Friday, September 12, 2008

No Fail Beef Pot Roast {Makes it's own Gravy}

Pot Roast is another one of my favorite comfort food meals. Just the smell of it!!! how is lingers through the whole house while it cooks, it really is simply the best. We stumbled upon a great sale on Chuck Roasts, so we bought four of them. How can you resist at $5-$6 each ($1.99 price per pound) what a steal of a deal.

So many meals could be made with chuck roast. I use this particular cut of meat to make a lot of different meals for instance my Shredded Beef Taco’s, No Peek Beef Tip’s and my Pot Roast Recipe. This is kind of my fix it and forget it meal. Just toss all the ingredients in the crock pot and forget it. Well except for the veggies I add those the last hour of the cooking process so i don't have mushy veggies.

What I love most about this recipe is that by the time it is all finished and done with it makes it's own gravy. The meat is top notch tender and just falls apart. This is a perfect Sunday meal or if you have guests coming in town. I like to serve mine with white rice my daughters favorite and hot yeast rolls.

I always try to make a special dessert for after the meal it just wouldn't be complete without dessert everyone knows that. If you don't have time to make a dessert fresh fruit or a fruit salad would be just as nice. The complete recipe is at the end of the post. I don't use any particular brand as you can tell by the picture i use generic onion soup mix and mushroom soup.

These are the ingredients you will need:
Chuck Roast or a cut of your choice, Cream of Mushroom Soup, Pepper, and Onion Soup Mix. Carrots, Potatoes or anything other veggies of choice.


Rinse the roast with water and pat dry with paper towels. To start off I like to sear my meat before adding it to the crock pot. To me this makes the gravy so much more beefy and rich in color and flavor. Add a about 2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil to a skillet. Bring the heat up and really get that pan hot.

add the roast and let it sear for about 5-7 minutes,

then flip it over and sear the other side. When both sides are seared remove from the pan and the roast to the crock pot.

Add the dry onion soup mix and the cream of mushroom soup.

that's is cover and cook on low for about 6 - 7 hours turn meat over about half way through the cooking time.

about 2 hours before the roast is done I start to prepare the carrots and potatoes. you can use regular or new potatoes baby carrots or regular what ever you prefer. The baby carrots were 3.99 a bag so i passed on that one.

Peel carrots and potatoes and cut into pieces. I like to par-boil my veggies for about 8 - 10 minutes before adding to the crock pot. That way the veggies cook all the way through and they are not mushy when the roast is done. + sometimes the veggies don't cook through all the way so this is just the best way for me. It is your preference.

After you par boil the veggies, drain in a colander

add to the crock pot

Sprinkle with pepper

Cover again and cook on low for another 1-2 hours. Just poke the veggies with a fork to make sure they are done. (All crock pots are different so that is why it could take 1 or 2 hours)

This is what it looks like when the cooking time is up. Look at that beautiful gravy. Umm it is so yummy it makes it's own gravy.

Perfect every time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I call this my no fail pot roast



No Fail Beef Pot Roast

1 - 2 or 3lb beef pot roast of your choice (I prefer chuck roast)
1 - 10.5 oz can Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 - packet Lipton Onion or Beefy Onion Soup Mix (dry)
2 - tablespoons olive or vegetable oil (to sear the meat)
pepper (to taste)
carrots & potatoes

Rinse the roast with water and pat dry with paper towels. To start off I like to sear my meat before adding it to the crock pot. To me this makes the gravy so much more beefy and rich in color and flavor. Add 2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil to a large skillet. Bring the heat up and really get that pan hot.

Add the roast and let it sear for about 5- 7 minutes per side. Add the seared roast to the crock pot. Sprinkle dry onion soup mix over the roast and add cream of mushroom soup. Cover and set slow cooker on low and cook for 6 - 7 hours. Turn pot roast over about half way through cooking time.

About 2 hours before the roast is done start to prepare the carrots and potatoes. Peel carrots and potatoes and cut into pieces. I like to par-boil my veggies for about 8 - 10 minutes in a pot of water before adding to my crock pot. That way the veggies cook all the way through and they are not mushy when the roast is done. + sometimes the veggies don't cook through all the way so this is just the best way for me.

Drain the water off the potatoes and carrots and add to the crock pot the last hour of cooking. Season with a bit of pepper and cover and cook the last hour. The meat just falls apart and this recipes makes it own gravy. This is so wonderful the next day for roast beef sandwiches, or in flour tortillas or just warmed up and served with some rice.

If you do not want to par boil the potatoes and carrots before adding. Then just add them the last 3-4 hours of cooking.



