14 Hearty and Creative Pot Roast Recipes for an Easy Sunday Dinner

Pot roast in a cast iron dutch oven, green beans and mushed potato.

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Sunday is the perfect day to have pot roast for dinner. Whether you throw it in the crockpot while you’re out running errands, or you cook it in the oven so you can smell it all day while you kick back and relax, it’s a dinner option that has always been suitable for Sunday. But pot roast doesn’t have to be a traditional meat, carrots, and potatoes dinner. Check out some of our favorite creative takes on the classic dish.

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pot roast dinner with peas mashed potatoes and gravy

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If you’re looking for a no-frills pot roast recipe that’s still packed with flavor, you’ve hit the jackpot with Mississippi Roast. With only five ingredients (including the roast), this recipe is as easy as they come. The flavors elevate the taste of the meat perfectly and the butter makes this dish melt in your mouth.

Recipe: The Country Cook

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Homemade Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Carrots and Potatoes

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Bold, robust flavors like balsamic vinegar, minced garlic, and crushed red peppers join forces to give this pot roast a unique flavor that packs a punch.

Recipe: Beyer Beware

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This pot roast recipe eliminates the need to come up with side dishes since it’s all one hearty and delicious dish. Pot roast stroganoff brings all of the savory flavors that come from the roast, gravy, and mushrooms plus the added heartiness of the egg noodles.

Recipe: Vodka & Biscuits

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Club Beef steak with pepper sauce and Grilled vegetables on dark wooden background

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This innovative recipe uses compound butter as a marinade. Need we say more? Worcestershire sauce, garlic, thyme, salt, and pepper all get mixed into the butter, infusing the meat with plenty of juicy, savory flavor.

Recipe: RockRecipes.com

Fried chicken liver with onions on a plate with tomatoes

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Tender and delicious, this pot roast is ideal for a set-it-and-forget-it Sunday dinner. You can make it in a slow cooker or instant pot and if you’re a fan of onions, you’ll love the way their powerful flavor bursts through and complements the meat.

Recipe: Amanda Cooks & Styles

Salisbury steak with mushroom gravy in a cast iron skillet

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This robust take on a classic dish comes complete with a decadent mushroom sauce. The Italian pot roast recipe includes staples like carrots and celery, but it has some unique additions to create a flavor palette that stands out, like Italian seasoning and red wine vinegar. The mushroom sauce is the ideal companion for this delicious dish.

Recipe: The Complete Savorist

This classic hot beef sandwich, served with slices of white bread and homemade mashed potatoes smothered in gravy, is a favorite at cafes across Iowa.

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Think outside the box next time you want to make a pot roast for Sunday dinner. If you’ve ever ordered a hot beef sandwich with mashed potatoes and gravy at a hole-in-the-wall diner, this recipe might give you feelings of Deja Vu. The best part about this recipe is that even though there are other elements like bread, potatoes, and gravy, they don’t take away from the integrity of the pot roast.

Recipe: 365 Days of Slow & Pressure Cooking


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Red wine, cremini mushrooms, rosemary, and fresh cranberries are just some of the delectable ingredients that make this pot roast truly scrumptious and out of the ordinary.

Recipe: Half-Baked Harvest


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Channel the Irish with this Guiness Beer Beef Chuck Roast recipe. Along with the instant coffee and crushed red peppers, you’ll find that this particular pot roast recipe is much bolder than a traditional roast.

Recipe: Reluctant Entertainer

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Thick soup of dried mushrooms with onions, carrots and cream.

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A good roast is as much about texture and tenderness as it is flavor and the cream of mushroom soup in this recipe helps achieve a melt-in-your-mouth roast that isn’t overpowering when it comes to flavor.

Recipe: The Foodie Eats

Pot roast being served on a white oval platter with gold rim.  Gray tablecloth.  Copy space.

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Some of this recipe’s ingredients aren’t all that surprising given the name – salsa, taco seasoning, and cilantro are pretty common among Mexican dishes. But this pot roast does have one salty surprise of an ingredient that adds a little something extra to the palette: peanut butter.

Recipe: Today’s Creative Life

Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Potatoes, Carrots, Celery, Onions and Garlic

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If you’re someone who likes BBQ cuisine, you’ve got to try this BBQ spin on pot roast. The recipe includes an incredible balance of sweet and savory with ingredients like brown sugar, teriyaki sauce, ginger, and – of course – barbecue sauce.

Recipe: Leigh Anne Wilkes

Closeup of a plate of beef pot roast with mushroom gravy

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Embracing Bavarian flavors, this savory pot roast pairs perfectly with sauerkraut, potatoes, and vegetables.

Recipe: Taste of Home

Standing Rib Roast with Mushrooms, Carrots, Leeks and Yorkshire Pudding

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This recipe utilizes some powerful ingredients like black coffee, tomato sauce, and steak seasoning, to culminate a truly unique taste. The au jus sauce also makes for a truly juicy entree.

Recipe: Catz in the Kitchen

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