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Okay, so I have had a Whole30 Pot Roast on the blog for quite some time. It was really good, don’t get me wrong, but I’ve tweaked that recipe and HOLY YUM. It’s officially perfect. 

the best whole30 pot roast

With a few tweaks and touches, the old classic Whole30 pot roast just got even better. It’s still got a classic taste (nothing too crazy fancy) but the depth of flavor is so much deeper and just oh-so-lovely and perfect to cozy up to during the fall and winter seasons. It’s definitely a dish that the whole family will gobble up! 

the best whole30 pot roast

My favorite way of cooking this is low and slow in the oven all afternoon in a dutch oven. It just really makes the flavor absolutely perfect; however, you can certainly do this in your crockpot if that’s your preferred method of cooking or if you want to throw it in before work and come home to dinner ready-to-eat! 


the best whole30 pot roast
4.97 from 52 votes

Whole30 Pot Roast

Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 6 people


  • 3.5 lbs Boneless Beef Chuck Roast
  • 2 tsp kosher salt, or more to taste
  • 1 tsp freshly cracked black pepper, or more to taste
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot flour can sub tapioca flour or regular flour here
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 3 large carrots, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 4 stalks of celery, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 2 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves (from 5-6 sprigs, or sub 1/2 tsp dried thyme)
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1.5 lbs medium sized yellow potatoes, quartered


  • Preheat oven to 275 degrees F.
  • Using paper towels, pat dry meat. Season generously with kosher salt and pepper. Sprinkle and rub the arrowroot into the meat so that the roast is evenly coated.
  • Heat oil in a dutch oven over medium-high heat. When hot, brown the beef until golden-brown on all sides, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and add the onions, carrots, celery, garlic and cook, stirring, until the onions are tender, about 4 minutes.
  • Add the dijon, tomato paste, smoked paprika, bay leaves, and thyme and stir until well combined. Pour in the apple cider vinegar and cook, stirring, until the apple cider vinegar is well combined and reduced by half (leaving only a small amount of liquid in the pot).
  • Pour in 3/4 cup of the beef broth and stir until well combined and the contents come to a boil. Reduce heat to a very subtle simmer. Nestle the roast (and any of its juices) back into the center of the skillet and into the veggies. Add the potatoes all around the roast, and pour the remaining 1/4 beef broth around the roast.
  • Cover with a secure lid, transfer to the oven and roast until the beef is fall apart tender, about 4 hours for a 3-pound roast and about 5 hours for a 4 to 5-pound roast.
  • Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes prior to serving to allow the sauce to settle. Add more salt, if needed. Serve and enjoy!


Crockpot Method: You can also cook this in a crockpot. After browning your meat, place all ingredients in a crockpot and cook on low for 8 hours.


Calories: 623kcal, Carbohydrates: 23g, Protein: 54g, Fat: 35g, Saturated Fat: 14g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 19g, Trans Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 183mg, Sodium: 1185mg, Potassium: 1420mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 139IU, Vitamin C: 23mg, Calcium: 68mg, Iron: 7mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Servings: 6 people
Calories: 623

Photography by Eat Love Eats.

Welcome! I’m Alex.

I’m a food lover sharing healthy, simple, delicious, recipes from my kitchen to yours. Here you’ll find lots of Whole30, lots of healthy, and a little indulgence here and there because…it’s all about balance y’all!

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  1. 5 stars
    I have made this recipe about 6 times now. After the first time I made it, my husband said it was the best pot roast he ever had. It is now a Sunday dinner staple. Even my picky little girls will eat this pot roast. I’ve made this in the oven, as well as in the Instapot, which worked fine in a pinch. I prefer the oven so I can see where it is in the cooking process and it also makes the house smell wonderful.. just like Sunday should smell. 🙂 This will be my pot roast recipe from here on out. Thank you!!

  2. Hi! Cooking this for the first time tomorrow night and serving to guests. Two questions –
    How far in advance could I cook this before serving?
    Could I add mushrooms and omit potatoes without it changing the consistency of gravy? I’d like ti serve over mashed potatoes.

    Thank you!!

    1. Hi Sarah-
      You could omit the potatoes (and add mushrooms), it won’t change the consistency of the gravy.
      You could cook this before and just keep the oven at it’s lowest setting on warm until guests arrive. Like 175 or so.

  3. I bought flap steak for another one of your recipes and later couldn’t find a couple of the thai ingredients. Do you think it would be okay to use flap instead of chuck for this pot roast recipe?

    1. flap is much thinner and cooks a little differently than chuck. You could do it, but it would really shred rather than have chunkier pieces of roast.

  4. 5 stars
    This is my favorite recipe of all time. I crave this pot roast constantly. It is the definition of cozy in food form. I could NEVER become a vegetarian solely because of this pot roast.

  5. Any recommendations to do this in an insta pot? How long to cook it? It’s just too hot to have the oven on in the summer

    1. Hi Becca- you can cook it in an instant pot, it’s not my favorite method as the veggies get more mushy- but it does work! Be sure to brown the meat first in the skillet or using the saute function. Add all the other ingredients.
      Select the “Pressure Cook” or “Manual” function and cook on high pressure for 60 minutes. (As a general rule, when cooking beef roasts in a pressure cooker, assume 20 minutes of cook time for every pound of meat, more or less.)

  6. Making this today and a bit worried about the veggies cooking for 4+ hours. I usually add them in later. Do the potatoes get too mushy? Thank you!

  7. 5 stars
    This is one of my favorite recipes. The best roast! My 5 year old is requesting for dinner tonight. I was curious can use russet potatoes for this recipe? I have a bunch so didnt pick up golds but not I’m not sure how it’ll turn out. Any tips?

  8. 5 stars
    Made this tonight and it is so delicious! My pot roast always used to come out dry in the crockpot. I told my husband we were having pot roast tonight and he was not super excited lol. Then he tried it and absolutely loved it! Going to make it like this from now on!