Reviews for Slow Cooker Pot Roast
I make a darned good pot roast that folks have always raved over, but I have to admit: This one's EVEN BETTER! In fact, it's the best I've ever tasted.
Awesome. I served this up for the hubby and some friends and they asked for seconds afterwards. I ended up cooking the first 4 hours on low and the last 4 hours on medium. The meat still came out tender. I also added 4 large cut up potatoes and a 1/3 cup of celery.
Loved this... quick, easy, and delicious. I served over no yolk noodles and was wonderful. Enjoy!
I have never rated a recipe before, but HAVE to do this one, it is soooo terrific! I made it yesterday, the only deviation was I found an actual chuck roast WITH the bone in--by far my favorite and hard to come by these days!!! It was perfect, and I will absolutely use this "unusual" recipe always! Thankyou keylimeone for being so inventive.
Giving this 4 stars. Made the recipe as stated but added 1/4 cup water. The meat turned out absolutely delicious. I found the veggies (and potato) to be salty. Maybe I'll use different seasonings next time.
New favorite! Hubby gave it a thumbs up, and also stated, "Good stuff!"
Sounds strange....but it was very tasty. Much more flavorful than my old stand by...onion soup mix.
Best pot roast I've ever had. This beats my grandma's, mom's, step-mom's, any I've ever tried while dining out. Simply delicious. I love that this was so simple too; no searing the meast before adding to the crock-pot. One of my husband's favorite dishes. I've tried other highly rated pot roast recipes on this site and was not thrilled with the texture or flavor. My search is over, this is truly the best out there and we will make continue to use this recipe for our roasts.
Best pot roast I've ever made!
This is a great recipe. So easy to make with a couple of changes. I followed main ingrediants, but added cubed potatoes, 2 stalks of celery cut into 1/3 pieceswith 4 med. carrots peeled and cut in 1/3 pieces. Ididn"t have beef gravy so made it with brown gravy wit a 1/2sp. worchestershire sauce and a dash of liquid smoke. Cooked for only 5 1/2 hrs. Searve with cornbread and enjoy
We enjoyed it very much. I skipped the flouring step and left out the added salt (since the mixes already have plenty), and it turned out great! What's more, the next day we put the leftovers on toasted ciabatta rolls with mustard and cheddar cheese. If anything, the sandwiches tasted even better!
SO flavorful. This was the best pot roast I have ever had. I didn't change much. I added potato chunks, because I like those in my pot roast, and then instead of using water to mix with the packets, I used red wine. I did use a 3 1/2 lb roast, but I think that's just preference on how much meat you like. This recipe was absolutely fantastic. It is definitely I keeper!!!
I omited the salt and it turned out great. I liked this recipe and so did my husband.
This is my favorite way to make roast. My family loves this. The roast has a really great flavor. I don't usually take the time to coat the roast in flour and I only add carrots and onion if I have them on hand. I usually make gravy out of some of the juices and serve with mashed potatoes.
Excellant! Added baby carrots about 1.5 hours befor dinner and turned on high for 1 hour and then allowed to go to warm. Then started the mashed potatoes. Took the gravy and put in a pot and thickened a bit with cornstarch. All and all excellant!
Great pot roast, I was skeptical about the blend of seasonings but they turned out to be a great flavor, I added about 2 cups of water and wish I didn't add so much once it was done cooking. I also just used a pork roast for it since that's all I had on hand and added extra veggies like potatoes, mushrooms and celery.
Good and simple recipe, but the key to any kind of meat dish in the crock pot is to brown it first on all sides. I realize that it messes up another pot and defeats the purpose of using a slow cooker somewhat, but there's no other way to get that brown color and flavor on the meat. I did omit the Ranch dressing mix to cut down on the sodium and added some celery and small potatoes to the pot too.
Very tasty! I added about half a can of beef broth to the crock pot to give it more sauce. I think it would be really good with some stew meat also.
Very good - will be our go-to pot roast recipe.
so yummy! followed the recipe to a tee and it was delish! i added some red potatoes when there was two hours left. this is the first roast ever that actually fell apart for me. my husband and five year old gobbled it right up!
Followed others suggestions and did 1/2 the packets. It was still too salty.
Excellent! I used a pack of Au Jus Gravy mix, mixed with water as directed on packet. I only used 1/2 tsp. of the ranch and dressing mix due to the sodium content. I added baby carrots about 2 hours before roast was finished. I served with oven roasted red potatoes. Definitely a keeper!
Wonderful! I added more carrots and about four potatoes cut up into pieces. My chuck roast was also bone-in which didn't make any difference at all. It still was so tender it fell apart and the whole family loved it.
