Slow Cooker Beef Roast

Juicy, tender Slow Cooker Beef Roast with seasoned vegetables is the perfect Sunday night meal for all groups — big or small. Top it off with a simple and easy-to-make gravy for one winner of a dinner! 

Looking for more slow cooker recipes like this Slow Cooker Beef Roast? You’ll love Slow Cooker Creamy Beef Stroganoff and Slow Cooker Honey Beef Brisket.

SLOW COOKER BEEF ROAST recipe make extra juicy, tender, and tasty in your crockpot (or pressure cooker) |

This post is a collaboration with Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner. on behalf of the Beef Checkoff. I received compensation, but all opinions are my own.

This is it, everyone: My mother’s famous Sunday dinner in a nutshell. Technically, okay, this isn’t her recipe, it’s mine. But this is basically what we had to eat almost every single Sunday growing up. Beef Roast with potatoes and carrots. And salad. And rolls. And Jello. My mother constantly feels the need to cook as though she is feeding an army, bless her heart. 

Then again, she did have nine children…that’s almost an army. Or a baseball team.

I always wonder why she chose this meal for Sundays over and over again. She could have thrown in the towel and ordered up a bunch of pizzas. She could have had some simple spaghetti or even hot dogs for that matter. 

My mom is an amazing cook, yes. But, she’s also a thoughtful cook. And I think one of the reasons she chose to do this roast beef in the slow cooker was because she knew how good it would be for us. No matter the ages or genders, she knew that serving us a hearty dish like Slow Cooker Roast Beef would mean that we’d be getting an excellent source of protein, not to mention 10 essential nutrients. She knew that the nutrients in beef would provide our bodies with the strength to thrive throughout all stages of life. 

And, also, we’d all eat it happily with zero complaints. I mean, that’s worth a ton when you’re a parent, right? 

SLOW COOKER BEEF ROAST recipe make extra juicy, tender, and tasty in your crockpot (or pressure cooker) |


I love cooking roast in the slow cooker. It’s incredibly simple and yields perfectly tender and juicy roast (and has never once been dried out – hallelujah!) every single time. The best part is that you can throw all of the veggies in with the roast so it’s a wham-bam all-in-one dinner right there in your slow cooker.

The first thing you need to do is to mix together the steak and Italian seasonings, then rub that seasoning all over the roast. Spray your slow cooker with cooking spray or grease it in another way that you see fit. Add the spice rubbed roast, the broth, potatoes, carrots, onions, and celery to the slow cooker. Put the lid on and cook on low for 9 hours or on high for 6. 

So when you’re just about ready to eat is when it’s gravy go time. Drain the liquid from the bottom of the slow cooker into a sauce pan. Add to that the salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder and let it come to a boil. 

In a small dish, whisk together cornstarch and cold water. Add that slurry to the saucepan and turn the heat down to medium-low. Let it cook, and stir occasionally until the sauce thickens. That will only take about 3-5 minutes. 

To plate the dish, put the roast on a large serving platter and pull it apart with forks. Pour the gravy over the roast and add the veggies around the side.

SLOW COOKER BEEF ROAST recipe make extra juicy, tender, and tasty in your crockpot (or pressure cooker) |


To make this dish in  a pressure cooker, you’re going to still follow all the instructions in step 1. Except, when it comes time to cook the beef, set the Instant Pot to pressure cook on high for 90 minutes. Let the Instant Pot release naturally for 10 minutes, then quick-release the rest of the pressure. Remove the roast with a slotted spoon, then switch to the Soup setting and add in your cornstarch slurry.

SLOW COOKER BEEF ROAST recipe make extra juicy, tender, and tasty in your crockpot (or pressure cooker) |


Although this Slow Cooker Beef Roast is quite the nutritious meal, we also had a lot of sides with this beef dish, because, 9 kids! 

  • Salad. All the salad. My mom would also make up a big bowl of tossed greens because everyone generally liked it and if they didn’t, they could pick out the parts that they did.  
  • Rolls. Now, this category is a little nebulous, as there are so many different kinds of rolls she would make. Generally, though, she made a dinner roll. But don’t stop yourself if you want something savory or sweet. There are plenty of roll recipes to go around. 
  • Jello. Ha. So I know this is kind of out of style I guess but I’m still a big fan of Jello! Don’t be afraid to play around with how you make it. There are so many options. 
  • Mashed potatoes. In my most perfect world, roast beef would always be served with (or right on top of) a heap of mashed potatoes. Again, how they make them is up to you. There are so many ways to make delicious mashed potatoes. Try them all! 


I get asked this question a lot. Why do I like serving beef? Well, beef is a great source of protein and when you eat protein in a meal, you’re less likely to overeat at the next meal or reach for a bunch of unhealthy snacks. That’s because protein fills you up and helps keep you feeling fuller, longer. Protein is also great for people on-the-go. It provides you with lots of energy to keep going, whether that means running after your kids or running a 5k. 

