August 31, 2022| By

Oven Baked Chuck Roast

Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 3 hrs 30 mins
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This Oven Baked Chuck Roast recipe is my go to dish for an easy and comforting meal. Juicy fork tender beef that's braised in red wine with carrots, celery, onions, garlic, and fresh herbs for an all around delicious, classic dish.

Make this recipe for Sunday dinner, your holiday feasts, or just a cozy meal to enjoy with family!

If you love cozy meals, try this creamy dijon braised beef or this balsamic braised beef with pears!

oven baked chuck roast in a serving dish.

This dutch oven pot roast recipe is a dish that I make for Sunday dinner at least once or twice per month. I whip up some mashed potatoes and dinner rolls and some dessert and we literally feast.

It's a hearty one-pot meal that includes braising a beautifully seasoned and perfectly seared roast in onions, garlic, carrots, celery, fresh herbs, mushrooms, beef broth, red wine, and a little Worcestershire sauce.

Minimal effort is needed to make this easy recipe and the whole family will love it! It takes about 3 ½ hours to cook but luckily, only 20 minutes of that time is active cooking.

It may seem like a long period of time, but trust me, it'll go by so quickly and on top of that - you'll have a juicy pot roast on your plate that's delicious and so tender you can cut it with a spoon!

Best part? It tastes even better the next day when the juices have had time to sit and marinate. Save this dish for special occasions, Sunday dinner, or an easy meal prep dish that'll last you throughout the week.

What is a chuck roast?

The chuck roast is a cut of beef that comes from the shoulder region of the cow, cut just above the short rib. It's a tougher cut of meat but has a rich, beefy flavor and is perfect for roasting, slow cooking, braising, etc. The chuck roast has beautiful marbling which makes this cut ideal for cooking low and slow. Chuck roasts are also known as "chuck eye roasts", "pot roasts", or a "chuck roll" so keep this in mind when searching for this cut at the market.

Can't find chuck roast the grocery store? Opt for a top round or a bottom round (also known as a rump roast), which are both cut from the inside of the rear leg.

My motto? When in doubt, ask the butcher. They're always happy to help with finding the right cut of meat or suggesting an easy substitute.

What You'll Need

  • A 8 quart Dutch Oven, Roasting Pan, or a Large pot that's oven safe with a lid
  • Measuring Spoons and Measuring Cups
  • Tongs for flipping the roast while searing
  • Spatula
  • Cutting board to cut the veggies

Ingredient Notes

ingredients to make oven baked chuck roast - chuck roast, seasonings, onion, garlic, celery, carrots, fresh herbs, beef broth, red wine, Worcestershire sauce, and mushrooms.

To make this easy dinner recipe, you only need a few ingredients.

Chuck Roast: the chuck roast is the cow's shoulder. Chuck Roast is a touch cut of beef because it a highly used muscle. However, this works perfectly for this recipe because the meat is cooked low and slow which makes it nice and tender when cooked in this way. In classic pot roasts, this cut of meat is ideal (in my opinion).

Vegetables: I used a lot of veggies in this recipe. Not only to the veggies bring the flavor but they also provide a ton of nutrients! You'll need onions, garlic, carrots, celery, and mushrooms.

Seasonings and fresh herbs: I used onion powder, garlic powder, and smoked paprika to season the beef. For fresh herbs, I used bay leaves, rosemary, and thyme. I love using fresh herbs, it's an easy to give any dish great flavor.

Butter and Olive Oil: You combine butter and olive oil in the pan to prevent the butter from burning. If you don't have olive oil, an easy substitute is vegetable oil.

Substitutions

  • If you don't have beef stock, chicken broth works just fine!
  • Don't want to use red wine? No worries, just use additional beef stock in its place.
  • If you're all out of Worcestershire sauce, you can use balsamic vinegar instead.

Tips

  • Allow the boneless chuck roast to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes prior to searing.
  • If the size of the roast is too big for the pan, cut the roast into large chunks prior to searing. Be mindful of cooking time as this will cause the roast to cook a bit faster.
  • Be sure that there's enough liquid in the pan. The braising liquid should cover the meat on all sides.
  • I recommend using a dry red wine as opposed to a sweeter wine.

How to make Chuck Roast in the Oven

oven baked chuck roast in a serving dish with veggies and fresh herbs.

Step 1: Prepare the oven and season the meat

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Pat the chuck roast dry with a paper towel, then season with onion powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, kosher salt, and black pepper. (For optimal results, let the roast sit uncovered on a wire rack in the refrigerator overnight. This allows the seasonings to penetrate the meat for maximum flavor. This is not mandatory, you can absolutely make this immediately)

Step 2: Seat the meat and prepare the roasting juices

  • Add butter and olive oil to a large dutch oven over medium-high heat. Place the seasoned beef chuck roast into the dutch oven and sear on both sides, about 4 minutes each side.
  • Remove beef from the pan and set aside. Lower the temperature to medium low heat and add the sliced yellow onions. Saute for about 4 minutes, then add garlic, celery, and salt and pepper. Make sure to mix in the brown bits at the bottom of the pan, they're full of flavor! Continue to cook for another 5 minutes.

