There is not much that beats the melt-in-your-mouth texture of a well cooked beef roast bursting with savory juices and infused with garlic. We are not talking prime rib or pricey tenderloin, this recipe lets the humble chuck roast take the stage as the unsung hero in this instant pot chuck roast recipe. While fancy cuts easily steal the spotlight, this chuck roast simmers in the shadows as your budget-friendly best friend in this instant pot pot roast recipe.
Why Chuck Roast Works:
- Affordability Champion: Chuck roast is the Robin Hood of the beef world, offering incredible flavor without the hefty price tag, in this juicy beef pot roast dish.
- Flavor Powerhouse: Don't let its humble origins fool you. Chuck roast boasts a rich marbling. This marbling translates to melt-in-your-mouth tender meat with layers of complex flavor.
- The Instant Pot's Ally: Pressure cooking becomes the chuck roast's secret weapon. The steam and pressure work their magic, breaking down tough connective tissues and transforming them into a wonder of juiciness in a fraction of the time of any pot roast classic recipes.
- Crockpot Slow Cook Wonder: No pressure cooker? No worries, we offer instructions to make this flavorful pot roast in the crockpot.
Beyond the Plate: A Mindful Choice
In The Whole Revolution kitchen we are mindful to choose a pasture-raised, humanely treated chuck roast. This isn't just about taste, it's about making a statement. It's a vote for animal welfare, for responsible land management, and for a sustainable food system. It's about reclaiming the reverence for food, supporting local regenerative faming, and saying no to the industrial meat complex.
A Roast for Any Occasion
Remember when meat was a special treat, a centerpiece for celebrations? Let's bring that back, not through exorbitant prices, but through mindful appreciation. As we take a more climtarian approach in our kitchen, we are saying no to weekly meals of beef, and saying yes to only serving beef on special occasions, always cooking with beef that has been humanely raised using regenerative feeding and farming practices. purchasing the highest quality beef.
Delicious Rebellion of Humble Ingredients
This chuck roast, seasoned with garlic and pressure cooked to perfection, becomes a symbol of that mindful enjoyment. It's a delicious rebellion, a reminder that true satisfaction lies in appreciating the humble ingredients and honoring the journey from pasture to plate. In The Whole Revolution kitchen you won't find many beef recipes, but the few that we post have been created with a mindful effort to honor the cow and ensure our personal values coincide with those of the farmer.
Ready to Join the Chuck Roast Revolution?
This recipe is your guide. With simple steps and minimal effort, you'll transform an affordable cut into a culinary triumph. So, raise a fork to the chuck roast, the champion of flavorful feasts and mindful choices. Let's simmer together, savoring the taste of a gentler food system, one tender bite at a time.
Now that you're primed for chuck roast greatness, check out the following sections for detailed instructions, ingredient lists, and helpful tips to turn your kitchen into a haven of pressure-cooked or slow-cooked goodness!
Don't forget to check out our other Instant Pot recipes below:
- Boneless chuck roast
- Garlic cloves
- Arrowroot powder or all-purpose flour
- Sea or kosher salt
- Black pepper
- Beef broth, beef stock, or water
- Bay leaves
- Coconut aminos or soy sauce
- Avocado oil (optional)
See recipe card for quantities.
- Prep the Roast: Pat the roast dry and make deep slits on one side. Stuff each slit with a garlic clove.
- Season and Sear: Rub the roast with arrowroot powder (optional), then season generously with salt and pepper. Sear each side in the Instant Pot on high sauté until golden brown.
- Simmer the Roast: Add broth, bay leaves, and coconut aminos/soy sauce and scrap off the browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Seal the pot and pressure cook at high pressure cooking time of 75 minutes.
- Natural Release: Let the pressure release naturally for 10-15 minutes, then quick release any remaining pressure.
- Shred and Serve: Discard the bay leaves. Transfer the roast to a cutting board and shred the meat easily with this fall-apart tender roast. Serve with pan juices and your favorite sides.
