Sunday dinners were always made with pot roast, which my mother made for us when we were children. Sunday Night Family Dinner Pot Roast was a favorite dinner in Germany, since it was a complete meal that included meat, carrots, and potatoes.
Honestly, pot roast for Sunday dinner is the best! When you don't have time to cook or do anything else, this recipe is the perfect solution because let's be honest, we all love a nice, juicy pot roast.
This recipe has everything you want in a bite - the flavor, the tenderness, and the best leftovers for the next day.
For a pot roast, what type of meat should I use?
You're looking for tough meat here. We want the meat to be nice and juicy since it will be cooked for a long time.
🍽 What is a Pot Roast?
Pot roast is a one-dish meal with a large piece of beef, a cheaper cut, and when you cook it for hours that cheaper piece of meat it becomes a “fork-tender” delight.
A good piece of meat is one that is seared to brown the outside and retain the juices, seasoned and stuffed with veggies.
💭 What Makes a Pot Roast Good?
Pot roasts are good for several reasons, including:
- Pot roast should be "fork-tender," meaning it should fall apart with just a fork.
- You can seal in the juices of the meat by browning the outside of the roast.
- By using a piece of beef with a lot of marbling, such as a chuck roast, or a brisket, it will be more tender.
- Slowly cooking it in a pan with some broth in it and then covering it with a lid will ensure great flavor.
📋 Is Pot Roast Keto or Low Carb?
As for the meat, it's definitely keto. Unfortunately, people usually put a lot of potatoes into pot roasts, which is the main reason they aren't keto, because potatoes are too high in carbs.
- Potatoes have 25 grams of NET carbohydrates in 1 cup.
Another reason some pot roasts are not keto is that some gravy is thickened with flour, which is also high in carbohydrates.
- White flour is just over 20 carbs per 14 cup (four tablespoons).
With the potatoes and gravy, that's a lot of carbs, and with the potatoes sitting in the delicious gravy, you know you can't just eat a little bit. It is easy to consume too many carbohydrates.
In our keto pot roast recipe, we've made some adjustments and given you a few options for making it low carb.
📖 How Many Carbs in a Pot Roast?
The average serving of pot roast contains 15 NET Carbs. Although you might be able to eat one serving and get away with it, it's a large portion of your daily carb limit.
Instead, our Keto pot roast recipe contains only 4.5 NET Carbs per serving. This is a pretty big difference, which means you can have a large amount.
🔪 The Best Cuts of Meats for Pot Roast
For a nice dinner, you usually buy the best cut of meat within your budget. In this keto pot roast recipe, look for a cheap or economy cut of meat.
It's unnecessary to waste money on an expensive cut. The cheapest roast is the best roast.
Despite what we think, pot roast is one of the easiest ways to cook tough cuts of meat to tenderness. A pot roast's juices break down the hard muscles, resulting in a dish that is incredibly tender.
You should also choose meat that has a lot of connective tissue. The tissue is usually hard to chew, but it is rich in collagen, which breaks down as the meat is cooked, making it even juicier!
- Chunk or shoulder - tender and easily breaks apart, with several fat strands running through it.
- Brisket - a fat piece of meat that becomes tender when it is slowly cooked.
- Rump roast - a leaner cut of meat with little fat. In order to make it keto low carb friendly, we are going to change some things up compared to traditional pot roast.
The Veggies - In place of potatoes, we will replace them with vegetables that contain less starch, like radishes or chayotes.
The gravy - Traditionally, gravy is thickened with cornstarch or flour, so it can make or break a low carb recipe.
⏲️ How to Thaw a Roast
You can thaw meat in two different ways, either quickly or slowly, when you take it out of the freezer.
In the Refrigerator - The best way to thaw out meat is to take it from the freezer and place it in the refrigerator overnight. It can be stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 days after thawing.
The Quick Way – If you forgot to take out your chuck roast the night before, and you need to thaw it right away, there's no need to worry.
During the thawing process, keep the meat submerged in cold water for at least 30 minutes and change the water every 30 minutes.
