This is my go-to recipe for pot roast on a busy weekday. It uses inexpensive cuts of meat, made posh by the slow cooker. After years of tweaking others' recipes, I think I found a good mix of high-quality pot roast while still being very quick and easy.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
8 hrs 10 mins
additional:
10 mins
total:
8 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
9
Yield:
9 servings
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Ingredients

9
Original recipe yields 9 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Arrange potatoes, carrots, and onion around the edges of a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker.

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  • Whisk celery soup and beef stew seasoning mix together in a bowl until smooth and creamy.

  • Heat a saucepan over medium-high heat; cook roast until browned and seared, about 3 minutes per side. Sprinkle onion soup mix over entire roast and place roast in the center of the slow cooker, surrounding it with the vegetable mixture. Spread celery soup mixture over roast.

  • Cook on Low, 8 to 10 hours.

  • Remove roast from the slow cooker and place on cutting board; let rest for 10 minutes.

  • Strain remaining liquid in the slow cooker into a bowl and whisk until smooth, about 1 minute.

  • Slice roast and serve alongside vegetables and gravy.

Cook's Note:

For smaller roasts or to reduce the sodium content, use only half of the onion soup mix on the top of the roast.

Pot roast can also be shredded. Using two forks, shred the pot roast and remove any lingering globs of fat. Serve atop the vegetables covered in gravy.

Nutrition Facts

332 calories; protein 19.9g 40% DV; carbohydrates 20.9g 7% DV; fat 18.3g 28% DV; cholesterol 72.3mg 24% DV; sodium 982.8mg 39% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2015
Heather Dunn, you've out Dunn your self on this one ;). I used a beef tenderloin roast on this occasion. I let it simmer on low for 9 hrs. The tenderloin was so juicy and and the juices rocked. Thank you for a such a delicious recipe I can add to my favorites. ?? cook on ?? Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/02/2018
The meat and gravy were so yummy! Nobody in our family cared for the potatoes. Next time we will try leaving the potatoes out and make mashed potatoes instead. Read More
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45 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 39
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
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Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2015
Heather Dunn, you've out Dunn your self on this one ;). I used a beef tenderloin roast on this occasion. I let it simmer on low for 9 hrs. The tenderloin was so juicy and and the juices rocked. Thank you for a such a delicious recipe I can add to my favorites. ?? cook on ?? Read More
(22)
Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2015
Okay. This is the first time I've rated a recipe. I loved this. I added garlic because I love garlic. My roast was about 2 lbs. So when I added all the ingredients it looked like it needed a little water. So I added about a cup of water because it was really thick. But all and all I loved it. Very tender and taste was great according to my husband. I didn't have time to do low for 8 hours so I pumped up the heat about 3 hours on high and then low and it still came out great. Will add more water next time. Gravy thick but husband loved it Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/06/2016
Oh My GOODNESS!! This was absolutely Yummy!.Followed directions but did not use any veggies except onions, added some burgundy cooking wine and 2 packs of brown gravy mix since I didn't have beef stew mix, a few pats of butter and a couple of bay leaves! Excellent...used a 3.5 lb roast beef, 2 hours on high and 3 on low in crock pot...AWESOME!! Thank You! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/09/2018
I pre seasoned my roast with sea salt, Applewood rub, and onion powder. I also added chopped celery to the veggies, and put about a 1/2c of beef broth in the slow cooker. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/22/2017
LOVED...LOVED...LOVED this recipe! I didn't change anything (except made mashed potatoes instead of placing them in the crock pot) otherwise cooked it just as displayed & it did not disappoint. I used a roast just over 3lbs fed 5 people. EVERY SINGLE bite was gone! I will definitely make this again as it will be my official roast recipe!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/01/2017
One of the best slow cooker recipes ever! Added some extra minced garlic and will definitely make again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/02/2017
My family really enjoyed this. I used russet potatoes since I did not have any red on hand. Also substituted beef seasoning with Penzey's Quebec seasoning. Would definitely make this again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2018
I ve made this several times and it comes out amazing each time! As per one reviewer said I put carrots in at the end and everyone who has eaten it has complimented me on their texture. My picky husband three and one year old are all very silent Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/20/2017
Very good and easy. I didn't brown my roast and it turned out great! A hit at the table!!!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/02/2018
The meat and gravy were so yummy! Nobody in our family cared for the potatoes. Next time we will try leaving the potatoes out and make mashed potatoes instead. Read More
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