Pikes Peak Roast Recipe

Try this slow roasted beef for your next Sunday dinner!

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Passionate about food and pastries since always, Claire spends most of her time in the kitchen to develop new recipes. She is French but lived many years abroad.
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Updated June 30, 2022
Medically reviewed by
Kirsten Mae Magbanua
Kirsten Mae Magbanua

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Kirsten Mae Magbanua

Kirsten Mae Magbanua is a graduating student with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from University of the Philippines Los Baños. She is set to graduate as magna cum laude this coming August 2022. Kirsten has been a consistent honor student throughout her college years and has been a member of an academic organization.
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Make Sunday dinner special again with this delicious Pikes Peak Roast recipe.

This classic pot roast is made from heel of round, rather than beef chuck roast or rump roast. When roasted in the slow cooker or dutch oven, it becomes unbelievably tender and juicy.

Pikes Peak Roast recipe

Pikes peak roast is a traditional delicacy reserved for Sundays and holidays. If you’re not a turkey eater, this is also a great choice to serve on Thanksgiving. This roast takes several hours to cook, so it’s perfect to make on days off at home with the family.

You’ll never have dry pot roast again after you try this easy-to-follow recipe. Whether you make it in the dutch oven or crock pot, you’re guaranteed tasty, succulent meat. And, if you end up with leftovers, this pikes peak roast makes the most amazing beef sandwiches!

Easy Tips for the Best Pikes Peak Roast Recipe

  • Thaw the beef before roasting it. The meat should defrost at room temperature for about 1 hour before cooking. If you cook the meat from frozen, it will heat unevenly and may still contain bacteria.

  • Brown the meat before roasting it. When you brown meat it creates a deep rich smoky flavor that make this delicious pikes peak roast even tastier. You can brown the meat in a skillet before you transfer it to a roasting pan or crock pot.

  • Season the beef with salt and pepper. Before you do any cooking, sprinkle a generous portion of salt and pepper on all sides of the roast. When you brown the outside, these flavors will cook into the meat.

  • Use a meat thermometer to ensure the meat reaches an internal desired temperature of 145°F. This is the minimum temperature required for cooked beef to be safe to eat.

  • Let the meat rest for three minutes after it has been removed from the heat source.
  • Don’t lift the lid during cooking. Braising the roast with liquids is what gives you more tender roast beef. If you lift the lid while slow cooking, you’ll release all the steam and juices./item]

Pikes Peak Roast

Pikes Peak Roast Recipe

  • Prep Time20 min
  • Cook Time6 h
  • Total Time6h20 min
  • Servings8
  • Yield8

Level: Easy

Cook Time

  • Slow Cooker: 6h

  • Dutch Oven: 3h


Slow Cooker:

Dutch Oven:



Slow Cooker:

Dutch Oven:


In the Slow Cooker:

  1. Brown the Beef

    Heat skillet over medium-high. Add 1 tbsp of olive oil. Place roast in the skillet and sear all the sides.

  2. Add Roast to Crock Pot

    Add the browned roast to the bottom of the crock pot.

  3. Layer Chopped Vegetables On Top

    Place the onions on top of the roast, followed by the peppers, tomatoes, and cilantro.

  4. Add the Spices and Liquid

    Add the black pepper, garlic powder, cumin, and brown sugar to the crock pot. Pour the red wine and soy sauce over top of everything.

  5. Slow Cook the Roast

    Cover the crock pot and slow cook the roast for 6 hours on HIGH, or 10 hours on LOW.

    Slice and serve your pike peak roast with the cooking juices from the crock pot.

In the Dutch Oven:

  1. Preheat the Oven

    Heat your oven to 325°F.

  2. Season the Roast

    Wash the pike peak roast with water and pat dry. Sprinkle salt and pepper on the outside.

  3. Sear the Roast and Vegetables

    Bring your dutch oven up to temperature over medium-high heat. Add olive oil and your roast. Sear all sides of the roast until evenly browned.

    Remove the roast from the pot and set it aside. Add your chopped carrots and onions and cook until browned. Add minced garlic and allow it to cook for 1 minute.

  4. Deglaze the Pot

    Pour the red cooking wine into the pot. Scrape the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon to release all the browned bits.

  5. Add Water and Tomatoes

    Add chopped tomatoes, water, salt, and pepper to the dutch oven.

  6. Slow Cook the Roast

    Place the roast back in the dutch oven and cover with a lid. Put the pot in the oven.

    Cook the roast for approximately 3 hours.

  7. Blend the Sauce and Serve

    Remove roast from the oven after 3 hours. Take the roast out of the pot and place it aside.

    Add 1 cup of water to the beef broth leftover in the pot. Use an immersion blender to puree any chunks of garlic and fat. Leave the carrots and onions intact.

    Thinly slice the roast, then add the slices back to the pot. Coat the beef with the sauce, then serve.

What to Serve with Pikes Peak Roast


Mashed potatoes are a classic side dish to pair with this tangy and tender delicious roast. They soak up all the excess juices and their creamy texture complements the chewy meat.

You can mash your potatoes with just butter and salt. If you prefer more flavor, try adding sour cream or cream cheese! I like to add finely minced chives to my mashed potatoes for a subtle onion flavor.

Another delicious potato side dish is scalloped potatoes. This is made from thinly sliced potatoes layered and baked with cream and cheese. For more flavor, try making your scalloped potatoes with condensed cream of celery soup!

Steamed or Stir-fried Vegetables

Although delicious, potatoes can be very rich and are heavy on the carbs. If you want something a bit lighter with your pikes peak roast, try steamed or lightly fried vegetables.

Some of my favorite vegetable pairings for this meal include fresh asparagus, artichokes, green beans, and cauliflower. If you’re in a hurry to get dinner on the table, you can also use frozen mixed vegetables. Simply sauté them with butter for a few minutes and you have a tasty and nutritious side.

Nutrition Tips/Advice

While this pot roast is undoubtedly delicious, it’s always good to eat any red meat in moderation.

Red meats like beef, lamb, and pork contain high levels of saturated fat.

Consuming saturated fat can raise your cholesterol levels and put you at risk for heart disease. This is especially true if you already suffer conditions such as metabolic syndrome or obesity.

It’s best to get the majority of your protein from plants, or meats such as chicken and fish. Serve up this pot roast once a week, or for special occasions!. – Kristen Mae Magbanua, RDN

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
  • 405Calories
  • 17.8g Fat
  • 6.5g Carbs
  • 51.1gProtein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat17.8g 23%
Saturated Fat6.2g 31%
Cholesterol139mg 46%
Sodium1001mg 44%
Total Carbohydrate6.5g 2%
Dietary Fiber1.6g 6%
Total Sugars2.9g
Vitamin C0mcg 0%
Calcium34mg 3%
Iron6mg 32%
Potassium901mg 19%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.
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