Mexican spices add to the flavor of this easy Crockpot pot roast recipe that comes out tender, moist and delicious every time.
Crockpot Pot Roast Recipe
This post is part of my year-long partnership with Reynolds and I’m telling you now…this slow cooker pot roast recipe could set the record for fastest and easiest clean-up of a dinner recipe ever.
My husband and I spent this past weekend with a group of our best friends to celebrate one of my bestest-friends-of-too-many-years birthdays. It was one of those milestone birthdays we all get a little apprehensive about, but once it finally arrives and then quickly drifts by, you wonder what all the hype—and hypertension—was about.
As we will do, we ate, we drank, we got merry, and we compared notes on all of the above.
My friends all love food just about as much as I do so there’s always lively conversation around it. As has become standard talk for me of late, I got out my soapbox and talked up my love for my Instant Pot, the slow cooker/pressure cooker/steamer and more 7-in-one cooker I’ve become a die hard fan of.
And because this Mexican Crockpot pot roast recipe was top of mind, it took center stage as my shining example of how easy it is to cook a delicious slow cooker recipe and skip all the clean-up.
The reason this Crockpot roast recipe is so easy with hardly any clean up is thanks to Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners. The liners fit any 3 to 6.5 quart slow cookers and come in handy when making a recipe that needs to be lifted out of the crockpot to serve (like cakes or egg dishes) or when cooking a recipe that could bake onto the sides of the crock (like this cheesy dip like this chili) or when you have a soupy broth to strain, like today’s pot roast recipe.
And they’re a great solution if you’re transferring a crock-pot dish in the car for a party, like my Lil’ Smokies, since you can keep the food in the slow cooker but tie the liner bag so you don’t have any spills before you get to your destination, then heat and serve with ease.
Reynolds liners are BPA-free and are made with a special heat resistant material that holds in the ingredients without puncturing or tearing so feel free to use for your heartiest meals too.
What’s in This Crockpot Pot Roast?
This Crockpot pot roast comes out super tender and moist thanks to its cut (beef chuck) and the slow-roasted veggies mixed in to complement the Mexican spiced broth this dish creates. I’ve made this easy crock pot roast three times now, and doubled it to make a big party batch one of the times. It’s very easily adaptable that way.
Don’t be mislead to think this recipe is spicy or overpowered with Mexican chile heat. In fact, you won’t find a chile in it, except for the ground chile powder mixed with ground cumin and a touch of smoked paprika that delivers all of that Mexican flavor.
Here’s everything that goes into this Crockpot pot roast:
- Boneless chuck beef roast
- Smoked paprika
- Olive oil
- Beef bouillon
How to Make Crockpot Pot Roast
Season the chuck roast, then brown it on all sides in a hot skillet. Line your slow cooker insert with a Reynolds Slow Cooker Liner, then add in all the ingredients.
After the meat is cooked, I shred the beef and mix the broth back into the meat for even more flavor. A sprinkling of cilantro adds to the Mexican theme and a few warm tortillas on the side take the place of traditional Sunday dinner rolls for wrapping.
I serve it with these super easy, buttery parsley potatoes (they’re seriously my go-to) and slice up the carrots cooked with the pot roast. You may be wondering what happened to the onions and celery that were with the carrots? I usually end up eating those straight from the pot. I’m so bad. But it’s so good.
And after that? The liner is tossed in the trash, the plates go into the dishwasher and we.are.done.
How Long to Cook a Roast in a Crockpot
I cook this Crockpot roast for 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low.
My Favorite Pot Roast Sides
Unsure what to serve with pot roast? Besides the buttery potatoes mentioned above, I have a few pot roast sides I cycle through. Here are a few of my favorites:
- The Best Creamy Coleslaw
- Skillet Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
- The Best Oven Roasted Crispy Potatoes
- Creamy Mashed Potatoes
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta
- Broccoli Salad
- Mashed Cauliflower with Parmesan and Chives
Can I Make This in an Instant Pot?
You can make this homemade pot roast using the slow cooker function on your Instant Pot. However, I haven’t tested this recipe using the pressure cooker function so I can’t speak to whether this recipe will work that way.
Tips for Making the Best Crockpot Roast
Don’t skip the step that asks you to brown the roast before adding it to the Crockpot. Browning the meat before slow cooking it adds lots of flavor without dirtying too many dishes.
You’ll know the pot roast is finished cooking when it’s tender enough to shred with two forks. You can also shred the Crockpot pot roast in a stand mixer, but I prefer using two forks.
If you have leftovers of this easy Crockpot roast, you can add it to soups or sandwiches, or freeze for later. If you freeze the pot roast, be sure to add some of the broth to the freezer container as well so the meat doesn’t dry out.
