Learn how to make this delicious and easy Crock Pot Roast Recipe without any seasoning packets required. It is simple, absolutely amazing and gluten free.

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Easy Crock Pot Roast Recipe

We are going to show you how to make the Best Crock pot Roast Recipe without any seasoning packets. Don’t you hate it when you are scrolling on Pinterest trying to find a recipe and it requires several seasoning packets?

I want to make something delicious without all the “junk” that comes in those seasoning packets.

Those packets often have fillers and all sorts of ingredients. Have you ever tried to read the back of one of those seasoning packets?

It is a long list and I don’t know what most of the ingredients are. I feel so much better just skipping the packets all together. Plus, I think the roast turns out better anyway.

I think you are going to be shocked how delicious this simple rump roast crock pot recipe is!

plate of roast, carrots and potatoes

ingredients for recipe: carrots, potatoes, seasoning, onion, roast

Ingredients for crockpot roast:

  • Roast – I like to use a chuck roast for this recipe.
  • Potatoes– Use the type you prefer and cut into chunks. I used small baby yellow potatoes so there was no cutting but you can use Russet potatoes as well. If you use Russet potatoes, peel and dice them before adding to the crock pot.
  • Carrots– peeled and cut into large chunks.
  • Onion– cut into chunks. I used a white onion but yellow onions would work great too.
  • Beef Broth – I use beef broth but beef stock or even chicken broth would work great in this recipe too.
  • Minced Garlic – I recommend using minced or fresh garlic. I have tried using garlic salt before and it just doesn’t taste as well in this recipe.
  • Italian Seasoning – I have tried all sorts of herbs in this recipe and I find that this blend works the best and it’s the easiest too.
  • Salt & Pepper – Of course, we use salt and pepper to bring out all the flavors of the other ingredients.
  • Cornstarch – This is to thicken the gravy.

How to make crock pot roast

First, cut all of your vegetables into large chunks. You want them to be bigger so they will not turn into mush.

Second, add the beef to the crock pot and then place the potatoes and carrots around the roast. Then add onion to the crock pot as well.

crockpot of roast, potatoes, onion and carrots

Next, add all your seasonings and then the beef broth on top in the slow cooker.

Let this cook on low for 8-10 hours. You can cook on high for 4-5 hours if you prefer. I prefer a longer cook time for this recipe so that the beef is fork tender.

Once the roast has cooked, shred the beef.

How to make the Gravy:

Use a small bowl and whisk the water and the cornstarch together to make a cornstarch slurry.

Take part of the liquid from the crock pot and put it in a sauce pan. Now, add in the water and cornstarch mixture in with the beef juice.

Whisk this all together and bring it to a boil. Make sure to stir it frequently for about 3 to 5 minutes.

It should start to thicken. Keep in mind it will thicken some more as it cools.

The gravy is amazing and I like to drizzle it all over the roast, carrots and potatoes for the perfect comfort food.

Make sure to taste test the gravy before serving and add more salt and pepper if needed.

plate of roast with gravy and carrots and potatoes

Tips for this Recipe:

  • Crock Pot – You will need a good crock pot for this recipe. I have been using a multi-cooker and I love it. You can brown the beef, slow cook the dinner and make the gravy all in the same pot.
  • Defrost the Beef – Make sure that the beef is fully defrosted before adding to the crock pot. This will ensure that the beef cooks evenly and is more tender.
  • Cut the veggies into large pieces – Since the beef requires a longer cook time, cut all the vegetables into larger pieces so that they don’t get too soft while cooking.
  • Don’t use Flour for the Gravy – I have found that cornstarch instead of flour works best to make the gravy for this roast. Cornstarch is flavorless so it thickens without changing the flavor of the droppings from the crock pot.
  • Skip the potatoes – Don’t put the potatoes in the slow cooker. Instead, serve on mashed potatoes. This gravy tastes amazing over mashed potatoes.
plate of roast, potatoes and carrots

What kind of roast to use:

We are using a chuck roast and it turned out amazing. The meat was so tender and the flavor was perfect.

You could also use a rump roast or round roast. Whatever cut of meat you choose to use will be so tender after slow cooking.

My family loved this recipe! It truly is the best pot roast recipe!

Plus, so easy and quick to put together with very little effort.

crockpot of cooked roast, carrots and potatoes


  • I take pride in that this recipe is packed with flavor and you do not need any seasoning packets. However, if you want a fun twist on flavor, consider adding in a homemade ranch mix.
  • Spice up the heat by pouring in some jarred jalapeños or pepperoncinis.
  • Add in a tablespoon or 2 of Worcestershire sauce
  • Use different cuts of meat like round steak or flank steak.


