When you think comfort food, pot roast likely comes to mind. Tender, fall-apart meat and veggies simmered in a rich, flavorful sauce – what’s not to love? While pot roast tastes like it took all day, the slow cooker does all the work for you.
Simply prep your ingredients and let your crockpot create mouthwatering magic while you’re out.
These 20 pot roast crockpot recipes will feed a crowd and fill your home with incredible aromas. Pull out your slow cooker and let’s get simmering!
Italian Pot Roast
Give your pot roast lively Italian flavors by adding a whole jar of pepperoncini plus the vinegary juice they are packed in.
The spicy pepper flavor infuses right into the meat along with seasonings like oregano, basil, bay leaves, and garlic.
Cook until super tender after 8-10 hours then use two forks to shred beef before serving.
The thin spicy peppers melt into the shredded meat and juices for an incredible sauce.
Spoon juicy Italian beef and vegetables over buttered pasta, soft polenta, or crusty bread.
Hawaiian Pot Roast
A tropical twist on traditional pot roast, this Hawaiian version uses pineapple juice and chunks for incredible sweetness and moisture.
Brown roast first, then add pineapple juice plus chunks and pat dry brown sugar to dissolve into the braising liquid.
Chili paste, soy sauce, garlic, and ginger also incorporate fabulous Hawaiian flair. After 10 hours you’ll have a super tender roast that shreds easily to mix with charred pineapple bits and heavenly sweet sauce. Aloha!
Classic Crockpot Pot Roast
This back-to-basics recipe delivers the warm, comforting flavors and incredibly tender meat that pot roast is famous for.
Start with a large 3-pound chuck roast and season generously all over with salt and pepper. Sear the roast in a skillet until browned, then transfer to the slow cooker.
Add roughly chopped red potatoes, carrots, and onion, plus minced garlic and broth to cover.
Seasonings like thyme, rosemary, Worcestershire sauce, or tomato paste provide nuanced flavor.
Cook for 10 hours on low heat for meat so tender it shreds easily with a fork and vegetables that practically melt in your mouth.
Beer and Cola Pot Roast
This unique combo makes roast wonderfully moist and flavorful.
Start with a large onion sliced into rings plus lots of garlic and your favorite seasonings like thyme or rosemary.
Pour one can or bottle of beer and cola over the pot roast before cooking low and slow. Foam will form on top at first but dissolve into rich sauce later.
The beer adds subtle bitterness and carbonation to tenderize while cola acids break down collagen for fall-apart meat.
Ranch Pot Roast
For pot roast with the cool, herby flavor of classic Ranch dip, use a packet of dry Ranch seasoning mix.
Coat the roast evenly with the zesty mix then add usual veggies like potatoes, carrots, and onion.
As everything braises for 8-10 hours, the seasoning blend permeates the meat and broth for a comforting, crave-able flavor reminiscent of the dressing everyone loves.
Ladle silky shredded roast and vegetables over egg noodles or mashed potatoes.
Pumpkin Spice Pot Roast
Warm up with seasonal pumpkin spice flavors in this savory pot roast.
Coat chuck roast with a blend of classic pie spices like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves.
Brown the seasoned meat first, then add chunks of pumpkin or butternut squash, onion, garlic, and beef broth to the slow cooker.
As the roast simmers for 8-10 hours, the sweet squash and spices permeate the meat. The pumpkin balances beautifully with the hearty, tender beef.
Serve sliced roast and squash topped with the concentrated, slightly thickened cooking liquid.
Maple Dijon Pot Roast
Sweet maple syrup and zingy Dijon mustard join forces to create an incredible sauce for pot roast.
Use 1⁄4 cup maple syrup whisked with 3-4 tablespoons Dijon to coat chunks of chuck roast. Add sliced onions, whole garlic cloves, thyme, and pepper before cooking on low for 8 hours.
halfway through, baste the meat with more maple Dijon mixture.
The sugars in the syrup caramelize to a beautiful glaze on a tender, fall-apart roast. Serve extra sauce drizzled over fluffy mashed potatoes.
Cranberry Orange Pot Roast
Make your next chuck roast festive for the fall or winter holidays by adding ruby red cranberries and bright orange.
Scatter fresh cranberries, orange slices, orange zest strips plus thyme around roast before cooking.
The tart cranberries and citrusy orange infuse into meat over 8 hours on low. Baste and stir roast halfway through.
Sliced chuck roast is incredibly moist and colorful studded with popped cranberries and orange bits. Jus is succulent and spooned over each serving.
Cheesy Crockpot Roast
Take shredded pot roast and gravy to the next level by stirring in melted cheese right before serving.
Cheddar, mozzarella, and Parmesan create an irresistibly gooey, gooey sauce coating tender beef.
For ultimate cheesy decadence, transfer roast and gravy into a baking dish, top completely with shredded cheese then broil for 5 minutes until melty.
Dinner rolls or biscuits are perfect vehicles for dunking into incredible cheese-coated beef.
Mississippi Pot Roast
Also known as the viral Social Media pot roast, just 4 humble ingredients create lip-smacking restaurant-worthy flavor.
Nestle a chuck roast into the slow cooker then simply sprinkle with a dry Ranch packet, pepperoncini, and au jus gravy packets.
Top with a whole stick of butter.
As it cooks, butter and seasonings create an unbelievably savory sauce coating an incredibly moist, pull-apart tender roast. So easy yet so craveably delicious!
Thai Red Curry Pot Roast
Give your next pot roast Thai flavors with a spicy, fragrant red curry paste simmered in coconut milk.
First brown cubed chuck roast well in a skillet. Then place in the crockpot and cover with one 14 oz can of coconut milk and 3-4 tablespoons red curry paste. Season with lime juice, fish sauce, garlic and cilantro.
As it slow-cooks, the coconut milk mingles with spice paste and juices, braising the meat for 8 hours until fall-apart tender.
Shredded roast soaks up the incredible, slightly spicy coconut sauce. Serve this exotic dish over jasmine rice.
Crockpot Carnitas Pot Roast
You’ll never need a taco Tuesday recipe again after whipping up this amazing shredded chuck roast carnitas-style from your slow cooker!
Simply cook chuck roast with typical seasonings like garlic, cumin, and chili powder until super tender and able to shred.
Drain and discard juices, then place shredded beef on a baking sheet. Broil for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sizzling hot with crispy, caramelized edges.
Transfer carnitas meat into tortillas alongside your favorite toppings like cilantro, salsa, and lime wedges. Way better than takeout!
Vegetarian Lentil Pot Roast
You won’t believe how flavorful a meatless lentil pot roast can be! Start by sautéing diced carrots, onions, and celery until lightly browned.
Add vegetable stock, tomato paste, and dried herbs like thyme, rosemary, and oregano to your slow cooker.
Stir in French green lentils and simmer for 6 hours for protein-packed lentils that hold their shape nicely.
The deeply savory broth soaks into earthy lentils, carrots, and celery for incredible texture and comfort food appeal that even devout meat eaters love. These crockpot meals make weeknight dinners so easy.
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Now that you’ve got 20 new pot roast crockpot recipes, the hardest part is deciding which to cook up first! Let the savory simmering begin by digging your slow cooker out of storage.
Just toss in your ingredients, turn it on low then wait for your home to flood with incredible smells. I promise your family or guests will be drooling in anticipation of a hearty, comforting homemade meal.