April 13, 2020

The Best Whole30 Dutch Oven Pot Roast (Slow Cooker Option)

This Dutch Oven Pot Roast recipe is classic comfort food at its very best. It’s made with simple real food ingredients that you likely have on hand, and always feeds a crowd or provides plenty of leftovers. This delicious recipe is also gluten-free, Whole30 compliant, and Paleo friendly. ⠀

The Best Dutch Oven Pot Roast

There is something so comforting about a hearty and delicious slow cooked pot roast that has been braising for hours. When it comes to a good pot roast, this one has it all. Perfectly cooked beef, tender root vegetables, herbs, and the most flavorful gravy.

If you have never made pot roast at home before, you might be surprised to know that it is incredibly easy to make. Essentially, all you need to do is sear the beef, add in the veggies, herbs, and aromatics, then allow it to slowly cook for a few hours until tender.

This classic pot roast recipe is made entirely in one dutch oven, which makes cleaning up a breeze. Don’t have a dutch oven? I’ve also included slow cooker instructions below, which is another great way to make this recipe.

Best Dutch Oven Pot Roast

The Key to Flavorful Beef in Dutch Oven Pot Roast

The key to the most flavorful pot roast is taking the extra step to sear the beef before letting it roast. Seasoning the chuck roast with salt and then searing helps to create a delicious crust that breaks down while the beef is roasting.

The salt crust on the beef helps to flavor the rest of the dish and gives you a perfectly seasoned pot roast. Whether you make your pot roast in the dutch oven or in the slow cooker, this is an essential step that you should not skip. It makes all of the difference.

Here are the easy steps to creating a delicious salt crust on your beef before roasting:

Step One: Pat your chuck roast dry with paper towels. This helps to remove any excess moisture so that you get the perfect crust. Next sprinkle at least half of a tablespoon of salt on one side of the roast.

Step Two: Heat your dutch oven or skillet over medium-high heat. The key to getting that crust is to make sure that your skillet or dutch oven is screaming hot.

Best Dutch Oven Pot Roast

Step Three: Once the dutch oven is hot, add in the oil. Because searing requires you to work at a higher temperature an oil with a high smoke point, like coconut or avocado oil, will work best for this.

Step Four: Place the chuck roast in the dutch oven, salted side down and let it cook for six to seven minutes or until a golden brown crust develops. While the salted side cooks, sprinkle the remaining salt on the other side of the beef before flipping and searing the other side.

Step Five: Once the beef has been seared on both sides, you can remove it from the dutch oven and prep the rest of the dish.

Let’s Talk About the Vegetables

Best Dutch Oven Pot Roast

Once you have the beef seared and ready, it’s time to think about the veggies in your pot roast. When it comes to vegetables you can keep it really classic with a simple combo of carrots, celery, and onion or add in more flavor with mushrooms and diced tomatoes.

Carrots: Cut them a bit larger and thicker so that they do not completely fall apart when cooking.

Celery: Adds so much flavor to this pot roast.

Mushrooms: Completely optional but always a great addition.

Tomatoes: Canned diced tomatoes add great flavor to this dish. One can is all you need.

Onion: You can’t have a good pot roast without onion.

Potatoes or No Potatoes?

You may have noticed that this recipe does not include potatoes in the list of veggies. We prefer to serve our pot roast over mashed potatoes so we leave them out of the dish and mash some on the side instead. The mashed potatoes help to soak up all of that delicious gravy from the pot roast.

If you prefer potatoes in your actual roast, feel free to cut up a few red potatoes or yukon golds and add them to the mix.

What Herbs and Aromatics Should I Use?

When it comes to herbs and aromatics you cannot go wrong with fresh cloves of garlic, thyme, rosemary, and of course dried bay leaves. All of these will give your roast a hearty dose of delicious flavor. If you do not have fresh herbs, feel free to use dried herbs instead!

Can I Make This Recipe in the Slow Cooker?

Yes! Making this recipe in the slow cooker is incredibly easy and a great way to use your slow cooker because it allows the meat to slowly cook until perfectly tender.

Here is what you need to do to make this in the slow cooker: 

  • After searing the meat and developing the crust on the chuck roast, transfer it to the slow cooker.

  • Deglaze the pan you used to cook the beef with balsamic vinegar and cook the onions and garlic like you normally would. Then, transfer them to the slow cooker.

  • Add all of the remaining ingredients to your slow cooker and then cook on high for 6-8 hours or until the beef is tender.

  • If you prefer, thicken your gravy with a little arrowroot starch and then eat!

Best Dutch Oven Pot Roast

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The Best Whole30 Dutch Oven Pot Roast (Slow Cooker Option)

  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3-4 hours
  • Total Time: 7 minute
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free
  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3-4 hours
  • Total Time: 7 minute
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free


  • 3 pound boneless beef chuck roast⠀
  • 1 tablespoons salt, divided (plus more to taste)⠀
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil ⠀
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced⠀
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar ⠀
  • 2/3 cup beef broth ⠀
  • 6 cloves of garlic, smashed⠀
  • 8 carrots, peeled and cut into large pieces⠀
  • 8 celery stalks, cut into large pieces⠀
  • 115oz can diced tomatoes⠀
  • 3 dried bay leaves⠀
  • 12 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme 
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper⠀
  • Optional: 6 oz mushrooms
  • Optional: 1-2 tablespoons arrowroot starch


  1. Preheat the oven to 330 degrees.

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  1. I didn’t know I was a pot roast person until this recipe. I’m not trying to be dramatic, but it’s life-changing. SO SO DELICIOUS.

