Tangy Pot Roast Recipe
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Tangy Pot Roast Recipe

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This super tender pot roast gets its special flavor from zippy Catalina dressing. Made in a slow cooker, it takes the edge off a busy day. —Paula Beach, Milton, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 7 hours
MAKES:6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 7 hours
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 3 medium potatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1-1/3 cups thinly sliced fresh carrots
  • 2/3 cup sliced onion
  • 1 boneless beef chuck roast (3 pounds)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup Catalina salad dressing
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine or beef broth

Nutritional Facts

6 ounces cooked beef with 2/3 cup vegetables and 1/3 cup cooking juices equals 572 calories, 28 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 147 mg cholesterol, 772 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 47 g protein.


  1. Place the potatoes, carrots and onion in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Cut roast in half; rub with salt and pepper. Place over vegetables. Combine salad dressing and wine; pour over roast.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or until meat is tender. Skim fat from cooking juices; thicken juices if desired. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Tangy Pot Roast in Simple & Delicious January/February 2009, p53

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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

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Reviewed Feb. 23, 2015

"It was ok. Not fabulous. I'm not sure I'll ever make it again."

Reviewed Mar. 30, 2014

"Very good and easy. So nice to prepare this recipe for Sunday dinner, and just sit back with a glass of wine and relax until dinner time. I was a little afraid of how it would come out, but it was fine - not too tomatoey. Since I lacked the time called for in the recipe, I cooked it on high for 4 1/2 hours and it came out great. Thickening the gravy is a good idea, and I will do that next time. Simple, good recipes like this one are the reason I subscribe to Taste of Home!"

Reviewed Apr. 17, 2013

"This was good. The tang didn't really come thru, but it was still good. Nothing remarkable."

Reviewed Feb. 10, 2013

"I substituted a large jar of Brown Gravy for the Wine & it was excellent."

Reviewed Nov. 9, 2010

"Not too sweet, not too tangy, but wow, who needs butter on those potatoes!? The carrots were amazing! I am sharing this on my FB page!"

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