Slow Cooker Beef Roast with Balsamic Onions – $5 Dinner Challenge

I will make this again.

Maybe tomorrow.


If you like the balsamic flavor, this is a must try!

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Slow Cooker Beef Roast with Balsamic Onions

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 8 hours in slow cooker


  • 1 – 2.6 lb. beef roast ($5.10/2 = $2.55) Will use the other half of the meat for another meal!
  • 2 onions, sliced ($.60)
  • 4 garlic cloves, smooshed ($.20)
  • 1/4-1/2 cup balsamic vinegar ($.50) If you’re a fan of the balsamic flavor, add 1/2 cup…or more!
  • Salt and pepper
  • Serve with green beans


  • 1 3/4 cups yellow cornmeal ($.50)
  • 1/2 cup flour ($.10)
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder ($.05)
  • 2 Tbsp sugar ($.05)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil ($.10)
  • 2 eggs ($.20)
  • 1 cup milk ($.10) Use rice milk to stay dairy-free!


  • In a large pot, sear or brown the beef roast on all sides in a little olive oil.

  • Slice onions into strips. Smoosh garlic clove with flat part of the knife. Is that a technical cooking term, smoosh?!?

  • Place seared roast into slow cooker with the oil that it was seared in. Season with salt and pepper. Add sliced onions and smooshed garlic around the roast. Sprinkle about 1/4-1/2 cup balsamic vinegar into the slow cooker.

  • Cook on low for 8 hours.
  • In mixing bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, powder and salt. Whisk in the oil, eggs and milk until batter forms. Pour into greased baking dish. Bake in preheated oven for 16-20 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean in the middle.
  • Prepare green beans as directed on package.
  • Serve Slow Cooker Beef Roast with Balsamic Onions, Green Beans and Cornbread.

Cost $5.45 with leftover cornbread

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  1. says

    I’m not sure how much you pay for balsamic vinegar, but I buy 1 liter bottles at Sam’s Club for under $5 (Costco is over $11 for the same size). We love balsamic vinegar, and I always have several bottles in my pantry.

  2. says

    Wow – this looks delish. I am going to give this a try this week. I know I have a roast in the freezer – what a great way to use it.

  3. says

    I had a roast planned for last Sunday, but didn’t get it because it was $6 something, and I could have probably only gotten 1 meal out of it. I have 3 teenage boys, ugh, maybe when it goes on sale.
    Thanks for hosting!

  4. Laura says

    I’ll definately have to try this. I love new crockpot recipes. I’m surprised how much the homemade corn muffins were. Don’t you think it could have been made cheaper by using a box of Jiffy?

  5. Mary says

    What size slow cooker did you use for this recipe? Do you always use the same size slow cooker or do you have more than one?

  6. says

    What cut of roast did you use. I just got a chuck roast on sale and was wondering if that would work – I have never cooked a chuck roast. Also, what are your thoughts about other veggies (carrots) in there? I am assuming potatoes would get too mushy! By the way I am a big fan of official cooking lingo – smoosh – I use it all the time – LOL!

  7. Melinda says

    I made the roast last night… was a hit!! I was unsure how the vinegar and everything would work out, but it was yummy!!! Was a great way to use up the roast in the freezer… I’m always digging around for recipes.

  8. Michelle says

    My husband loved it! And of course had no clue it was Balsamic Vinegar..and he’s always said he didn’t like it. :-) Now he does…at least when it’s on a hunk of beef. Very yummy..will definitely make again.

  9. says


    I made this for dinner tonight (with bisquick biscuits since I ran out of cornmeal) and DANG this was good!!!!

    Seriously good!!!

  10. becca says

    Wow, I can’t wait to make this for tonight’s dinner!! It sounds so easy and delicious. Just what I was looking for! Thank you so much!

  11. Martha says

    What is the reason for the searing? If I am in a hurry, could it be cooked without the searing? I assume a pork roast could be used as well?

  12. Lisa says

    link #17 (italian sausage with white beans and rice) does not work. it wants me to create a log in, but when I do, I still cannot get in to see the recipe. am I doing something wrong?

    p.s. we had the roast recipe last week. I LOVE BALSAMIC VINEGAR!!! any excuse for me to have more works for me!!

  13. Renata says

    Just made this roast with balsamic onions last night, and oh my goodness, this was by far the BEST roast I have ever made or tasted. I will be making it many more times. Thanks for a GREAT recipe. I have already passed the recipe on to several co-workers.

  14. Dawn says

    Agree with all the others…. YUMMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My husband said it tortured him all day long since he was home all day long… heehee
    I did add a little Worcestershire sauce. Have some left over, so leftover stroganoff it is (our other fav!).
    1 can tomoato
    1 can cr mush soup
    1-16 oz light sour cream
    worcestershire to taste
    the carmelized onions
    left over meat

  15. says

    Made this last night and although I forgot to plug the crockpot in at 10 when I started, (I ended up turning it on high at 12 and it was totally fine). Very tasty. I probably let it go a little too long on high though but the kids loved the meat and I added little purple potatoes and carrots.

  16. Sandra K. Lewis says

    This was absolutely delicious. My 70 something year old mother keeps bugging me for the recipe, said it was the best she has ever tasted, and she has always been a darn good cook. Thank you for a great meal…


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