More Easy Crockpot Recipes to Make
- Slow Cooker Sriracha Meatballs
- Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
- Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken
- Slow Cooker Whole Chicken
- Slow Cooker Hatch Green Chili Verde
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Slow Cooker Mexican Pot Roast
- 1 2 ½ to 3- pound boneless chuck beef roast
- 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 ½ teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 onion , peeled and quartered
- 3 stalks celery , cut into 3-inch pieces
- 3 carrots , peeled and cut into 3-inch pieces
- 5 cloves garlic , peeled and smashed
- 1 cup water
- 2 teaspoons beef bouillon
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons chile powder
- Cilantro , for serving
- Pat the chuck roast dry with a paper towel. In a small bowl mix the kosher salt, black pepper and smoked paprika together. Sprinkle over both sides of the chuck roast and pat into the meat.
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and then add the roast. Cook on both sides until nicely browned, about 3-4 minutes per side.
- Line a slow cooker with a Reynolds Slow Cooker Liner according to the package directions. Add the onion, celery, carrots and garlic. Transfer the browned roast to the slow cooker. Whisk the water, beef bouillon, ground cumin and chile powder together and pour over the meat.
- Cook for 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low.
- Transfer the meat to a platter. Strain the broth into a jar or measuring cup and transfer the vegetables to a bowl.
- Shred the meat and mix with ½ cup or more of the broth, garnish with chopped cilantro if desired, and serve.
More Pork Dinner Recipes You’ll Love
- Stuffed Pork Chops
- Healthier Sweet and Sour Pork
- Slow Cooker Smoky Pulled Pork Tacos
- Garlic and Herb Pork Tenderloin
- Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs
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Wonderful flavor! Thanks! This is a keeper.
Hank you Deona, glad you enjoyed it!
I’m making this tomorrow for someone who can’t handle spice. So I’m gonna leave out the chile powder and sub in a tomato. Should I leave out the cumin as well?
Hi Kevin, the cumin doesn’t add heat, only flavor. So if you’re worried about the spiciness in that way, leaving cumin in would be fine.
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As much as I LUV eating the onions and celery I always add to roasts and big pots of chicken, I always leave a few and use my immersion blender to make the broth even better~yes, I’ve been known to drink it from a cup or bowl!!
The Mexican roast looks tasteful. I am an enthusiast to try this recipe for my family. Sooth to say, I actually love this slow cooker recipe. Thank your so much for this awesome food ideas.
When you say 2 teaspoons of beef boullion which form of beef boullion are you referring to? Powder, granules? I plan on making this tomorrow but I am going to use “Better Than Bouillon” instead so I am trying to figure out the conversion! Thanks!!!
Hi Susan, you could use 2 teaspoons of the Better than Bouillon for sure!
This is a delicious recipe, but I’ll admit I was a bit turned off by the beef bouillon, as I like to keep MSG out of our food at home. For those who share my concerns, I’m happy to report that replacing the water + bouillon with one cup of unsalted beef broth worked just fine & I intend to make this recipe over & over again!
This looks delicious! I need to find those liners too, aintnobodygottime for scrubbing the slow cooker!
Looking sooooooo delicious! Really you are great artist, you know the art of food.
Looks amazing! I love slow cooker recipes, this one’s getting bookmarked! thanks
Christine @ Yum and in Love
I just made and posted pot roast too! There must be something in the air in Utah ;) I like the Mexican take on this and those potatoes look heavenly! Thanks for sharing!
Thank you very much for sharing a great flavor with us Admins
Sara @ Last Night's Feast
OMG This looks so good!
Laura | Tutti Dolci
I’m all for letting the crockpot do the work (and yes to easy clean up!!).
Kim | a little lunch
To me, washing out a crock pot is a small price to pay for the convenience of having dinner at the ready (teasing me with its aromas on the countertop all day), but hey — I’ll give those liners a try! Thanks for your review and recipe.
Heat and plastic is a bad combination, don’t ingest it for convience.
Lauren @ Oh Hey! I Like That!
This looks delicious! I’m definitely going to make it this week!
I use those slow cooker liners ALL the time! Never a Crock-Pot to clean with those on hand. I always have a spare box because I don’t ever want to run out!
Yum! I am all about the slow cooker right now!
This sounds amazing! I know what I’m popping in my slow cooker tomorrow!
oh yum……this looks so good
But I’m confused. The pictures all show small red potatoes but the recipe doesn’t mention them.
Good eye Jude! I have that recipe coming up separately and served them on the side (didn’t cook them with the pot roast), so stay tuned!!
I confess, I haven’t even read the full post yet – I rushed to comment so I could say that I LOVE these liners. I only learned about them in the last year, and they are AMAZING. I made a big roast on the weekend for my family (all 11 of us), and I think my mother-in-law was willing to fight me for the remaining liners in the box. She’d never heard of them, nor had my sister-in-law. Seriously giving them as stocking stuffers for those two this year.
Okay. Back to the recipe ;)
Ha! That is so funny Jill and a great idea for any cook! They make clean up SO EASY!
This looks yummy, I will definitely try this recipe out this week. Thanks for sharing.