It’s your turn to make Sunday Supper and you’re all set to spend the afternoon making an aromatic and delicious pot roast. But what exactly is a pot roast?

A chuck roast is any cut of meat that comes from the chuck, or the shoulder part of the steer. A pot roast isn’t a specific cut of meat—it’s just a method of preparing a cut of meat by slowly braising it with liquid (like stock or wine) until it’s juicy and tender. Pot roast can be made with many cuts of meat, and there are many other nicknames for pot roast, including arm roast and clod roast (check out this great roast roster from Epicurious for a full explanation).

Pot roasts (made from a chuck cut!) are easy to cook in a single pot, and can take any amount of time from an hour to almost an entire afternoon. You can use a slow cooker, an instant pot, a Dutch oven—they’re very easy to adapt for a large crowd and range in weight from two to around five pounds. Chuck roasts are also referred to as chuck eye roasts, chuck pot roasts, and chuck roll roasts. Since you’re always braising a pot roast, the meat will be tender and rich in flavor.

Check out these seven recipes for pot roast (many of which call for a chuck roast!) here and you’ll be on your way to a delicious dinner in no time.

Garlicky Pot Roast

Make sure that you read this recipe right: It says eight heads of garlic, not cloves. This seriously garlicky pot roast starts off with roasting whole heads of garlic and makes enough to stock up and save for upcoming dinners. Get our Garlicky Pot Roast recipe.

Easy Beef Stew


A great winter stew that freezes well, this recipe calls for a three-pound boneless chuck roast. You can substitute any winter root vegetables for the carrots and Yukon Gold potatoes to change it up and be sure to freeze any leftovers. Get our Easy Beef Stew recipe. 

Swedish Pot Roast

Hummingbird Thyme

This comforting dish is made with a fou- pound chuck roast and seasoned with ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, garlic, brown sugar, vinegar, and salt. You can use a pressure cooker or a Dutch oven, depending on what’s most convenient and how much time you have. Get the recipe

Cajun Pot Roast with Tomato Gravy

Life’s Ambrosia

Creole seasoning gives this tender chuck roast recipe a Cajun twist. The tomato gravy is an excellent accompaniment to mashed potatoes or some creamy polenta. Get the recipe

Instant Pot Pot Roast

Civilized Caveman Cooking

This two-ingredient recipe is hardly a recipe at all—simply add the chuck roast (cubed) with a full jar of marinara sauce to your instant pot and you’re set. Get the recipe

Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Easy Gravy

Pale OMG

A number of vegetables make this a balanced meal—you can easily add in a batch of cauliflower puree as well make to make the gravy a bit thicker.  Get the recipe.

Vegetarian Pot Roast

Gimme Some Oven

If you’re trying to create the flavors of a traditional pot roast for a vegetarian crowd, this recipe made with Yukon gold potatoes and baby bella mushrooms is the perfect match served over egg noodles. Get the recipe

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