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Beef Roast: A Full Meal in the Slow Cooker

Using the slow cooker is a great way to cook an easy warm meal. Try this Beef Roast for a full meal all at once that’s ready when you get home!

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Have I mentioned before how much I LOVE my slow cooker?! It’s perfect for making warm meals in the winter. But it’s also great for the summer when you don’t want to heat the entire oven and kitchen to make a meal. Not to mention the ease of throwing everything in, turning it on, and having dinner ready a few hours later.

I know a lot of people tend to put their slow cooker away when the weather heats up, but that’s when I use mine the most. It gets hot in the summer in South Texas. Really hot. And humid. The last thing I want to do is be in the kitchen working on a hot stovetop or oven to make a meal for my family.

One meal we hadn’t had in years but made recently is beef roast. Why didn’t we have it for so long? When I was pregnant with Tyler, I made a beef roast one night. Come dinner time, I couldn’t even stand the sight of it, let alone the smell. It made me want to puke (which, admittedly, when pregnant, happens pretty easily). Since that night, just the thought of it would turn my stomach. Yay pregnancy.

A few weeks ago, Justin timidly brought up the idea of trying beef roast again when we were making a grocery list. To my surprise, it sounded good to me! So we made it the next day. I think he wanted to make it before I changed my mind again. I still didn’t eat a huge helping of it. But I wasn’t turned away from it like before.

If you want to purchase the same slow cooker that I’ve been using for years, you can find it reasonably priced on Amazon here. I’ve actually taken this one on-the-go before. It stayed sealed well in the car when I was transporting my Spiked Hot Apple Cider to a Christmas party.

Slow Cooker meals are so easy, and this one doesn’t disappoint in that regard. As long as you get a decent cut of meat, you don’t need to do anything except dump all of the ingredients in the cooker and go. And, would you look at that, there are quite a few vegetables in this meal as well! I’ve told you before that I am trying to get better at eating vegetables. The vegetables are the only thing that needs to be prepped for this meal. I will often cheat and buy the carrots already shredded just because that takes the longest.

Beef Roast Step by Step


  • 2 lb beef roast
  • 3 lbs baby red potatoes (quartered)
  • 1 cup carrots (shredded)
  • 2 stalks celery (chopped)
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 tbsp pepper
  • 3 tbsp garlic powder


Place the beef at the bottom of the slow cooker.

Uncooked beef roast in a slow cooker on a wooden surface

Cut the potatoes a few times, until they are about one-inch pieces.

Diced potatoes on a bamboo cutting board on a wooden surface

Cover the beef with the potatoes.

Diced potatoes in a slow cooker on a wooden surface

Place the rest of the vegetables, tomato paste, beef broth, and seasonings on the top of the slow cooker. Give everything a quick stir as much as possible.

Diced potatoes topped with shredded carrots, diced celery, tomato paste, and seasonings in a slow cooker on a wooden surface

Cover and set the temperature to low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours. You want to make sure your meat is cooked at least to medium, and the potatoes should be very soft. The meat should start to fall apart as you stir everything together. If it doesn’t, take it out and cut it into bite-sized chunks and return it to the cooker for a few minutes. Serve warm with as much of the juice as desired. I like to also have some buttered bread with mine because it’s so good dipped in the juice! You could also serve it with saltine crackers, either plain or buttered. Or, if you don’t want any of those, this is delicious just how it is!


Originally Published On: May 17, 2017

Last Updated On: July 31, 2023

Beef roast on a dark square plate with stainless steel forks to the side and a dark towel behind all on a dark wooden surface (with title overlay)

Beef Roast

Using the slow cooker is a great way to cook an easy warm meal. Try this Beef Roast for a full meal all at once that's ready when you get home!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes
Main Dish
slow cooker
Servings: 6 cups
5 from 3 votes


  • 2 lb beef roast
  • 3 lbs baby red potatoes (quartered)
  • 1 cup carrots (shredded)
  • 2 stalks celery (chopped)
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 tbsp black pepper
  • 3 tbsp garlic powder


  • Place the beef in the bottom of the slow cooker
  • Cut the potatoes into bite-sized pieces and lay on top of the beef
  • Add the rest of the vegetables, tomato paste, beef broth, and seasonings to the slow cooker
  • Stir as much as possible
  • Cover and cook for about 8 hours on low or 4 hours on high
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Nutrition Facts
Beef Roast
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 489 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 104mg35%
Sodium 565mg24%
Potassium 2030mg58%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 7g28%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 4103IU82%
Vitamin C 27mg33%
Calcium 86mg9%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

32 thoughts on “Beef Roast: A Full Meal in the Slow Cooker”

  1. 5 stars
    My mom use to cook beef roast and I loved it. It’s been many years since I had some. Gotta try this recipe in a slow cooker. Looks really good and very simple.

  2. Oh this sounds good! I haven’t made a roast since last winter when I decided to attempt it and try gravy making. It was so yummy and the leftovers were wonderful. You’ve got me motivated to try again!

  3. I absolutely love my slow cooker but I do find I don’t use it as much in the summer but I really should! This sounds fantastic and it’s been so long since I made beef roast I will have to add this to our rotation.

  4. This looks so delicious! The perfect comfort food… I don’t have a slow cooker but I’ve considered getting one for the longest time…
    Thank you for sharing this 🙂

  5. This good idea and I eat ice cream in winter haha and eat warm food less. When I get sick only I drink warm stuff.

    1. I’ve only ever lived in very warm climates, so I can often be found with ice cream in the winter, too! But you’re right, warm foods like this are great if you’re not feeling well.

    1. It’s been an uphill battle to get more vegetables into my kids (ok, and me) so I try to work with them when I can. There are more veggies than meat here, but don’t tell my boys that! 🙂

    1. We use ours a lot. I’ve been much busier this year with so many things at my son’s school so it’s a great way to not have to worry about dinner after a long day since it’s already done!

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