Dutch Oven Pot Roast is the ultimate comfort food meal! As this tender pot roast cooks, it makes its own gravy. Sunday supper perfection!
What could be better than a perfectly tender pot roast? A pot roast that pulls apart with a fork? How about a pot roast that makes its own gravy as it slow cooks? That is exactly what this recipe is.
And it is comfort food heaven.
Oh and did I mention that it is incredibly easy to make? The hardest part is waiting for it to finish cooking as it fills your home with the most wonderful scent of slow roasted pot roast.
First lets talk about what you need:
CHUCK ROAST: Beef chuck roast is from the shoulder of the cow. This cut of meat is best when cooked low and slow so that it is juicy and tender. Bonus, it is also a relatively inexpensive cut too! To learn more about different cuts of beef check out this handy list.
SALT, PEPPER AND GRANULATED GARLIC: I prefer granulated garlic because it keeps better than garlic powder and doesn’t clump. If you have garlic powder you can substitute that instead.
CRIMINI MUSHROOMS: To make a chunkier gravy, rough chop them. You can also substitute white button mushrooms.
ONIONS: Yellow onion works best.
BEEF BROTH: I recommend using low-sodium beef broth so that you can adjust the salt as you need.
CONDENSED CREAM OF MUSHROOM SOUP: Pot roast with cream of mushroom soup is a classic. This is an essential part of making the gravy.
DES’ TIP: Like the beef broth, use the low sodium version of this too if you can, so you can control the salt content. Once a dish is too salty you can’t really fix it easily, but you can always add more salt if you need to.
STEP #1: Liberally season the chuck roast with the salt, pepper and granulated garlic.
STEP #2: Heat olive oil in a dutch oven (or other oven proof pot) Sear all sides of the roast. This crust helps develop the flavor of the roast.
STEP #3: Remove the roast and sauté the onions and mushrooms in the pan drippings.
DES’ TIP: You should have about 2 tablespoons of pan drippings leftover. If you have more than that discard. If you have less add a little olive oil to the pot to make up the difference.
STEP #4: Pour in beef broth and cream of mushroom soup. Whisk together. Return roast to the pot. Cover and cook in 350 degree oven for 2 1/2 – 3 hours or until roast is fork tender.
STEP #5: Remove the roast from the pot and cover to keep warm. Allow the gravy to sit for about 15 minutes then use a spoon to skim the top layer of fat from the gravy.
STEP #6: Slice roast, spoon gravy over the top and serve.
Store leftover is in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. The gravy may thicken a bit so a bit more beef broth may be needed when reheating.
My entire family LOVES this Dutch Oven Pot Roast and I love that it’s easy as throwing all the ingredients in the dutch oven. It’s a win all around! Oh and if you’ve got leftovers, you have GOT to try this Pot Roast Grilled Cheese. It is heavenly!
Looking for an easy side dish to serve along side? Here are some of my favorites:
Chuck roast is one of my favorite cuts because of its affordability and versatility. Here are some other recipes using this beef cut:
Cajun Pot Roast with Tomato Gravy
Note: This recipe was originally published in 2009. It was updated with new photos, tips and nutrition information in 2021.
JohnNovember 24, 2022 at 3:57 pm
Made this today for Thanksgiving dinner. We’re kind of non-traditional that way. Made a double batch, and the only thing I changed was I used baby bellas instead of crimini mushrooms because the local grocer was out. Came out amazing! Enough so that I had to come back and let you know and to say thank you. This is definitely going into the rotation for winter time comfort food. I hope you and your family had a great Thanksgiving and thanks again!
DesereeNovember 27, 2022 at 11:58 am
John, I’m so flattered that one of my recipes was a part of your Thanksgiving celebration!! And I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed it! Thank you for taking the time to come back and leave this wonderful comment. I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving too!
JulieMay 1, 2022 at 6:50 pm
This is heavenly!! I usually cook a roast in the slow
Cooker but wanted to use my Dutch oven for a change. Speaking of change, I’m cooking roast this way from now on! Thank you!
