CRAZY Easy 3-ingredient Chuck Roast Recipe - Munchkin Time (2024)

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3-ingredient Chuck Roast Recipe –incredibly flavorful and so simple, even for beginners, to make using juicy cubes of beef and simple seasoning. It’s a dump-and-set recipe that is full of flavor with little effort!

Scour the internet all you want, you won’t find an easier, more deliciously tender pot roast recipe than this one right here! I used to think pot roasts were reserved for Sunday dinners, but this classic comfort food can be made any day of the week!

Serve with a simple pot roast sides like mashed potatoes and veggies or rice and a fresh cucumber salad.

This beef chuck roast oven recipe results in perfectly cooked melt in your mouth beef every time. It’s juicy, well-seasoned, and so simple!

“Big Thank You goes to Tanya M, for sharing this Crowd Pleasing Recipe!!!

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Ingredients Needed for Chuck Roast

  • Chuck Roast Beef: I used different cuts of the beef.
  • Montreal Steak Spice: This is a popular seasoning blend made by McCormick. Customize it to any seasonings you prefer.
  • Parsley: For garnish. It’s optional and flexible, so use whatever greens you like!

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How to Make Recipe for Beef Chuck Roast in the Oven

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350F and cut the chuck roast into 1-2” cubes. Sometimes you’ll find it pre-cut which is nice. Saves you a bit of time! If you’re cutting it yourself, depending on what cut you are using, you may want to trim away some of the extra fat.

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Step 2: Now, place the beef in a Dutch oven, season with a generous sprinkling of Montreal steak seasoning, and cover it.

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Step 3: Next, place it in the oven and bake for 2-3 hours until the beef is tender and falls apart when pulled with a fork.

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Step 4: Once your meat is done, remove it from the oven and let it rest for a few minutes. Serve with your choice of side and garnish it with some freshly chopped parsley.


How to Make Beef Chuck Roast Oven Recipe in a Crock Pot

Place cubes of meat into the crock pot and season it.

Cover and cook on high for 5-6 hours or 8-10 on low heat, until the meat is nice and tender.

Best Cuts of Beef for Pot Roast

The slow cooker does a great job of tenderizing the beef, no matter what. However, there are a few top choices you might want to consider. My favorite is the chuck roast because it basically falls apart when it’s done.

However, I have used round roast, rump roast, and brisket before, and each has its own unique results. You can’t go wrong with either one so my suggestion would be, to go with whatever’s on sale!

Seasoning Variations

Montreal steak spice is great because it’s a blend of seasonings that has so much flavor you don’t need anything else!

If you don’t have any and would like to find some alternatives consider using any of these:

  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Paprika
  • Mustard seeds
  • Dill
  • Salt & pepper

What to Serve with this Chuck Roast Recipe

Here are just a few of my favorite pot roasts sides. Some are classic and casual and some are great for serving a crowd a little something extra special!

My kids love a good heaping pile of mashed potatoes to soak up the juice from the beef! I always like to have a vegetable side and fresh green beans with bacon are always a hit.

When I have a little bit of extra time or desire to level up my sides I’ll aim for Mashed potatoes with macaroni, Cheesy scalloped potatoes, or asparagus and bacon wraps.

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Do I need to add liquid to this recipe?

You don’t! The beefy juices that are produced during the cooking process are enough to keep it moist without anything extra.

That’s not to say you can’t! If you do want a little bit extra liquid in there, maybe to make a gravy afterward, go right ahead. Try adding ½ cup of beef broth or water.

How long to cook chuck roast in the oven at 350?

I recommend 2-3 hours at 350 degrees, but you can always check at the 2-hour mark. Every oven is different depending on the model, so you might find even 2-2.5 hours is plenty.

Do I need to sear the beef first?

Actually, you don’t, but that’s not to say you can’t. Searing the beef first gives it a nice outer crust that locks in the moisture. It adds a ton of flavor but this already flavorful dish doesn’t need it if you don’t want to take that extra step.

Storing Suggestions

Keep any leftover chuck roast stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Use it in taco or burrito fillings, add it to a sauce for pasta, make a pot roast sandwich, or for a light lunch, serve it on top of some leafy greens.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to this versatile recipe!


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3 Ingredient Chuck Roast Recipe

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This Chuck Pot Roast will easily become YOUR favorite make ahead dinner recipe. It is a Crowd Pleasing, Man-Satisfying & Kid-Friendly Recipe!

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Prep Time 10 minutes mins

Cook Time 2 hours hrs

Total Time 2 hours hrs 10 minutes mins

Course Beef, Dinner, Dutch Oven

Cuisine American

Servings 8 servings

Calories 306 kcal



  • 3-4 pounds Chuck Roast Beef I used different cut of the beef
  • 2 tablespoons Montreal Steak by McCormick or season to taste
  • parsley chopped


  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Cut chuck roast into 1 to 2 inches cubes.

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  • Place the meat in the Dutch oven or a crock pot, season 1-2 tablespoons of Montreal Steak seasoning.

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  • Cover and bake for 2-3 hours or until tender (If using a crock pot, cook for 5-6 hours on high or 8-10 on low temperature). Garnish with the greens of your choice and serve with warm cooked rice, Mr. Yoshida's sauce and a fresh cucumber salad. Enjoy!

