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Apple and Onion Beef Pot Roast

Rely on your slow cooker to help prepare this moist pot roast. I thicken the juices to make a pleasing apple gravy that's wonderful over the beef slices and onions. —Rachel Koistinen, Hayti, South Dakota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Cook: 5 hours + standing
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 beef sirloin tip roast (3 pounds), cut in half
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 large tart apple, quartered
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 1/8 teaspoon browning sauce


  • In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, brown roast on all sides. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Add water to the skillet, stirring to loosen any browned bits; pour over roast. Sprinkle with seasoned salt, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce and garlic powder. Top with apple and onion.
  • Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until the meat is tender.
  • Remove roast and onion; let stand for 15 minutes before slicing. Strain cooking liquid into a saucepan, discarding apple. Bring liquid to a boil; cook until reduced to 2 cups, about 15 minutes. Combine cornstarch and cold water until smooth; stir in browning sauce. Stir into cooking liquid. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with beef and onion.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 242 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 108mg cholesterol, 256mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 34g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1/2 starch.
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  • luigimon
    Feb 27, 2015

    I used a new crock pot and overlooked it a little, but the flavor was great! My apples were mush and ended up just being a part of the gravy....wish I had peeled them, as I think someone suggested. I will make this again, peeling my apples, and cutting the cook time in half.

  • Krunal1
    Oct 23, 2013

    We like this recipe !

  • jmontgome4
    Apr 7, 2013

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  • Startfromscratch
    Jan 22, 2013

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  • chelsea209
    Dec 1, 2012

    My daughter makes this with pork. Absolutely awesome! She made it at my house when we had out of state company and everyone had seconds...some had thirds! Oh, and granny smith does make a difference.....don't substitute.

  • galinthewoods
    Oct 9, 2012

    Even though the apple gets very soft during cooking, we eat it with the beef and onions anyway. It almost becomes part of the sauce.

  • dilbert098
    Jan 13, 2012

    This was an interesting twist to roast beef. It was pleasantly sweet and light tasting. I will make this on a hot autumn day.

  • cwbuff
    Nov 5, 2011

    This makes excellent gravy! I didn't cut the roast in half and am puzzled why the recipe calls for that, as the roasts I buy tend to overcook easily in crock pots (or the oven, for that matter). Also, I added the mushy apple to the gravy for more flavor. The apples should be peeled if you do that. I will definitely make this again.

  • jjsuitter
    Sep 21, 2011

    WOW. Loved it. Added another apple and onion for extra.

  • angelasandoval
    Sep 13, 2011

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