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Grandma’s Chuck Roast Recipe

My family calls this Grandma Roast because every time we drove the 3 hours to see my great grandma she always had this cooking for us. It’s a comforting and hearty dish that’s perfect for feeding a family.


  • 3 lbs chuck roast, cubed
  • 2 cans cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 packet dry onion soup mix
  • 4-6 tablespoons unsalted butter (optional) – adds extra tenderness and juiciness
  • 1 small onion, sliced into rings


  1. Prepare the Ingredients:
  • Slice the onion into rings and place them at the bottom of the slow cooker pot.
  • Cube the chuck roast if it’s not already cubed.
  1. Layer the Ingredients in the Slow Cooker:
  • Place the cubed chuck roast on top of the sliced onions.
  • Pour the cream of mushroom soup over the chuck roast, covering it evenly.
  • Sprinkle the dry onion soup mix over the top of the roast and soup.
  1. Optional: Add Butter for Extra Flavor:
  • If desired, dot the top of the roast with butter. This will add extra richness and flavor to the dish.
  1. Cooking Time:
  • Cook the roast in the slow cooker on low for 6-8 hours, depending on the size of the roast. The meat should be tender and easily shred with a fork when done.
  1. Serve:
  • Serve the Grandma Roast over mashed potatoes with a slice of crusty bread to soak up the gravy.

Enjoy this comforting and nostalgic dish that’s been passed down through generations in our family. It’s sure to become a favorite in your household too!


  • For extra flavor, you can sear the cubed chuck roast in a hot skillet before placing it in the slow cooker. This will add a rich, caramelized crust to the meat.
  • If you prefer a thicker gravy, you can mix in a slurry of cornstarch and water during the last hour of cooking to thicken the sauce.
  • Experiment with adding different herbs and spices to customize the flavor of the roast. Fresh thyme, rosemary, or garlic powder can add depth to the dish.
  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. The flavors will continue to develop over time, making it even more delicious the next day.
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Q: Can I use a different cut of meat for this recipe?
A: While chuck roast is traditional for this recipe, you can also use other cuts such as bottom round or brisket. Just keep in mind that different cuts may require adjustments in cooking time and may result in slightly different textures.

Q: Can I use homemade cream of mushroom soup instead of canned?
A: Yes, homemade cream of mushroom soup can be used if you prefer. Just make sure it’s a similar consistency to canned soup and adjust the seasoning accordingly.

Q: Can I cook this recipe on high heat instead of low?
A: Yes, you can cook the Grandma Roast on high heat for 3-4 hours instead of low heat for 6-8 hours. However, cooking on low heat will result in more tender and flavorful meat.

Q: Can I add vegetables to this dish?
A: Yes, you can add vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, or celery to the slow cooker along with the roast for a complete meal. Just make sure to cut them into large chunks and adjust the cooking time accordingly.