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Instant Pot French Onion Pot Roast


  • Author: 365 Days of Slow and Pressure Cooking
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes (plus full natural pressure release)
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x

Description

Tender pieces of chuck roast with caramelized onions and gravy. This roast is addicting!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 Tbsp canola or olive oil
  • 2 pound chuck roast
  • 2 medium onions, halved and sliced
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tsp parsley
  • Cornstarch

Instructions

Instant Pot Instructions:

  1. Turn Instant Pot to saute setting. When display says HOT add in the oil. Brown the roast on each side for about 4 minutes. Remove the roast and place on a plate. 
  2. Add in the onions and baking soda. Toss until the onions start to release moisture and they turn yellow (3-4 minutes). Pour in the broth and scrape bottom of pot so that nothing is sticking.  
  3. Place the roast on top of the onions. Pour garlic, vinegar, Worcestershire, tomato sauce, salt, pepper, thyme and parsley on top of the roast.
  4. Cover Instant Pot and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 60 minutes for a roast that is 2 inches thick. If your roast is thicker add 10 minutes per extra inch of thickness. When time is up let the pressure release naturally for 15 minutes then release any remaining pressure by moving valve to venting. 
  5. Place the beef on a cutting board. Use a colander or a slotted spoon to separate onions from juices and move them to a platter. 
  6. Thicken the juices remaining in the pot with a cornstarch slurry. Turn your Instant Pot to the sauté setting. In a small bowl stir together 2-3 Tbsp of cornstarch with 3 Tbsp of water, until smooth. Then pour the mixture into the Instant Pot. The cornstarch mixture will thicken up contents of pot quickly. Turn off Instant Pot once gravy is thickened.
  7. Slice or shred beef and serve with the onions and gravy. 

Slow Cooker Instructions: 

  1. Add onions, broth, roast, garlic, vinegar, Worcestershire, tomato sauce, salt, pepper, thyme and parsley into slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours. Place the beef on a cutting board. Use a colander or a slotted spoon to separate onions from juices and move them to a platter. 
  3. Thicken the juices remaining in the pot with a cornstarch slurry. Turn slow cooker to high. In a small bowl stir together 2-3 Tbsp of cornstarch with 3 Tbsp of water, until smooth. Then pour the mixture into the slow cooker. Let the sauce thicken up for 10-20 minutes. 
  4. Slice or shred beef and serve with the onions and gravy. 
  • Category: Beef
  • Method: Instant Pot or Slow Cooker