Old-Fashioned Beef Pot Roast


Old-Fashioned Beef Pot Roast

Old Fashioned Beef Pot Roast
1 Hr 40 Min

There are so many different ways to make a pot roast these days, but when you're craving something simple, nothing beats our Old-Fashioned Beef Pot Roast. This pot roast is made with just 6 ingredients. It's a great recipe for anyone making a beef pot roast for the first time or anyone looking for a basic beef pot roast to make their own.

What You'll Need

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (3- to 4-pound) beef bottom round roast, trimmed
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 cups water

What to Do

  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, and pepper; mix well. Rinse beef and place in flour mixture while still wet, coating completely.
  2. In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat until hot but not smoking. Add coated beef and cook 5 to 6 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Add water and bring to a boil.
  3. Cover and cook 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 hours, or until beef is tender and sauce thickens.


If the cover to your pot has a vent, then allow it to vent; otherwise, use a toothpick to keep the cover slightly ajar, allowing a little steam to escape during the cooking.

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This pot roast looks really, good and I may have to try it sometime in the future. The only problem is, I'll be eating by myself because my family doesn't like it, which is crazy because everyone likes pot roast. Also, my family doesn't like carrots,(I do, of course) which usually goes hand and hand with pot roast. My kids are so picky, and they get it from their dad, for sure.

Do like I was raised and still do.Eat or not !!Breakfast is at 730am!!

It's edible. I am not a good cook so I saw how easy this looked. After 2 hours of it boiling it was sort of tender so I cut up the big chunk and boiled it more to get it even more tender. The gravy never did thicken. I won't be keeping this recipe.

I haven't made these yet, but I can't wait to try all! I am very excited about this website! Thank you!

I forgot to add that I use Beef broth too. instead of just water!

I usually add a tablespoon of Apple cider vinegar and it tenderizes it beautifully! I also add Potatoes, Onions, and carrots. all in one pot! makes it so easy. dont add the potatoes until closer to the end of cooking time.

I would definitely agree with the other comments, I would never add just water to any roast, & yes, I would brown it first, adding a large vidalia onion while I'm browning the roast, I would also add carrots, potatoes & garlic, while it's cooking in the oven, if I had time I would make some Yorkshire pudding to finish off the meal. Yum, Yum.

I agree with dlita13, I would suggest using beef boullion instead of just plain water, onions, celery and carrots are a must, of course at least 2 small garlic cloves, 1 bay leaf, some parsley and I always put in a small pinch of crushed red pepper to give the dish a little heat. You can't tase it in the finished pot roast, but it sure does give it a nice little kick. When my roast is completely finished, I swirl a 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard before I make the gravy. Sounds like a lot of spices, but small amounts make a good roast dynamite.

That sounds good but it is a completely different recipe. The one posted is supposed to be easy and fast to get into the pan and still taste good.

I think if you do this you will have a very nicely bland piece of boiled meat! At least you've recommended browning it on all sides - but how about some onion and garlic and any other seasoning that brings out some flavor - and then some taters and carrots and more onion put in early enough to cook and get some color on them? This recipe all by itself sounds pretty juvenile.


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