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Mom's Roast Beef Recipe

Mom's Roast Beef Recipe

Everyone loves slices of this fork-tender roast beef and its savory gravy. This well-seasoned roast is Mom's specialty. People always ask what her secret ingredients are. Now you have the delicious recipe for our favorite meat dish! -Linda Gaido, New Brighton, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 2-1/2 hours YIELD:8 servings


  • 1 beef eye round roast (about 2-1/2 pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup brewed coffee
  • 1 cup cold water, divided
  • 1 teaspoon beef bouillon granules
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour


  • 1. In a Dutch oven, brown roast in oil on all sides. Add onion; cook and stir until tender. Add the coffee, 3/4 cup water and bouillon to the pan. Combine the basil, rosemary, garlic, salt and pepper; sprinkle over the roast.
  • 2. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 2-1/2 hours or until meat is tender. Remove roast; let stand for 10 minutes before slicing.
  • 3. Combine the flour and remaining water until smooth; stir into pan juices. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Serve gravy with roast. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 198 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 65mg cholesterol, 453mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 28g protein.

Reviews for Mom's Roast Beef

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DeliciouslyResourceful_Gina User ID: 4938423 249566
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2016

"This is an excellent recipe. The meat was very tender, even with such an economical cut of beef. I made it in the crock pot as another reviewer suggested. I browned the meat and cooked the onion in a pan first, then slow-cooked for 7 hours. I also added vegetables to the bottom of the slow cooker - about four potatoes and four carrots, each cut into 1 inch pieces. Easy and delicious meal. I will make this part of our regular rotation."

dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 241963
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2016

"Meat was very tender, and this was easy to make, but we didn't care too much for the seasonings. Might try this again with the coffee and boullion, but with different seasonings."

marilyn1218 User ID: 3847574 237143
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2015

"After browning on all sides I stuck this in the slow cooker with the saut?ed onions, the liquids, and the spices. Cooked on low for 8 hours. It was the best roast I have ever tasted!"

pajamaangel User ID: 1603339 200206
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2014

"Great taste, but definitely cooked too long. I would shorten the cooking time by at least a half hour. Thank God the gravy was delicious because the roast needed it for moisture."

010555 User ID: 1141592 10638
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2014

"excellent taste, used chuck roast, very tender and moist"

Shoes58 User ID: 2519954 2988
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2014

"very flavorful but I think i'm just not a fan of the eye of round cut. But it is economical so i will probably use it again."

Jaroburk User ID: 6140371 13591
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2013

"Very Good! When serving it to guests they asked for the recipe and wondered what the secret was! I put the sauce over my roast in the crock-pot rather than doing in on the stove top."

kmchrisman User ID: 1409397 13387
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2012

"I made it in a regular stock pan from my set and it worked well. I also added chopped potatoes and carrots and cooked with the roast, removing them before making gravy. It turned out well seasoned."

Heather Day User ID: 4353548 8340
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2012

"This is my favorite roast beef recipe. I always follow the recipe exactly as it is written. I have used the sauce as a baste for oven roasts as well as the pot roast."

goodnluckey User ID: 6863594 13386
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2012

"I make this recipe ALL THE TIME ... and have for years. It is my favorite. I do use more coffee & beef broth because I want more gravey. It is always so tender and my guests always like it too."

kshea User ID: 2698812 6427
Reviewed May. 25, 2012

"Very Good. Everyone loved."

pzulz User ID: 1721861 8295
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2012

"I have made a recipe similar to this for years! Mine calls for 1 cup coffee and 1/4 cup soy sauce. I always use my crockpot. Low for 8 hours. Mine was never dry. This is a family favorite."

bltbananas User ID: 6212799 8668
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2012

"Very good, we all enjoyed this one."

karen curnes User ID: 3182416 8664
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2011

"I've been looking for a good roast recipe and this is it. Super tasty and the whole family loved it. We used the leftovers to make sandwiches the next day. I will definitely make this again and again. I made it in the crockpot, super tender."

lillybow User ID: 1141272 10633
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2011

"It came out dry for me. Maybe I cooked it too long? The flavor was good tho and the kids liked it, so I think I'll try again and see if I can get it right."

BarbnPA User ID: 6113581 10631
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2011

"Best roast recipe I've ever tried. Tried it when it came out as a winner years ago and made my subscription worthwhile!"

sandrajo59 User ID: 3541416 200205
Reviewed May. 5, 2011

"My husband doesn't normally care for pot roast, but we both loved this recipe. In fact, I think it will be the recipe I turn to whenever we have roast beef."

corimari User ID: 1514276 4376
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2011

"This is THE roast beef recipe I use. It is easy to prepare, and absolutely delicious. I have made it both in the crock pot, and on the stove top--each way with good results. After the meat is done, and the gravy has been thickened with the flour, I process the gravy in the blender. This eliminates the onion lumps, and creates a wonderfully smooth and thick gravy."

veloth User ID: 2886693 10617
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2011

"I did find out that Colombian coffee makes this recipe good. We used Arabica coffee once and it really was not a good roast.  But other than that, this is the best roast recipe that we have tried.   "

jejedorn User ID: 2613507 2987
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2010

"Delicious, fast and easy. I'm adding this to my recipe book! Everyone loves it."

mlblake User ID: 4362429 6041
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2010

"very flavorful! I'd never heard of using coffee to tenderize but wow, does it work!!"

bluffkin User ID: 4810216 10616
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2010

"Tasted great, too much liquid left over to make gravy properly. Found must monitor for doneness or danger of overcooking. Will make again for sure"

JillGranowski User ID: 2133649 8377
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2009

"instead of coffee I use coke as a tenderizer"

Manja User ID: 1575025 7291
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2009

"Sounds good!"

Maureen46 User ID: 16550 8628
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2009

"I don't think you need a cast iron pan. My guess is that "dutch oven" means something like an 8 qt covered stockpot. Hope that helps."

toostie53 User ID: 3160620 4368
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2009

"yes ofcourse u can                start it first thing in the am   put all items in pot w starting"

toostie53 User ID: 3160620 2986
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2009

"u can also make this in the oven.400 til roast is done takes about 3 1/2 hours"

joanmarie99 User ID: 4028386 6038
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2009

"I would like to try this, but I have a glass cook top, and the cast iron dutch ovens are not good on it. I'd like to cook in the oven instead. What temp should I use, and would the time be about the same? Thanks!"

wtaylor214 User ID: 600030 6425
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2009

"I tried it in the crock pot too and my kids thought it was way too dry. What a waste of a good piece of meat and money. Best to cook it the traditional way.


jcaudell User ID: 3472559 7266
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2009

"Yes,you are right, it was very dry and chewy. Better leave things as is"

SweetDebi User ID: 2539674 200204
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2009

"I have been using this recipe for over 10 years and it's the best! I have tried it in the crock pot and it was dry."

russelllewis User ID: 4117703 8060
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2009

"has anyone tried this in the crock pot or do we think it might get tough?"

charles coello User ID: 3504906 8057
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2009

"This is the best roast beef recipe I have ever made, and the most often requested by my family."

lssrls User ID: 1447889 8627
Reviewed May. 23, 2008

"Casn you do this in the crockpot?"

MY REVIEW User ID: 2488814 10574
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2008

"Very Very good recipe. My family loves the tender meat and yummy gravy. I also tried baking it in the oven at 325F for the same amount of time and it turned out great."

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.