Spicy Tomato-Braised Pot Roast


This tomato sauce gets its heat from Calabrian chiles. Find them whole or chopped packed in jars near the pickles in well-stocked grocery stores. If you don't have any, just a bit of crushed red pepper will do the trick. Serve over polenta, mashed potatoes or pasta.

Spicy Tomato-Braised Pot Roast
Photo: Jacob Fox
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 20 mins


  • 1 cup dry red wine

  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste

  • 1 tablespoon chopped Calabrian peppers or 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

  • ¾ teaspoon salt, divided

  • 1 large carrot, chopped

  • 1 small onion, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1 2- to 2½-pound boneless beef chuck roast, trimmed

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • Fresh basil for garnish


  1. Whisk wine, tomato paste, Calabrian peppers (or crushed red pepper), Italian seasoning and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a 6-quart or larger slow cooker. Stir in carrot, onion and garlic. Season beef with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper and add to the slow cooker. Cook until the beef is tender, about 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low.

  2. Skim fat from the sauce. Slice the beef across the grain and serve with the sauce. Garnish with basil, if desired.


6-quart or larger slow cooker

To make ahead

Refrigerate for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

206 Calories
5g Fat
7g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size 3 oz. beef & 1/3 cup sauce
Calories 206
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 26g 52%
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 74mg 25%
Vitamin A 1829IU 37%
Sodium 445mg 19%
Potassium 501mg 11%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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