Easy Beef Pot Roast Recipe: Slow Cooker To The Rescue


By La Cuisinière | All Recipes

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Dec 07

Easy Beef Pot Roast Recipe – In 2015, I participated in a slow cooker challenge.  The challenge was to prepare a new recipe every day for an entire month.  My participation fell somewhat short of the full challenge but this recipe for an easy beef pot roast was a keeper.

You know me by now – I “frenchified” the recipe.  Several of the ingredients were tweaked and some added but the recipe did not suffer for it.

An Easy Beef Pot Roast Recipe For Any Slow Cooker!

easy-beef-pot-roast-recipe-ingredientsIt was so much fun to participate in the Slow Cooking Recipes for the Busy Mom that year  that I decided to participate again but on a slightly different schedule – mine.

The Pot Roast Recipe Endures


November was eventful and very busy with a trip to France.

Then came [popup_product]Thanksgiving[/popup_product] and for December, my schedule is unrelenting.

I look forward to all the help I can get during this month when it comes to making great meals. My plan is to make those great meals with the help of slow cooker collection and my new kitchen toy!

easy beef pot roast recipe

This year, to make things interesting, I would love to invite my readers to participate in a slow cooker challenge which starts today.

I call it December’s Best One Pot Wonders!

But let’s get back to the easy beef pot roast recipe.

In a hurry to get the pot roast cooking?

With recipe in hand, I ran to Safeway© to pick up the missing ingredient.

 Lipton ONION RECIPE Soup & Dip Mix 

Not only is the recipe quick but I happen to have the cream of mushroom soup and the onion soup mix on the pantry shelf.

I am going to make a few changes to the basic easy beef pot roast recipe to make it my own but also accommodate Mom’s special diet.

This is the perfect type of recipe which helps me assemble a variety of make-ahead freezer meals or ready made meals for her to use during the week.

At a minimum I can rest assured that she has several hearty meals ready to heat up.

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More often than not, Mom manages to make two meals from one container.

Mom’s hands are affected by peripheral neuropathy.

Most plastic container lids that seal completely around the container make it difficult for her to open or close the container.

One of the winning features of these containers is that  they are easy for her to open because of the four individual snap lock closures.

Glass makes them dishwasher safe and she can reheat her meals in the oven or the microwave.

Another bonus is that I fill a container with leftovers from other meals and she often has a full week of [popup_product]ready made meals[/popup_product] at her disposal.

Believe me…my assorted crock pots (which range from a 2 quart to a large 7 quart size) get a real workout.

And these [popup_product]meal prep containers[/popup_product] go a long way towards making the entire process easier whether I am cooking for Mom or for the two of us.

Chuck Roast or Chuck Steaks?

While this easy beef pot roast recipe calls for a chuck roast, the chuck steaks were on special today.

Not only did I benefit from the special price available with a store card but I arrived just in time to watch them add a discount to each package!  Felt like a bandit.💲

And…if you want to prepare a variation of this easy slow cooker pot roast, how much easier could it be than simply changing the [popup_product]soup mix[/popup_product] you use to flavor the meat?

  • Prefer the pot roast with a richer, beefier sauce? Use the Beefy Onion soup mix.
  • Love mushrooms as much as we do?  Prepare the roast with the Onion Mushroom mix.
  • Want to go out on a limb? Use pork instead of beef and prepare the pot roast with the Golden Onion mix!

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Beef Pot Roast

Easy Beef Pot Roast Recipe

  • Author: De Ashton
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 7 hours
  • Total Time: 7 hours 30 mins
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Cuisine: Homestyle Comfort Food


The perfect recipe for a hearty meal. A minimum of ingredients slow cooked to perfection result in a melt in your mouth family sized meal bursting with flavor!