I followed this recipe exactly. It turned out delicious. The beef was so tender and I strained the liquid and used that over the mashed potatoes. The sauce had a bit of zing to it from the Italian dressing but the ranch made it smooth. I love how easy this was to put together in the morning before I went to work.
This was amazing! I did add potatoes, but that is the only thing I did differently. I have shared this recipe with all 3 of my sisters and they have shared it with others. From now on, this is the only pot roast recipe that I will make.
This has to be one of the best recipes we have ever tried. I did add more water than suggested to make more gravy. My husband says I need to do all roasts this way! Very tasty!
Holy salt! Better have a gallon of water and Chapstick close. Good taste but way too much salt. I even cut the salt from the chuck roast and bought low sodium packets.
awesome, just awesome. I also did this same recipe with beef tips, potatoes and peas and it made a great stew. make pie crust and throw it in and you have yourself a WONDERFUL pot pie. It's so versatile!
We gave this a try over Christmas break when we were busy all day baking cookies and making candy and I was impressed that it was so delicious and my kids all loved it!!
Amazing!! I was skeptical with the different mixes but it was super tasty!! My whole family loved it!! I am making a stew out of it next!! Can not wait!! I also had to use brown gravy mix because I can not find beef gravy mix so I wish I could find it just to see if it would be better with this recipe or not. Not a big deal seeing as how the brown gravy mix was marvelous!!
DELICIOUS!!!! I first rated this several years back. Since then, I've used this recipe with great regularity. My only substitute, really, is to use dark beer instead of water. Every time, it comes out great. Works well for venison, too!
I'd never made pot roast before, but I wanted to start using my crock pot more often. I chose this recipe, even though I was wary of using three dry mixes, thinking it would be too salty. I used the Ranch dressing and Italian mixes, and chose a "beef stew" mix instead of a "brown gravy" mix, which sounded like something you'd use for cafeteria-style mystery meat. I added medium red potatoes and some boiler onions. I also used about another 1/2 cup of water to mix the mixes. On low for 8 hours, and the result was perfect! Not overly salty (I didn't add salt to the roast, thinking the mixes would have enough), lots of beefy flavor and a lovely gravy, all served over egg noodles. The family raved and I had enough leftovers for lunch!
This was great! My husband has been begging for pot roast for the past two weeks and this recipe gave just the amount of effort I wanted to put into it. I got low sodium mixes and nixed the salt when I sprinkled the pepper on it. I can definitely see how it came out too salty for a lot of people, make sure you get the low sodium mixes.
This was super easy, tender and flavorful. Made it exactly as the recipe stated. This roast made for a great comforting Sunday supper. We will definitely make this again.
Way too salty and not enough water. I hate to have to change a recipe around so. I'm gona have to keep searching for a better pot roast recipe.
I really liked the base flavor, however the comments made me weary of the saltiness. I should have stuck to the recipe as when I didnt salt the meat the gravy turned a little bland. It was my mistake for adding a little too much water as well to the mixture because I was adding pototoes and celery to the pot. The flavor and tenderness of the meat was 100% on point. Next time, I wont be afraid of the salt content and also halt the extra water. Great recipe! Great taste! Family loved it! Thanks!
I've made slow cooker pot roasts for 30+ years, and this honestly was the best I ever made. I made my own scratch dry Italian dressing and brown gravy mixes to cut down on the sodium, and didn't use much salt on the meat, and it was plenty flavorful. I keep a jar of Ranch dressing mix in the cupboard and it has sodium in it. 3T of that equaled 1 oz. I did add a splash of red wine and Worcestershire sauce after reading other reviews. I also threw in some baby new potatoes and a few pieces of celery and a chopped garlic clove with the baby carrots for flavor. After 8 hours my 2 1/2 pound chuck roast was perfectly fork tender, so much that I had to be careful removing it from the crock as it was about falling apart. The gravy was amazing, looking forward to leftovers today. DH said 'whatever you did to this roast, remember how you did it'...lol. Great recipe, don't let those dry mixes scare you off, just be aware if you use store bought, there will be more salt than if you whip up your own.
This was SOOO delicious!! The best pot roast I have made so far! :) Didn't change a thing in the recipe.
Amazingly easy and extremely tasty. This was my first time making pot roast and it ws a definite hit. I made one change I used Old Bay seasoning before covering the roast with flour. I also used creole seasoning mix (fresh chopped onions celery bell pepper) instead of chopped onions. I used baby carrots with the meat. I let the food cook for about 11 hours on low...and it was perfect. I served the roast with rice (for the gravy). I will be making this dish often.
