How to Make Pot Roast

In this post I want to show you how to make pot roast. Pot roast refers to a beef or pork roast that is cooked in a pot. It is slow cooked so that the end result is a tender, moist and delicious meat that falls apart.

We are going to be roasting a chuck roast in this particular recipe. We will generously season it with salt and pepper and then dredge it in flour. We will then sear the meat before we finish it up with some braising liquid.

It is important that you work on low heat for this recipe and allow the meat to cook as slowly. Be patient. This recipe should be ready in about three hours but if you need to go ahead and cook it for a bit longer.

This is how to make pot roast:

Serves eight
4 to 5 pound chuck roast
2 large yellow onions, sliced
1 tablespoon paprika
4 carrots, peeled and sliced
5 sprigs thyme
3 tomatoes, peeled and diced
3 cups beef broth
Olive oil
Salt & Pepper

Rinse and pat dry the meat. Season generously with salt and pepper. Cover with a thin layer of flour.
Heat a large braising pan with olive oil. Add the onions and cook for about 30 minutes, until nicely caramelized. Remove from pan. Add paprika to cooked onions and set aside.

Wipe the pan and add more olive oil. Brown the meat, evenly, on all sides. Remove all but 2 tablespoons of rendered fat. Add the carrots, tomatoes and thyme. Return the onions to the pan. Add the beef broth and season with more pepper. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce the heat. Simmer slowly 2 ½ to 3 hours, until meat is tender.

Serve with mashed potatoes.

Print the Pot Roast Recipe Here

My name is Mary Ann Allen and I am here to help you get organized so you can save money on groceries and feed your family healthy, nutritious food. My multi-cultural cooking background comes from being born in the US and raised in Bolivia. I have 5 kids and own around 400 cook books. I absolutely love to cook!


  • February 13, 2012


    I followed exactly your recipe for this pot roast and I must say that it is the WORST recipe I have ever prepared. I was so embarrassed to serve it to my guests, but I had too, because I did not prepare anything else. Please take it off the website. It was dry with absolutely no flavor, I had ended up throwing it in the crock pot for an additional 3 hours, just so that the meat did not have a texture like a FLAT TIRE. It was NOT appetizing.

  • February 14, 2012


    Hi Lorna,
    I am sorry this recipe did not work for you. I do not understand why it came out dry and flavorless. It certainly has enough liquid and spices. I have made this many times and I always end up with tender, juicy meat. I make this in a braising pan at very low heat. Frankly, I have no idea why yours was like a ‘flat tire’. Have a great week.
    Mary Ann

  • April 29, 2013


    Hello just like to say I tried this n omg delishhhh juicy tender just great everyone loved thanks again. ;0)