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Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Charred Onion & Chickpea Salad

['1 boneless beef chuck roast (about 3 pounds)', 'Kosher salt', '1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper', '1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper', '4 medium carrots, large-diced', '1 large sweet onion, large-diced', '6 garlic cloves, smashed', '6 bay leaves', '6 sprigs fresh thyme', '1 quart beef stock, preferably homemade', '1 quart dry red wine', '1 tablespoon coriander seeds, toasted and ground', '1 tablespoon canola oil', '1 large red onion, halved lengthwise, root end of each half left intact', '2 (15-ounce) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed, or 10 ounces dried chickpeas, cooked', '2 cups coarsely chopped fresh cilantro (from about 1 bunch)', '4 red jalapeño peppers, thinly sliced', '3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice', '2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil', '1 tablespoon ground cumin', 'Kosher salt', '6-quart (or larger) slow cooker']

Pat the chuck roast dry and season it all over with salt and the pepper.
Place a large braising pan, such as a Dutch oven, over high heat and warm the canola oil in it until it shimmers. Add the chuck roast and sear it for about 5 minutes per side, until nicely browned. Transfer the roast to a plate to rest, and add the carrots and onion to the braising pan. Cook for 3 minutes on high heat, stirring, until the vegetables are starting to soften; then add the garlic, bay leaves, and thyme sprigs and cook for 1 minute more. Add the stock, red wine, and ground coriander and deglaze the pan, scraping up any browned bits. Cook for 5 minutes.
Remove the pan from the heat and carefully pour the contents into a slow cooker. Add the chuck roast, cover with the lid, and cook on the low setting for 8 to 10 hours, until very tender. Season with additional salt, if desired.
Heat a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add the canola oil, and when it begins to shimmer, add the onion halves, cut-side down, and char for about 10 minutes—you want them to be well blackened. Remove the skillet from the heat and let the onion halves cool to room temperature; then slice each half into 1/4-inch-thick half-rings.
In a medium bowl, combine the chickpeas, cilantro, jalapeños, charred onion slices, lemon juice, olive oil, and cumin. Toss well and season with salt to taste.
Transfer the roast to a platter, discard the bay and thyme, and serve the Charred Onion and Chickpea Salad alongside.

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