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Simple Beef Pot Roast

When it comes to a Sunday dinner, nothing beats a classic as pot roast! Slow cooked dinners that can be cooked in a slow cooker, instant pot or in the oven.  A complete meal with veggies cooked right along your meat.

What is Pot Roast?

Pot roast is a big, tough beef cut (usually a cheap cut perfect for slow cooking), seared, covered, and cooked slow with herbs and veggies in a flavorful broth until fall apart tender.

A good pot roast can be made with any cut of beef roast: chuck roast, round roast, or briskets. The beef is seasoned and seared then added to your slow cooker or Instant pot with a braising liquid—for this recipe you’re going to use beef broth and balsamic vinegar which helps tenderize the meat and add a deeper flavor.

Slow cooking these cuts breaks the collagen down, tenderizing the meat. The beef releases its juices into the broth, providing your roast with incredible flavor. Adding flour or cornstarch turns that liquid gold into a delicious, thick gravy.

Simple Beef Pot Roast Recipe

There is no shortage of recipes on the internet, but below is an easy take on this classic recipe. If you prefer using a slow cooker try this recipe.


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 ½ pounds beef chuck pot roast
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary


Step 1: Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C).

Step 2: Pour vegetable oil into a large oven-safe pot over medium-high heat. Season the chuck roast with salt and black pepper. Brown the meat on both sides in the hot oil, and transfer to a plate.

Step 3: Stir carrots, celery, and onion into the pot, and cook and stir until vegetables start to release their juices, about 3 minutes; loosen any brown flavor bits on the bottom of the pot. Add butter, and cook until the onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Then sprinkle in rosemary, stir the vegetables, and return the roast to the pot. Cover the pot with a lid.

Step 4: Roast in the preheated oven until the chuck roast is tender, about 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Season vegetables with additional salt and black pepper, if desired.

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