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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
4.96 from 72 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. Hello! Please add the 5 stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟to my review that I just sent. Hit send too fast!

  2. Most tender AND flavorful pot roast that I have *** EVER *** had! Low & Slow is the way to go!

    Had some of the small tri-color potatoes and used those as well as 1 small cubed sweet potato. Also, added a bit of color by using rainbow carrots.

    This recipe is an A++! That gravy is beyond incredible! Many thanks for developing (and tweaking) this one!

  3. 5 stars
    Fantastic. I did a 4.5 pound chuck roast in Dutch oven for only about 4 hours and 30 minutes and it was perfect. Excellent recipe. Pairs with a Beaujolais for those not on Whole30.

  4. Wow wow wow! This is unbelievably tasty and I’d be happy to serve to friends and family any day. Such great flavors with simple ingredients. I am freezing a couple of portions and eating leftovers as meal prep. I’m so grateful for your recipes. Cannot wait for Dinner Tonight to be released.

  5. 5 stars
    Delicious!!! I don’t even really like red meat but I made this for a family event. Everyone, including myself loved it.

  6. I want to make this tomorrow but I’ve currently got stew meat I was hoping to use. Any suggestions for cooking time or tips for swapping out the meat? Thank you!

  7. 5 stars
    Absolutely the most delicious pot roast I’ve ever made!! The one pot Dutch oven made this so easy from start to finish. I left it in the oven for over 4 hours and it was still perfect. The meat literally fell apart with a spoon and the broth had a sweet flavor. We all loved it and will be making again really soon.