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Slow Cooker Smothered Roast

This fall-apart tender beef roast is first seared with herbs and spices, and then slow-cooked to perfection with a creamy gravy. Serve over a bed of mashed potatoes or rice!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, comfort food, Slow Cooker
Keyword beef roast, crock-pot recipe, slow cooker, smothered beef roast
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Rosie


  • 4.5 -5 lb beef chuck roast
  • 2 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large yellow onion sliced
  • 8-10 cloves garlic
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 envelope mushroom onion soup mix regular onion soup mix is okay
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp browning seasoning
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour


  • Season all surfaces of the roast with the garlic salt & black pepper, then set to the side.
  • Drizzle the vegetable oil into a large pan, then place the pan over medium heat.
  • Once the vegetable oil is nice and hot add in the roast followed by the rosemary, thyme, onions, and garlic.
  • Be sure to sear all sides of the roast.
  • Once the roast is nicely seared, place it into a 4-6 qt slow cooker. Also be sure to add in the herbs, onions, and garlic.
  • Now sprinkle in the onion soup mix, and pour in 3 cups chicken broth. Also add the browning seasoning at this time.
  • Turn the slow cooker on high and let cook for 6 hours.
  • During the last hour of cooking, add 2 tbsp of heavy cream, and 2 tbsp of all purpose flour.
  • Mix everything well, then place the lid back on the slow cooker.
  • Once the roast is done serve and enjoy with mashed potatoes, pasta, or rice.