We love roast beef and this recipe is so good served over rice.

1 (3 or 4 lb.) chuck roast
1 green pepper, chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 (4 ounce) can green chilis
1/4 cup quick-cooking tapioca
1 large onion, peeled, sliced and in rings
1 cup okra, chopped (Optional)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne (can use more or less)
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon basil
1 bay leaf
1 cup water
Cut roast to fit into crock pot and place in bottom of the pot.  In a large bowl combine the remaining ingredients and mix with a spoon. Pour over the roast.  Cook on high for about 5 hours or low 7 until meat is tender.  Serve over rice. Makes a 3 quart crock pot 3/4 full.  Enjoy!
Note:  The tapioca acts as a thickening agent in the recipe. You can leave it out if you want a more soupy gravy and also leave out the water for a thicker gravy.
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  1. First of all I am Cajun… and this is NO where near of our way of cooking… If we would USE a crock pot … We would have Browned in a Black pot and the seasoning used are not what WE would use… Some Louisiana Creole cuisine is a style uses some of what it in this Recipe … But Cajuns use SMOKED MEATS… They do not USE ANY.. celery, can diced tomatoes, NO can green chilis.. really NO …quick-cooking tapioca NO thyme NO chili powder basil , bay leaf..We like to Taste our Beef!! We would brown then roast either or on stove top in a black pot or in the oven and which the roast is STUFFED AND SEASONED with Garlic and onions green onions parsley … Red pepper . Japalenos pepper and sometimes alittle Bell pepper… Put some oil in your pot and brown your roast then add some chopped up onions and saute’ then add some water alittle at a time .. once all of this is done .. We then put all into a CROCK Pot… and let finish cooking… but WE Never Never .. cook like this recipe.. It makes us up set when we read recipes that PPL want to say it is Cajun !!! This is not… and AS far as a Gravy thickner you can buy some Wonder Shake and Blend or some 1 tsp baking soda and 1 cup water mix together then add alittle at a time to gravy to make your gravy thicker .. I”m Sorry Judy but Before saying it’s Cajun Please make sure IT’S CAJUN.

    • The Southern Lady says:

      So sorry you are not happy with this recipe, Betty. I would just say that very few recipes today are made the way they originally would have been made because people today don’t have to time to cook your way. Many people today cook differently from the way their ancestors cooked but still call it Irish stew or Italian meatballs. I try very hard not to be critical of the way others do things and would just suggest you ignore this recipe as it was not meant to upset anyone and you are the only person out of almost a million people on this site to let it bother you. If you look at all the Mexican recipes, Italian recipes, etc. I am sure they are not made the way true Mexicans and Italians would make them but they are still called Italian food or Mexican food.

  2. Do you think if I cut the roast and floured it and pre-browned it and then put it in the crockpot it would thicken the gravy?

    • The Southern Lady says:

      Probably would thicken it some, Linda.

    • Linda, I haven’t made the Cajun Pot Roast yet, BUT I do use my slow cooker to make pot roast, and I flour my roast and brown it in a skillet first, and yes it makes wonderful gravy, nicely thickened..

  3. Is the tapioca pudding? If not where do I find it?

  4. Awesome recipe!!! So enjoy any kind of roast!! BTW, if anyone is looking for great beef to purchase – no hormones, no antibiotics, pasture-raised, from a 5 generation cattle ranching family operation, check out:!!! We’ve been in business for 140+ years!

  5. Angie Smith says:

    I have never cooked with tapioca. Is this 1/4 cups already cooked or what? I would love to make this.

  6. Oh yum. And I still have some frozen okra.

  7. Linda Sullivan says:

    This recipe is going in my book – how delightful & delicious this dish sounds!

  8. Looks great Judy! Thanks :)

  9. Just get me to the grocery for a roast! Everything else is on hand and I will be trying it out. Sounds positively delicious!

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