Beef, Main Dish, Recipes, Slow Cooker

Melt in Your Mouth Slow Cooker Pot Roast Recipe

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This is probably the most moist Pot Roast recipe we have.  The mixture of the various sauces turn this into a mouth watering feast with all the simplicity of a crock pot meal.

3-4 pound roast
12 oz Coca Cola
3/4 C dark brown sugar
3/4 C Heinz chili sauce
3/4 C ketchup
3/4 pkg. dry onion soup mix
4-5 new red potatoes
1.5-2 C baby carrots

Combine all ingredients in the crock pot.  Cook on low for 8-10 hours.

This melt-in-your-mouth recipe will be come a family favorite, like it has for us!
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    • Amy Brown says

      Use a Chuck roast. If you go for the cheapest cut (like a bottom roast) it will always be more tough. Chuck roasts are ideal for pot roasts. Or pork- which is also a bit more forgiving than beef.

    • says

      No water. Just mix the above ingredients and add it to your roast. If your roast is 3 to 4 pounds, cook it on low all day and it should be moist. If it is a smaller roast, it won’t take as long to cook. Crockpots are wonderful. You’ll be hooked after you see how fun and easy they are too use! :)

    • cake lady says

      says to cook on low for entire time look at the reciepe, no water you are using 12oz coke a cola

  1. Jen Thompson says

    Have this in the crockpot now, can’t wait to try it! I do want to advise against baby carrots, though. They are soaked in a chlorine solution (a known carcinogen) as a preservative, this is why they turn white as they age. Use frozen or take an extra 2 minutes to cut some up.

  2. Ashley Wardlaw says

    I made this over the weekend and WOW, delicious!!! My husband was a little skeptical at first when he saw the ingredients, but when he tasted it, 2 days later, he is still talking about how good it is!! Thank you for a great and easy recipe!!

  3. muffins&mocha says

    This was seriously delicious! I made this a few nights ago and my husband has said it’s one of the best things I’ve ever made! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I LOVE your recipes. I tried the sloppy joe one not too long ago and that was amazing too. I posted recipe link on my blog here: linked it back to you! I did try to pin this to my pinterest board but it said “image too small.” No image was showing in the little pinterest box. Wondering if anyone else having trouble?

    • dearcat says

      Hi Imogene.
      To copy: Go to Edit, Highlight the article, then get out of the article and go to the send page. Put you email address. Then drop down to where you would normally type your message. No hit paste and voila You have your recipe.
      Hopefully this helps. In the subject space type the name of the recipe, then print.

      as ever,


  4. Christine says

    You can put a bowl under a sieve and dump the onion soup mix in the sieve. Shake, and gently press the mix through it. This way you get the wonderful flavor from the mix, but not the onions. I do this when having my brother and his family for a meal, because they don’t like onions. I hope you enjoy.

    • Cyd says

      When you read the directions in the recipe it says it cooks for 8 to 10 hours on low heat in the slow cooker. May not need a full 10 hours.

  5. Diana Hrechdakian says

    I’m not a cook, so I always need explicit directions. For example: this recipe does not show the size of the crock pot or how many people it will serve. Am I the only one that doesn’t know this? Is there another way to know what size crock pot to use?

    • Cyd says

      We ususally use a 6 quart crock pot. For the servings just click on the MAGIC button under the picture and then click NUTRITION. It will give you all the servings and nutritional info on the recipe. You could get a few more servings if you were closer to a 4 pound pot roast. Hope this helps.

  6. cheryl says

    Cathy, that is my question also. I would assume before cooking but that’s just a guess. I am going to try it. I don’t see any ingredients that can not be frozen.

  7. Lois says

    Okay…dumb question ,,,do you do the ingredients in order so potatoes and carrots on top??? while cooking … or under roast? Thanks

  8. Jessica says

    If using this as a freezer meal, do you freeze the potatoes whole or do you cut them up when adding them to the freezer bag?

    Thanks :)

    • Cyd says

      We haven’t made this as a freezer meal. I would probably cut them up first. You do run the risk of having the potatoes discolor just a little bit. But they still taste amazing.

  9. LJ says

    This recipe is listed in your 50 freezer meal list. I have a question about freezing it since I am making it for a friend. Should I add everything, even the coke in the bag before I freeze it, or mix everything except the coke? I was not sure how the it would be with all the liquid. I want to make this as easy as possible for her. Thanks for your help!

    • Cyd says

      It will work either way. If it’s easier for her to have it all in the freezer bag and then just dump it in the slow cooker that will be fine. Or you could give her the coke and she could pour it in when putting everything else in the slow cooker. Thanks for stopping by our blog and good luck making dinner for your friend.

  10. Heather says

    I’ve made this several times now for different groups and it’s been a hit every time. I usually halve the ketchup with garlic diced tomatoes and add a little more brown sugar and a quarter cup of vinegar. I never have left over.

  11. Michelle says

    I am surprised that no one else said this is very very sweet! Did that not bother anyone else? I made two of these in freezer bags and I am making the second one today to bring to a friend with a hurt back. I am trying to think of ideas to add to it to make it less sweet. Let me know if anyone has any advice!? Thanks!

    • Cyd says

      You could cook it on high but not exactly sure how long it will take until it’s cooked through. Slow and long makes for a juicy and tender roast.

  12. bonnie says

    I enjoy, very much reading your question/comment section. Is the coke/pepsi ingd.. make this roast tender. I have had trouble on other occasions with tough beef roasts.

    • Cyd says

      The key to cooking a good moist roast is low and slow! (low temp and a long time at the low temp). A chuck roast is not that great for the oven, but in a slow cooker it will be so moist. The coke acts as a tenderizer and gives it a yummy sweet taste, but it won’t taste like the soda pop. Hope this helps. You can also talk to your butcher at the grocery store. They are always full on great information!

    • Cyd says

      You could thicken up the remaining liquid with a little flour/water mixture, stirring constantly over medium heat in a saucepan.

  13. sandy says

    Hi.I cooked your pot roast just like u said but i ran into a small problem.i have 3 people in my house that are diabetics the roast came out way to sweet,do u have any more roast recipes that can be cooked different yet not tough?

    • Cyd says

      Hi Sandy, just go to and type in roast in the search bar. All of our roast recipes will come up and you can scroll through them. Hopefully you can find a few that will work for diabetics.

  14. Betti says

    I’m surprised no one has asked this, but can you use diet coke? That’s what I always have on hand as we don’t drink sugary coke.

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