Crock Pot Coca-Cola Roast


This Crock Pot Coca-Cola Roast recipe creates the most tender, caramelized, flavorful meat and gravy that I’ve ever tasted.  This is the most popular slow cooker recipe on my blog and for good reason!  You can use Pepsi or any other soda for this crock pot roast.

The crock pot is great for creating savory meat dishes with rich flavor  and delicious sauces and gravies.  Almost any traditional recipe can be adapted to this versatile appliance.  What I love the most about crock pot recipes is that they require minimal  preparation time and have a “set it and forget it” cooking style!  You just throw everything in the slow cooker and forget about it!  This crock pot roast has been a hit every time I made it.

Being somewhat of a “meat snob”, I love the crock pot because the meat becomes so tender.  The true test of whether I will be able to enjoy the meat I’m eating is if I am able to cut it with the side of my fork. This meat definitely passed the Ashley test!

This crock pot cola-cola roast can’t go wrong, although it may sound odd, the coca-cola tenderizes the beef so nicely!  It is very easy to prepare (under 10 minutes!).  It can be made with any beef roast or beef  stew meat. Both are great!  I served this with my recipe for garlic smashed red potatoes and used the gravy from the pot to top the potatoes, but you can also use red potatoes and throw them in the crock pot with the roast to make things even easier for yourself.

Crock Pot Coca-Cola Roast
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This Crock Pot Coca-Cola Roast recipe creates the most tender, caramelized, flavorful meat and gravy that I’ve ever tasted. This is the most popular slow cooker recipe on my blog and for good reason!
  • 1 beef roast of choice (use the size roast and the amount of vegetables you need to feed your family. I used a 2.5 pound Chuck Roast)
  • 1 can Cream of Mushroom soup
  • 1 package dry onion soup mix
  • 1 (12 oz) can Coke or Pepsi (NOT diet!)
  • Red potatoes, halved
  • Carrots, cut in chunks
  1. Place beef in crock pot (slow cooker) and top with dry onion soup mix.
  2. Place vegetables around roast.
  3. Mix together the cream of mushroom soup and the Coca-Cola in a bowl and pour over roast.
  4. Set crock pot on low, cook for 6-8 hours. The longer you cook, the more tender the meat becomes. The liquid makes a great gravy!
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81 Responses to “Crock Pot Coca-Cola Roast”

  1. Heather
    September 23, 2013 at 3:44 PM #

    Would it be the same time and temp for a frozen roast?

    • September 23, 2013 at 6:18 PM #

      Same temperature but I might give it an extra hour if it’s frozen 🙂

      • Heather
        September 24, 2013 at 10:48 AM #

        Great Thank you!

  2. October 3, 2013 at 10:06 AM #

    I have presure cooker same meathod?

    • October 3, 2013 at 11:29 AM #

      I’ve never used a pressure cooker but I don’t think it would work for slow cooking like this.

  3. Carolyn
    October 10, 2013 at 9:09 AM #

    Allergic to mushrooms. What other soup can I use?

    • October 10, 2013 at 12:43 PM #

      You can use cream of chicken or cream of celery!

      • Carolyn
        October 11, 2013 at 8:34 AM #

        Thanks! I think I’ll try the celery with the beef.

  4. October 23, 2013 at 8:04 AM #

    Can you use a diet cola?

    • October 23, 2013 at 1:23 PM #

      Hi Veronica – I wouldn’t use diet because the sugars in the coca-cola are what tenderize the meat! Sorry!

    • Tricia
      April 23, 2014 at 7:11 AM #

      I think the sugar in cola is what caramelizes it and makes it. You could try, but I’d have a back-up plan for dinner in case it doesn’t work out.

      • April 23, 2014 at 11:42 AM #

        You are right, Tricia.

    • sandy
      April 13, 2017 at 12:08 PM #

      “1 (12 oz) can Coke or Pepsi (NOT diet!)”

  5. Sara
    October 23, 2013 at 10:23 PM #

    I’ve been making my pot roasts in my Le Creuset French Oven instead of the crockpot with good results…I think I’ll try this version and see how it does!

    • October 23, 2013 at 10:28 PM #

      Definitely give it a try, Sara!

  6. kathie
    November 4, 2013 at 7:53 AM #

    Do you put the veggies in the whole time they doesn’t get mushy ??

    • November 4, 2013 at 10:05 AM #

      Honestly, mine never get mushy but you can always add them a couple of hours before it’s done!

  7. Amanda
    November 12, 2013 at 2:43 PM #

    How do you make the gravy at the end?

  8. Amanda
    November 12, 2013 at 2:44 PM #

    Sorry I forgot to click notify me, so I am reposting my question.

    How do you make the gravy at the end?

    • November 12, 2013 at 3:31 PM #

      HI Amanda! I don’t do anything else with the gravy. But if you would like to thicken it, I would add cornstarch to the gravy at the end!

      • Amanda
        November 12, 2013 at 10:06 PM #

        Thanks! I will be trying this tomorrow with cream of chicken soup!