- Pan Gravy (optional): you can take the pan juices from the beef roast and create a cornstarch slurry to thicken and turn into a gravy.
- Garlic Power: Preheat your crockpot to low. Dry the roast with paper towels and lay it on a cutting board. Using a sharp knife, make deep slits (around 1 inch deep) on one side. Stuff each slit with a juicy garlic clove.
- Season and Sear (Optional): For extra flavor, generously coat in arrowroot powder and with sprinkle salt and pepper all over. Heat a pan with a high smoke point oil like avocado oil and quickly sear the roast on all sides for golden brownness before placing it in the crockpot.
- Simmering: Pour the broth, stock, or water, bay leaves, and coconut aminos or soy sauce into the crockpot. Nestled the seasoned roast inside, ensuring it's submerged in the liquid.
- Slow & Steady: Cover the crockpot with its lid and cook on low for 7-8 hours of cook time, or until the roast is fork-tender and falling apart.
- Shred to Perfection: Transfer the cooked roast to a cutting board and shred it using two forks, discarding the bay leaves. The pan juices are pure gold, so drizzle them over the shredded beef for added flavor. Or make a quick pan gravy.
- Serve with Love: When your crockpot creation is ready, plate it up with mashed potatoes, rice, roasted vegetables, your favorite sides or save it to use in other recipes. Savor the melt-in-your-mouth tenderness and the satisfyingly garlicky aroma, knowing you've conquered your kitchen with minimal effort.
- Avocado oil: Substitute olive oil or another high-smoke point oil.
- Broth: Water works, but broth adds richer flavor.
- Coconut aminos: Use soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce for a different twist.
- Add vegetables: Toss in baby carrots, small red potatoes, and onions for a one-pot meal.
- Make it herby: Add some fresh rosemary, thyme, or oregano to create a garlic herb pot roast.
- Tomato twist: Add a can of tomato paste to the broth ingredients for a tomato based rich gravy for this tender roast.
- Instant Pot or crockpot
- Cutting board
- Sharp knife
- Two forks (optional)
- Whisk (for gravy)
Store leftover shredded beef in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. You can also freeze it for longer storage.
For extra melt-in-your-mouth tenderness, brown the roast before searing it in the Instant Pot. This step caramelizes the exterior, locking in moisture for a truly decadent result.
Yes! While chuck roast is ideal for its affordability and rich flavor, you can also use rump roast, shoulder roast, or even brisket. Adjust the cooking time based on the thickness of your chosen cut.
No problem! You can adapt this recipe for the slow cooker. Sear the roast as instructed, then add all ingredients to the slow cooker and cook on low for 7-8 hours.
Beef Chuck Roast Infused with Garlic - Instant Pot
- 1 Instant Pot or crockpot
- 2 tablespoons avocado oil
- 3.5 lb chuck roast
- 8 large garlic cloves peeled
- 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder or all-purpose flour
- ½ tablespoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 cup beef broth or water
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 tablespoons tamari or coconut aminos
- Dry off the roast and place on a cutting board. Make eight slits on one side of roast. Stuff garlic into slits.
- Mix the arrowroot, salt and pepper. Coat chuck roast in the mixture. Seasoning all sides of roast.
- With the lid off, set Instant Pot (IP) on sauté on high. Add your avocado oil (or other cooking oil).
- Place seasoned roast in IP and sear each side until browned on all sides.
- Add broth (or water) and remaining ingredients. Place lid on IP, secure lid and set IP for high pressure for 75 minutes.
- Allow pressure to release naturally for 10 - 15 minutes.
- Remove roast and shred meat.
Other Good Stuff
Looking for other recipes like this? Try these:
- Wash your hands thoroughly before and after handling raw meat.
- Use a food thermometer to ensure the internal temperature of the cooked roast reaches 160°F (71°C).
- Discard any leftover juices after cooking.