Cajun Pot Roast with Tomato Gravy

Happy Mardi Gras Friends! I thought the perfect way to celebrate the day would be to share one of my favorite traditional dishes with a little bit of a cajun/creole twist. This pot roast is just that. It’s coated in creole seasoning, pan seared and then slow roasted with tomatoes, beef broth and onions. And after it’s all done cooking, the pan juices are cooked down to create a delectable tomato gravy. It’s good for the soul. Trust me.

When our Sunday dinner friends moved away a couple months ago (Insert very sad face) we kind of stopped having big Sunday dinners for a while. It just became another day where I decided what I was going to make at the last minute. It didn’t help that I was in the first trimester of my pregnancy so nothing sounded good until the last minute anyway, but that is beside the point.

Then as time went by realized that I really missed having a big Sunday dinner. I missed our friends. I missed looking forward to dinner all week. I missed smelling the meal cook on the stove all day. And I missed the, very comforting, food that came with a good Sunday dinner. So I decided to start doing it again. This pot roast is one of those.

Yes, this pot roast takes time. But it is totally worth it. It’s tender. It practically falls apart.

And the gravy. Oh the gravy. It is out of this world.

Especially when I served it over these creamy mashed potatoes.

What it comes down to is this meal is just down home, simmer on the stove all day, comfort food cooking.

And sometimes we all need some.

Cajun Pot Roast with Tomato Gravy Recipe

Serves 4 Prep Time: Cook Time:
5 based on 2 reviews


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 3/4 pound pot roast
  • 1 tablespoon Creole seasoning
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour, divided
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cups beef broth, divided



Preheat oven to 325 degrees.


Heat olive oil in a large dutch oven or other oven proof pan.


Rub the pot roast with the Creole seasoning. Place the 1/3 cup of flour on a plate and dredge the roast in it.


Sear the roast on all sides until it starts to brown, about 3 minutes per side.


Sprinkle onions around the roast. Pour in tomatoes and 1 cup of beef broth. Cover and cook in preheated oven for 3 hours or until roast is cooked through and tender.


Remove roast from pan and cover to keep warm.


Whisk remaining 2 tablespoons of flour into remaining cup of beef broth. Whisk mixture into pan juices. Bring to a boil and, stirring constantly, cook until the gravy reduces and thickens, about 5 minutes.


Ladle the gravy onto a large serving platter, cut the roast and place on top of the sauce. Serve.



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  • Reply
    March 13, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    How would one go about making this in a crock pot?

    • Reply
      March 13, 2019 at 5:32 pm

      You could sear it in a pan and then transfer it to a crockpot! I’d cook it on low for 6 – 8 hours. Then you’ll need to carefully transfer the pan juices to a pan to make the gravy. Hope this helps!

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    Donna M
    January 3, 2019 at 10:49 am

    WOW! I cannot wait to cook this! Putting together my Winter Recipes to try on snowy cold days- Living in NY- I Know those days are coming & cannot wait to use an OVEN based recipe- like my Mom did- with Mashed or crispy pan cooked potatoes, potstickers she called them- instead of a crock pot..thanks soo much! Am def Repinning!!

    • Reply
      January 3, 2019 at 11:16 am

      You are welcome! And thank you! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

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    December 9, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    This was very good, added seasoning while plating, might be a new favorite!

    • Reply
      December 9, 2018 at 5:57 pm

      That is wonderful to hear, Tom! Thank you!

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    Garlic Girl
    May 7, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    This was beyond my expectations. Delicious. Had it with potatoes.

    • Reply
      May 7, 2018 at 8:48 pm

      Garlic Girl- Yay! I am so happy to hear that, friend!! :)

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    January 31, 2018 at 5:54 am

    My oven is down!! Can I cook this in a crock pot? If so, how long would you suggest I cook it for?

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      January 31, 2018 at 9:29 pm

      Maryellen- You could TOTALLY do this in a crock pot! I would cook it on low for 6 hours. I would make the tomato gravy on the stove :)

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    November 20, 2016 at 11:42 am

    Other than mashed potatoes, what other sides would go with this recipe?

    • Reply
      Des @ Life's Ambrosia
      November 20, 2016 at 7:45 pm

      If you wanted to keep with potatoes, roasted would be good! Rice would also be yummy. As far as vegetables, the Cajun Roasted Brussels Sprouts that I posted a couple weeks ago would be perfect! :)

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    February 4, 2016 at 8:48 am

    Great looking recipe! I am planning to host a Mardi Gras dinner and blog about it. If I use your recipe, I will provide the link to your page here rather than posting the recipe to be sure you get the proper credit. I hope you’re okay with that!!

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    joanne whitehead
    December 15, 2015 at 3:38 am

    I’m from Australia & sometimes find it hard when ingredients are called different names in different countries, but I’m learning. It’s fun trying new recipes & the ones I have copied so far are delicious. You sure can cook.

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