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Tina, The Mom in Mommy's Kitchen

21 comments:

Joan said... #

This looks absolutely delicious, this is what my childhood was all about. Thanks for all the pics and all your hard work on your blog.
I am enjoying it so much.
I have cooked so many recipes in the past week from yours and the Southern Plate blog that my family keeps saying "Whats next?"
Keep on cooking!
Joan from Texas

Mommy's Kitchen said... #

Hi Joan I am so glad you keep coming back. Yeah!!!! I just love posting all these recipes I am so happy people are starting to come around and prepare some of the recipes. I am glad you family is loving the food. I to grew up on food and meals like this one so this is everyday cooking for me.

Southern Place is one of my absolute favorite sites i stop everyday to check out Christys recipes. I have prepared a lot of them myself and i am never disappointed. I told Chirsty i was the Southern Plate Stalker Ü

Live.Love.Eat said... #

Yum! This is going on my list. STOP IT!!!!!!!!! :)

HiHoOhio said... #

Hey, this looks yummy, especially now that it is cooling off in Ohio. If you need a quicker one....put meat, 1 can onion soup, 1 can beef stock soup, one can of sherry or red wine. Cook low for 6-8 hours. Add salt and pepper totaste at the end, served on mashed potatoes!

Mommy's Kitchen said... #

Live.Love.Eat...... I cant stop I am addicted just like everyone else.


HiHoohio That does sound good. Thanks for the suggestion i will give that one a try, it will be a nice change.

Ben said... #

I can smell it all the way to Ohio. Hmm delicious :D

Mommy's Kitchen said... #

Hi Ben thanks for stopping by Mommys kitchen. The house smells amazing when i make this dish. You have to give it a try.

inmomniac said... #

I do this too, but I also add a can of Tomato soup. Yes, it may sound weird, but it makes a really great gravy!

Teresa said... #

Tina, I agree. Pot roast is a major comfort food for me. I also get a couple of roasts when they're on sale and freeze them. Hey great Texas minds think alike. Great post neighbor.

~Priscilla~ said... #

that looks like a great fall/winter meal, yummy.

Laura said... #

Tina, I try this recipe and blogged about it today. Thanks again for another great recipe.

Mommy's Kitchen said... #

Laura I am glad you liked it and thanks for blogging about my recipe. If the roast was bigger i think it might require another can of cream of mushroom soup. I have never added beef bouillon to mine i assumed it might be to salty with the onion soup mix. I wonder if maybe some Kitchen Bouquite for gravies would work as well. I think i spelled that wrong to. LOL

stynhmmom said... #

Hello, I really love cooking in the crockpot but when I cook roast it is hit or miss if the meat tastes good. Can you suggest what type of roast is good for making pot roast in the crockpot? Also I've used the recipe before and LOVED IT but my husband and kids did not like the mushroom flavor so I made them brown gravy separate. Do you have any suggestions on how to make the brown gravy in the crockpot with the roast? Thankyou so much!

David said... #

I have a big oval crock pot from Rival. When I cook my roast, I put in a half cup of water, but don't put in any seasonings. It still cooks it great. I add potatoes, squash, carrots at the end of the cooking cycle.
You might think this is a terrible way for the drippings because a lot of people use it for gravy which is nice but I love my doggy too and give her a nice taste treat at times.
After the roast is out and I have just drippings in the removable stoneware, I add one cup of water, and three cups of Gravy Train and leave it on the WARM setting for a little bit. I then seperate what is in the crock pot into three portions. Instant treat for my dog!

twinzmom2 said... #

I am 44 yrs old and I am aweful cook! I was never shown how to, and trying to go by recipes seems to never turn out the way it says. I am SO glad that someone showed me your site, because like a child, I NEED PICTURES! And you have pictures! Because of you showing step by step, I can actually do something right! I love it! This is my new favorite sight! Can't say thank you enough! I also homeschool my children and it's good to see your kids in there helping. It encourages my kids (12 yr old twins boys) to get in there, and help too. Signed a happy mom in NC.

ariyannasnana said... #

hey sissy we all use your recipies here in san diego and i have told friends to look your blog up. love u barb

Gwen (Pooh) said... #

Hi. I tried your potroast today and my family and I loved it!! I've used the onion soup mix off and on but I've not put it with the mushroom soup. I've also not parboiled my veggies-I usually just toss them in. I can't believe what a difference the addition of the soup and just parboiling the veggies made! It was sooooo good! Thank you! I can't wait to try more of your recipes!

Becky said... #

I tried your pot roast for the first time and, just like you said, it was no-fail! My husband loved it and said it was the best pot roast he had ever had. He wants to call it BFR or Becky's Famous Roast! thank you

Teresa M. said... #

I tried this recipe earlier this week and it turned out great. At first I was a little skeptical, thinking that having both the Onion Soup Mix and Mushroom Soup would make it too salty, but I am glad to say that I was wrong. I will definitely use this recipe again and recommend it to others. Thanks!

Anonymous said... #

Question... On your pork roast recipe, you add veggies right away and beef roast you wait till last couple of hours. Reason?

Jessica Efird said... #

Do u add any liquid to this or just the soup