French Onion Pot Roast

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French Onion Pot Roast is THE BEST pot roast you’ll ever eat! The recipe can be made in a slow cooker or pressure cooker for an easy, delicious meal!

Shredded pot roast with onions on top of mashed potatoes on white plate with gold fork and red and white striped towel

Today’s post is sponsored by my friends at the California Beef Council!

On this week’s episode of the “Feed Me” Podcast, we’re talking all about “One Pot Wonders” for fall. From recipes made in one pot on the stove, like Buffalo Taco Spaghetti, to recipes made in a slow cooker, like Pumpkin Chili, to recipes made in a pressure cooker, like Beef Ragu.

Fall is the perfect time to reach for one pot recipes to cook up something warm and delicious! And today I have the most amazing new one pot wonder to share!

Shredded french onion pot roast on top of mashed potatoes on a plate, topped with fresh chopped parsley with a gold fork and red and white towel

French Onion Pot Roast Recipe

This pot roast recipe can be made in a slow cooker or pressure cooker.

To make a pressure cooker pot roast, add butter and onions to the pressure cooker and saute for 4-5 minutes. Rub the beef roast with French Onion Dip seasoning mix, then add to the pressure cooker and sear. Add beef broth and Worcestershire sauce to the pressure cooker, turn the pressure cooker setting to high for 60 minutes.

Once the cooking time is up, allow 15-20 minutes for the steam to release, then open the pressure cooker and shred the beef.

To make a slow cooker pot roast, add the butter and onions to a large skillet on the stove over medium-high heat. After 4-5 minutes, add the beef roast, rubbed with French Onion Dip seasoning to the skillet and sear for 1-2 minutes per side. Transfer the beef and onions to a slow cooker, add the beef broth and Worcestershire sauce.

Set the slow cooker to high for 6 hours or to low for 10-12 hours. Once the cooking time is complete, remove the lid and shred the beef before serving.

Shredded pot roast topped with fresh parsley on mashed potatoes on white plate with red and white towel

Do you have to brown a roast before putting it in the crockpot?

While it is not absolutely necessary to brown the roast before adding it to a crockpot, I do recommend it to give the meat a deeper flavor.

Do you put water in a crock pot to cook a roast?

The difference between a pot roast and roast beef is that a pot roast is cooked in a liquid, while a roast beef is cooked dry. When making a pot roast you will want to add water or a broth, such as the beef broth used in this recipe, to cook the roast in a crock pot.

What is the difference between beef stew and pot roast?

In a beef stew the meat is cut into cubes, where in a pot roast, the meat is cooked whole.

What is the best roast for a crock pot?

While I use a beef chuck roast for this recipe, a rump roast can also be used.

How long does it take to cook a pot roast in a crock pot?

A 2-3 pound roast will need to cook on low in a crock pot for 10 hours, or on high for 6 hours.

How long does it take to cook a pot roast in a pressure cooker?

It takes one hour on high to cook a pot roast in a pressure cooker. Also remember to allow 15-20 minutes after the roast is cooked for the pressure to come down and steam to release from the pressure cooker.

What can I make with a crock pot roast?

This crock pot roast can be made into hot or cold sandwiches. I turned it into a grilled cheese sandwich with gruyere cheese on sourdough bread and served it with a side of the au jus for dipping. It was totally amazing!

Pot roast grilled cheese sandwich with melted gruyere cheese on wood cutting board with fresh parsley and small red ramekin of au jus Pot roast grilled cheese sandwich cut in half with melted gruyere cheese on wood cutting board with fresh parsley and small red ramekin of au jus Grilled cheese pot roast sandwich held in hand, being dipped into a red ramekin of au jus

Wondering what to serve with this French Onion Pot Roast? I served it with Rosemary Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes and the combination of flavors was DOWN RIGHT DELICIOUS!

If you love the flavor of French Onion soups, dips and pot roasts, you have to try these other delicious recipes flavored with this easy, homemade French Onion Dip Mix!

French onion pot roast on top of mashed potatoes with fresh parsley on a while plate with gold fork

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French Onion Pot Roast

French Onion Pot Roast is THE BEST pot roast you'll ever eat! The recipe can be made in a slow cooker or pressure cooker for an easy, delicious meal!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, French
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 336 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 onion thinly sliced
  • 2 lb beef chuck roast
  • 3 tbsp French Onion Dip Mix click link for easy homemade recipe
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

Instructions

  1. Press the saute button on an electric pressure cooker, use the adjust button to set on the “normal” setting.

  2. Add the butter to the pressure cooker, when the display says “hot”, add the onions, saute 4-5 minutes.

  3. Rub the beef chuck roast with the french onion dip mix, then add it to the pressure cooker and sear for 1-2 minutes per side.

  4. Press the Keep Warm/Cancel button on the pressure cooker.

  5. Add the beef broth and worcestershire sauce, stir to combine.
  6. Place the lid on the pressure cooker and make sure the steam release is set to “sealing”.

  7. Press the “manual” button and set the pressure cooker to high pressure, then use the +/- buttons to set the pressure cooker to 60 minutes.

  8. When the cooking time is up, turn off the pressure cooker and wait 15-20 minutes, then release any remaining pressure before unlocking the lid.

  9. Shred the beef with two forks in the pressure cooker and serve with mashed potatoes or your favorite side.

Recipe Notes

To make in the slow cooker: Add the butter and onions to a large skillet on the stove over medium high heat. Cook for 4-5 minutes. Rub the beef chuck roast with the french onion dip mix, add to the skillet and sear for 1-2 minutes per side. Add the beef and onions to a slow cooker. Pour the beef broth and Worcestershire sauce in the slow cooker. Set to low for 10 hours, or to high for 6 hours.

For leftovers: Be sure to store the beef and any liquid from the pot roast for leftovers. You can use the beef to make French Dip Sandwiches or a grilled cheese and serve the liquid au jus on the side for dipping.

 

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