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Melt-in-Your-Mouth Chuck Roast

My husband and I like chuck roast recipes, so this slow-cooked recipe is terrific. You'll also love how flavorful and tender this comforting beef chuck roast turns out. —Bette McCumber, Schenectady, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Italian stewed tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 large onion, halved and sliced
  • 1 medium green pepper, halved and sliced
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 1 boneless beef chuck roast (2 to 3 pounds)
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water


  • Mix first10 ingredients. Place onion, green pepper and celery in a 5-qt. slow cooker; place roast over top. Pour tomato mixture over roast. Cook, covered, on low until meat is tender, 5-6 hours.
  • Remove roast. Strain cooking juices, reserving vegetables. Transfer juices to a small saucepan; skim fat. Mix cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into cooking juices. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, 1-2 minutes. Serve roast and vegetables with gravy.
    Freeze option: Place sliced beef and vegetables in freezer containers; top with gravy. Cool and freeze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through slowly in a covered saucepan, stirring gently and adding a little broth or water if necessary.

Chuck Roast Tips

What kind of meat is chuck roast?

Chuck roast comes mainly from the shoulder section of the steer, as well as parts of the neck, ribs and the upper arm. It’s a large part of the animal and is typically an affordable cut of meat.

How do you tenderize chuck roast?

Braising is the best way to tenderize chuck roast because it breaks down the fat into tender, juicy pieces. Learn how to braise meat.

What else is chuck roast good for?

Chuck roast can be used in a variety of recipes, letting you feed the whole family without breaking the bank. Check out our collection of top-rated chuck roast recipes. (You've got to try these beef dip sammies!)
Nutrition Facts
4 ounces cooked beef with 1/3 cup gravy: 362 calories, 15g fat (6g saturated fat), 98mg cholesterol, 880mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 2g fiber), 31g protein.


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  • Renelle
    Oct 11, 2020

    I make this exactly as the recipe instructs, & it is delicious.

  • Timothy
    Oct 5, 2020

    Great flavor in meat and in gravy. I’ll make it again!

  • ShelleyMae
    Sep 20, 2020

    Very tasty! Seasoned the chuck roast and seared/ browned in cast iron pan. Added all gravy ingredients to pan; scraping browned bits into the gravy. Also added carrots with the celery, onion and green pepper

  • gregandlory
    Aug 23, 2020

    GREAT recipe. One of our favorites. Warning...It IS PEPPERY. We loved it, but if you do not LOVE pepper, cut that back a little. The sweet and tangy is delicious. The "gravy" is so yummy! I do prefer to make this in my insta pot instead of my pressure cooker. I am learning that it does a better job tendorizing meat. I insta pot for 60-75 min depending on the roast.

  • Anna
    Jul 10, 2020

    We didn't care for this at all. I made the recipe exactly as printed; even cooked it on High for the last hour, as the temp wasn't where I thought it should be. The sweet/hot combination is what drew me to the recipe since we usually like that combination, but this one just didn't blend well. I always find something redeemable in every recipe, but for the life of me, I can't figure out how to fix the leftovers. Sorry!

  • marinerpat
    Jul 3, 2020

    Delicious!! Will definitely make this again.

  • Dui
    Jul 1, 2020

    Half cup of ketchup and 3 spoons of brown sugar? Are we making desert?

  • Gail
    Jun 30, 2020

    No comment left

  • Mary
    Jun 30, 2020

    Chuck/pot roasts are by nature a sinewy muscle meat so if you find it chewy it means you have no cooked it long enough. All slow cookers, like all ovens are different so you have to adjust your cooking time accordingly. And people please...if you know you don’t like sweet, if you know you don’t like “tomatoey” or spice then don’t make the recipe and keep the negativity to yourselves. Great recipe as written. My family LOVED it!

  • Mamabump
    Jun 30, 2020

    haven't tried it because I cant eat tomatoes and red pepper flakes are too spicy for me. I want to make it but need to alter the recipe. Help