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Mom’s Roast Beef

This well-seasoned roast is Mom’s specialty. Everyone loves slices of the fork-tender roast beef and its savory gravy, and people always ask what her secret ingredients are. Now you have the delicious recipe for our favorite dish! —Linda Gaido, New Brighton, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 2-1/2 hours + standing
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 beef eye round roast (about 2-1/2 pounds)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon beef bouillon granules
  • 1 cup brewed coffee
  • 3/4 cup water
  • GRAVY:
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cold water


  • In a Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat; brown roast on all sides. Remove from pan. Mix garlic and seasonings; sprinkle over roast.
  • Add onion to same pan; cook and stir over medium heat until tender; stir in bouillon, coffee and 3/4 cup water. Add roast; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until meat is tender, about 2-1/2 hours.
  • Remove roast from pan, reserving cooking juices. Tent with foil; let stand 10 minutes before slicing.
  • Mix flour and cold water until smooth; stir into cooking juices. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook and stir until thickened, 1-2 minutes. Serve with roast.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 198 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 65mg cholesterol, 453mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 28g protein.

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  • oreo95
    Oct 31, 2020

    Made this yesterday. After browning meat, I placed it in Crock-pot over some carrots. Followed recipe with the seasonings, did sub low sodium beef broth for beef granules and water. Cooked on low for 5 hours, added cut up potatoes and cooked additional hour. Thickened broth with cornstarch and water. Meat was very flavorful and tender. Thanks Linda

  • HLSivertson
    Jan 12, 2020

    This roast turned out to be delicious. I have made eye of round before but it never turned out as good as this one. We loved it!!! I did use some red wine in the gravy. Yummy!!

  • Sherry
    Nov 14, 2019

    OMG! This roast beef recipe is absolutely delicious! I made it exactly by the recipe, except I didn't put the coffee in - at the last minute I realized it called for the cup of coffee and I didn't have any made. The beef was perfectly spiced, the gravy different and delicous, and the meat was incredibly tender. I served it with mashed potatoes and fresh asparagus and asked my husband to rate the recipe on a score of 1-10 - he gave it an 11. I used a 3 1/2 lb roast and I'll use this perfect recipe again and again. Next time I'll remember to try the coffee.

  • Lee
    Jul 8, 2019

    Really good roast! But I do prefer using chuck. If you don’t care for the coffee taste, marinate it first(at least an hour) in coffee, Worcestershire, tomato juice, garlic/onion powder, and a little beef broth. Also, sometimes I add a 1/4 bottle of Italian dressing. It breaks down the meat a bit and always cooks up really tender, and there is no coffee taste/bitterness! During marinating time, prepare vegs you want to use. The flavor is super yummy!

  • Suzanni
    Apr 4, 2019

    This is a delicious roast! It has so much flavor when made in the slow cooker. I make it just as written with one exception, I use corn starch instead or flour to make the gravy. I usually do not like chuck roast because of all the fat but I make it for my husband because he loves fatty meats however, he also loved this roast and he has never liked any roast other than chuck roast. He said I should make this a regular on the menu and I agreed!

  • annie
    Jun 21, 2018

    No thanks. The eye roast is too lean to cook like this, needs a chuck or bottom round as this is what I would call a pot roast, not roast beef. Did not like the coffee in it, made the gravy bitter. Would not make it again.

  • Jane
    Mar 8, 2018

    Because of all the positive reviews, I decided to make this last night for dinner. It is without a doubt the worst oast I have ever had! I have cooked many types of roast through my many years of cooking, and this eye round, followed as directed, was flavorless, slightly chewy and although my family said it was good, I thought it was something to bury. Sorry if I offend anyone but honest review.This is a more positive update. My d Michele was angry for my review. She loved the gravy and should have been given at least 4 stars. Actually, if the basil and rosemary were not a part of the flavor combo, I probably would have liked it better. Basil is not a brown gravy additive. Anyway, given a pot roast and no basil or rosemary, yes, definitely better. Oh, add 1 tbls. Tomato paste to the onion and garlic. Thanks for letting me re-review.

  • misscoffeepot
    Mar 3, 2018

    really easy and flavorful. I also added carrots, celery and potato the last hour.

  • rebelwithoutaclue
    Feb 10, 2018

    I also used a beef chuck roast with the fat trimmed some. Didn't change the ingredients and place all in a French Oven, covered in oven at 300 degrees for 3 hours. No need to dirty any knives as we cut it with a salad fork, I will make additional gravy next time. Wow what a great flavor. Key for me was to get a real dark chocolate color while browning. Braising always needs a dark sear imho.

  • Nanaoftwins
    Jan 29, 2018

    Very tender. I added a pound of carrots and a pound of cubed potatoes for the last 45 minutes. Substituted unsalted beef stock for the water and bullion and cornstarch to thicken