25 Leftover Pot Roast Ideas for Busy Nights

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Are you looking for leftover pot roast ideas? I love making a big pot roast in our slow cooker or Instant Pot, but then I have a refrigerator full of leftovers that I need to use up. I like having a few easy dinner ideas on hand for those busy nights. 

25 Leftover Pot Roast Ideas for Busy Nights

Leftover Pot Roast Ideas

A pot roast isn’t really a specific cut of beef or a certain recipe. Pot roast refers to a method of cooking a roast-sized piece of beef in a way that causes a Maillard reaction that gives browned foods a distinctive flavor you probably recognize. The important thing to remember is that you want to char the outside to get that flavor THEN you can transfer it to your slow cooker or Instant Pot to finish cooking.

Once you have extra pot roast from the night before, you can try a few of these leftover pot roast ideas to use it up.

What can I do with tough leftover pot roast?

One of my favorite leftover pot roast ideas is so simple! Just slice the leftover pot roast into thin strips, add a can of cream of mushroom soup, one cup of beef broth, and put the whole thing in the slow cooker. Then, a few minutes before serving, stir in a half a cup of sour cream. Serve the whole thing over egg noodles and you have one of the best leftover pot roast pasta meals you have ever had. You only need to simmer it for about 3 hours on low.

Does pot roast freeze well?

Yes, it’s very easy to freeze pot roast. Just chop it or slice it into serving-size pieces. Then place it in a freezer bag. You can store it in the freezer safely for two or three months. Then, just defrost in the refrigerator and use it in your favorite recipes.

Creative ways to use up leftovers

Honestly, one of my favorite was to use up leftovers is to just get creative. I often just add a can of gravy, cooked onions, mushrooms, and seasonings and serve it over mashed potatoes. Or, why not chop it up finely and add it to chili. You could make a homemade beef soup with vegetables and rice.  Or, you could add it on top of a garden salad with cheese and croutons.

15 Quick and Simple Meal Ideas for Busy Moms Using Beef

You don’t always need a recipe to use up leftovers. Just take a look in the cupboard and see what you have to use up. Then get creative with mixing those things together. Most of the time, the results will be amazing. Just keep in mind what types of foods go well together when you’re planning. A leftover pot roast stroganoff or a leftover pot roast stew both sound delicious to me.

What you need to get started:

Pot Roast – I highly recommend you begin with a Certified Angus Beef Brand pot roast. The key to tender and tasty roast beef is plenty of marbling. That’s why I look for the Certified Angus Beef brand.

Meat Shredding Claws – If you’re planning on making sloppy joes or shredded beef of any type, meat shredding claws are an absolute must-have. They make the process so much easier.

Indoor Grill Pan – If you love having grilled sandwiches, you will not believe the difference in flavor when you grill them on a grill pan.

25 Leftover Pot Roast Ideas for Busy Nights

Leftover Pot Roast Ideas

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25 Leftover Pot Roast Ideas for Busy Nights

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9 thoughts on “25 Leftover Pot Roast Ideas for Busy Nights”

  1. There is nothing like a good pot roast on a cold winter day. I love to make things with the leftovers. Some good ideas for leftover pot roast right here. Thank you.
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  2. I need to make pot roast more often--it's always so great! The widget that keeps popping up on these pages with a message about a mobile app for this site has a gigantic popping or strumming noise to get your attention--I've had to turn off my speaker.
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  3. YUM - I love Pot Roast! Unfortunately my husband doesn't, he does tend to eat what I put in front of him. It is the perfect weather too for a warm, comforting meal!
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