Step 3: Roast in the Oven

  • Add the beef roast back into the dutch oven and then add carrots, rosemary, thyme, beef broth, red wine, Worcestershire sauce, and salt and pepper.
chuck roast in a pan with braising liquid and veggies.
  • Cover dutch oven with a lid and bake in the preheated oven for 2 ½ hours. Then take the lid off and add the mushrooms and continue to cook uncovered for another hour, until meat is fork tender.
  • Remove the roast from the oven and allow it to rest on top of the stove for 10 minutes.
  • Slice or shred the tender chuck roast and serve with your favorite side dishes!
oven baked chuck roast on a plate with mashed potatoes and veggies.

What to eat with a Pot Roast

This oven-baked chuck roast recipe is a complete meal in and of itself but it also goes with so many dishes! I love making this dish with:

And once you're done with all of the comfort food, you'll need a dessert... my suggestion? Make my easy peach crumble as the perfect ending to a delicious meal.

Storing and Freezing

Once the dish cools completely to room temperature, store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Another great way to store this recipe is to freeze it. Place in a freezer safe container (that's airtight also) and freeze for up to 3 months.

When you're ready to re-heat your tender pot roast, let it thaw in the refrigerator. Then microwave it or heat in a pan over low heat.

Recipe FAQs

How long does chuck take to cook in the oven?

It depends on the size of the chuck steak. A 2 ½ pound cut will take about 3-3.5 hours to cook in the oven. Rule of thumb is about 45 minutes to an hour per pound at 350 degrees F. However, this recipe is cooked a bit slower at 325 degrees, so you'll need about 3 ½ hours. Roasting the meat at a lower temperature makes it a bit more tender for the perfect pot roast.

Do you cook a chuck roast covered or uncovered?

You want to cook a chuck roast covered in the oven, then remove the lid and allow the braising liquid to thicken. Doing this gives you delicious pan juices to pour on top of the meat once it's finished.

Can you make pot roast in a slow cooker?

Yes! Prepare this recipe as stated in the recipe card then place everything in the crock pot slow cooker instead of in pot. Cook on low for 6-8 hours for super tender beef.

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oven baked chuck roast in a serving dish.

Oven Baked Chuck Roast

This Oven Baked Chuck Roast is tender beef is braised in a red wine, carrots, celery, onions, fresh herbs, and garlic for a delicious meal.
Serving: 6
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 3 hrs 30 mins
Total Time: 4 hrs
Calories: 643kcal

Equipment

  • Oven safe 8 qt Dutch Oven or Roasting Pan with lid
  • Measuring Spoons and Measuring Cups
  • Tongs for flipping the roast while searing

Ingredients

  • 2.5 lbs Chuck Roast
  • 1 tbsp Onion Powder
  • 2 tsps Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 2 tbsps Butter
  • 3 tbsps Olive Oil
  • 2 Yellow Onions , sliced
  • 5 cloves Garlic , diced
  • 2 cups Celery , sliced into chunks
  • 2 cups Carrots , sliced into chunks
  • 2 sprigs Fresh Rosemary
  • 4 sprigs Fresh Thyme
  • 4 cups Beef Broth
  • 2 cups Dry Red Wine
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 cups Mushrooms
  • Salt and Pepper , to taste

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.Pat the chuck roast dry with a paper towel, then season with onion powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, kosher salt, and black pepper. (For optimal results, let the roast sit uncovered on a wire rack in the refrigerator overnight. This allows the seasonings to penetrate the meat for maximum flavor. This is not mandatory, you can absolutely make this immediately)
  • Add butter and olive oil to a large dutch oven over medium-high heat. Place the seasoned beef chuck roast into the dutch oven and sear on both sides, about 4 minutes each side.Remove beef from the pan and set aside.
  • Lower the temperature to medium low heat and add the sliced yellow onions. Saute for about 4 minutes, then add garlic, celery, and salt and pepper. Make sure to mix in the brown bits at the bottom of the pan, they're full of flavor! Continue to cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Add the beef roast back into the dutch oven and then add carrots, rosemary, thyme, beef broth, red wine, Worcestershire sauce, and salt and pepper. Cover dutch oven with a lid and bake in the preheated oven for 2 ½ hours. Then take the lid off and add the mushrooms and continue to cook uncovered for another hour, until meat is fork tender.
  • Remove the roast from the oven and allow it to rest on top of the stove for 10 minutes. Slice or shred the tender chuck roast and serve with your favorite side dishes!

Notes

Substitutions
  • If you don't have beef stock, chicken broth works just fine!
  • Don't want to use red wine? No worries, just use additional beef stock in its place.
  • If you're all out of Worcestershire sauce, you can use balsamic vinegar instead.
Tips
  • Allow the boneless chuck roast to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes prior to searing.
  • If the size of the roast is too big for the pan, cut the roast into large chunks prior to searing. Be mindful of cooking time as this will cause the roast to cook a bit faster.
  • Be sure that there's enough liquid in the pan. The braising liquid should cover the meat on all sides.
  • I recommend using a dry red wine as opposed to a sweeter wine.

Nutrition

Calories: 643kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 130mg | Sodium: 993mg | Potassium: 1637mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 3331IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 748mg | Iron: 25mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American

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  1. 5 stars
    I've had a chuck roast hanging out in the freezer for a while so now that the weather is cooling down, I had a craving for a good old pot roast. This is the best recipe I've tried to date. It was rich and flavorful and super delicious over mashed potatoes. Will be my go-to roast from now on!

  2. 5 stars
    This oven-baked chuck roast was the epitome of comfort food for the entire family. The aroma alone made me happy. Can't wait to make this again.