Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Caramelized Onions & Mushrooms

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slow cooker pot roast

Slow cooker pot roast is my favorite way to cook pot roast. It requires minimal effort and there’s not much better than a house filled with the aromas of a delicious meal braising away in the slow cooker.

This is a basic pot roast recipe so feel free to mix it up. You can substitute beef stock for the red wine, toss in your favorite herbs or spices and if time is an issue, you can skip caramelizing the onions and mushrooms. I like the extra flavor and caramelization the comes from browning the pot roast before putting it in the slow cooker. That step gives this pot roast recipe additional flavor and color.

If you’re looking for more braising recipes check out my Beef Stew and my Braised Collard Greens. Need more braising tips? Check out my Braising Technique Tip Sheet.


Be sure to choose a sauté pan large enough to hold your pot roast. You can use the same pan to cook the onions and mushrooms.

You can swap beef broth for the red wine for an alcohol-free version.


Slow Cooker

Large Sauté Pan

Wooden Spoon

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