Best pot roast ever! Followed the directions exactly and it turned out GREAT! This recipe is a keeper!
The meat tasted great, the sauce was really tasty, served over potatoes.
The best pot roast ever!! Like others I was skeptical about the package ingredients, but they made the pot roast sooooo full of flavor. I used a package of dry Au Jus gravy mix...everything else just as listed & half way through cooking time added thick slices of potatoes. So easy!!
This is my go to recipe for the past year since I found this! When I mix the dry ingredients though I add 32 ounces of beef broth and then pour it all over the meat. I cook mine in the crockpot also and after our meal - this is the best soup base - DO NOT THROW AWAY! I take the leftover meat and shred it and make a beef barley soup with this broth/gravy from the crockpot and I add mushrooms. It is scarfed up real fast! You won't need another recipe on the site after trying this!
I too was a little skeptical about all the dry mixes but this was wonderful! The whole family, including my 2 year old, just loved it! We made no changes, followed the recipe as is.
This is the best roast ever. I added some small red potatoes and it was fabulous. I also added 1 can of beef broth in place of the water. This will be the only way I will ever cook a roast again. Super easy and wonderful flavor.
This is the BEST roast recipe EVER!! I made it for our early Christmas dinner and everyone loved it! I added sliced mushrooms at the bottom and got a 4.5lb roast instead (had a lot of people to feed). This will be my roast recipe from now on, for sure!
I made changes I didn't really want to because I made the roast later than planned! I put potatoes in it as a preference from my bf and his friend, and we ate the onions I bought for it so unfortunately there was none. I fed three men this pot roast and they ate all but one tiny piece! For some reason they didnt want to eat it??? I usually do not like pot roast or any type of meat soaked gravy but this tasted absolutely awesome! The gravy was the best ever! I hate brown gravy also and I would have ate this with a spoon! Try this roast, very tasty!!
This was absolutely delicious!! I used this recipe as a base and made a few changes and it came out great. I used pearl onions instead of one large onion, they are a pain to peel but I love that they are bite sized. I didn't have an Italian dressing packet so I used 1 ts dried basil, 1 ts dried marjoram, and 1 ts dried thyme, someone gave me one of those dried spice racks for Christmas years ago so I've been looking for an excuse to use these spices. Also instead of whisking together the spices, gravy mix, and ranch packets with water I used a can of cream of celery that I had in the cupboard. Then I filled the crock pot with beef broth maybe like a cup or two so the roast was still poking through. I used washed and peeled baby carrots so much easier and I love carrots so I used a 2lb bag. I cooked on high for four hours I don't think it was as tender as it could have been but still really good. I served this with mashed potatoes, this was a hit. The gravy the juices made were really good. Thanks for the recipe.
I used the exact recipe along with adding potatoes...it was so good. I also put it on top of egg noodles!!!
I was finally able to make a great pot roast after 35 years of trying! I can cook just about anything else, but boy I didn't have good luck with pot roasts. I made sure to follow the directions carefully and let it cook at least 8 hours in the crock pot and it came out delicious. I made a few recommended changes, though. I sauteed the onions in olive oil before I added them to the crock pot. I also browned the roast in a little bit of olive oil (and of course coated with the flour) before adding it to the pot. In the water mixture I substituted 1/4 c of red wine for that amount of water, and also added a few dashes of worcestershire sauce. I put carrots and celery in for the full 8 hours and added cubed peeled potatoes during the last 2 hours of cooking. It turned out really good and my husband was almost ecstatic that I finally mastered a recipe for this!
This is my kind of cooking! It doesn't get any easier than this! AND IT'S SOOOOOO GOOD!!! Definitely a keeper!
Followed recipe as written except I added a little garlic powder to roast along with the salt and pepper. Delicious!
Very good recipe. Probably more of a 4.5 stars, but it I'll just give it 5. The gravy was perfect and full of flavor.
I love this recipe. It is quick to throw together and easy..I did add a bit more liquid and a bunch of vegetables along with a packet of onion soup mix because of all the extra water..it was very good and even with the extra liquid made a nice gravy. I will make this again :)
very good and easy to make
I didn't have time to prepare the roast with the flour steps, but threw all into the pot, added a few potatoes and dashed off to work. It smelled wonderful when I got home. I thickened the gravy with the flour at this point. What incredible flavour. I was very happy and will definitely make again. The potatoes were an odd brown colour after soaking in the sauce all day. My kids thought I was sneaking in a new vegetable :-) But they devoured the meal. Thanks keylimeone
I have made this several time. My family loves it and usually there are no left overs. At least nice a month I make it. It’s so simple and simply delicious
Best pot roast I have ever made! The flavor is outstanding. I did add an extra 1/2 cup of water as some suggested there was not enough gravy, but I ended up having to thicken up the juice with cornstarch and it made a TON of gravy, so next time I will only use the 1/2 cup. This one is definitely going in the recipe box!
