EASY Pot Roast Recipe – Only 5 ingredients and can be made in the crockpot, oven or instant pot. Incredibly juicy, tender and is melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Serve with mashed potatoes, veggies and gravy for the ultimate comfort meal!
When I think of comfort food, I immediately think of this pot roast recipe. It’s full of delicious flavor and is definitely a family favorite. I love to make it in the crockpot because you can literally set it and forget it. Some of my other go-to crockpot comfort meals are crockpot lasagna, potato soup, beef bourguignon and taco lasagna.
This pot roast is a classic no-fail recipe that is a family favorite! When it’s done, it is incredibly juicy and will literally fall apart. This is the best pot roast recipe for when you need something quick and delicious! It comes together so easy. You can add the potatoes and carrots in with the roast or serve with mashed potatoes and roasted vegetables.
I also like to make my own homemade beef gravy with the pan drippings. It tastes AMAZING served over the pot roast, potatoes and veggies. Plus it’s super easy to make, too. Talk about the ultimate comfort food!
Pot roast seasoning
I keep it pretty simple when seasoning my pot roast because the natural flavors cook together all day to create an amazing taste. Below are some of my favorite seasonings to use when making this pot roast recipe.
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- Onion slices
- Fresh rosemary
- Fresh thyme
How to cook a pot roast
Today I’m going to share my 3 favorite ways to cook a pot roast. I personally love cooking it in the crockpot for 8 hours because it gets so tender and juicy. You can put it in the morning and it will be ready at dinner time. If I forgot to put the pot roast in the crockpot, I’ll cook it in the oven because it only takes about 3 hours. If I’m really short on time, I’ll cook it in the Instant Pot…which is super easy as well.
Pot roast crockpot
This pot roast can easily be made in the crock pot and it pretty much does all the work for you. If cooking in a crockpot, transfer the roast to the crockpot after you have seared the meat. Then cover with broth and top with onion slices and herbs if desired. Cook on low for 6-8 hours, or until the meat is tender. If you’re short on time, you can skip searing the meat all together and just place in the crockpot.
Pot roast in oven
If you’d like to cook your roast in the oven, preheat the oven to 275°F while you sear the meat. Then cover with broth and top with onion slices and herbs if desired. Place the lid on and cook for 3 hours, or until tender.
Pot roast in Instant pot
If you will be cooking the pot roast in the Instant pot, turn to saute to sear the meat. Then you’ll want to make sure to add 1 extra cup of beef broth. Switch Instant Pot to high and cook for 65 minutes. If your pot roast is not completely thawed, add an additional 20 minutes. Make sure the vent is on the sealed position. Then do a natural release for 10 minutes.
Pot Roast Recipe
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 1/2 pound boneless beef chuck pot roast , thawed
- 2 cups beef broth
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic or onion powder , or both
Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper (I used about 1-2 teaspoons)
Optional: Onion slices, fresh rosemary or thyme, sliced potatoes and carrots
- Heat oil in a dutch oven or frying pan over medium heat. Liberally season the roast with salt and pepper and then place in the frying pan. Then sprinkle the garlic powder on top. Brown the meat on both sides in the hot oil.
- If cooking in a dutch oven, preheat the oven to 275°F. Cover with broth and top with onion slices and herbs if desired. Place the lid on and cook for 3 hours, or until tender.
- If cooking in a crockpot, transfer the roast to the crockpot. Then cover with broth and top with onion slices and herbs if desired. Cook on low for 6-8 hours, or until the meat is tender.
- Place sliced carrots and potatoes in the crockpot, if desired, one hour before serving. Season the vegetables with salt and pepper.
- Allow meat to rest 5-10 minutes before slicing.
I hope you love this pot roast recipe as much as we do! Enjoy!