For large cuts of meat, this method may require 2-3 hours. It would take approximately 30 minutes per pound.
You should just keep in mind that the meat can get too warm when thawing on the counter and should not be at room temperature for longer than two hours.
👩🏻🍳 Is Pot Roast Good for Weight Loss?
A low carb version of pot roast is great for weight loss. This pot roast is keto-friendly, so if you're following that diet, you'll lose weight with it.
You can also add a lot of vegetables, if you prefer in the pot roast which is healthy for you.
After all, an entire scoop, about a 5 oz serving, there is only 325 calories and 4.5 NET Carbs.
🥗 What Vegetables Can I Cook with a Keto Low Carb Pot Roast?
If you would like a flavorful and colorful keto pot roast recipe, there are many vegetables that you can add to it. Make sure you choose low carb veggies if you're following a low-carb diet.
Low-carb vegetables that are healthy and delicious to accompany a keto chuck roast are listed below.
- Green Beans
Again, since this is a Keto recipe, count the vegetables you use so that you don't exceed your daily allowance.
🥔 Can I Use Potatoes in my Pot Roast?
Pot roast is usually made with potatoes. Potatoes are among the worst foods because they are high in carbs. If you follow a low-carb diet, avoid eating potatoes.
A few baby potatoes in moderation will not kick you out of ketosis. The carb content of half a cup of raw potatoes is approximately 10g.
Put some potatoes into the roasting pan if you want to use them. Adding them to pot roast is a good idea, but do so sparingly and consider it a treat.
Although potatoes contain high amounts of carbohydrates, half a cup will not cause you to reach your daily limit. You should limit your intake and strictly avoid carbs for the rest of the day.
If you do not want to use potatoes because you are strictly avoiding carbs, you can use jicama, turnips, rutabaga, or radishes instead.
⭐ Macros Per Serving
Net Carbs: 3.59g
Nutritional information provided for entertainment purposes only and should not be construed as medical guidance or advice. All information is based solely on results provided by HappyForks.com and is not guaranteed to be accurate.
Printable Keto Sunday Family Dinner Pot Roast
- 1 t. garlic powder
- 1 T. Italian seasoning
- 1 T. cocoa powder
- 1 t. sea salt
- ½ t. black pepper
- 3 lbs. chuck roast
- 3 T. extra virgin olive oil, divided
- 8 oz. Portobello mushrooms, sliced
- 4 c. beef broth
- 1 T. tomato paste
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 T. fresh parsley, chopped
- 1 small onion, chopped
1. Add the garlic powder, Italian seasoning, cocoa powder, salt, and black pepper to a small bowl and stir to combine. Rub this mixture all over the surface of the chuck roast, pressing firmly to make sure it adheres. Set aside.
2. Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Once hot, add the seasoned chuck roast and brown on all sides, approximately 3-4 minutes per side.
3. Once browned, remove the roast from the Dutch oven and transfer to a plate. Add the remaining tablespoon of oil and the
Portobello mushrooms and onions to the pot and sauté, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms develop some color and start to release their liquid, approximately 4-5 minutes.
4. Deglaze the pot by adding the beef broth and scraping up any brown bits on the bottom to incorporate them into the liquid. Stir in the tomato paste and add the bay leaves. Return the chuck roast
to the Dutch oven and cover.
5. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 3 to 3½ hours, or until the meat is fall apart tender. Remove from heat and discard the bay leaves. Transfer the roast and mushrooms to a serving platter and cover to keep warm. Set aside.
6. Bring the liquid in the pot to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the temperature down to medium for several minutes or until
the sauce thickens a bit.
7. To serve, spoon some of the pan sauce over the beef, along with some of the mushrooms and onions. Garnish with fresh parsley, if desired, and pair with creamy mashed cauliflower, roasted radishes, or your choice of sides. Enjoy!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 949Total Fat: 63gSaturated Fat: 23gTrans Fat: 3gUnsaturated Fat: 36gCholesterol: 282mgSodium: 1744mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 89g