In addition to all that protein, you’re also getting zinc, iron, and B-vitamins with every bite of tasty beef.

You’ll find that this recipe is also easy to customize or adjust according to your group size. Although the ingredients listed for the gravy make enough for a roast to feed up to 8, you can always double the recipe if you’re feeding a larger crowd. 

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What people are saying about this Slow Cooker Beef Roast

“Hi! I just wanted to let you know that my family loves this recipe, it’s a staple in our house for sure!” – Carolyn

“I made this for a very large family dinner. I was a bit nervous since I hadn’t made it before, but it was an absolute hit! Everyone raved and several people asked for the recipe. I will be adding this to my favorite recipes folder.” – Melissa

“I made this today and while i was concerned the veggies would be dry/blah, they turned out perfectly and it was done in 4 hours. I left it on warm for one hour more and all was great.” – Nancy 

“Made this for dinner tonight and it was amazing! I hate pot roast because they are usually flavorless and dry. This was delish. Going to make it again and again.” – Ashley 

SLOW COOKER BEEF ROAST recipe make extra juicy, tender, and tasty in your crockpot (or pressure cooker) |
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Slow Cooker Beef Roast

Juicy, tender slow cooked beef roast.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword beef, carrots, potatoes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings 4
Author Tiffany


  • 3 pounds chuck or rump roast (see note)
  • 2 tablespoons steak seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 pound baby carrots
  • 2 pounds potatoes (I used red), chopped into 2 inch pieces
  • 1 large white or yellow onion, cut into chunks
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons salt (or more to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper (or to taste)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3 tablespoons cold water
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch


  • Whisk together steak seasoning and Italian seasoning. Rub seasoning mix all over the roast. Grease a slow cooker. Add roast, beef broth, potatoes, carrots, onions, and celery. Cover and cook on low for 9 hours or on high for 6 hours.
  • Minutes before serving, prepare the gravy. Drain liquid from sow cooker into a medium sauce pan. Add salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. Bring to a boil.
  • Whisk together corn starch and cold water. Add to sauce pan and reduce heat to medium-low. Allow to thicken for 3-5 minutes.
  • Place roast on a large plate or serving platter. Use a fork to gently pull apart the roast. Pour gravy over roast (and veggies if desired) and serve. Enjoy!


*This method also works well with larger roasts up to 8 pounds. Simply adjust the amount of carrots and potatoes to feed however many are in your group. Follow instructions as written. For roasts over 8 pounds, double the entire recipe.


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Looks so tender and delicious – slow and low is the way to go!

This looks like the roasts of my childhood! Thanks for posting; I will be trying it soon.

Love your website!!! Looks delish!

    Thanks so much Diane!! 🙂

Yes it looks good, however I don’t understand why you don’t use seasonings from your store cupboard primarily because the spice mixes you refer to may vary country to country and manufacturer to manufacturer. It would have been great to have a ‘made from scratch’ recipe explaining which herbs etc. you are actually using-just a thought.

    Hi Jeanette, you could definitely use similar spices. If using Italian spices I’d probably go for some thyme, oregano, basil, and parsley. I suggest a store-bought seasoning mix because so many people have a bottle of “steak seasoning” or Italian seasoning right in their cupboard and they all contain similar mixes of spices. 🙂

The past 2 nights i fixed 2 of your recipes. Creamy chicken and broccoli and shrimp fried rice. I’m feeding 88 people and they loved both meals. I thought i would have had left overs but everyone got seconds. Love your recipes.
Thanks for your ideas,
chris benson

I made this for a very large family dinner. I was a bit nervous since I hadn’t made it before, but it was an absolute hit! Everyone raved and several people asked for the recipe. I will be adding this to my favorite recipes folder.

    Yay! Gotta love it when a recipe impresses the guests enough to ask for a copy! Glad you liked this Melissa!

I found this recipe via Pinterest and I currently have it cooking in the crock pot! One question, it seems the crockpot is very full with the amount of veggies and roast that are in there, should the roast be on the bottom or top? I’m nervous about the liquid not touching everything and either the roast drying out or the veggies not cooking thoroughly! Any advice would be very helpful! Thank you!

    Hi Britt – I usually put the roast on the bottom as it’s the largest thing in there and needs the most heat to cook through. It also depends a little bit on the size and shape of your slow cooker and the size of your roast. Usually when I place my roast in the slow cooker there’s still some room around the sides so the veggies are more to the sides of the meat, not really on top. Hope this helps!


What do you use to ‘grease’ the crockpot?
Thanks for sharing this recipe. It looks delicious.

