Here’s a cool weather comfort food recipe classic…Slow Cooker Yankee Pot Roast. Delicious with carrots, potatoes and a rich gravy.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
The house smells wonderful when you slow cook a pot roast, much better than any candle or fragrance if you ask me. This classic recipe for Yankee Pot roast really delivers in the comfort food department, and it’s an easy recipe too.
Here’s some good reasons to make it:
- This is basically a hands-off recipe when you use a slow cooker instead of a large dutch oven. That alone is worth the price of admission 🙂
- Prep the ingredients in the slow cooker in the morning with some simple root vegetables and forget about it…this recipe makes a complete meal! Love that part.
- The flavors here are comforting and familiar and the end result is just delicious- fork-tender beef, buttery yellow potatoes and chunky carrots, plus a rich gravy over the top.
- Potential for leftovers with this recipe is high. Re-heat the whole meal for an encore, or shred the beef and make some tacos!
Ingredients You’ll Need
For the full instructions and list of ingredients, please scroll down to the recipe card below.
- Beef Chuck Roast: 3 to 4 pounds.
- Carrots and Celery: Large carrots, or baby carrots and a couple of ribs of celery.
- Small Potatoes: Small Yukon gold or yellow potatoes work perfectly.
- Yellow Onion: Believe it or not, large onions when chopped pretty much melt in the slow cooker, and leave a wonderful flavor.
- Garlic: Crushed is best.
- Red Wine: Just a half cup of wine.
- Beef Broth: Just enough liquid to get things going.
- Bay Leaf: Just two for their subtle depth of flavor when slow cooking meat.
- Kosher Salt and Black Pepper: For seasoning the meat.
Step-By Step Instructions
- To start, brown roast on all sides in a large skillet over medium-high heat with some olive oil.
- Stir in the aromatics (onion, celery) and then flour for thickening and other seasonings.
- Next add the wine and broth and work out all the lumps. Pour it in the slow cooker.
- Place potatoes and carrots on the bottom of the slow cooker, then place beef snugly in the middle. Spoon some of the sauce over the top and add the bay leaf.
- Cook on high for 6-7 hours, or low for 9-10 hours. Remove the roast and let it rest for about 20 minutes before slicing and serving with the carrots and potatoes and some gravy for the top and to pass alongside. Delicious!
Tips for Success
- Use all beef broth if you don’t care to use red wine.
- Be sure to snip off the strings that hold the beef together after you remove it from the slow cooker 🙂
- Skim the fat off the gravy that accumulates on the very top before reheating it and serving.
- You could also serve this meal with buttered egg noodles, just prepare them separately according to the package directions.
- Pot roast made at home is one of our all-time favorite easy comfort food meals. All you need is a great salad to start with, like this roasted pear and butter lettuce creation or this simple, delicious kale salad with candied nuts and apples.
- Make it a party and serve a light appetizer first with cold drinks, these seasoned almonds are outrageous, and so are these light & tasty veggie cups.
- Dessert for a great dinner like this is practically mandatory, and something with apples and cinnamon sounds right. Try this incredible pie (it comes together quickly) these warm and delicious baked apples with crumb topping and whipped cream, or a simple apple cake like this.
- Or scrap all that and go with a fantastic cheesecake bar (so easy), this stand-out version of krispy treats or these incredibly good apple butter cookies. So yum!
Frequently Asked Questions
An airtight container is best, for up to 4 days. Put the gravy in a jar with a lid to keep it separate, and be sure to scoop off any fat that accumulates on the top before re-heating.
Easy! Use an oven-safe dish, place the leftovers in it and bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes to reheat.
More Recipes to Try
- Slow Cooker Asparagus: One of my favorite slow cooker recipes!
- Turkey Pasta Bake Recipe: A delish, 30 minute skillet meal.
- Butternut Squash Crostini: A fabulous toast!
- Skillet Taco Bake: An easy & delicious one skillet dinner or appetizer.
- Carrots with Almonds: An easy side dish for so many different meals.
- Spicy Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Yogurt Sauce: A fantastic side for holidays.
- Pasta and Broccoli Recipe Italian: An easy, fresh & delicious pasta.
- Baked Potatoes and Broccoli: Everyone will love this classic dish!
- Potato Soup: This one has no dairy, and it’s rich, creamy and delicious!
- Chicken Sausage Tortellini Soup: A fantastic, hearty and tasty soup recipe.
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Slow Cooker Yankee Pot Roast
- 1 4 – 5 pound Boneless beef chuck roast
- Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
- 2 tablespoons Olive or vegetable oil
- 1 large Onion, chopped
- 3 Celery ribs, sliced thinly
- 2 tablespoons All-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon Tomato Paste
- 3-4 Garlic cloves, minced
- ¼ teaspoon Dried thyme (or one teaspoon fresh) optional
- ½ cup Red Wine or beef broth
- ½ cup Beef Broth
- 2 pounds Small Yellow Potatoes, unpeeled
- 1 pound Carrots, peeled and sliced into 3-4" pieces
- 2 Bay leaves
- 3-4 tablespoons Fresh Parsley, minced
- Use a paper towel to dry off the beef. Season it all over with salt and pepper. Heat olive oil in a large skillet and brown the roast on all sides, which will take about 8 minutes or so total. Transfer to a large plate.
- To the same skillet (without cleaning it) add the onion, celery, ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper to the oil left in the skillet, cook over medium heat until they are softened and lightly brown, about 5-6 minutes. Stir in the flour, tomato paste, the garlic, thyme (if using) and cook for another minute or so. Stir in the wine and broth, being sure to stir from the bottom of the skillet to get all the flavorful bits from the bottom. Transfer to the slow cooker.
- Add the potatoes and carrots and stir to combine. Add the beef roast and any accumulated juices from the plate it was on, nestle it in the middle of the carrots and potatoes, spooning some of the juices on top of the roast. Add the bay leaves. Cover and cook on high for 6-7 hours, or on low for 9-10 hours.
- Transfer roast to a cutting board, covering it loosely with foil to keep it warm and let it rest for 20 minutes.
- Remove the bay leaves and transfer the vegetables to a serving dish, also keeping them covered with foil to keep warm. Spoon any accumulated fat from the very top of the sauce left in the slow cooker, then stir in the chopped parsley and season it with salt and pepper to your taste. Remove the twine from the roast, and slice into ½ inch pieces against the grain. Transfer to a serving platter with the vegetables, spoon a cup or so of sauce over the beef and vegetables, and serve the remaining sauce alongside.
- Use all beef broth if you don’t care to use red wine.
- Be sure to snip the strings that hold the beef together after you remove it from the slow cooker 🙂
- Super important to read the whole recipe before you begin
- Pay attention to the ingredient list and photos for the recipe
- If possible, prep your ingredients a little before you start
- Always use a sharp knife for safety
- Use the size of pan called for in the recipe
- For savory recipes, taste and season as you go
- Buy fresh, organic ingredients, locally sourced whenever possible