Slow Cooker Pot Roast Stew


Squash and quince enhance the flavor of tender pot roast in this healthy and hearty meal recipe.

Slow Cooker Pot Roast Stew
Photo: James Carriere
Prep Time:
40 mins
Cook Time:
6 hrs
Total Time:
6 hrs 40 mins


  • 2 large onions, cut into 1/2-inch wedges (2 cups)

  • 1 3-3.5 pound boneless beef chuck pot roast, cut into 1-inch cubes

  • ¾ cup dry red wine or lower-sodium beef broth

  • ¼ cup tomato paste

  • 3 tablespoon balsamic vinegar or cider

  • 2 3 inch cinnamon sticks

  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed

  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ - ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 1 2 pound butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces (about 4 1/2 cups)

  • 2 large quince or cooking apples, cored and cut into 1/2-inch wedges

  • 4 cup hot cooked couscous


  1. Place onions in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker. Place beef on top of onions. In a bowl combine wine, tomato paste, vinegar, cinnamon, rosemary, allspice, salt, and crushed red pepper; pour over beef.

  2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 6 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 hours. Adjust low-heat setting to high-heat setting. Stir in squash and quince. Cover and cook 1-1/2 to 2 hours more or until squash is tender. If using apples, add to cooker the last 1/2 hour of cooking. Remove and discard cinnamon. Serve pot roast with couscous and juices. Makes 8 servings.

Test Kitchen Tip:

If using apples instead of quince, choose a firm cooking apple such as Granny Smith, Fuji, or Gala.

Stove top instructions:

Set onions aside to add later. In a 4- to 5- quart Dutch oven, brown beef one third at a time, in 2 Tbsp. hot olive or cooking oil. Transfer beef to platter; drain fat and return beef to Dutch oven. Increase wine to 1-1/2 cups and vinegar to 1/3 cup. Stir wine, tomato paste, vinegar, cinnamon, rosemary, allspice, salt, and red pepper into meat. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 1-1/4 hours. Add onions, squash, and quince, if using. Return to boiling. Reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 30 minutes more or until quince and vegetables are tender. If using apples, add the last 10 minutes of cooking. Remove; discard cinnamon. Serve as above.

For Easy Cleanup:

Line your slow cooker with a disposable slow cooker liner. Add ingredients as directed in recipe. Once your dish is finished cooking, spoon the food out of your slow cooker and simply dispose of the liner. Do not lift or transport the disposable liner with food inside.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

418 Calories
8g Fat
36g Carbs
41g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 418
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 101mg 34%
Sodium 347mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 41g
Vitamin C 15.9mg 80%
Calcium 50.5mg 4%
Iron 5.4mg 30%
Potassium 1068mg 23%
Folate, total 48.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 4.5mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.6mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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