Coffee-Braised Pot Roast with Caramelized Onions

Fall 2004, October 1998, The Essential EatingWell Cookbook (2004)

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This recipe is reminiscent of a pot roast made with onion-soup mix, but the flavors are true and pure--and nobody misses the excess sodium. (For a slow-cooker variation, see below.)

"My family loved this recipe. We added mushrooms and about 2 cups of beef broth and cooked in crock pot set on low. Very easy and tasty. I'm going to share with my friends! "
Coffee-Braised Pot Roast with Caramelized Onions

37 Reviews for Coffee-Braised Pot Roast with Caramelized Onions


I used a sirloin roast & did the crockpot version & it came out so tender & delicious. I cut the onions in chunks so they wouldn't disappear & added mushrooms at the very end. Would definitely use this recipe for company & will be making it often for my family.

Very easy!
Delicious crock pot dinner

I am terrible at making coffee, so I subbed 1T cocoa powder whisked into 1/2 cup boiling water. The meat really took on the bitter cocoa flavor in a really positive way! I'll be making this again.

easy, comfort food
A good base recipe to embellish as you want

I'd never known to add coffee to a pot roast before this recipe.
My tweaks: Seasoned a natural beef, leaner roast very well with Himalayan sea salt and freshly cracked all-color peppercorns. Browned well. Sauteed onions til clear, added 4 chopped cloves Elephant garlic and continued saute. Didn't have thyme but used tarragon which we love. Used Community Brand Coffee & Chicory INSTANT blend very strong. Added some Cabernet Sauvignon, baby organic carrots, organic cubed russet potato, beef bouillon granules. Transferred juice to cooktop, added slight amounts of cornstarch at a time to get right consistency of gravy per amount of water created by roast. Added a little more S&P. We thought it was great.

Turned out perfectly in crockpot
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Anonymous wrote 3 years 41 weeks ago

YUM. Will be adopting some

YUM. Will be adopting some of your changes. Have to get more mushrooms... Darn!

Not so good

We just made this and the gravy was like gelatin. We threw out most of it. We followed the recipe so not so sure why it didn't come out right. Very disappointed.

Mine was awesome!

I put my meat and onions right in to the slow cooker- I had no time to brown them- and it still turned out delicious. I buy my beef from a farmer and I did sprinkle it with English Prime Rib Rub spice blend from Penzeys Spices so maybe that was the difference. I will definitely make again and I'm never using the dry onion soup again.

Tender, flavorful, easy!

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