American Pot Roast

American Pot Roast is such a beautiful and satisfyingly delicious meal.

This recipe takes a humble chuck roast and slow cooks it to a fork-tender, flavorful finished dish that just can’t be beat.

This has been one of our favorite ways to prepare a roast for many, many years. We think you’ll like it a lot, too.

Slices of American pot roast and vegetables on a white plate


As mentioned, you don’t need to run out and buy an expensive cut of meat for this American Pot Roast recipe.

A 3- to 4-pound chuck roast works perfectly.

Searing the roast first locks in flavor and creates a beautiful crust on the outside of the meat. Mmmmm.

A seared chuck roast in a large skillet


The name of this dish, American Pot Roast, is actually a little misleading…the meat is braised, rather than roasted.

Which simply means it slow-cooks in liquid. (Roasting is a dry heat method of cooking.)

The beef stock, along with the sautéed vegetables, add so much flavor to the roast as it slowly cooks in the oven, or slow cooker.

Thickened liquid with cooked vegetables pouring over pot roast

We prep the carrots in two different ways:  First, a fine chop for slow cooking the roast. And then, a larger, thick cut, for finishing off with potatoes and peas.

This takes a little extra effort, but makes a big difference in the final dish.

It all works together so wonderfully. And the smell as it cooks in incredible.

A large rectangular platter holding an American pot roast and vegetables


This American Pot Roast has Sunday dinner written all over it.

And then just wait for left-overs the following days.

This roast makes the best roast beef sandwiches you can imagine!

American pot roast with potatoes and carrots on a large white platter

Use a slotted spoon to remove the vegetables from the pot.  Don’t worry if you don’t get the small pieces

Next, strain the liquid and then simmer the sauce until just slightly thickened.

The sauce is to die for and this American Pot Roast is comfort food at its very best. Another amazing Pot Roast is our Italian Pot Roast. So good!

Gravy pouring onto a plate of American pot roast and vegetables

Slices of American pot roast and vegetables on a white plate

American Pot Roast

This American Pot Roast is so fork-tender and exploding with flavor. Slow-cook in your Dutch oven (or roasting pan), or your slow-cooker, and you won't believe the results. Incredible!
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Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Dutch Oven, Pot Roast, Slow-Cooker
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 531kcal


  • Large Dutch oven or Slow Cooker


  • 6 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • lb beef roast chuck
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 carrots 2 finely chopped and 2 cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 rib celery chopped
  • 3 cups beef stock
  • 3 gold potatoes peeled and quartered
  • 1 cup pearl onions frozen
  • 1/2 cup peas frozen


  • In a large bowl, stir together 3 tbsp of the flour, 1 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp of pepper.
  • Turn the roast in the seasoned flour, shaking off any excess.
  • In a large frying pan, over medium heat, melt the butter with the olive oil.
  • Add the roast and cook, turning occasionally, until browned on all sides, about 10 minutes.
  • Remove from the pan and set aside.
  • Pour off all but 2 tbsp of the oil in the pan.
  • Add the finely chopped carrots, yellow onion, and celery...and saute over medium-high heat until softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the remaining 2 tbsp of flour and cook for about 1 minute.
  • Pour in the beef stock and deglaze the pan, stirring and scraping up the browned bits on the bottom of the pan.
  • Bring to a boil.


  • Preheat the oven to 325° F.
  • Transfer the roast to a large Dutch oven, or roasting pan.
  • Pour the vegetable and stock mixture over the roast.  Cover and place in the oven for 2 and 1/2 hours. 
  • Remove from the oven, uncover and stir in the potatoes, large carrot pieces, and pearl onions.
  • Cover and cook for 30 more minutes.
  • Uncover and stir in the peas.
  • Cover and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes more.


  • Transfer the roast to your slow cooker.
  • Pour the vegetable and stock mixture over the meat and cook for 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low.
  • Uncover and stir in the potatoes, carrot pieces, and pearl onions.
  • Cover and cook for 45 minutes.
  • Uncover and stir in the peas.
  • Cover and cook until all the veggies are tender, about 15 minutes longer.


  • Transfer the roast to a cutting board and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.
  • Use a slotted spoon to remove the potatoes, large carrot pieces, onions and peas.  Place in a large bowl and sprinkle salt and pepper all over (don't over salt).  Cover with foil to keep warm. 
  • Use a large spoon, or ladle, to skim as much fat as possible from the surface liquid. 
  • Strain the cooking liquid through a fine-mesh sieve, or a colander with cheese cloth, discarding the excess solids.
  • Bring the strained liquid to a boil over high heat and cook until the liquid is slightly thickened, about 10 minutes.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Place the roast on a serving dish and then arrange the roasted veggies around the meat.  Drizzle the sauce over the meat and veggies.
  • Slice against the grain and serve at once, passing gravy at the table. 


Calories: 531kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 371mg | Potassium: 1296mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 5302IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 5mg
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