        • November 13, 2013 at 12:48 AM #

          Sounds good! you’ll love it!

  9. Diane
    November 16, 2013 at 1:55 PM #

    Loved the garlic smashed potatoes, but didn’t really care for the sweetness of the roast gravy. Next time I will reduce the amount of Coke or substitute it with beef broth. For those wondering if the vegetables get mushy, the answer is NO. I put carrots in with everything else at the beginning and they were perfect.

  10. Cheri
    January 1, 2014 at 8:45 PM #

    I was wondering if I could get your permission to share some of your recipes on my timeline, repost them?

    Thank you,

    • January 2, 2014 at 12:47 AM #

      of course!

      • Cheri
        January 2, 2014 at 5:38 AM #

        Thank you so much….

  11. Tracey
    January 3, 2014 at 8:35 PM #

    The Roast sounds yummy, but I do have a problem. My Husband and Myself “HATE” Cooked Carrots as well as Parsnips. So do you have any suggestions as to what I can substitute in place of the Carrots,

    • January 3, 2014 at 11:35 PM #

      Any other veggie would be great! Broccoli..potoatoes…corn….whatever you prefer!

  12. JerryLynn Critchley
    January 4, 2014 at 12:29 PM #

    I was wondering i did not have cream of mushroom ,i did have golden mushroom will that matter?

    • January 4, 2014 at 1:13 PM #

      You can use the golden mushroom 🙂 really, any “cream of” soup will work fine.

      • Jim
        February 21, 2017 at 11:34 AM #

        Cream of Wheat?

  13. JerryLynn Critchleyc
    January 4, 2014 at 3:51 PM #

    Ashley,thanks for getting back to me so soon,my roast is still cooking smells so good hoping i will love it!!!Oh by the way I am a coca-cola collector !!!So any dishes made with coke i will try,once again Thank You !!!!

  14. Cheri
    January 5, 2014 at 5:37 PM #

    You could use any vegetables with it, any ones that you like would be great. The cola is mostly to tenderize the meat there are so many different vegetables you could use. One that I was thinking about using is Brussel Sprouts, but anything would work. I hope you can find one you like please let me know how you like it.

    • January 6, 2014 at 12:47 AM #

      Great idea on using the brussels sprouts!

  15. January 15, 2014 at 11:36 AM #

    Just saw this now, I’m adding it to my dinner menu for next week. Thanks Ashley!

    • January 15, 2014 at 12:38 PM #

      You will love this, Kara!

  16. Duane
    February 26, 2014 at 3:10 PM #

    Could you tell me how to make your garlic smashed potatoes. My wife is disabled and I inherited the kitchen. Always looking for easy things to make.

  17. carie
    March 13, 2014 at 3:16 PM #

    Could I cook on high for 4 hours?

    • March 13, 2014 at 4:19 PM #

      That should be fine 🙂

  18. carie
    March 16, 2014 at 8:28 PM #

    Ok I made it today it was really good the hubby even said I can do it again woohoo.

    • March 16, 2014 at 11:23 PM #

      Carie, thanks for letting me know!! So glad you both liked it! It’s one of my faves 🙂

  19. Rush
    March 29, 2014 at 5:36 PM #

    Can you use Dr Pepper?

    • March 29, 2014 at 6:15 PM #

      Yes! Just don’t use diet

  20. Sara
    April 1, 2014 at 7:18 PM #

    I finally got around to making this and OMG! So tender and flavorful!

    I made it in my LeCreuset French Oven instead of a crockpot and it worked fine. I did learn that I need to lower the oven temp but it didn’t burn/scorch, just cooked away the delicious gravy…LOL! I will DEFINITELY make it again!

    • April 1, 2014 at 7:51 PM #

      Sara thank you so much for coming back to let me know!! I’m so glad that you loved it!!

      • Sara
        April 1, 2014 at 9:38 PM #

        I’ve finally had success with the LeCreuset using canned soup (cream of mushroom, sometimes a combo of that and French Onion) and adding wine…then tried port which was my “go-to” until this. I could NOT believe how tender the meat was. The hubby loved it, too!

        • April 1, 2014 at 11:07 PM #

          I’m sooo glad!!

  21. Marla
    August 12, 2014 at 11:59 PM #

    If I use a larger roast do I need to double the soup and coke? Thanks!

    • August 13, 2014 at 12:13 AM #

      I would! It couldn’t hurt to have more “gravy” but you don’t want to end up with not enough.

  22. Teresa
    September 4, 2014 at 2:37 PM #

    What can I use to sub the dry onion mix?

    • September 4, 2014 at 3:18 PM #

      You can use onion powder, garlic powder and/or fresh onion.

  23. Jon
    September 7, 2014 at 8:39 AM #

    Thing it doesnt tell u is how many carrots do u use and also how many potatoes do u use

    • September 7, 2014 at 9:40 AM #

      As many as you want! Just do whatever your preference is 🙂 sometimes I use more than others.

