Beef Pot Roast


Make chuck roast in the oven with this easy recipe for pot roast that's the best I've ever tried. Serve with oven-roasted vegetables, potatoes, carrots, onions, or your favorite side dish. It's best to make this dish a day ahead.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 30 mins


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

  • 4 pounds boneless chuck roast

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Gather all ingredients.

    Overhead view of ingredients for Beef Pot Roast recipe

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  2. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

  3. Heat a Dutch oven or heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add oil, then sear meat in the center of the pan for 4 minutes. Turn meat over with tongs; sear for 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Remove meat from the pot.

    Beef Pot Roast

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  4. Arrange onion, garlic, and 1 bay leaf in the bottom of the pan; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Return meat to the pan, place remaining bay leaf on top of meat, and cover.

    Beef Pot Roast

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  5. Cook in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Reduce heat to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C) and continue cooking until tender, about 1 1/2 hours. An instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the roast should read 145 degrees F (65 degrees C).

    Beef Pot Roast

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  6. Transfer roast to a platter and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Slice and top with onions and gravy.

    high angle looking at a plate full of beef pot roast with carrots and potatoes


Nutrition Facts (per serving)

551 Calories
42g Fat
2g Carbs
39g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 551
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 42g 54%
Saturated Fat 17g 83%
Cholesterol 161mg 54%
Sodium 446mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 39g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 28mg 2%
Iron 5mg 27%
Potassium 644mg 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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