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Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast

This easy slow cooker pot roast recipe is sure to make it on your Sunday supper rotation.  Do you have a small family?  Then bust out that slow cooker and make this pot roast!

This slow cooker pot roast recipe is sure to make it on your Sunday supper rotation. Bust out that slow cooker and make this roast!

We are slow cooker people.  We have two of the big ones (good for soups, pot roasts, meals in general), and one of the smaller ones (good for dips and fondue).  I am a bad slow cooker person because I don’t know the exact number size of said slow cookers… but I’m okay with that.

We pull these guys out in the fall and winter when we are too busy to cook – the holiday season can get crazy hectic.  And we use them often in the spring and summer.  You can make a big meal without having to turn the oven on – it helps me keep the kitchen a little cooler during the hot months.

Slow Cooker Pot Roast | Honey and Birch

This slow cooker pot roast recipe is great for a few reasons.  One, it cooks quicker because its smaller.  Two, its smaller so its great for our 2-person family.  Usually I cook a pot roast in the slow cooker and it weighs 5 pounds and takes 6-8 hours to cook.  Not this baby.  Put it in the slow cooker before you do some chores or go grocery shopping.

You could even watch a movie and take a late afternoon siesta if so inclined.

Slow Cooker Pot Roast Recipe

Slow Cooker Pot Roast | Honey and Birch
Slow Cooker Pot Roast | Honey and Birch

I had a lot of fun photographing this recipe – I used our porch as my “table” and made Nero stay in the kitchen while I took my photos.  The scent of the cooked pot roast wafted into the kitchen and I thought he was going to jump through the screen door to get to it.  Thankfully I had that glass of red wine to drink to help soothe my nerves. 🙂SaveSave

Slow Cooker Pot Roast

An easy slow cooker pot roast recipe.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: Dinner | Lunch
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 341.5kcal


  • 2 to 2.5 pound pot roast
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 cup white onion cut into wedges
  • 2 cups carrots cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 3 cups potatoes diced
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 5 tablespoons onion soup mix or 1 packet
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper


  • Pour the water in the slow cooker, followed by the onion, carrots and potatoes.
  • Rub the salt and pepper over the roast, then put on top of the vegetables.
  • Sprinkle the Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder and onion soup mix evenly over the contents of the slow cooker.
  • Cook on low for 4 hours or until the meat is to the correct temperature using a meat thermometer – (145°F for medium rare; 160°F for medium). Turn off the slow cooker when 5 degrees away from desired temperature – roast will continue cooking after turning off slow cooker.


Calories: 341.5kcal | Carbohydrates: 29.9g | Protein: 36.6g | Fat: 7.9g | Saturated Fat: 2.9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3.2g | Cholesterol: 98.3mg | Sodium: 785.2mg | Potassium: 1194.3mg | Fiber: 4.4g | Sugar: 4.6g | Vitamin A: 7134.2IU | Vitamin C: 25.8mg | Calcium: 68.6mg | Iron: 4.3mg
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Tuesday 25th of January 2022

And if I wanted to make a larger pot roast, how do you alter this recipe to do so?


Sunday 25th of January 2015

The ultimate comfort food! I have been known to shoot on my deck as well :)

Jenny B

Sunday 25th of January 2015

I couldn't resist - the light wasn't good inside that day, but great outside!

Alisa @ Go Dairy Free

Sunday 25th of January 2015

I really need to pull out our slow cooker more often. We used to have a big one, but with just two of us, it was always overkill. So I got a mini, which we love, but I forget about!

Brilliant use of onion soup mix in this!

Jenny B

Sunday 25th of January 2015

Thanks Alisa! I have a few different sizes, but always end up use the big one. We are huge eaters of leftovers so it works out for us (we are 2-person household too!)


Tuesday 22nd of July 2014

That bean dip looks amazing. Thank you for sharing these great recipes with us all.

Jenny B

Tuesday 22nd of July 2014

Thanks Shannon! The bean dip is super easy to make too (not just tasty!)

Terri S

Friday 4th of July 2014

I love pot roast!! Thank you for sharing your recipe.