If you're looking for a quick & easy but YUMMY crock pot pot roast recipe...here you go! Just 4 ingredients and about 5 minutes get this deliciousness cooking.
OR you can add an additional 3 ingredients...so 7 in total and not only have a crock pot pot roast that's fork tender...you also have a one-pot meal. This one will probably take you 10 minutes IF you decide to peel the carrots and potatoes.
Step-by-Step Crock Pot Pot Roast
You can see in the image above that I sliced the meats. There's a reason...not just so it looks cool. When you score the meat about 2/3's the way through AND then sprinkle the seasonings between the slices...you get an awesome flavour enhancement. It does NOT take long. The only thing you need to pull that off is a sharp knife (and keep your fingers out of the way while you score it).
- To score it you slice every 1/2 to 3/4 inches about 2/3's to 3/4's of the way through the roast. IF you'd like to make your life a little easier than I did (because I didn't think about it) then do the scoring while it's still just a little bit frozen.
Not completely frozen or you'll wear yourself out. Just a little still frozen. Like leave the roast in the refrigerator overnight before you process it and score it the next morning. When the meat is just a little bit still frozen it is much easier to slice.
- If you opted to make the one-pot meal you'll obviously need to prep your veggies. I used potatoes, carrots and onions. All of them got washed and chunked into large pieces. Quick, easy and it took less than 5 minutes.
- Toss in a layer of potatoes on the bottom, then the roast and add the remaining veggies around the edges. Sprinkle on the onion soup mix and pour on the french onion soup.
- Cover and cook it for 7 to 8 hours OR a little longer if you used a partially frozen pot roast. If you want to cook it on high, I'd go at least 5 hours...but no less than 4 1/2. It won't be as tender but it will be cooked.
Just remember to check your carrots for tenderness before serving. Carrots take the longest to cook and can sometimes still be tough even after your potatoes are tender.
Crock Pot Beef Pot Roast Serving Suggestions
If you opted for adding the optional veggies to the roast...you're golden. Serve the roast and the veggies with a little of the french onion gravy it made drizzled over the top.
If you opted to NOT add the veggies, making these crock pot mashed potatoes to go with would be AWESOME...
OR if you don't have that sort of time...though they go pretty dang fast for mashed potatoes...you might be more interested in these 5-Ingredient Crock Pot Bacon Ranch Potatoes
You can see from the pic above that these were made with a roast too. But that's a pork loin roast. I usually purchase meat in large quantities and this pork roast was no exception. I bought one of those huge roasts that was about 20 inches long. It made two delicious pork loin recipes!
Both of them are scored like the beef crock pot pot roast you're currently reading about BOTH take about the same amount of time to make AND all three of these roasts' leftovers make awesome pulled meat sandwiches.
Printable Beef 4-Ingredient Crock Pot Pot Roast
4-Ingredient French Onion Crock Pot Pot Roast
- 1 to 1 1/2 pound pot roast sliced part way thru
- 1 packet dry onion soup mix
- 1/2 cup beef broth or stock
- 1 can French Onion soup
- 6 medium potatoes optional: makes one-pot meal
- 3 large carrots optional: makes one-pot meal
- 1 medium onion optional: makes one-pot meal
- Cut about 2/3's the way through the pot roast about every 3/4 inches
- Wash all the veggies and dice into chunks, peel if desired
- Layer the bottom of an oiled crockpot with a layer of potato wedges
- Place the pot roast in the center and surround with the remaining vegetables
- Pour the beef broth over the top, sprinkle with the dry soup mix and pour the french onion soup over everything
- Cover and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours
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