Refrigerate the leftovers in an air tight container for up to 3-5 days or you can freeze the leftovers for up to 3 months.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long should a roast Cook in crockpot?

We prefer our roast to cook on low for 8-10 hours depending on how your crock pot cooks. However, you can cook the roast on high as well.

If cooking on the high setting, 5 hours will be plenty of time for the roast to cook and be super tender.

Why is my crock pot roast not tender?

If your roast isn’t tender, that normally means it needs to be cooked longer. I prefer to cook my roast on low all day to insure that is it tender and falling apart.

Also, make sure you have enough liquid. We specifically use 4 cups of liquid to make sure your roast is tender.

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

No, you do not have to brown the roast. You can toss the roast in the slow cooker without any prep work.

However, if you like to brown your roast first that is totally fine. Some people prefer to brown the roast a few minutes on each side before slow cooking.

Place some olive oil in a large pan and make sure to sear the meat all sides if browning. After searing the meat, place it in the crock pot and add the other vegetables.

Can you use Baby Carrots?

Yes, you can use baby carrots. If so, make sure to use the thick baby carrots so that they don’t fall apart during the cook time.

Can you use wine in this recipe?

Yes, wine is delicious in this recipe. Replace ½ cup of the beef broth for red wine. Red cooking wine or a dry drinking wine would be delicious in this roast recipe.

Can this roast be cooked in the oven?

Yes, this roast can be cooked in the oven but I prefer making it in the crock pot because it’s easy and the beef is always fork tender with very little work.
If making this in an oven, you would want to cover it. Then cook it at a low temperature for 3-4 hours until the beef is tender.

plate of shredded roast, potatoes and carrots

This is the best rump roast crock pot recipe!

You will be surprised how delicious this crock pot roast recipe is. It is crazy simple but packed with flavor.

No need for expensive seasoning packets when you can make a delicious roast at home with ingredients you probably already have!

Rump Roast Slow Cooker will definitely be a hit.

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The Best Crock pot Roast Recipe

4.96 from 854 votes
The Best Crock pot Roast Recipe that you can make without seasoning packets. Try this easy slow cooker pot roast with veggies that taste amazing!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs
Shred Beef 5 mins
Total Time 8 hrs 10 mins
Servings 6 people
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 468
Author Carrie Barnard


  • Crockpot I use this Crockpot all the time!


  • 2 to 3 lbs roast
  • 1.5 lbs any potatoes of your choice cut into chunks (I used small baby yellow potatoes so there was not cutting)
  • 4 carrots peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1/2 onion cut into chunks
  • 4 cups beef stock or broth one carton
  • 1 teaspoon minced Garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup water for the gravy
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch


  • First cut all your vegetables into large chunks. You want them to be bigger so they will not turn into mush.
  • Add your roast to the crock pot and then place the vegetables around the roast.
  • Add all your seasonings.
  • Next add in the beef stock.
  • Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 5 hours.
  • Shred the beef.
  • Now, time to make the gravy. In a small bowl whisk together the ¼ cup of water and the cornstarch.
  • Remove 2 cups of the liquid from the crock pot and place in a sauce pan.
  • Whisk in the water and cornstarch mixture in with the beef juice.
  • Bring to a boil, stirring frequently for 3-5 minutes until it begins to thicken. It will thicken as it cools as well.
  • Drizzle the gravy over the roast, potatoes, and carrots and enjoy!

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Nutrition Facts

Serving 10ounces, Calories 468kcal, Carbohydrates 23g, Protein 58g, Fat 14g, Saturated Fat 5g, Cholesterol 147mg, Sodium 618mg, Potassium 1327mg, Fiber 4g, Sugar 3g, Vitamin A 6795IU, Vitamin C 16.2mg, Calcium 76mg, Iron 8.8mg

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  1. No nutritional information. I would have loved to have tried this, but for people counting calories this was not helpful …

  2. 5 stars
    The title does not lie. BEST recipe I’ve ever tried. We chose the 5 hour on high setting and served up after 4.5 hours. With beef prices as high as they are now I’m very glad we will eat every bit.

  3. 5 stars
    Really tasty!!!
    It was my first time making roast and it ended up being really easy! I cooked on high for 6 hours and it was perfect. I also used 1/4 cup of flour as a substitute for the corn starch and it turned out well!

  4. 5 stars
    Really tasty!!!
    It was my first time making roast and it ended up being really easy! I cooked on high for 6 hours and it was perfect. I also used 1/4 cup of flour as a substitute for the corn starch and it turned out well!

  5. 5 stars
    Made this last night and it was great! I did add 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire. Thanks!

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