Instant Pot Pot Roast and Potatoes

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Juicy and tender instant pot pot roast and potatoes with gravy makes the perfect family-friendly dinner. This easy one pot dinner recipe will please even the picky eaters! 

In love with your Instant Pot? After you try this Instant Pot Pot Roast and Potatoes, you’ll have to try these Instant Pot Parmesan Chicken and Rice with Mushrooms, Instant Pot Beef Bourguignon, and Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Tacos

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Why use an instant pot?

Have you joined the instant pot craze??

I put it off, like I usually do with new kitchen gadgets, because I was afraid it was a funky trend that would fizzle out but after friends raving non stop about theirs, I broke down and got myself one.

I’m obsessed! Where has this thing been all of my life?

And just to clear things up, I say “Instant Pot” because that’s the brand that I own and is most familiar with everyone, but these recipes are not sponsored by the brand in any way and any pressure cooker will do just fine! I don’t care what brand it is, just get your hands on one pronto. It’s seriously takes one pot cooking to a whole new level of awesome.

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Why this is the BEST pot roast and potatoes you’ll ever taste…

Pot roast is one of my absolute favorite childhood meals.

My mother made a beef pot roast with potatoes, carrots, and homemade gravy almost every single Sunday and I never got sick of it. I still ask for it from time to time when we go visit my parents for Sunday dinner because it takes me back in so many ways, and it’s just plain good food.

My mother always used a ginormous black speckled roasting pan with a lid to make her roast in the oven and it came out perfect every time, great flavor, tender, and easy to shred. I took her recipe and tweaked it to make this instant pot version and it is everything I dreamed it would be.

That instant pot works some serious magic, you guys.

Rather than roasting your beef for hours and hours all day, you only need about an hour and a half to get from start to finish on this recipe and I promise you the meat comes out just as juicy and tender as if it were slow roasted for days. That is the magic of pressure cooking at it’s finest!

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Can you cook a roast in a pressure cooker?

  • Yes! Cooking a juicy and tender roast in a pressure cooker is possible and so easy. Just season the meat, cover with beef broth, and set your pressure cooker. When it’s done, your meat will be flavorful and easy to shred. Absolute perfection.

How long do you cook a roast in an instant pot?

  • The time you will need to cook a roast in an instant pot varies depending on the size of your roast and whether it is thawed or frozen.
  • For a thawed 3-5 pound roast it will need 60-80 minutes on high. For a frozen roast of the same size, you’ll need to add about 20-30 minutes to the cooking time.

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How do you cook a roast in an instant pot?

  • To cook a roast in an instant pot, first season the meat generously on all sides.
  • Add oil to the pot and set to the saute setting. Sear meat on all sides, then set the pressure cook setting on high.
  • Add beef broth along with potatoes, onions, and carrots if desired, cover, and cook.
  • Once finished cooking do a natural release for 10 minutes, then a quick release until the float valve goes down.
  • Remove lid, transfer roast and veggies to a platter, and shred the roast.

That’s all there is to it! Now read on to find out what people have to say about this revolutionary way to cook your favorite Sunday dish, the famous Pot Roast.

Can you make mashed potatoes and gravy with Instant Pot pot roast?

Yes! If you are a mashed potato fan, you’ve got to try my favorite Instant Pot Pot Roast with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy recipe! It’s made with dry onion soup mix (SO much flavor!) and you’re only putting four ingredients into the Instant Pot so it is truly the easiest pot roast you will ever make and so fall-apart tender. When the roast is done, you pull out the potatoes and mash them with sour cream, salt, pepper, and garlic and top them with savory beef broth gravy right from the Instant Pot! 

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What people are saying about this Instant Pot Pot Roast and Potatoes

“I have tried many instant pot pot roast recipes but this is definitely “The One”. My whole family loved it and it was so easy!” – Joan

 “It was SOOOO delicious I ate three helpings of it, and that is something I never do… I am absolutely one of your biggest fans now. I’ve already raved about, and shared your fabulous instructions and recipe with many family members and friends.” -Sharon

“Reminds me of my moms pot roast yum yum yum.” – Leslie

“Best pot roast ever. A friend who is a foodie and owns multiple dining establishments raved about it. Thanks for the recipe. It was great.” – Nikolai

“THIS was a huge hit with us! Everyone literally slurped down the gravy. The extra broth makes a fabulous french onion soup! Thanks for the great pot roast recipe!” – Lisa

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Instant Pot Pot Roast and Potatoes

Juicy and tender instant pot pot roast and potatoes with gravy makes the perfect family-friendly dinner. This easy one pot dinner recipe will please even the picky eaters!
4.6 from 222 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

  • 3-5 pound beef chuck roast see notes for instructions from frozen
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika optional
  • 1 pound baby red potatoes
  • 4 large carrots, chopped into large chunks see note for using baby carrots
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch

Instructions

  • Turn on your instant pot and set it to "saute". In a small bowl stir together salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and smoked paprika. Rub mixture all over the roast to coat all sides. 
  • Drizzle oil in instant pot, wait about 30 seconds, then use tongs to place roast in the pot. Do not move it for 3-4 minutes until well-seared and browned. Use tongs to turn the roast onto another side for 3-4 minutes, repeating until all sides are browned. 
  • Switch instant pot to "pressure cook" on high and set to 60-80 minutes (60 for a 3 pound roast, 80 for a 5 pound roast. see notes if using baby carrots). Add potatoes, onions, and carrots to pot (just arrange them around the roast) and pour beef broth and worcestershire sauce over everything. Place lid on the pot and turn to locked position. Make sure the vent is set to the sealed position. 
  • When the cooking time is up, do a natural release for 10 minutes (don't touch anything on the pot, just let it de-pressurize on it's own for 10 minutes). After 10 minutes, turn vent to the venting release position and allow all of the steam to vent and the float valve to drop down before removing the lid. 
  • Transfer the roast, potatoes, onions, and carrots to a platter and shred the roast with 2 forks into chunks. Use a handheld strainer to scoop out bits from the broth in the pot. Set instant pot to "soup" setting. Whisk together the water and corn starch. Once broth is boiling, stir in corn starch mixture until the gravy thickens. Add salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste. 
  • Serve gravy poured over roast and veggies and garnish with fresh thyme or parsley if desired. 

Notes

  1. If you'd like to use baby carrots, keep in mind that they will cook much faster than large chunks of whole carrots. To make sure they don't turn to mush, set your pressure cooking time 10 minutes shorter than the recipe states and leave the carrots out of the pot. Once the pressure cooking time is finished, add baby carrots to the pot and set the pot to pressure cook for 10 more minutes. 
  2. The recipe is written for a thawed roast. If using a frozen roast, you will need to add about 20-30 minutes to your pressure cooking time. You can also skip the searing step and simply rub the spices on the roast and then place it in the pot and then move ahead to the pressure cooking step. 
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Comments

How long for a 1 1/2 lb roast and no carrots and potatOes? Do i reduce tHe broth?

    If you aren’t using carrots or potatoes, yes I’d recommend using a little less broth. The cook time will remain the same because of the meat.

Cook time for 2.5 lbs?

5 stars
Great

5 stars
Turned out great! My husband was skeptical about using THE instant pot for roast but he really liked it.
I cooked a 5 lb ROAST that was partially defrosted for 80 minutes with the potatoes and carrots

    So happy to hear that you were able to prove your skeptic husband wrong! 😉

2 stars
It was ok, nothing to write home about. Easy recipe to follow but I was not a Big fan of the final product.

    Bummed to hear that!

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