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Easy Slow Cooker Roast Beef

Slow Cooker Roast Beef is the Sunday dinner dreams are made of. Mmm-m-m! And this easy 5-ingredient recipe is a family favorite!

Slow Cooker Roast Beef on a Platter with Baby potatoes and Carrots
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Making Dinner Meaningful

As a kid, one of my favorite times was Sunday after church, which meant family dinner at Grandma’s. I suppose that’s not so unusual until I explain that my dad was one of 11 siblings and I am 4th from the oldest of 40+ cousins.

Family dinner was FAMILY dinner! (Yes, with the exception of two families, almost all of us lived in the same town.) Those Sundays meant laughter and noise and fun with my cousins.

slow cooker roast beef

Inspiring the Next Generation of Cooks

It was some of my earliest exposure to cooking. I got to witness (and as I got older, participate in) the most fascinating dance of women (Grandma, Mom and aunts) weaving effortlessly in and around the kitchen, busying themselves with the preparations of the meal we were about to share. They would visit and laugh, enjoying one another’s company as they worked.

To my young eyes, I was witnessing the poetry and art of cooking – the creativity, community and love that went into the preparations, long before we enjoyed the meal. Those special times still influence the way I cook and think about creating dishes. And memories of favorite ones inspire many of my recipes.

roast beef gravy

A “Home”-y Roast Beef Family Tradition

Roast beef with potatoes, carrots and savory, rich roast beef gravy was an all-time favorite, then. It was that meal that simply looks, smells and TASTES like “home”. That tradition has continued with my own kids and grandkids, who fondly call this meal “Roast Beast”.

Everything good about family dinners is wrapped up in the savory, tender, beefiness of my Slow Cooker Roast Beef recipe. It’s the simplest, most delicious, possible way to create a wonderful Sunday dinner tradition for you and your own family!

The Ingredients

  • a Slow Cooker (6 qt or larger. Mine is 8.)
  • 2 chuck roasts (about 2.5 lbs each)
  • 2 (1 oz) packets Onion Soup Mix packets (or Aus Jus gravy mix )
  • 1 qt beef stock
  • 1 lb baby carrots
  • 2 lbs red or gold baby potatoes

How To Make Slow Cooker Roast Beef

This is one of the simplest meals you will ever put together. You’re gonna be a pro at this!

Start by rinsing your baby potatoes in a colander. Drain them completely and add them, in an even layer, to the bottom of your crock-pot.

potatoes in slow cooker

Pour a 1 lb bag of baby carrots over the potatoes.

carrot layer in slow cooker

As best you can, add both roasts, in an even layer over the veggies. There will likely be some overlap. (Choose chuck roast. It will have more fat marbling for maximum flavor and this less expensive cut is easy to tenderize with low, slow cooking.)

chuck roast in slow cooker

Sprinkle the onion soup mix packets (or aus jus packets) over the meat. (For onion soup mix, check the soup aisle. To locate au jus mix packets, find the aisle where your store keeps packets of chili and taco seasoning, gravy mixes and such.)

roast and onion soup mix in slow cooker

Pour the carton of beef broth over everything, then close the slow cooker and let the crock-pot do it’s magic. It doesn’t get easier than Slow Cooker Roast Beef! It’s my go-to Sunday dinner recipe.

How To Serve Slow Cooker Roast Beef

You and your family will be thrilled with the delicious results! At the end of your busy day, dinner will be ready. Just set the table and enjoy!

slow cooker roast beef with potatoes and carrots

Plus, you’ll have plenty of leftovers to make other deliciously quick dishes, later in the week. How does a French Dip sound?

I think leftover roast beef would be perfect in these Philly Cheesesteak Bites from the Gunny Sack, too. Or how about nachos? You can’t imagine how crazy-good roast beef nachos are! And what about a scrumptious French Dip?

french dip sandwich

And last but not least, when was the last time you enjoyed an open-faced Hot Beef Sandwich, my friend? It’s time.

hot beef sandwich

You’re gonna love the scrumptious leftover possibilities! Cook once and eat two, three or more times, for your efforts. Delicious food and time-saving convenience is a concept that makes sense in our busy world. And with recipes like these, who knows what great family memories you’ll be cooking up!!??!!

Do you have a favorite “food memory”? Be sure to leave a comment and tell me about it.

The Recipe

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Easy Slow Cooker Roast Beef

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  • Author: Glenda Embree
  • Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 810 servings 1x


Units Scale
  • 2 chuck roasts (about 2.5 lbs each)
  • 2 (1 oz) packets Onion Soup Mix (or Aus Jus gravy mix)
  • 1 qt beef stock
  • 1 lb baby carrots
  • 2 lbs red or gold baby potatoes


  1. Rinse the baby potatoes and spread in an even layer in the bottom of your crock-pot.
  2. Layer the carrots over the potatoes.
  3. Put the roasts over the carrots in as close to a single layer as you can.  There may be some overlap.
  4. Sprinkle the contents of the soup mix or aus jus packets over the roasts. Pour the stock into the slow cooker.
  5. Place the lid on the slow cooker and set it to low.
  6. Let the roast cook 8-10 hours until fork tender.
  7. Serve.
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Cuisine: American

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