I’m not gonna lie here. I had this cooking all day long and when dinner time rolled around I made plates and everyone dug in… I forgot the whole setup for photos and get some shots for a post thing. Perhaps because this roast was distracting. You see when I was about ready to serve this slow cooker roast beef with potatoes and carrots I poked it with the lid and this huge roast broke in half as if I had cut it. There was no going back at that point we all cared more about eating it. I only remembered to snap some pics with my phone when I went back to get Jeremy some more. Next time I promise to try and remember to get some photos to replace these.
Why slow cooker roast beef with potatoes and carrots is the perfect cold day meal
I love slow cooker meals that allow the slow cooker to run all day long. This is because the heat while lower than would be produced by running the oven does help to heat the house safely. The added humidity from the liquid in the meal helps to fight the dry winter air now the heat is being kicked on in the morning to take the child out of the air.
Slow cooker roast beef with potatoes and carrots is a set it and forget it meal. While roast beef with potatoes and carrots is as classic as you can get using your slow cooker to make it happen is a great way to make this old-fashioned classic meal something you can set and walk away from. You can even start your roast before you leave for work and come home to a great hot meal.
It is an all-in-one meal. From protein to veggies roast beef, potatoes, and carrots cooked in a slow cooker all day is a great way to make the most of an easy meal on a busy weeknight. Simply start it in the morning and pick up some bread on your way home and you have a complete meal for the whole family.
How long do you slow cook a roast?
While many recipes will tell you to slow cook your roast for anywhere from 4 to 6 hours I have a secret for you. For the best roast possible slow cook on high for as long as possible. The best roast I ever made was slow cooked for 16 hours!
For this fall apart you have to dish it out with a spoon roast the cooking time was on high for 11.5 hours. I started the meat with some broth, freshly chopped onions, garlic, and my choice of herbs and spices before I got my husband up for work while I was up doing morning chores like prepping breakfast, moving the banana butter I had in the slow cooker overnight to jars for canning and working on my productivity plan for the day.
When it comes to how long to cook your slow cooker roast beef with potatoes and carrots the answer is always the longer the better.
How to make slow cooker roast beef with potatoes and carrots
Making your roast in the slow cooker is extremely easy. You can adjust this recipe to fit your tastes but I have to tell you that when it comes to a tasty roast more is always more.
What you need:
you will notice that I am not giving you exact amounts here. This is because at the end of the day we are a large family and we make a lot more food than a smaller family will need. Simply take the size of the roast you are making and how many people you are feeding and adjust how much meat and veggies should go into your slow cooker.
- Roast large enough to feed your family.
- 1-2 quarts beef broth.
- 1-2 medium yellow onions
- 1-2 pounds raw carrots
- 2-5 pounds potatoes
- 1/2 to 1 full bulb garlic
- 3+ tablespoons montrial steak seasoning (go heavy on this it is amazing)
- 3 tablespoons italian seasoning
- water as needed
How to start your slow cooker roast
When you are ready to start your roast you can toss it in thawed or frozen depending on if you remembered to pull it out overnight. Remember you are starting it early so it will thaw and cook from frozen just fine.
Place your roast in your slow cooker and add 1 to 2 quarts of beef broth. If this does not cover your roast all the way you can add water to top it off.
Add herbs and spices of your choice. I prefer the above Montreal steak seasoning and Italian seasoning.
Chop up one fresh onion and toss it into the broth.
Follow by separating and peeling your garlic. Once your garlic is peeled you can toss it right into the pot. Turn it on high and let it cook.
Adding the the potatoes and carrots
If you are leaving the home while this cooks toss the potatoes and carrots in and stir the roast before you leave. If you will be at home you can add these in 4 to 5 hours before serving and they will be perfectly cooked either way. I live to give my roast time to cook before I add the potatoes and carrots because of how long I let it cook.
What to do with leftover slow-cooker roast beef with potatoes and carrots
With the way things are going, it is vital that we do not let any food go to waste. The leftovers from making your slow cooker roast beef with potatoes and carrots can be used to make beef stew by thinking the broth, you can freeze or can the beef broth for soup, sipping, or making homemade gravy.
If you have a lot of beef leftover you can use it to make roast beef sandwiches or sliders.
Leftover potatoes and carrots if that is all that is left after the meal can be used as sides for the next day.