I liked this recipe as well as my mothers, though it had a tang to it, I suppose from the Italian mix. My husband enjoyed it immensely, saying that he doesn't like roast but he liked mine!
Easy, savory, and the way I enjoy my roast...slow-cooked! Next time I might add more veggies. The gravy/seasoning was just right!
It was easy to prepare and the slow cook made it nice to come home to a ready meal. I followed recipe exact as printed. Lots of gravy as promised. For me the flavor combination left an after taste in my mouth. Maybe the brand of seasoning packets I used changed the end product. Enjoyed a nice hot meal but think I'll try something different next time.
Very Good! I tied twine abound the roast and went full 8 hours on slow. Added red potatoes. Made 2 cups of delicious gravy. Sliced nicely. YUMMY!
This had way to much flavor for me! It sounded great but made my stomache a little sick.
My daughter April gave me this recipe and said it was the best Pot Roast she ever made so I had to try it. She was right it is the best I've ever had! I added 3 medium size potatoes peeled and chopped into bite size peices about 1 hour before done time. And if you have leftovers it really makes a wonderful base for vegetable soup, just add one or two potatoes cut into bite size peices, a bag of frozen vegetables and 1 box of beef stock, a can of tomato paste, season with salt and pepper to taste and you a wonderful pot of soup.
I did not care for this recipe. I want to say it tasted like italian dressing and red wine. It had a weird almost chemical aftertaste. Either way, I didn't enjoy it, and I don't think there was enough moisture in this recipe to make the meat as tender as I'd have liked. I cooked it for the full 8 hours.
Like most reviews, I too was skeptical of the dry packet ingredients, but let me tell you I stand corrected! This dish was the most flavorful I've tasted or made. I followed the recipe exactly as is and only added small potatoes cut in half. I served over white rice. It was a hit and a keeper!
A huge hit in my family! I am not a huge roast fan but this one has changed my opinion. My 5 year old said I made the bestest meat ever and she is a picky one! Thanks so much for sharing... Can't wait till leftovers tomorrow... Hot beef sandwiches
So Delicious! I would prob not add as much carrots next time because the sweetness of the carrots kind of took over the flavor! I also added new potatoes. Loved it! Will def make it again!
Delicious ! I have made pot roast for years and hubby says this is one of the best. I used low sodium McCormick brown gravy mix and low sodium beef broth. You will not miss the salt ! Great flavor!!!
I halved the seasoning packets and it was still way too salty and had a weird after taste. I will try another recipe.
I, like others, was skeptical of the flavors, but this was delish! I couldn't tell the family what was in it until it was gone. Thanks
Just made this for my husband's birthday dinner and he said it was the best pot roast he has ever had! Easy to make, the gravy is wonderful.
DELICIOUS! Best pot roast ever, so flavorful! Of course, I added potatoes though cause roast just isn't roast without them. I didn't have any beef gravy mix so I used onion soup mix and a can of beef broth instead of water. And I added a little cornstarch towards the end to help thicken it.
I thought this tasted really good and the meat was very tender. The gravy was really greasy, and I tried to skim some of the fat off the top. It's not the recipes fault, just a problem with a fatty roast.
The best roast I have ever cooked! Will definitely be making this again!
I was also skeptical but I tried it and it was a huge hit. Have already made it a second time with similar results - didn't alter a thing.
made it with Moose Roast. It was fantastic.
Very, very, very good - and incredibly simple! Perfectly thickened gravy. Meat and carrots that are "just right" tender; not so soft as to fall apart, but fork-tender. In regard to complaints about saltiness- might be differences in the brand of any of the mix packages. We used Publix mushroom gravy mix (in lieu of beef gravy mix), Hidden Valley Ranch dressing and Good Seasons Italian Salad dressing mix - 1 package of each. Just perfect! Might cut down on the pepper just a bit next time, but this is most definitely a "keeper" recipe.