  2. Can’t believe it’s taken me so long to make this. This recipe is so good. My husband isn’t a huge whole 30 fan and was skeptical when I added the balsamic vinegar but he came back for thirds. It’s full of flavor and I used dry herbs instead of fresh, so imagine how explosive the flavor will be with fresh herbs. Can’t wait to make this for friends and family.

  3. There are not enough good words to say how much I LOVE this recipe. I made it for my family for Christmas and it received more compliments than anything. I’ve made it several times and it’s perfect every, single time. Thanks for giving us the option to put it in the slow cooker, I hate to use my oven for so many hours at a time (is that weird?) 🙂

  4. This pot roast recipe is simple and easy but SO DECADENT and delicious! My whole family loved it and I’ll definitely be adding it to the rotation for family dinners.

    • YUM! Second time making this in a month for Sunday dinner. Simple to prepare and will make your home smell amazing for hours as it cooks. Love no-fuss meals on Sundays. Thanks, Ashlea!

  5. I cook for my family often, mostly family recipes or other creative meals. Well, the reviews are in and this pot roast was “the best thing” I ever made. Little do they know my secret weapon is ATHT. Thank you, Ashlea for helping me put good food on the table!

  6. I made this last night for dinner and LOVED every bite, I had to get seconds LOL! I would have never thought to put Balsamic Vinegar, the FLAVOR it brought to this dish. I can’t even explain it, it just really took it to a whole other level! So so dang good, this will always be my go to pot roast recipe

  7. I have made this recipe for my husband and he simply loved it. Now (per his request) I am going to prepare it for my mother-in-law for her birthday, but as I am working tomorrow, I can only make the main steps during my hour work break. I already cut up everything but I am not sure how I can keep the pot roast hot for longer. Like have it on 330degrees for 3-4 hours and then lower the temperature and keep it hot until she comes over? I have 6 hours so it would be for another 2 hours from the recipe what I need. Can you advise what lower temperature can I use to have the pot roast in the oven for 6 hours?

    Thank you in advance!

    • Hi, Sztella! So happy to hear that you and your husband love this recipe!! For your specific situation I would follow the slow cooker directions in the blog post. Prepping the roast in the slow cooker will help it to cook a bit slower, so it won’t dry out, and will keep it hot until you’re ready to eat. Hope that helps!

  8. I’m in my last week of my third Whole30 and I have made this twice in the last month. The first time I made it, my husband asked if we could make it the following week, so I did! The flavors are incredible and I’m honestly shocked at how delicious it is without the usual splash of wine. It also makes great leftovers. We added small yellow and red potatoes, whole, halved and quartered, and it was spectacular. I feel certain Ashlea’s suggestion to serve with mashed potatoes is equally delicious. Thanks Ashlea for sharing your work!

  9. Told my husband I was making a roast, he said “I will happily eat it but roast is just not my favorite.”
    Made it in the crockpot, omitted the celery but used the mushrooms, and my husband told me after the meal “I.loved.that. Hands down the best roast I’ve ever had!”
    The flavor is incredible, the ingredients are simple, and it was such minimal effort. This is going in the regular rotation! Ashlea, I can’t wait to make more of your recipes. Everything I’ve tried is 10/10 incredible.

  10. This recipe is absolutely delicious. I followed the instructions to a T (including yukon potatoes) and it came out abslutely perfect.

  11. I made this for dinner tonight, and it was delicious! I’ve tried a bunch of pot roast recipes in the past, but I’ve never had one with balsamic vinegar…it was so good and full of flavor! Thanks for the recipe!

  12. I think the balsamic vinegar is a game changer for all of my future pot roasts, it added such great flavor! Made this for dinner and topped it with some potatoes and crispy okra and it was phenomenal! Thanks for the easy and fantastic recipe.

  13. Just wanted to say that this is, hands-down, the best pot roast I have ever tasted. I made this in my slow cooker and followed your recipe exactly. Wow. This is CRAZY good. My husband and I have been raving about this all evening, and my 4-year-old daughter said this was her “favorite food of her life.” I have never used balsamic vinegar or tomatoes in a pot roast before, and these ingredients take this pot roast to the next level, along with the salt crust. This pot roast was perfectly seasoned and so tender. This is my new go-to pot roast recipe. Thank you!!

  14. This pot roast is so good and perfect for a cozy, rainy day at home. The recipe is easy to follow, and it turned out so flavorful! My boyfriend (who does NOT like pot roast) said this was so delicious and the best pot roast I have ever made! I opted to cook the potatoes with the meat instead of mashed potatoes (less dishes to clean) and they were perfectly tender. So so flavorful. Thank you, Ashlea!!

    • Wow! That’s such high praise, especially from your boyfriend who doesn’t like pot roast. I feel like this recipe is a guaranteed win if he said that! So glad y’all enjoyed the recipe. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review!!

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