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Ranch Style No-Thaw Pot Roast Recipe

This is the simplest, easiest ways to make a pot roast ever. No lost time thawing a large piece of meat. Just toss the frozen chuck roast in, add your veggies, broth, and seasoning, and set your crockpot timer. It literally couldn't be any easier. :)
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword beef, roast
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 20 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 2626kcal
Author Heather Dessinger



  • 3 to 4 lbs chuck roast (arm or rump roast also work)
  • 1 cup chicken broth (or water)
  • 1 batch ranch seasoning mix (about 7 tbsp - see recipe below)
  • 1 batch organic Italian seasoning (3 tbsp + ¾ tsp - see recipe below)
  • onions (as desired)
  • carrots (as desired)
  • potatoes (as desired)
  • 2 to 4 tbsp flour (or arrowroot powder for making gravy - optional)
  • coconut oil (for optional browning - substitute ghee, tallow or lard - how to render your own lard)
  • 1 sprig fresh herbs (I added rosemary)

Ranch Seasoning Mix:

Italian Seasoning Mix:


  • You can build the complexity of this dish's flavor by tossing your veggies in to caramelize before adding them to the crock pot. Onions and carrots are delicious this way. Potatoes, not so much. :)
  • Place any veggies you want to include (onions, carrots, potatoes, etc) into the crock pot, then add the roast.
  • Pour one cup of broth/water around the roast. Sprinkle seasoning over the top and cover.*
  • Set slow cooker/crockpot to high and cook for 5-6 hours, or low and cook for 8-10 hours, or until meat is tender. Add spices if you haven't already.
  • When the roast is ready, make gravy using one of these two methods - I use arrowroot powder instead of cornstarch. Add salt if desired.


*(NOTE: Herbs lose some of their flavor when left in a crock pot for several hours. This recipe compensates by using more herbs to that the flavor is well-distributed throughout the roast. However, you can just as easily add them at the very end of the cooking process. Start with half of what the recipe calls for and then increase as desired. You may want to add some additional salt since it's included in the seasoning mix and you're not using the full amount.)


Calories: 2626kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 269g | Fat: 158g | Saturated Fat: 69g | Cholesterol: 939mg | Sodium: 5573mg | Potassium: 5196mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 621IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 507mg | Iron: 36mg