DesereeMay 2, 2022 at 9:14 pm
You are so welcome, Julie! Thank you for taking time to comment! :)
Mary-Ellen A TrippNovember 6, 2021 at 7:09 am
Hi, I was wondering if I can add potatoes and carrots to the pot roast? I plan on making tonight. If I don’t here from you I will go according to instructions in the original recipe. Thanks!
DesereeNovember 6, 2021 at 9:47 am
Hi Mary-Ellen, You could add them! I wouldn’t add them until the last 45 minutes to 1 hour of cooking. Hope you enjoy!
leeOctober 4, 2021 at 7:24 pm
hi, I want to make this for dinner but I just realized that I accidentally got cream of chicken & mushroom soup instead of cream of mushroom. will that taste okay or should I run to the store? thanks!
DesereeOctober 4, 2021 at 9:31 pm
Hi! I think it will taste better with cream of mushroom since it is a beef dish.
GiftbasketworldwideSeptember 10, 2021 at 11:28 pm
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ChristineAugust 3, 2020 at 7:11 pm
I call this my hurricane roast! Every time a hurricane is coming (I live in Florida), I make this roast. Everyone loves it, we look forward to the hurricanes now. I make it more often than the hurricanes, but it’s the go to for the impending big storms.
ReneeApril 2, 2019 at 4:17 pm
Wonderful recipe! I changed the mushroom soup to heavy cream and added thyme, worschester sauce, and a splash of plum vinegar. It was a big hit with my family!
DesereeApril 3, 2019 at 8:58 am
Yay! Glad it was a hit and love your variation!
JudieApril 28, 2018 at 9:06 pm
Just want to tell you that was the best roast and gravy I ever tasted. That is a keep!
DesereeApril 29, 2018 at 9:05 am
Thank you Judie!! I am so happy to hear that!
KathleenApril 2, 2018 at 8:55 am
This looks amazing!! Could I cook this in a crock pot after searing the meat???
DesereeApril 2, 2018 at 1:18 pm
Thanks Kathleen! I don’t see why not! I’d cook on low for 6 – 8 hours. Hope this helps!
AllisonFebruary 24, 2016 at 3:04 pm
Hey! I see this is a pretty old post, so I’m hoping to get an answer on this…. Where do the 2Tbsp of reserved pan drippings come in? I’m not a big gravy maker, so I’m not sure what exactly to do with them.
DesereeFebruary 24, 2016 at 4:54 pm
Hi! You leave the reserved pan drippings in the pan and add the mushrooms and onions to that. Hope this helps!
HeatherAugust 15, 2014 at 8:05 pm
I was wondering can you make this in a crock pot?
DesereeAugust 17, 2014 at 9:26 pm
I don’t see why not. I would still sear the meat and then transfer everything to the slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 – 8 hours. Hope this helps!
LizApril 11, 2013 at 9:24 am
I made this a few times already and am absolutely in love!!! I have been trying to make pot roast for years and never liked the way it turned put, but this one is dreamy! I am making it again tonight. I do not have a dutch oven, so i just cooked it in a teflon pot on low heat for 4 hours. I am wondering if i can use this recipe in a crockpot, would you know?
SylviaJanuary 11, 2011 at 4:03 pm
I came across your site and just had to make this. I used a bottle of guinness instead of broth. It smells incredible in the oven! Love your site :)
DerekDecember 16, 2009 at 6:11 pm
Made it tonight, it turned out well, definitely savory. I might add a touch of Burgundy wine next time.
DesereeDecember 17, 2009 at 7:23 am
Thanks Derek! It is nice to hear that you enjoyed it. The Burgundy sounds like a great idea. I will have to keep that in mind next time I make this. :)
JackieJuly 17, 2009 at 7:43 pm
I was wondering did you use a boneless chuck roast or a bone-in chuck roast.
DesereeJuly 17, 2009 at 8:54 pm
Hi Jackie, I used boneless.
jessJune 29, 2009 at 1:36 am
that looks soo yummy
DesereeMarch 9, 2009 at 5:45 pm
I hope you enjoy it Mrs. L :)
KevinMarch 7, 2009 at 11:00 am
That pot roast looks good and I like the sound of a mushroom gravy!
Mrs. LMarch 5, 2009 at 6:50 pm
With the rainy weather we are having, I’m so about the pot roasts right now. This sounds perfect to add to my list to try to make.