Easy Paleo Pot Roast (Whole 30 Compliant)


Easy Paleo Pot RoastSo I’ve been neglecting some of you and I’m sorry – but you’ll be happy to know that ends today. Many of you have been requesting crock pot/slow cooker recipes, and I’m finally getting around to it. You see, I’ve never been a big crock pot user. I have 2 of them, but they stay buried deep in my cabinets, unless I’m making homemade greek yogurt. I think the last time I actually cooked a meal in one was at least three years ago, if not longer. But it’s not that I don’t like them, I just never think of it. Also, I don’t always plan my meals way ahead, so for me it’s usually easier to see what I have in the fridge and throw something together for dinner on the fly.

But there is something to be said for the “set it and forget it” convenience of a crock pot. Walking in after a long day to a delicious smelling home, and a meal ready to serve definitely has it’s perks! In addition, it doesn’t have to be an elaborate recipe to taste amazing. Take this pot roast recipe for example, I made it simple on purpose, just to see how it would come out. It’s delicious, hearty, and Whole 30 compliant – does it get any better than that?? I think not.

One issue I’ve always had with crock pot cooking is having to brown the meat first, saute onions, or whatever. It always seemed like if I was going to dirty a pot anyway, why not just cook my meal in it? Some of the recipes I have coming up don’t require that extra step, this one I’m afraid, does. You really need to sear your meat to get some flavor in the broth. I suppose it will still work if you don’t, but I don’t think you’ll get the same depth of flavor.

pot roast seared

I roasted my rutabaga separately and served it with the pot roast, but you could also add it directly to the pot during cooking to make things easier.  The one thing I would have added had I not been doing the Whole 30 this month is some red wine.  If you are low carb, you can omit the carrots and serve this over a cauliflower mash – maybe a splash of heavy cream….awesome.  You can also add mushrooms if that’s your thing (I recommend sprinkling some fresh thyme over it before serving if you do – because thyme and mushrooms are sublime together).  So you get the point, this is a basic recipe to get you started – and it’s delicious as is, but there are many many variations you can experiment with just to keep it interesting.  Go nuts.  :)

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Easy Paleo Pot Roast (Whole 30 Compliant)

Yield: Approximately 8 servings

Easy Paleo Pot Roast (Whole 30 Compliant)

A super simple and versatile pot roast recipe that is Whole 30 compliant!


  • Approximately 2.5 lb chuck roast
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups chopped celery
  • 1 cup baby carrots (or chopped carrots)
  • 2 cups of water or broth
  • (optional) 1 cup red wine
  • 2 Tbl fresh parsley, chopped


  • Season your roast with salt and pepper. Sear in a hot pan until browned on all sides. Add to a crock pot. (note: I used a 5 quart but you can easily go much smaller. If you are using a small one, cut the roast into two pieces to fit – be aware that you may have to add more liquid to cover it)
  • Add everything but the parsley to the pot and cover. Cook on high for five hours.
  • Taste and season with salt and pepper as desired. Serve garnished with fresh parsley over roasted rutabaga, cauliflower puree, or the side of your choice.


Approx nutrition info per serving: 264 calories, 16g fat, 2.5g net carbs, 25g fat

Also, you don’t need a crock pot or slow cooker to make this recipe – if you choose, you can add all of the ingredients to a large pot and simmer on the stove (low heat), covered, for about 3 hours or until the meat is tender. Enjoy!

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  1. Jayne

    I’ve got a roast in my fridge right now and this is the perfect recipe as I love my crockpot!

  2. Sandi B
    Sandi B01-30-2013

    I love my crock pot… I cooked an amazing lime chili cilantro whole chicken in it yesterday… so yummy! Even this morning for leftovers :)

  3. Denise

    Thanks! I seriously want to lick my monitor each time one of your email updates comes through. Yummmmmmy photos.

  4. Dirtgirl

    Just love cooking with Crock Pots/Slow Cookers and have had my original one for about 30 yrs. I was also given a 2nd newer model (but would you believe I prefer the older style one) I have also now got my daughter onto using them. Just so handy. I am yet to have a disaster when using a slow cooker. Whilst it is summer here now, this recipe will definitely be getting a whirl as soon as the cooler weather appears. Thanks for always sharing such wonderful tasty recipes.

  5. Suz

    I love using my slow cooker and coming home to a hot dinner!

  6. Christine

    Hi there! I have been trying to find a pot roast recipe for ages that doesn’t include the use of canned soup. This recipe looks great, I will be trying it tonight. Thank you!

  7. Eileen @ Phoenix Helix
    Eileen @ Phoenix Helix01-22-2014

    This recipe looks delicious AND it fits the paleo autoimmune protocol (a rare thing). So, thank you! I recently started a weekly Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable through my blog, and I would love it if you linked up this recipe. I’m trying to expand resources for the AIP community. Here’s the link: http://www.phoenixhelix.com/2014/01/22/paleo-aip-recipe-roundtable-11/

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