Your new favorite easy family recipe is right here! If you have yet to try a Dutch Oven Pot Roast, you’re going to want to run to the store to get the ingredients.
This delicious, juicy, fork-tender and flavorful roast beef recipe are so easy to make. I’m not sure what is more delicious, the roast beef or the tender carrots!
One-Pot Dinner Recipe
Beef roast in a dutch oven is a slow-cooker, one-pot dinner recipe perfect for feeding the family or a hungry crowd. It’s hearty, easy to make, and just what you need when the family is looking for some comfort food.
Dutch Oven Cooking
Out of all of the pots I use, my Dutch oven has to be one of the ones I use the most! Cooking a roast in the oven is amazing!
Not only can you use them on the stove-top, but you can also put them in the oven with no fuss. There are very few pots you can transfer from the stovetop to the oven out there, so I’m a big fan!
Beef Roast in Oven is the Best
I make almost everything in my Dutch oven if I can. Comfort food pasta recipes, comfort food soup and stew recipes, including homemade chicken noodle soup, and even stir fry recipes! But my favorite has to be this one!
I love cooking a pot roast in the oven because you really can’t go wrong! They are so simple to make. All you need to do is add a few basic ingredients to this oven-baked chuck roast recipe and bake until it’s ready!
Pot roasts are one of the easiest beef recipes to make, so they’re perfect for busy families and novice cooks. I know you’ll love this easy recipe!
What is a Dutch Oven?
It is a large, heavy cooking pot with a lid that you can transfer between the stove and the oven. Many are made out of coated cast iron and are quite heavy. It is the best tool for slow cooking.
I adore mine and usually use it on a daily basis for so many easy Dutch oven recipes! You can use it for a variety of different recipes, and they come in all shapes, sizes, and prices.
What is the best beef for pot roast?
Quality always comes first and foremost for me, which is why I use quality Certified Angus Beef ® brand beef. For this easy roast recipe, you will need a braising beef such as chuck roast, rump roast, or English roast.
Perfect Pot Roast Ingredients
What if I told you making the perfect pot roast requires hardly any ingredients? It’s true! Flavorful chuck roast, vegetables, and some simple seasoning are all you need to make this recipe.
Here’s what you need:
- 2 lbs. beef chuck roast, rump roast, or English roast
- 2 onions
- 3 cups of beef stock
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2 carrots
- 1 cup of red wine (preferably dry red wine for cooking)
Pot Roast Seasoning
To create the seasoning for the perfect roast, you need just a few common spices. I also feature one of my favorite ingredients, Worcestershire sauce!
- Worcestershire sauce
How to Cook a Pot Roast in a Dutch Oven
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Heat 1 Tbsp. olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat.
- Sear the chuck roast, rump roast, or English roast. 1-2 minutes on each side and remove from pan.
- Add onion and cook, stirring for 3 minutes.
- Add garlic and stir.
- Deglaze the pan* with the red wine and use a wooden spoon to gently scrape the bottom of the pan of browned bits to release the flavors.
- Add in the beef stock, carrots, thyme, rosemary, Worcestershire sauce, and salt and pepper, and give it a stir.
- Add the beef back in the Dutch oven, covering it with the liquid.
- Place in the oven and roast for 3 hours, or until beef is tender.
- Remove beef from the Dutch oven and let it sit for 10 minutes.
- Slice or pick the chuck roast apart with a fork. It will be fork-tender!
How to Deglaze a Pan
- Transfer the beef to a cutting board.
- Add liquid (wine, stock, or water) to a hot pot or baking dish.
- Scrape and stir the browned bits from the pan over a moderate-high heat to melt all cooking residues into the liquid.
- The juices will make the most amazing beef gravy!
How to Make Beef Gravy from Drippings
- Place the pot back on the stove and bring the liquid to a boil.
- Leave the pot uncovered to reduce the liquid and intensify the flavor.
- For a thicker gravy, take 1/2 a Tbsp. of cornstarch and mix it with 2 Tbsp. of beef stock in a small cup.
- Pour it back into the liquid.
- Simmer for approximately 5 minutes to thicken.
How Long to Cook a Pot Roast in the Oven
As a general rule of thumb, at 350°F, you’ll want to cook your pot roast for 1 hour per pound of meat. A 2.5 lb cut of beef will take 2.5 hours, and so on.
