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A classic meal with a few updates, this Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Gravy is easy to make and cooks with the gravy right in the pot for the perfect one-pot meal!

white plate with serving of pot roast, carrots, potatoes and gravy topped with parsley

There may be some people that turn their noses up at the though of pot roast, but I think it’s just because they haven’t had a really delicious, perfectly cooked pot roast. If every roast you’ve ever had was dried up and tough, then it’s time to try my Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Gravy. It turns out fork-tender with tons of rich flavor and perfectly cooked carrots and potatoes for an all in one pot meal that the whole family will love. Serve it up with some biscuits and some salad for a Sunday quality family meal any night of the week.

seasoned roast being flipped over in slow cooker

which roast is best for the slow cooker?

I love to use chuck roast. It a tougher cut of meat with more muscle but more flavor. It’s great for slow cooking all day because it has just the right amount of fat but even more meat and will break down to become totally tender after a long day in the slow cooker.

In fact, this recipe is a great one for cooking all day, up to 10 hours. It’s not done until it’s fall apart tender.

looking down into slow cooker full of pot roast, carrots, potatoes and gravy

do you put water in a slow cooker to cook a roast?

It depends on your final goal for the recipe, but in this case, yes. We are submerging this roast in a broth and wine mixture which not only will help with making the meat super tender, but with the addition of just the right ingredients, will also thicken the broth to a gravy.

Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Gravy

Jennifer Draper


A classic meal with a few updates, this Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Gravy is easy to make and cooks with the gravy right in the pot for the perfect one-pot meal!


  • 2 pound chuck roast
  • 1 tablespoon herb and garlic seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ½ sweet yellow onion cut into ½” pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 8 oz baby carrots
  • 16 oz gold potatoes halved or quartered if large
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • ½ cup red wine
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • ¼ cup tapioca pearls


  • Season roast with herb and garlic seasoning 
  • Heat olive oil and butter over medium high heat in skillet or multi cooker 
  • Brown roast on both sides and transfer to slow cooker along with onion, garlic, carrots and potatoes
  • Make a slurry of cornstarch by whisking until smooth with ¼ cup water
  • Whisk cornstarch slurry with all remaining ingredients and pour into slow cooker
  • Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours until fork tender


I don’t recommend cooking this recipe on high.

Red wine can be omitted or subbed for additional beef broth.

Browning roast before cooking is optional.


Calories: 547kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 40gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 131mgSodium: 802mgPotassium: 1334mgFiber: 5gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 6495IUVitamin C: 14.9mgCalcium: 140mgIron: 9mg


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