As much as you loved your Mama’s pot roast, there’s a new recipe in town: Slow Cooker Caribbean Pot Roast! An easy recipe creating a beautiful roast with spicy bold sauce you’ll love. We’ve bumped the comfort food up to the next level.
I have been all about comfort food lately, you? Slow cooker recipes, and braising that creates moist meat and vegetables in one pot. I love soups, pressure cooking in my Instant Pot and sheet pan meals. The common thread? They are rich with flavor and spices that warm from the inside out.
Slow cookers are great for this time of year and these types of food. The recipes are easy and generally require loading everything in the slow cooker for it to cook all day, giving your home a cozy aroma and making dinner a cinch. Today’s recipe of Slow Cooker Caribbean Pot Roast is no exception. Perfectly done meat with a mouthwatering sauce!
Pot Roast may conjure images of bland but filling meat, boiled carrots and potatoes and frankly one’s grandmother. It was a sensible dish when I was growing up. Everything was cooked at once. The roast was impossible to ruin, and no one expected much from it other than their stomachs to be full.
That was yesterday. Today it’s still a filling cut of meat but can be so much more exciting! Seasonings of the Caribbean make this roast sing with beautiful flavor and a gorgeous sauce. The ingredient list looks long; don’t be scared! I too shy away from lengthy ingredient lists, my brains shuts off at the sight of them. Most of this is spices so if you were being clocked with a stop watch I think you could get it all in the slow cooker in about 2 minutes flat.
Generally, I prefer non-fussy slow cooker meals that only require adding the ingredients to the slow cooker and putting the lid on. This recipe is an exception in that the roast is browned before adding it to the slow cooker and the sauce is started in that same pan on the stove top. This step is crucial for building outstanding flavor in both the meat and the sauce. It’s worth the extra step, trust me.
For serving this beauty, there are so many fun side dish options! I made Instant Pot Mashed Chipotle Sweet Potatoes (so fast), rice (in a rice cooker), black beans and fried plantains. If you want to stick with the regional food theme Authentic Costa Rican Gallo Pinto (beans and rice) (an authentic Costa Rican black beans and rice recipe) or Cuban Black Beans and Rice (Moros y Cristianos) would be great.
In the mood for a cocktail? Try the Peruvian Pisco Sour (the national cocktail of both Chile and Peru)!
How to make Slow Cooker Caribbean Pot Roast:
Slow Cooker Caribbean Pot Roast
Pot roast takes on a whole new meaning with this easy slow cooker method. A flavorful sauce boasting tastes of the Caribbean bath the roast for 8 hours of slow cooking delivering a new age of comfort food to the dinner table!
- 2 tablespoons Vegetable or Canola Oil
- 3 pound Boneless Beef Chuck Roast
- 1 Jalapeno Pepper diced
- 3 cloves Garlic peeled and diced
- 1 1/2 cups chopped Red Onion
- 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
- 1 tablespoon Brown Sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Chili Powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Oregano
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground Cumin
- 1 teaspoon Coriander
- 1/4 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon All Purpose Flour gluten-free or regular
- Zest of 1 Orange
- 1 15 ounce can Tomato Sauce
In a large skillet or Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Brown the roast on all sides, turning often. Place the roast in a 4 quart or larger slow cooker.
Add the jalapenos, garlic and onions to the pan used to brown the roast and saute, stirring often, until the onions have begun to soften. Scrape up any browned bits from the roast while sauteeing. Add all the remaining ingredients, except the tomato sauce, and stir to combine. Add the tomato sauce, stir to combine and cook for a mintue. Pour the sauce onto the roast in the slow cooker. Rotate the roast to be coated on all sides with the sauce.
Cover, cook on LOW setting for 8 hours. Remove the roast and allow to rest for 5 minutes before slicing. Strain any fat from the sauce in the slow cooker and serve wtih the sliced roast.