  24. December 28, 2014 at 3:56 PM #

    Have you ever used a Pork Tenderloin instead of beef for this?

  25. Lucy
    January 5, 2015 at 7:09 PM #

    Hi, I set this in the slow cooker before I left for work this morning. Realizing at the time, we only had a can of Dr.Pepper. It still turned out great. I pureed the potatoes and carrots in the slow-cooker at the end of cooking to thicken the sauce. It was a hit with the whole family. Easy and quick to prepare. Thank you!

    • January 5, 2015 at 10:01 PM #

      I’m so glad you liked it!! I will have to try it with Dr. Pepper next time! I bet that would be amazing! Really, any dark soda should work 🙂

  26. Deanna S. Bright
    January 23, 2015 at 11:29 AM #

    Hi Ashley, I have had this several times, and it is unbelievable. I just couldn’t
    Hardly believe how tender the roast was & the gravy was soo delicious. It is my favorite way to prepare ROAST, now & forever. LOL Thank you Ashley 🙂

    • January 23, 2015 at 11:47 AM #

      What a nice comment! Thank you!

  27. Sandy
    March 1, 2015 at 9:49 AM #

    I just put it in the crockpot and will be leaving for church in a few minutes. I thought when I get back (after about 3 hrs) if it looks like I could use more gravy, could I make another soup/coke mixture and add it to it at that time? It would be about it in the middle of the cooking time.

    • March 1, 2015 at 10:42 AM #

      You shouldn’t need more liquid because the roast itself will add juice as It cooks, as well! If your really need more you can add more of the sauce and just cook it long enough to heat it up 🙂 add some cornstarch to thicken if needed! Enjoy your day!

  28. Aaron
    May 11, 2015 at 2:24 PM #

    This looks great I am going to try it today. I am having issues with my 6qt crock pot drying everything out. I wish I still had my 20 year old crock. Someone said steam may be escaping but I think the new one’s are just junk.
    Any ideas as to why all my roasts come out dry and not tender even with liquid still in there?
    I cook everything on low for about 7-8 hours.

    • May 11, 2015 at 6:24 PM #

      The newer crock pots cook a lot faster! I have the same problem. I shorten the cooking time a lot for the newer ones. Seems to help my food not to dry out anymore.

  29. Gail
    September 6, 2016 at 3:46 PM #

    I am wondering if anyone tried this using diet Coke, and how it turned out. Looking for a different way to cook a roast and my husband can’t have sugar. Thanks!

    • September 6, 2016 at 3:48 PM #

      Hi Gail! I haven’t used diet because the sugars are what makes the roast tender. Maybe Google has a good substitution?? Sorry I couldn’t help more!

  30. Jodie
    January 30, 2017 at 12:54 PM #

    I served the pot roast last night for dinner and got rave reviews. I followed your directions and it was sheer perfection. Thank you so much.

    • January 31, 2017 at 12:22 AM #

      Jodie, thanks so much for letting me know!! I appreciate you taking the time to come back and comment!

  31. Fran Marciano
    February 2, 2017 at 11:32 PM #

    I made this for dinner the other night. My boyfriend, who is very fussy, went back for seconds!!! Thanks so much! I will be making it again, and again!

  32. Sara
    February 5, 2017 at 4:00 AM #

    Because of medical issues, I’m now on a fairly strict low sodium eating plan. That means canned soups and the onion soup mix are out totally. Any suggestions on adapting this recipe without those two items?

    • Debbie
      February 15, 2017 at 10:00 PM #

      I would use onion powder, dried onion flakes and low/no sodium beef bouillon granules or cubes in place of the dry onion soup. Or if you can’t find low sodium bouillon, use beef broth and a little molasses along with the onion flakes and powder in place of half the cola.

      • Sara
        February 22, 2017 at 2:27 AM #

        I can do the onion soup replacement (actually found salt-free beef bouillon) but I’m at a loss as to what to replace the canned soup with…

  33. Desiree
    April 20, 2017 at 5:29 PM #

    Hello, just wondering if it makes a difference whether if you use coke, pepsi, or dr pepper? Does each one give a different flavor?? Also, i have a huge roast and i like a lot of gravy so how would i double this recipe? Should i use 2 cokes, 2 cream of mushroom, and 2 envelopes of onion soup mix?? Thanks!

    • April 20, 2017 at 10:00 PM #

      Yes definitely double the gravy! I like to have a lot, too. Then I can put it on the mashed potatoes, etc. You can use coke, pepsi, root beer, dr. pepper – anything! Just don’t use diet because the sugars are what break down the meat to make it more tender. 🙂 Enjoy!!!

  34. Sunny Sifford
    May 20, 2017 at 11:47 PM #

    If time is short, could I cook on high for the first 2 hours and put on low for 4 hours to have it ready in6 hours for a 2.84 lb chuck roast?

  35. Sunny Sifford
    May 20, 2017 at 11:51 PM #

    Also, I plan to leave this in fridge overnight with just the dry mix in. I will put cola in before I leave for church in the morning. Figure this will let flavors meld in really good!


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