comes out so tender and delicious, picky eaters will never suspect that it's venison instead of beef. To cut the saltiness, use sodium-free beef stock and omit the additional pinch of salt that's written in the recipe.

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Slow Cooker Creamy Pot Roast

Slow Cooker Creamy Pot Roast

This slow cooker pot roast recipe creates a super creamy gravy that's spectacular over mashed potatoes or egg noodles. It may be the easiest meal you'll ever make.

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Slow Cooker Sweet-and-Sour Pot Roast

Slow Cooker Sweet-and-Sour Pot Roast
Allrecipes Magazine

Tomato sauce, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and cider vinegar combine to create a rich, delicious sauce. "If you have leftovers, the sauce is a delicious au-jus-style sauce," says recipe creator SB. "This roast is one of my family's all-time favorites. It makes the house smell amazing all day."

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Three Packet Slow Cooker Roast

Three Packet Slow Cooker Roast

Using three different seasoning packets—dry brown gravy mix, Italian dressing mix, and ranch dressing mix—gives this slow cooker pot roast an exceptional flavor. This recipe stands apart from other pot roasts because of its unique taste, and you'll also love the easy set up and prep.

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Mississippi Roast—Slow Cooker Pepperoncini Pot Roast

Mississippi Roast - Slow Cooker Pepperoncini Pot Roast
Buckwheat Queen

You're just five ingredients away from a flavorful Mississippi-style pot roast. The blend of au jus mix, ranch dressing mix, and pepperoncini imparts serious savory and spicy notes, while the chuck roast becomes melt-in-your-mouth tender as it slow cooks with butter right on top.

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Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast

Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast
Photo by Chef John. Chef John

Before you set and forget your ingredients, there's a crucial step that'll amplify your pot roast's flavor: adding salt, pepper, and a little bit of flour to the meat and searing it to lock in the juices and flavors. Mushrooms, onions, and garlic combine to make a savory, caramelized topping, and all the juices blend together in a beautiful gravy.

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Mushroom Slow Cooker Roast Beef

Mushroom slow cooker roast beef
Photo by OkinawanPrincess.

This slow-cooked roast beef with mushrooms is fall-off-the-bone tender. "It's perfect as-is, " recipe creator J says. "Shred the leftovers for cheese steak sandwiches."

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Slow Cooker Red Curry Beef Pot Roast

Slow Cooker Red Curry Beef Pot Roast
Photo by Voracious Girl.

Southeast Asia's signature flavors translate to pot roast extremely well in this hybrid dish. If you like, substitute chickpeas or sweet potatoes in place of white potatoes. Serve over jasmine rice.

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Awesome Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Awesome Slow Cooker Pot Roast
Cece Guzman

If you're looking for a perfect pot roast recipe, your search is officially over—more than 7,000 five-star ratings can't lie. This pot roast only requires four ingredients and tastes like it's been simmering on the stove all day long. For a thicker gravy, simply add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch to the pot.

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Easiest Pot Roast Ever

Easiest Pot Roast Ever

This pot roast recipe isn't just easy—it also yields a result so tender it just falls apart. If you want to up the flavor, try using beef broth instead of water or adding a bay leaf to the pot.

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Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Slow Cooker Pot Roast
Jessica David O'Haver

"I decided to make this pot roast recipe based on the rave reviews. I have tried a couple others from the site in my crock pot, but none were as easy and delicious as this one," community member Domestic Diva says. "The ingredients were incredibly simple and inexpensive, and it took only about 10 minutes total to prepare. I was leary about the lack of liquid in with the roast, but the water from the carrots and onions mixed with the beef and seasoning [made] a delicious broth!"

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Slow Cooker Cranberry Roast

Slow Cooker Cranberry Roast
Cathryn Swallia

What's the secret to a nice browned slow cooker pot roast with incredible flavor? Canned jellied cranberry sauce. This recipe couldn't be simpler, and despite not calling for any liquid, this roast develops a rich, out-of-this-world delicious gravy.

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Slow Cooker Roast Beef in Its Own Gravy

Slow Cooker Roast Beef in its own Gravy
Heather Dunn

Creator Heather Dunn spent years researching other pot roast recipes to come up with this one, which is quick and easy but still yields a high-quality meal. The meat comes out so tender you can shred it with two forks, the taste is strong, and the gravy comes out nice and thick.

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Pot Roast with Balsamic Onions

Pot Roast with Balsamic Onions
Deb C

Never underestimate the power of onions. This recipe's combination of onions and balsamic vinegar adds a flavor that isn't overpowering and melds with the beef's juices to create a rich, flavorful sauce.

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