  • 4 1/4 pounds of beef chuck steak, boneless
  • 1 box (2 packs) of Lipton© Onion Soup Mix
  • 1 family sized can of Campbell’s© Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 14 oz. can of mushroom stems and pieces
  • 4 carrots, peeled – medium size
  • 2 large russet potatoes, cut into large pieces
  • 1 stalk of celery (strictly for seasoning)
  • 2 teaspoons Fines Herbes
  • olive oil and butter (just enough to brown the meat). Add small amounts as needed.
  • 1/2 cup of rich beef broth
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup of red wine (I used some Pinot Noir)
  • freshly cracked pepper, to taste


  1. Sprinkle the contents of 1 pack of onion soup mix onto a large platter. Coat both sides of as many pieces of chuck steak as you can with one pack. Press the onion bits into the meat. I needed a second pack to evenly coat all the meat.
  2. Brown the pieces of meat on both sides over medium heat (being sure not the burn the onions bits) and add directly to the crock pot in your slow cooker. Place the larger, thicker pieces on the bottom.
  3. Season the meat with freshly cracked pepper to taste. I did not add salt (see notes for explanation).
  4. Surround the meat with the chunks of potato. Top with the whole carrots and the stalk of celery.
  5. On low heat, to the pan in which you have browned the meat, add the can of mushroom soup – undiluted. Scrape up all the brown bits in the bottom of the pan along with all the bits of onion from the mix.
  6. Add beef broth and red wine. If the soup mixture still looks a little too thick, add a small amount of wine. Red wine never hurt a beef stew 😉
  7. Stir until well combined and then pour evenly over the meat.
  8. Spread the mushroom pieces evenly across the meat and vegetables.
  9. Sprinkle with Italian herbs.
  10. Set slow cooker to LOW for 7 hours. By the second hour, the aroma from the kitchen will lure perfect strangers to your table. Guaranteed!


Fines Herbes is a wonderful blend of chives, chervil, lemon zest, marjoram, parsley, tarragon.

Serve the pot roast with a salad and thick slices of freshly baked bread. Bon appétit.


  • Serving Size: 6
  • Calories: 903
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Sodium: 1488mg
  • Fat: 40g
  • Saturated Fat: 18g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 22g
  • Trans Fat: 2g
  • Carbohydrates: 38g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Protein: 96g
  • Cholesterol: 288mg
Imagine this...a easy beef pot roast recipe slow cooking in a mushroom cream sauce seasoned with onions and laced with red wine. | food-crafting.com

Easy beef pot roast recipe slow cooking in a mushroom cream sauce seasoned with onions and laced with red wine.

You’ll Cook This Beef Pot Roast More Than Once!

Next time, instead of the onion soup mix try the Beefy Onion Soup mix from Lipton©.

You can even use a different soup: beefy mushroom, or golden mushroom. How about cream of mushroom soup with roasted garlic?

Here is another recipe to cook perfect chuck roast.

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On The Topic of Salt: Why I Don’t Add Any

The soup mix contains quite a bit of sodium. So does the soup and even the canned mushrooms.  Add all the pepper you want.

The biggest culprit is the cream of mushroom soup. Of course, you can use the low sodium version but that has absolutely no flavor. Nada.

The canned mushrooms had 360 mg of sodium, the cream of mushroom soup had a whopping 870 mg (same amount in the small can) and the soup mix had 610 mg.

By my math, that’s over 1800 mg of salt! A taste test confirmed that it did not need more salt.

Bon appétit.

It’s A Slow Cooker Challenge!

How would you tweak my recipe for this easy pot roast? Be sure to share those tweaks in the Comments below.  I look forward to sharing some other recipe tweaks.

How many readers have a “collection” of slow cookers? I’ve found a specific purpose for each size and every one of my [popup_product]crock pots[/popup_product]. Have you?

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The only thing I would add would be onions. I remember the smell of the roast and onions cooking in my mama’s kitchen.

La Cuisinière

Sounds yummy! Replace the onion soup mix with fresh onions. Step #1 in the Instructions could read like this > In a heavy bottom frying pan, brown thickly sliced yellow onions in butter over medium heat until golden brown. Set aside to add to the crock pot in a single layer over the meat and potatoes and under carrots in Step #4.

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