Slow Cooker Beef With Tomato-Wine Sauce

Yesterday, the Chef was busy all day, and company was coming for dinner, so I was left in charge of dinner. Fortunately, there was a good-sized blade roast in the freezer, and vegetables in the fridge, so it was easy to put something together.

This beef dish took a few minutes to prepare in the morning, then simmered all day, until dinnertime. The roast almost fell apart, when I tried to slice it, so we had small pieces on the serving platter, rather than thin, elegant slices.

I served it with mashed potatoes, and we ladled the sauce over the meat and potatoes. Delicious! You can see a couple of pictures, below the recipe.

Slow Cooker Beef With Tomato Wine Sauce

  • 1 beef blade roast – 2-1/2 to 3 pounds
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 to 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cups baby carrots
  • 1 stalk celery, thinly sliced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 14 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup red wine or beef broth


  1. In a shallow bowl, mix the flour, salt and pepper, then dredge the beef on all sides, to coat lightly.
  2. In a large frying pan, on medium-high, add 1 tbsp of the oil, and cook the onions, carrots, and celery, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes, until slightly browned. Put the vegetables into the slow cooker.
  3. Add more oil to the frying pan, if necessary, then brown the roast on all sides, in the oil.
  4. Add beef to slow cooker, on top of vegetables
  5. Add the bay leaf, tomato sauce and wine
  6. Cover, and cook on high for 5-6 hours, or on low for 10-12 hours.
  7. Remove beef and vegetables to serving platter, and slice the beef.

Note: If the sauce is too thin, stir in 1/4 cup of mashed potatoes, or other thickener.

Serve with mashed potatoes and the tomato-wine sauce.

Makes 6 servings.

Browning the Beef and vegetables


Into the Slow Cooker


This recipe was inspired by "Roast with Tomato-Wine Gravy" in Biggest Book of Slow Cooker Recipes (Better Homes & Gardens).

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