    Hi Kat – I always use a vegetable oil spray. 🙂

    Hi Kat! I always use vegetable oil spray. 🙂

This looks easy and yummy. Never made post rost or worked with chuck or rump roast before. Any tips/tricks? best to buy from meat counter or pre-cut? Totally new, but want it to be good, because it sounds delicious.

    I always buy mine pre-cut and packaged. I just trim off any excess fat and put that whole beauty in the slow cooker 🙂

Love this, but it cooked really fast. It’s done, and it’s only 3 pm! Not sure what to do?

    If your slow cooker has a “warm” setting you can switch to that and keep it covered til dinner time!

      Thanks! Worked perfectly.

Hi! I just wanted to let you know that my family loves this recipe, it’s a staple in our house for sure!

I have a quick question for you, if you don’t mind. We typically have our family Thanksgiving the Saturday after Thanksgiving, so everyone is tired of Turkey once they get to my house (as you could imagine), so I wanted to try and make this meal for them this year. There will be about 15 people at my house so I thought about doing a 6-8 lb roast and doubling the recipe. Do I need to dial down the veggies when doing this? Also, I assume it would be best to just use 2 slow cookers? Or could I use my oven?

I look forward to any advise you can give!

Thanks so much!

    Hi Carolyn! I am so there, we get sick of turkey pretty fast at our house too. As for the roast, I would just go with your gut as far as how much to use with veggies – I always like to error on the side of having too much rather than too little though! You could use two slow cookers or your oven – either way! I haven’t tried it in the oven so you’ll have to wing it with cooking time. Hope you love this roast as much as we do!

Do I have to make the gravy part or is it good just by itself.

    It’s great both ways but I definitely favor the gravy!

This recipe looks perfect! I am have 30 people for Christmas, and having just having had Thanksgiving, I don’t want to have turkey so soon, again. However, I plan to separately roast vegetables (potatoes, carrots, onions, etc) in my oven, so I was wondering if this would affect the roast if I leave vegetables out of the crock pot? What do you think? I appreciate your reply–the sooner the better, as I need to plan this huge meal. :)). Many thanks for your help!!

My husband insisted on ‘Roast Beast’ as our Christmas Eve dinner. (He giggles to himself every time he calls it that!) Your recipe was exactly what I was looking for!
Thank you, Merry Christmas!

I’m making tonight for my Christmas dinner! Wish me luck!!!

Hi making this today but could only find a 2.26lb roast. Planning to cook on low should I still cook it for 9hours?

    Hi Ingrid, If this reply still applies for you, I’d probably try 6 hours, you probably won’t need as much cooking time! When it is tender and pulls apart easily with a fork (and is no longer red inside), it is ready!

Definitely trying this recipe this weekend! Quick question: for the gravy, do you drain off the fat first or just use all the liquid in the slow cooker?

I have a 1.5lb chuck roast. How long should I cook the roast on low in the crockpot?

I must have done something wrong because even though my roast was tender and juicy it was very bland. I used steak seasoning ( Weber’s) and the Italian seasoning. Should i have done it differently????

States 9 hrs on low good thing I check after 6 everything was done meat is dry hopefully the gravy will moisten it Grady will moisten it out up

Did this today. Awesome! Only thought – we don’t love potatoes. Any suggestions for another veggie to toss in?

Grease your crockpot?! With crisco or bacon grease or something?!? Sorry, I’m confused!! Lol

    Hi Brooke, whenever I use my slow cooker I spray the inside with nonstick cooking spray – it makes the cleanup process sooo much easier! 🙂

OK. I feel sort of lame to even ask this question. But will you please elaborate on the steak seasoning? I don’t know if I’m looking for a packet, bottle or what? I need more of idea of what exactly I’m looking for in what part of the store? Thank you so much!

I tried this recipe, just purchased my slow cooker and the roast was tough and dry after 6 hours can’t figure out what I did wrong.

Do I need to adjust the time if I am cooking a 750g (1.5 lb) joint?

My mother always seared the roast prior to placing it in the crock pot. Is searing unnecessary?

Looks delish! Going to have to put this in my Ninja Slow Cooker. It’s the perfect Fall meal! Thanks!

Tried this tonight. If I make it again I will not add the 2 tsp of salt in the gravy. I am a salt lover and this way way too much salt even for me. Could have been the steak seasoning I used as it has a high salt content. otherwise great recipe.

Love this recIpe. We make it a fee tImes a month. We find it tastes even better if you cut the garlic powder to 1 TBSP, rather than two. So easy, and incredibly satisfying!

could i use a sirloin tip roast in the slow cooker?

    Hi Marlene, that should probably be just fine! However, it might do better in chunks rather than shredded for serving.

