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Crock Pot pot roast with cream of mushroom soup in cooker

Crock Pot Pot Roast with Cream of Mushroom Soup

With just 3 ingredients, this may be the easiest recipe on the entire internet. But don't let that fool you... It is second to none in flavor!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Comfort Food
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 378kcal
Author Gary White


  • 5 lb chuck roast
  • 2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 yellow onions thick sliced
  • 21 oz cream of mushroom soup


  • Season chuck roast generously on all sides with salt and pepper.
  • Place roast in slow cooker and cover with sliced onions. Cook on high for 4 hours.
  • After 4 hours (and once the roast has released its juices), slide the onions into the juices. Then add two cans of cream of mushroom soup and mix with the juices. Do your best not to disturb the roast. Cook for another two hours on high.
  • Check for fall-apart fork tenderness. If necessary, cook for another hour or so. Then switch to warm setting.  It's pretty difficult (within reason) to overcook it.



Expert Tips

  1. Avoid the urge to add the soup at the beginning. I know that makes it easier, but a few things will happen if you do that. First, the roast won't develop any color - and with food, color equals flavor. Second, adding the soup first will literally just boil the roast - which is not what you want to do. 
  2. If you want to take it to a whole new level, sear the roast in a cast iron skillet until caramelized on both sides before placing in the slow cooker.


Can I use a different size roast? Any size roast will work with this method. My general rule-of-thumb is this... One hour for each pound, plus one more hour.
Is there a way to make this gluten-free? Yes, any gluten-free cream of mushroom soup should work just fine.
Can I make this in an Instant Pot? I wouldn't recommend using this soup in a pressure cooker, but here's a version written for Instant Pot that is tried and true.
Can I cook this on low? Yes. You can cook on low for 8 hours


Calories: 378kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 133mg | Sodium: 893mg | Potassium: 717mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 4mg