I tend to cook mine a little longer to yield a fork-tender beef pot roast. However, if you’re carving the roast to serve, it doesn’t need to be fall-apart tender.
TIP: If the beef isn’t as tender as you like, continue cooking until desired tenderness. I prefer to go for 3 hours for a 2 lb roast.
As a general rule, I go low and slow, so for this particular recipe, I cook the beef for 3 hours at 350°F until it became melt-in-your-mouth tender.
Tips for the Best Pot Roast in Oven
- If possible, use a heavy cast-iron Dutch oven with a lid. If you don’t have one, a good roasting pan will also work.
- Sear your meat first over high heat to start the browning process. This will seal in the juices and guarantee a juicy pot roast.
- Use a good beef stock and check the level of the liquid in the dutch oven roast every hour. Add 1/2 cup of water if it’s reduced too much and drying out.
- One-pot oven roast beef with potatoes and carrots is also a great easy meal solution. Just add carrots and potatoes to the Dutch oven and you can have a one-pot meal!
Side Dishes for Roast Beef Pot Roast
- Any and all Potatoes! Mashed potatoes or Creamy Mashed Potatoes are the best. You can even make Easy Mashed Potatoes in Instant Pot.
- If you’re looking to add some greens, our green beans almondine are the perfect addition!
- For special occasions, glazed carrots are also a perfect side dish. You can add a perfect sweet and salty combination with our brown sugar-glazed carrots.
- Of course, you can’t go wrong with garlic roasted carrots with parmesan.
- A fun twist on traditional side dishes is our Air Fryer Mushrooms.
Be sure to check out our suggestions for Best Side Dish Recipes for Roast Beef for more great ideas!
If you’re looking for Sunday dinner ideas, this Roast Beef is the recipe for you! It’s perfect for those chilly winter nights when you’re not sure what to make but need something hearty and comfortable!
Best Roast Beef Recipes for Dinner
- Beef Chuck Roast Recipe
- Instant Pot Pot Roast
- Slow Cooker Mississippi Pot Roast
- Slow Cooker Chuck Roast
Holiday or Christmas Roast Beef Recipes
- Boneless Prime Rib Roast
- Instant Pot Prime Rib
- Slow Roasted Prime Rib Recipe
- Standing Rib Roast Recipe
- Whole Beef Tenderloin
Don’t forget dessert! Our favorite dessert for Sunday Supper is this delicious Apple Crisp by Ina Garten. So easy to make and so perfect when served with a scoop of ice cream on top!
If Fall is in the air, Starbucks Pumpkin Bread is also a perfect dessert. This moist pumpkin bread will make for a memorable ending to your Sunday Supper.
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Dutch Oven Pot Roast
- 2 lbs chuck roast, rump roast, or English roast approximately 2-2.5 lbs
- 2 onions sliced
- 2 crushed garlic cloves or 2 teaspoons of minced garlic
- 2 carrots cut longways or 1 cup of baby carrots
- 3 cups beef stock
- 1 cup red wine
- 2 sprigs thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 sprig rosemary or 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large Dutch Oven over medium to high heat.
- Sear the chuck roast, rump roast, or English roast. meat 1-2 minutes each side and remove.
- Add the onion and cook, stirring for 3 minutes.
- Add the garlic and stir.
- Deglaze the pan – add in the red wine, and use a wooden spoon to gently scrape the bottom of the pan to release the flavors.
- Add in the beef stock, carrots, thyme, rosemary, Worcestershire sauce and salt and pepper and give it a stir.
- Add the beef back in, covering with some of the liquid.
- Place in the oven and roast for 3 hours, or until beef is tender.
- Remove beef from the Dutch Oven and let the roast beef rest for 10-15 minutes.
- Slice the beef until it is almost shredded
- Meanwhile, place the Dutch Oven back on the stove, and bring to the boil, uncovered to reduce the liquid. If you find it is not reducing, take 1/2 a tablespoon of cornstarch and mix it with 2 tablespoons of stock in a small cup. Pour it back into the liquid and it should thicken.
- Serve the beef on mashed potatoes, with the beef and a few spoonfuls of the reduced sauce.
This recipe was updated on September 29, 2019.