I made this today and whIle i was concerned the veggies would be dry/blah, they turned out perfectly and it was done in 4 hours. I leFt it on warm for one hour more and all was great. Question- do you use all the juice for the gravy – I had lots of juice.

    I usually use all the juice for gravy!

Hi! Looks like a great recipe! Should I use a packet or a bottle of steak and Italian seasoning? Thank yoU!!

    Hi Jenny- I use dry seasoning for this recipe, not a liquid in a bottle! You could try switching the potatoes out for sweet potatoes, but it will alter the flavor significantly! They also cook a little different- so beware of that! I hope that you love it!

One last question. 🙂 Do you think I could replace the potatoes with sweet potatoes? How do you think it would turn out? Thanks!

Made this for dinner to ight and it was amazing! I hate pot roast because they are usually flavorless and dry. This was delish. Going to make it again and again.

I asjusted this recipe to cook in my instant Pot. It was fantastic! It will definitely go into my regular rotatIon. Ill be turning the leftovers into a beef stew with dumplings. Great recipe.

    Great job, Holly!! I am so excited to hear that it turned out delicious in the Instant Pot as well! Thanks for sharing! Stew sounds delicious- great idea!

    How did you adjust it for the instapot? Like times? This looks so amazing and I wont make it home in time to make it slow cooker style….Help!

is there no need to sear the meat with your recipe?

    Not for this particular recipe

5 stars
I JUST Realized I only have chicken broth. Will that due? Or should I go try and exchange for beef??

    I do suggest beef but if thats all you have on hand at the moment it won’t make THAT big of a difference in taste. Next time try beef for sure tho!

I wasn’t sure whether to try this recipe. I am so glad that I did. It is absolutely the best roast beef that I have ever had. Instead of potatoes I used rutabaga to make it lower in carbs and I used a beef gravy packet which has less carbs than cornstarch. Beyond fantastic! I Thought about making another one so it would be ready for breakfast!

    Great job, Shari! I am happy to hear that it turned out fantastic with those modifications. Thanks for sharing!

Would you recommend searing the meat before adding to slow cooker? If so, should i add seasonings after?

    I typically do sear my meat beforehand- but it’s not required!

      5 stars
      Hi Tiffany!

      Sorry, one more question.. Can you sear the meat with all the seasonings? Or should i season with salt and pepper first, sear, then add the other seasons? Sometimes I have problems when I try to pan sear with a lot of seasoning..


        Sometimes when a piece of meat is heavily seasoned it does get a little char when searing but with just a fair amount of season it should be alright! I typically season my meat all the way before I sear it 🙂

Making inside round. Should i sear in oven first

    It wouldn’t hurt to sear the meat beforehand but is not required for this recipe!

Horrible recipe 🙁

mine was too spicy but over all very good. I would use less steak spice and pepper to Taste next time

    Thanks for your review, Miranda!

5 stars
i’VE MADE THIS A FEW TIMES AND my family just loves it.


    You’re the sweetest- I bet you made his day! I am super excited to hear that you and your family enjoy this recipe so much!

4 stars
I tried this tonight in the slow cooker. Excellent! !!!

I will be making this again.

    Way to go, Shelly! Thanks for your awesome feedback!

thanks for this great recipe. Cooked it tonight using a topside roast. Only put onion & celery in slow cooker and roasted the potatoes & carrots in the oven as we love crispy potatoes. Replaced beef stock with some I had made from last time I did a corned beef. Absolutely melt in your mouth!

    YUM! That sounds fantastic. Thanks for sharing, Julie!

looks like a lot to do but so easy to prepare. Deliciously moist and flavorful.

5 stars
Made this yesterday with a garlic, wholegrain mustard and ThymE rub. DeeeeeviNe 🙂
Looking forward to the leFtovers for lunch!

    Yummmm!!! That sounds fantastic!

Could you re-heat the gravy if needed? I may need to make it ahead of time. thanks!

    Yes, you should be able to!

Looking yummy

5 stars
I’ve made this yesterday. Super simple to do. I’ve used a 4lb chunk for 8 hours. My best meal of 2020 so far 😀

    Sounds like your year is off to a great start! 😉

These recipes look great. can’t wait to try them.

Sow cooker is this what it is called

Drain liquid from sow cooker into a medium sauce pan

So good, i served over garlic mashed potatoes and omitted the potatoes. had dinner rolls and corn with it. DEFINITELY a keeper recipe!

    Yummm! That sounds like a great idea.

Can you clarify the steak seasoning? Is it Montreal steak spice? I used this and am soncerned it might be spicy. It’s already been in full time but I could “wash” the seasoning off the part that wasn’t in liquid if needed.

    There isn’t a specific steak seasoning you need to use, it is just whatever your preferred steak seasoning is! Montreal would probably be a good choice. 🙂

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