Slow Cooker Beef Roast with Apples, Carrots, Red Potatoes & Pearled Onions

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While I love beef roasts in the oven, especially for the holidays, I super-duper-love beef roasts made in the slow cooker for “everyday” meals, or for Sunday supper.

Comfort. Warm. Hearty. Flavorful.

And affordable too.

I may purchase a nicer cut of roast for a holiday feast, but for everyday meals a round roast will do just fine.  And my frugal cooking heart does a leap whenever I see beef roasts advertised for $2.49 per pound, or even $2.79 per pound.

A 1 to 1 1/2 pound roast is plenty for our family, but I usually buy one that is a little larger so that we will have some leftovers.

And don’t forget that you can save the broth that the roast makes in the slow cooker. (Details below.)

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I adore the flavor combination of the apples and pearled onions in this meal. ADORE!

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Slow Cooker Beef Roast with Apples, Carrots, Red Potatoes & Pearled Onions

Yield – 4 to 6 servings
Prep Time – 5 minutes
Cook Time – 8 to 10 hours in slow cooker


1 1/2 to 2 lb. beef roast
3 medium sized apples, peeled, cored and diced
1/2 lb. baby carrots or peeled carrots
8 small red potatoes
1 cup frozen pearled onions
Garlic and Onion seasoning
Salt and pepper



  • Place the beef roast in the base of a 5 quart or larger slow cooker. Add about 1/2 cup of water, that will help dilute the broth and steam the vegetables.
  • Place the diced apples, carrots, red potatoes and pearled onions around the roast and then sprinkle the garlic and onion seasoning and salt and pepper over the roast and vegetables.
  • Set the slow cooker on low and cook for 8 or 10 hours.
  • Once cooked, remove from slow cooker. Let cool slightly before slicing and serving.
  • Serve Slow Cooker Beef Roast with Apples, Carrots, Red Potatoes & Pearled Onions.
  • Save the broth in the slow cooker by straining it, letting it cool, skimming off any fat and then put into a freezer safe plastic container or baggie. Freeze to use in soups that call for beef broth.
  • Use leftovers on roast beef sandwich, shredded beef sandwich, or shredded into soup that calls for beef stew meat.
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21 Responses to Slow Cooker Beef Roast with Apples, Carrots, Red Potatoes & Pearled Onions

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  2. This sounds amazing! I’m loving your website. My sister pointed me your direction and I’m so glad she did.

  3. Joy says:

    I made this today for dinner and it was delicious. Never thought of using apples with a beef roast but it worked out really well. You’re right – pearl onions + apples = yums! Thank you so much for the recipe <3

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  5. Nat says:

    This is a favorite in our house now! I am only able to find the creamed pearl onions, but they work fantastic! Plus I am always able to freeze half for another day. The apples just melt right in.

  6. Lisa Rose says:

    Hi, Can you tell me what “pearled onions” are. I have never heard of them before, they sound yummy! Thank you

    • Erin says:

      Hi Lisa,

      Pearled or pearl onions can be usually found in the freezer section. They are tiny little onions that look like giant pearls…and have a wonderful and unique flavor!


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  8. Denise says:

    Not sure if you are still checking postings here, but this recipe looks great for Rosh Hashanah and I’m going to try it. I have 2 questions please: 1) what kind of apples should I use? Granny Smith, Red Delicious? 2) I have about 10 people coming over. What do you suggest I multiply the recipe by and am I ok still cooking it in the crockpot for the same amount of time if I make more quantity? Thank you!

  9. Christina K says:

    What is garlic and onion seasoning? Is it a seasoning packet like onion soup mix?

    • Erin says:

      Hey Christina,

      It was one of the McCormick’s Grilling Mates, I believe. Garlic powder/salt and onion powder would do the trick too! Just add some at the beginning, then season to taste once ready to serve.


  10. Debra Laudone says:

    When you say “beef roast” What cut of meat are you referring to? Will a chuck roast work with this recipe, or will it be too tough?

    • Erin says:


      I typically cook with chuck roasts, as those the cheapest cut. That’s the beauty of the slow cooker, that it doesn’t turn out tough. Plus the juices and moisture from all the other veggies/fruit in there, keep the environment inside the slow cooker nice and moist.


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  14. Tanya says:

    We are not big fans of onions what else could we use?

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