4 Bacon Strips, sliced into 1" pieces
4lb Beef Chuck Roast
2lb Yellow Potatoes, halved
1lb Baby Carrots
16oz Jar of Salsa (this is our favorite), reserve a little for garnish if you'd like
1 cup Chicken Stock or Water
1 T. Sea Salt
1 T. Black Pepper
You can use a crock pot or a dutch oven for this recipe; I used a dutch oven.
- Preheat oven to 325F.
- Heat your dutch oven over medium-high heat. Once heated, add bacon and cook until browned and rendered.
- Season the roast with salt and pepper. Add the roast to the heated dutch oven and brown, about 10 minutes. Turn the roast over and brown the other side, another 10 minutes. Remove the roast from the dutch oven and transfer to a plate. Add potatoes and carrots to the dutch oven and toss in fat, to coat. Return roast to the pot, setting it on top of the potatoes and carrots. Top the roast with salsa and stock (or water). Cover with a lid and transfer to the preheated oven.
- Cook the covered roast for 4.5 hours (cooking time will vary depending on the size of your roast and oven or crock pot temperature), until roast is fork tender and pulls apart easily.
- Using a slotted spoon, transfer roast, potatoes, and carrots* to a serving platter or plates. Garnish with the reserved salsa.
*Serve a small portion of potatoes and carrots (they both have a high glycemic index and can raise blood sugar) and a larger serving of beef and greens. You can also make this recipe using squash, in place of the potatoes and carrots.
I was shopping at Whole Foods the other day and found a special (they have weekly specials...buy this, get all this other stuff for "free") and decided to take advantage. Since I had never made a pot roast before, I thought this a good time to try. So here's what they were/are offering up:
Buy a Beef Chuck Roast (no, the meat is not grass-fed or finished, but it is organic) and get:
2lb Bag of Yellow or Red Potatoes
1lb Bag of Baby Carrots
1lb Green Beans w/Shitake Mushrooms and Pumpkin Seeds
Total: $19.56 (for the meat)
This was my first time making a beef pot roast; I am shocked at how easy it was to prepare and will definitely be making this again.