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Calories: 306kcalProtein: 33gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 117mgSodium: 138mgPotassium: 565mgVitamin A: 22IUCalcium: 29mgIron: 4mg

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How long does cubed chuck roast take to cook? ›

Preheat the oven to 350F. Cut chuck roast into 1 to 2 inches cubes. Place the meat in the Dutch oven or a crock pot, season 1-2 tablespoons of Montreal Steak seasoning. Cover and bake for 2-3 hours or until tender (If using a crock pot, cook for 5-6 hours on high or 8-10 on low temperature).

How long should a chuck roast? ›

With the oven at around 325 degrees, it's best to cook a roast for about one hour per pound. The above recipe is written for a 3-pound chuck roast and cooks for about three hours, or until fork tender. Use the one hour per pound rule as a guideline, then trust your senses when checking for doneness.

How to soften chuck roast quickly? ›

How to Tenderize a Tough Cut of Meat
  1. Pound it out. Pounding softens and tenderizes meat, making it easier to cut and eat. ...
  2. Use salt. ...
  3. Use an acidic marinade. ...
  4. Use kiwi, papaya, or pineapple. ...
  5. Score it. ...
  6. Slow cook it.
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Is chuck roast better in crockpot or oven? ›

It's delicious both ways. If you want to give your crock-pot a whirl, here's a slow cooker pot roast recipe for you. But pot roast is plenty easy to make in the oven! You do all the browning and roasting all in the same pot and it requires less time than in a slow cooker roast.

How many minutes per pound for chuck roast? ›

How Long to Cook Chuck Roast in Oven Per Pound. The rule of thumb is one hour per pound for a pot roast. However, this assumes a middle-of-the-road oven temperature of 300°F (150°C). If you want to simmer at a low temp like 225°F (105°C), then add up to an hour more to the total above.

How long to cook a 3lbs roast at 350? ›

Beef Roasting Guide
Type of roastOven temperatureCooking time
Top sirloin roast Half350°F17-20 mins / lb
Stuffed roast Lamb, pork, beef, veal350°F20-25 mins / lb
Rack of lamb425°F25 mins
Veal roast (boneless)350°F20 mins / lb
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Is it better to cook a roast at 325 or 350? ›

When roasting meat and poultry, set the oven temperature to 325°F (163°C) or higher. Explore the charts below to learn how to get great results every time you cook.

How long does it take for chuck roast to get tender? ›

Cover tightly with foil and roast for 30 minutes at 425 degrees F. Turn roast over, re-cover with foil and TURN OVEN DOWN to 300 degrees F. Continue to roast for an additional 4-5 hours at 300 degrees F. Roast is ready when it is fall apart tender.

Why is my chuck roast still tough after 6 hours? ›

You may need to extend the cooking time to achieve the desired tenderness [1]. Low Crock Pot Temperature: The temperature of your crock pot may have been too low. A low temperature can result in the meat taking longer to become tender.

Which cooking method is best for a chuck roast? ›

How do you tenderize chuck roast? Braising is the best way to tenderize chuck roast because it breaks down the fat into tender, juicy pieces. Learn more about how to braise meat.

What is the secret ingredient to tenderize meat? ›

Whether hosting a holiday cookout, serving up some stir-fry or tackling game meats, baking soda is the go-to meat tenderizer to help make your steak, chicken or turkey silkier, juicier and yummier.

Why is my chuck roast always tough? ›

With lots of connective tissue (also known as collagen), these cuts can be tough if undercooked or hurried along in the cooking process. However, with slow-cooker pot roast, pressure cooker pot roast, or low-and-slow braised pot roast, the collagen breaks up for tender, succulent meat.

Why is my chuck roast still tough Crockpot? ›

Add Just Enough Liquid

If you want the dish to be saucy, or you're making a beef stew, add enough liquid to come about 1/3 of the way up on the meats in the slow cooker. This allows your meat to braise, not boil. Boiling creates tough meat!

Should I sear chuck roast before slow cooking? ›

You heat olive oil in a skillet or Dutch oven on the stove, then sear the roast for about one minute per side before transferring it to the slow cooker. Not every slow-cooker pot roast recipe requires you to sear the meat before cooking, but doing so can add even more flavor to your final dish!

Does a chuck roast get more tender the longer it cooks? ›

Don't be in a rush: For the best results, chuck roast should be roasted on low heat (we recommend 300-325 degrees). Yes, this takes longer than it would if you cooked it on, say, 450 degrees, but it also yields a more tender texture and prevents the meat from drying out. Trust us, it's worth it.

Is 3 hours enough for slow cooking beef chuck? ›

You can add beef to the slow cooker without browning. Searing it in a hot pan to create a caramelised crust is not necessary but can make a richer flavour. Simply add the meat to your slow cooker with aromatics, stock and sauces and cook either on High for 4-5 hours or on Low for 5-8 hours.

Can you cube chuck roast? ›

Basically, you're cutting up a piece of meat such as beef chuck into pieces that are the same size on each side. Meat that's properly cut into cubes cooks evenly (and looks good on your plate). Use this same method to cut pork shoulder or lamb shoulder into cubes for stew.


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