Pot roast made from inexpensive (relatively) cuts of beef is still a great value, about $6/lb, tastes great and is easy to make. Costco, Sam's Club, BJ's and your local grocery store all have bottom round, chuck beef roasts from October into the late winter.
Total time: about 2.5 hours
Cooks for about: 1 hour 15 min
Yield: 10 servings
Just wash out the ceramic bowl
Heat the olive oil in a large pot (the tall sides work better than a fry pan to over splattering hot oil) . Gently lay the beef in the hot oil. Brown and flip until it is evenly browned, about 10 minutes over medium to medium-high heat.
When the beef is browning, chop the onions. anything under 1/2 inch will do.
Remove the browned beef cubes, but retain the oil and liquid. Then lightly brown the onions in the pot. Add the herbs, seasonings and garlic. .
I put the liquids in first. Next onions and spices in the bottom, then the beef.
At first on high. After the first hour or 2, turn to medium or low. Every crockpot is different, You want to see it simmering but not boiling so hard that you risk burning the bottom.
Add the carrots and potatoes and cook for another hour to 90 minutes until they are tender.!