Very good! Needed 1 cup water instead of 1/2, and you should omit the extra salt. It is not needed. I also added potatos. I loved it, however my son and daughtger-in-law have decided to go "vegan", so they drooled over it, but resisted eating it. I could not have done that. The smell was so delicious! I brought some leftovers for lunch, and the smell is making my co-worker drool. Now she is not looking forward to her protein bar for lunch :)
This was as good as all the other reviews stated! I put five garlic cloves at the bottom of the crockpot with the onions. I took flour, pepper, and granulated garlic and put it in a gallon size Ziploc bag. I rinsed the roast in water then put it in the Ziploc bag. Once sealed I shook it around and used my hands from the outside of the bag to knead the flour mixture into the roast (instead of using a plate like the directions stated-less messy). I then dumped the whole bag into the crockpot, extra flour and all. It made for a creamer gravy, I believe. I increased the water to 3/4 cup since I was using some extra flour. I found a gravy packet that was low sodium and I think that helped with the salty taste. Mine wasn't salty at all. I really thought that there wouldn't be enough liquid when I poured it over the four pound roast. When I got home from work sure enough the liquid was almost all the way to the top. Don't know how it happened, but it did. I put carrots and potatoes over the top of the roast like recommended in an earlier post. This was great and my husband couldn't stop raving about it. Very easy to do in the morning then you have dinner right when you get home from work. I put leftovers into single serve containers for easy grabbing to take for lunch.
Very tasty! I did "brown" it first.
This was perfect!!! The only thing I changed is that I added cubed potatoes and I added about a half cup of beef stock when there was about 2 hours left. Definitely 5 stars! My boyfriend loved it.
I followed this recipe and it was fabulous! My husband said it was the best pot roast he's ever had...served it over mashed potatoes..delicious!!!
Easy and delicious! I just added onions, carrots and potatoes at the bottom! Great dish:)
Very easy...kids liked
The roast was fairly decent. Definitely easy to throw together and the meat was very tender. Even though I added potatoes and celery, the gravy was still too salty for me. My husband loved it because he usually pours salt on all of his food, but he didn't reach for the salt shaker this time. The mixture of flavors were good, just salty. I will try this again with maybe half of each of the seasoning packets.
Delicious!!!! My husband ate 3rds! He said it was the best roast I've ever made & I'd have to agree. I forgot the garlic, but it tasted delicious without it. Will definitely make again & again!
Very good and easy. I was a little afraid of the ranch packet being too salty but it was just fine. After I bought the packets at the store the same recipe was on the back of the Italian dressing packet. The only difference was to roll the roast in the seasoning packets. I did that instead of the flour. It was delicious!
Amazing! My hubby couldn't get enough. Said it was the best roast he ever had.. only changes I made was adding potatoes and doing 3/4 cup of water instead of 1/2!! Try this recipe it's awesome
First Time Ever Making Roast And This Recipe Is Absolutely Great!
Very very good. Very easy. I read the reviews and decided to basically follow the recipe. Using gravy mix makes sense but I was curious about the Italian dressing mix and the ranch dressing mix. I use ranch dressing mix all the time in potato casseroles but I wasn’t sure about using it in pot roast. The 3 mixes worked perfectly together. I used 1 cup of water and I added red potatoes, celery, baby carrots and pearl onions. Magnificent!
it makes a very good roast...I used a 3 lb bottom round roast with fat trimmed...so not too fatty. Yes sodium is high so add more water and larger cut of beef if you like. Served mine with Pioneer Woman's mashed potatoes and the carrots from the gravy. I like microwaving the carrots first till soft and adding them in the crock for the last 30 min on high. We go through 2 bags of baby ones. Oh and skipped the flour and searing step altogether....and no onions either. Still fab!
This pot roast turned out great! This is the first time I've ever made one and it was super easy and my husband loved it as well. Will definitely cook again.
This was an amazing pot roast I added as an extra meat to go with our Thanksgiving turkey. I had two people say this was the best pot roast I had ever made!
I have tried other slow cooker pot roast recipes and have been disappointed, but this is the one I'll be making from now on. My picky kids went back for seconds and I didn't have any leftovers. After reading other reviews, I did leave out the salt on the roast, and used 3/4 cup of water. Very tender, great tasting meat and gravy.
This roast is awesome and so tender with rich gravy. I did not have beef gravy mix but had a little over half a packet of au jus. I also added lipton onion soup mix and the ranch and italian as suggested in the recipe. I used 2 cups of water to desolve the dry mixes in. I salt and peppered the roast then put in a ziploc and then added the flour, shake and then pound the flour in thru the plastic bag...worked great and clean up was easy. I have never put a roast in the crock pot without browning first and almost did it but decided to go ahead and put it in. There is no need for that browning step, its perfect without it. The color was just right. I used the onions but also put potatos in, then the roast and the carrots all around. Put it on before I went to bed. When I got up the smell coming out of the kitchen was awesome. I just finished eating this masterpiece. Yummm. This will be my standard pot roast recipe. Will be trying this with other cuts of meat as well. Thanks keylimeone for sharting this recipe!