Chuck roast is the ideal cut of meat for making pot roast and is also sometimes labeled and sold as ‘pot roast’ in markets. It is one of the most economical and flavorful cuts of meat, perfect for slow cooking gourmet recipes because of all the fat that is marbled into it. Cut from the shoulder and neck of the beef, chuck roast tend to be tough and fatty so slow cooking in liquid is the best way to make it tender. The tough muscle fibers and connective tissues are broken down after long hours of cooking and result in moist and melt-in-your-mouth tender meat and the best chuck roast recipe.
Basic Pot Roast
To make a simple pot roast or chuck roast recipe in your crockpot, place chopped carrots, celery, onions, and potatoes at the bottom of the pot and sprinkle with salt. In a saucepan, sear the chuck roast pieces in hot cooking oil until browned on all sides, drain off excess oil, place the meat on top of the vegetables in the crockpot and season with salt. In a bowl, mix together cooking liquid, which may include beef broth, vegetable broth, and wine. You can also add canned tomatoes with liquid for a tomato-based stew or cream of mushroom soup for a cream-based dish or gourmet recipes depending on your preference. You can also season the cooking liquid with Worcestershire sauce, herbs, and spices. Pour the cooking liquid over the meat and vegetables and cover the crockpot. Cook the pot roast for an hour or two hours on high setting or four hours up to eight hours on low setting.
For a southwestern pot roast, season the chuck roast with steak rub and sear in olive oil then add salsa to flavor the beef broth. Make a sweet and spicy BBQ pot roast flavored with enchilada sauce, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, root beer or cola, and spices. You can also make a Tex Mex version, which includes chili beans, corn, tomatoes, and chili powder.
For a Chinese flavor, make Pot roast with sweet and sour tomato sauce made with soy sauce, ginger, rice vinegar, garlic puree, onion, anchovy paste, sugar, pineapple, and tomato juice. You can also make beef and broccoli with boneless beef chuck roast, broccoli florets, oyster sauce, cornstarch and sesame seeds.
Beef Bourguignon is a classic French dish that you can easily make in your crockpot. Cook the chuck roast in dry red wine (preferably red wine from Burgundy) together with onions, bacon, and mushrooms and season with salt, pepper, bay leaf, parsley, and thyme. Serve the dish with crusty bread or potatoes for a complete meal.
For a Mediterranean version, brown chuck roast in olive oil and slow cook in crockpot with beef broth, tomato paste, red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar, olives, capers, bay leaves, black pepper, and oregano.
Make chile verde and cook chuck roast in a crockpot together with green bell pepper, onions, tomatillos, and garlic. Season the meat and vegetables with salt, cumin, sage, red pepper flakes, cilantro, and oregano.