Hugh Acheson's Slow-Cooker Pot Roast With Chickpea Salad

September 13, 2018

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes:

Reprinted from The Chef and the Slow Cooker. Copyright © 2017 by Fried Pie, LLC. Photographs copyright © 2017 by Andrew Thomas Lee. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC.

This is a perfect early fall meal, capturing the abundance of peppers and onions that the harvest has brought. Pot roast sometimes gets a bad rap for being dry, boring, and bland. I understand the hesitation with dishes that maybe you had bad versions of growing up, but this recipe shines a new light on a classic. Using chuck and cooking it slow-and-low allows it time to fully develop its flavor. Pair it with a fresh chickpea salad to brighten up the dish.


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Serves: 6 to 8
Prep time: 25 min
Cook time: 8 hrs


Pot Roast

  • 1 boneless beef chuck roast (about 3 pounds)
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 4 medium carrots, large-diced
  • 6 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 6 bay leaves
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 quart beef stock
  • 1 quart dry red wine
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds, toasted and ground
  • Charred Onion & Chickpea Salad, recipe follows

Charred Onion & Chickpea Salad

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 large red onion, halved lengthwise, root end of each half left intact
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped fresh cilantro (from about 1 bunch)
  • 4 red jalapeño peppers, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • Kosher salt
In This Recipe


Pot Roast

  1. Pat the chuck roast dry and season it all over with salt and the pepper.
  2. Place a large braising pan, such as a Dutch oven, over high heat and warm the canola oil in it until it shimmers. Add the chuck roast and sear it for about 5 minutes per side, until nicely browned. Transfer the roast to a plate to rest, and add the carrots and onion to the braising pan. Cook for 3 minutes on high heat, stirring, until the vegetables are starting to soften; then add the garlic, bay leaves, and thyme sprigs and cook for 1 minute more. Add the stock, red wine, and ground coriander and deglaze the pan, scraping up any browned bits. Cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and carefully pour the contents into a slow cooker. Add the chuck roast, cover with the lid, and cook on the low setting for 8 to 10 hours, until very tender. Season with additional salt, if desired.
  4. Transfer the roast to a platter, discard the bay and thyme, and serve the Charred Onion & Chickpea Salad alongside.

Charred Onion & Chickpea Salad

  1. Heat a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add the canola oil, and when it begins to shimmer, add the onion halves, cut-side down, and char for about 10 minutes—you want them to be well blackened. Remove the skillet from the heat and let the onion halves cool to room temperature; then slice each half into 1/4-inch-thick half-rings.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the chickpeas, cilantro, jalapeños, charred onion slices, lemon juice, olive oil, and cumin. Toss well and season with salt to taste.

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Reviews (5) Questions (0)

5 Reviews

Wendy N. September 23, 2018
Is there a way to do this without a slow cooker? Any advise?
Annika K. October 21, 2018
Absolutely. If you put the cover on your Dutch oven and cook in the oven on low heat (200-225F) it will braise. I would check it after a couple of hours to see how it's doing. Oven temperatures can vary a bit even if your oven is regularly calibrated, so I usually just pay closer attention than if it's in my slow cooker. Good luck!
Dave A. September 23, 2018
Hi—the roast portion of the method calls for adding an onion, but none is noted in the ingredients. What kind of onion and how much? Thanks!
Mary M. September 26, 2018
The version has an additional ingredient -- one large sweet onion, large diced.
Dave A. September 27, 2018
Thanks! Threw a diced onion in anyway—figured it couldn’t hurt :)