Caramelized Onion Chuck Roast

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Cook: 8 hours


4 servings plus leftovers

Updated: Sep. 25, 2022
Wonderfully fork-tender, this tasty roast with sweet onions makes the perfect comfort food at the end of a long day. —Jeannie Klugh, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Caramelized Onion Chuck Roast Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup beer or beef broth
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 boneless beef chuck roast (4 pounds), trimmed
  • 1 teaspoon onion salt
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 large sweet onions, halved and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients; set aside. Sprinkle roast with onion salt and pepper. In a large skillet, brown meat in oil on all sides. Place onions and roast in a 5-qt. slow cooker; pour beer mixture over top. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until meat is tender.
  2. Remove roast and onions and keep warm. Skim fat from cooking juices; transfer 2 cups to a small saucepan. Bring liquid to a boil. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth; gradually stir into the pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  3. Serve with half of the roast and onions. Save the remaining roast, onions and cooking juices for Vegetable Beef & Barley Soup (recipe also in Recipe Finder) or save for another use.

Nutrition Facts

4 ounces cooked beef with 1/4 cup onions and 1/2 cup gravy: 488 calories, 23g fat (9g saturated fat), 147mg cholesterol, 523mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 46g protein.