Slow-Cooker Chuck Roast

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5 hours


6 servings

Updated: Jun. 29, 2023
My husband and I like chuck roast recipes, so this slow-cooker chuck roast recipe is terrific. You'll also love how flavorful and tender this comforting beef chuck roast turns out. —Bette McCumber, Schenectady, New York


  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Italian stewed tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 large onion, halved and sliced
  • 1 medium green pepper, halved and sliced
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 1 boneless beef chuck roast (2 to 3 pounds)
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water


  1. Mix first 10 ingredients. Place onion, green pepper and celery in a 5-qt. slow cooker; place roast over top. Pour tomato mixture over roast. Cook, covered, on low until meat is tender, 5-6 hours.
  2. Remove roast. Strain cooking juices, reserving vegetables. Transfer juices to a small saucepan; skim fat. Mix cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into cooking juices. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, 1-2 minutes. Serve roast and vegetables with gravy.

Can you freeze slow-cooker chuck roast?

Place sliced beef and vegetables in freezer containers; top with gravy. Cool and freeze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through slowly in a covered saucepan, stirring gently and adding a little broth or water if necessary.

Slow-Cooker Chuck Roast Tips

Can you use other kinds of meat instead of chuck roast?

Chuck roast comes mainly from the shoulder section of the steer, as well as parts of the neck, ribs and the upper arm. It’s a large part of the animal and is typically an affordable cut of meat. Chuck roast is sometimes labeled pot roast, chuck eye, shoulder roast or steak, arm steak or roast and cross-rib roast. However, if you can’t find any of those options, you can replace it with other cuts of beef. Look for rump roast (sometimes called bottom round roast), tri-tip roast or top round roast.

How do you tenderize chuck roast?

Braising is the best way to tenderize chuck roast because it breaks down the fat into tender, juicy pieces. Learn more about how to braise meat.

What do you serve with slow-cooker chuck roast?

You can serve many things with slow-cooker chuck roast. Some yummy pot roast sides include scalloped potatoes, creamed green beans and honey squash dinner rolls.

How can you repurpose leftover slow-cooker chuck roast?

Chuck roast can be used in a variety of recipes, letting you feed the whole family without breaking the bank. No matter which chuck roast recipe you start with, you can repurpose leftovers to make many different recipes, including beef and noodles, chimichangas and mini Reuben casseroles. Check out our other favorite slow-cooker beef recipes, like pulled brisket sandwiches, bacon cheeseburger soup and meat sauce for spaghetti.

Julie Schnittka, Taste of Home Senior Editor

Nutrition Facts

4 ounces cooked beef with 1/3 cup gravy: 362 calories, 15g fat (6g saturated fat), 98mg cholesterol, 880mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 2g fiber), 31g protein.