Easy Beef Pot Roast
Prep time: 20 mins
Total time: 9 hours 20 mins
  • 3-5 pound chuck roast
  • salt and pepper
  • few tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 or 4 medium to large size potatoes, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 3 carrots, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces (or about 20 baby carrots)
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 1 envelope brown gravy mix (or use homemade gravy mix - recipe at end of post)
  • 2 cups applesauce (I used unsweetened)
  • 1 cup water
  1. Salt and pepper the roast while heating the olive oil in a large pan.
  2. Sear the roast on all sides, and place in slow cooker.
  3. Add cut up vegetables to slow cooker, nestling it on top of and around the roast.
  4. In a bowl, combine onion soup mix, gravy packet (or dried gravy mix), applesauce, and water together and mix well.
  5. Pour over vegetables and roast.
  6. Cover and cook on low 8-10 hours.

This was a solid roast recipe. I probably wouldn't be able to detect the applesauce if I didn't know it was there, but it does add something subtle that works. Thickened the gravy with a bit of flour on the stove before serving, and it was yummy. I didn't have time to go the full 10-12, so I cranked up to high during the last two hours. The meat was tender enough, but I would have liked to see if we could have achieved 'fall apart' doneness. We still rank the Mississippi roast as our favorite, but this was a super easy one that is a definite make again.


This was really good! The applesauce did add an interesting flavor and a sweet moisture. I took the leftovers, and made it more into a soup/stew the next day. It was even better that way--the flavors really melded. I agree that an extra potato would have been made the dinner more balanced,who doesn't love those potatoes in gravy!


Our family liked this roast, but what's not to like? The gravy was good, and I'm a sucker for a one dish meal!


We really liked this. My husband is still holding a grudge that I finished off the leftovers for lunch one day. Sorry pal. You snooze, you lose.

Recipe modified from The Lazy Gourmet .
Recipe by Funny Is Family at https://funnyisfamily.com/2014/10/easy-crock-pot-beef-pot-roast.html