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Crock-pot Beef Roast with Gravy

Crock-pot Beef Roast with Gravy is a MUST try. You wont believe how tender this beef is! Leftovers are great for making a roast beef sandwich.

Roast Beef with Gravy is a traditional Sunday night meal I had as a child. This crock pot recipe is the simplest version and is packed with flavor. I use the leftover beef to to make shepherds pie, roast beef sandwiches or soup. 

I strain the leftover beef drippings using a wire strainer and freeze them for a later use in soup or making a gravy. I freeze the drippings in 1 cup ice cube trays. If you are new to freezing food check out our article on using ice cube trays to freeze food

Cost Per Serving $3.40 as of August 2022

If you have ZERO ingredients then this recipe will cost about $27.17.

If you have a fully stocked pantry this dish will cost about $18.19.

  • Cost per serving reduces to $2.27.

I am assuming you have salt and pepper and do not add it into the recipe total cost.

Crock-Pot & Stove Top

Recipe serves: 8

Serving size: 4 oz beef

Equipment needed: 1 crockpot and skillet

Total time: 8 – 10 hours


Let's grocery shop!

I am assuming you have salt and pepper. It is not included in pantry and spices. If you have a fully stocked pantry you will save about $8.98.

Pantry & Spices

Total: $8.98 as of August 2022

  • olive oil $2.88
  • flour $2.12
  • butter $3.98


Total: $18.19 as of August 2022

  • 1 bottom roast $16.51
  • 1 box onion soup mix $1.68

Let's prep!

Let's cook!

  1. Complete prep from prep tab above.
  2. Add 4 cups of water and the onion soup packet to the crock-pot. Mix well. 
  3. Heat oil in sauté pan and brown meat 2 minutes per side on each side then add to the crock-pot.
  4. Set on low and cook for 8 – 10 hours. 


  1. Scoop 2 cups of beef liquid from the crock-pot; set aside
  2. Heat 1/4 cup butter in a pan and when it is melted sprinkle with 1/4 cup flour then stir until the butter is brown. 
  3. Slowly stir in the beef liquid and continue stirring until you reach the thickness you are looking for. It usually takes 4 -6 minutes. 
  4. If you like smooth gravy then strain the gravy. Enjoy!

This recipe can also be found in Weekly Dinners for 4 under $100 – Menu 2

Side Options

Roasted Vegetables

Starches such as: Potatoes, Rice, Pasta etc.

Side Salad

Delicious Egg Bread with Wheat Germ

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