This savory, easy recipe for Instant Pot pot roast is perfect for a big dinner for the whole family. With just a few simple ingredients and steps, your Instant Pot will make the perfect, inexpensive family meal that everyone will love!
Classic Pot Roast in a Fraction of the Time
Pot roast is one of the perfect recipes for an Instant Pot pressure cooker. Loaded with hearty chuck roast beef, fresh carrots, red potatoes and a gravy that is absolutely perfect, this is one of my favorite meals to make. And the whole thing is done in just over an hour. No need to do a ton of prep in the morning and then wait all day for the slow cooker, the Instant Pot will make fall-apart beef that is loaded with flavor in a fraction of the time!
Use Steak Seasoning
The seasoning blend I love for pot roast is Montreal steak seasoning. You can use any steak seasoning blend but the Montreal blend is my favorite by far. It’s available in almost any supermarket in the seasonings and spices section. Montreal steak seasoning is actually a simple blend of course salt, pepper, coriander, garlic powder, dill seed and a little cayenne. If you don’t have already made Montreal steak seasoning, see the recipe notes below to make your own.
Simple Ingredients and Simple Steps
The ingredient list for this pot roast recipe is as simple as it gets. Aside from the seasoning mix, all we need is the chuck roast, beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, red potatoes, onion and carrots. For the potatoes I use small-medium whole red potatoes. Everything will cook together so leaving the potatoes whole will cook them perfectly. Carrots are another standard ingredient for pot roast and I always like to find the largest carrots possible and cut them in to big chunks. Standard sized carrots will work fine too. You will want to cut standard sized carrots into chunks of about 3 inches each since they will cook with everything else and we don’t want them to get too mushy. The onion can be sliced in half first and then a few slices for each half.
No Browning Necessary
Let’s skip the browning. Here’s the thing, we will get a ton of flavor from the seasoning mix, the broth and the Worcestershire sauce. I’ve made this recipe with browning the meat first and without browning first. And honestly, it’s a messy step we don’t need at all. The meat is going to be fall apart tender, moist and full of flavor. You won’t miss the browning at all.
Cut the Meat into Chunks First
We’ll be cooking everything together so we don’t want a very extended cooking time. To achieve this, we’ll cut our chuck roast into fist-sized chunks. A chuck roast of about 2.5 lbs. – 3 lbs. is the common size and is perfect for this recipe. You can start by trimming away any excess fat, then cutting into 4-6 chunks. After you’ve cut the meat, rub the seasoning mix into all sides of the chunks. Do this step first and then set aside while you prepare the carrots and onions. Then we place 2 cups of beef broth into the Instant pot and mix in 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce. Set the chunks of meat right into the liquid. Then add the onions, potatoes and carrots all right on top. Secure the lid and pressure cook for 40 minutes. After the 40 minutes are up, let the pressure release for 15 minutes, then quick release the rest.
Make an Awesome Gravy!
At this point, everything is done and ready to serve. Use the juices in the pot to pour over everything as desired. It will be delicious as-is. But, if we want to make it into a thick gravy, make a cornstarch slurry by mixing about ¼ cup of cold water with 3 tablespoons of cornstarch. With everything except the liquid removed from the pot, press the saute button and slowly pour in the cornstarch slurry. Mix it in well and saute for just a few minutes to thicken. Press cancel when done and you’ve now got the most awesome gravy to pour over everything. And believe me, it’s truly awesome sauce!