Saturday, October 8, 2011

Easy Crock Pot Roast Beef Recipe

We are starting to experience hints of Autumn down here in Texas.  The cooler temperatures (I use the term cooler rather loosely:) and signs of pumpkins prompt me to pull out my Fall recipes many of which involve my crock pot.  Although I do utilize my slow cooker in the summer, it gets used the most during the cooler and busier months of the year.  I love returning from work or church to find that my dinner is prepped and my house smells divine.

This school year I am finding that it is more challenging to gather my whole family around the table for a weeknight supper, so we have made Sunday Dinners a priority.  I cook a big meal and serve it midday on Sunday and then we enjoy leftovers in the evening.  One of my favorite recipes for this is Easy Crock Pot Roast Beef.  It is a family favorite, especially when I serve it with Pioneer Woman's creamy mashed potatoes, a favorite green vegetable, and buttermilk biscuits.

I got this recipe from the Fly Lady who is the creator of a home organization website.  At first glance I was skeptical that I could create a delicious piece of meat out of a can of Coke and a packet of dry Lipton onion soup mix, but it only took one try for me to realize that this recipe is a keeper.  It is super easy and the unconventional combination of ingredients creates a moist and tender beef with a luscious and flavorful gravy. My children deemed this recipe "meaty sweety" and gladly come to the table when they smell it cooking.  Whether you try this recipe or not, I hope you have the opportunity to gather your family around your table this Fall and enjoy a Sunday meal together.

Easy Crock Pot Roast Beef Recipe with Gravy
     adapted from The Fly Lady

3-4 pound chuck roast
1 packet Lipton Onion Soup Mix
1 can Coke (not diet, not Pepsi, just regular Coke) room temperature
  1. Spray interior of crock pot with PAM.
  2. Place chuck roast in crock pot.
  3. Sprinkle dry onion soup mix onto beef and gently rub to coat.
  4. Pour coke over meat.
  5. Place lid on crock pot and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  6. Remove meat from crock pot.
  7. For Gravy:  Strain liquid from crock pot into a small sauce pan.  Shake 1/2 cup of flour with 2 cups cold water.  Bring liquid to a boil and slowly whisk in water/flour mixture. Over medium high, whisk gravy until thick.
  8. Serve meat with gravy, mashed potatoes, your favorite green vegetable, and buttermilk biscuits.


  1. Hi Heidi,
    Oh yum this will be a great roast with the best tasting gravy! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  2. Definitely trying this one. Wish I had that plate right now! :-)

  3. Why NOT diet coke? Does it cook differently somehow?

  4. Trying this on Tuesday. Hope everyone will like it.

  5. sounds interesting

  6. Ive used diet pepsi and it turned out great.

  7. If I wanted to roast potatoes with this when would I add them?

    1. I've never added potatoes to this recipe. I usually have mashed potatoes since this makes a nice gravy.

  8. I use a vanilla coke.... I love this recipe