How to Make Chuck Steak Tender and Tasty

Beef cuts, chuck ~

American cuts of beef - chuck
American cuts of beef - chuck | Source

Long slow cooking for tenderness ~

Chuck steak has a very good flavor, but can be tough and hard to chew if not cooked properly. It is one of the more economical cuts of beef. Many people will avoid buying it because of the amount of fat and gristle in it -- yet this is what makes this cut of beef so flavorful.

The cut comes from the shoulder and neck area of beef. I have found the best way ever to make the steak so tender and tasty that everyone will praise you as the best cook around. Baking while steaming seems to be the trick.

Years ago this cut of beef was called "seven bone steak". My mother used this cut to make her delicious pot roast. She added water to about an inch from the top of the meat and kept it at that level throughout the cooking process. The juices from the meat made a wonderful broth. About 30 minutes before the meat was done, Mom added sliced carrots to the broth.

When the carrots and meat were done, she removed all the broth to a large cast iron skillet and made a dark, rich gravy which was poured back into the roasting pan. Then she added one or two cans of peas. This wonderful dish was served with mashed potatoes. When Dad served up each of the nine plates at supper, he made sure everyone got lots of gravy on our potatoes. We had to wait till everyone was served and prayers were said before we could eat. By that time our mouths were watering and we were starving - so did justice to Mom's delicious supper.

Sometimes Mom would make it a little easier on herself and make the pot roast "Yankee style", by adding the potatoes to the roasting pot. I like to use a slow cooker to make this meal.

Yankee style pot roast ~

Pot roast in a slow cooker.
Pot roast in a slow cooker. | Source

My version of Pot Roast ~

Mom's pot roast supper was excellent and I still make it once in a while. My version of pot roast is quite different and also an excellent, tasty supper for hungry folks.

This recipe will serve four to six people, depending on how hungry they are. I have a large extended family and when we are all together this dish is a great choice to save on costs and time. When more than six will be coming for dinner I make two pans of this recipe and bake them side by side. Cooking time, of course, will be a little longer. The wonderful thing about this dish is the longer it bakes sealed up, the more tender it will be.

Tip for adding meat texture to recipe ~

If you are concerned there might not be enough meat in your recipe for everyone, here is a good tip. Add some bite size pieces of portobello mushrooms. These mushrooms are darker in color than the common white mushrooms and have a meaty texture and taste. I have a large family and sometimes have saved on meat costs by using the portobello mushroom -- and, it is delicious.

Portobello mushroom ~

Portobello mushrooms are often used as a meat substitute.
Portobello mushrooms are often used as a meat substitute. | Source


  • 2 pounds Chuck Steak, 1 to 1 1/2 inch thick
  • 1/2 pound White Mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 envelope Dry Onion Soup Mix
  • 1 cups Baby Carrots, peeled
  • 1 small Green Bell Pepper, sliced and seeded
  • 1 can (1 pound size) Stewed Tomatoes
  • 1 Tablespoon Steak Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Corn Starch
  • 1 Tablespoon Parsley, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Margarine
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • Garlic Powder, to taste


  1. Line the baking dish with enough foil to fold back over the meat and seal tightly. Place margarine in center of foil and spread around.
  2. Drain and chop tomatoes -- save the juice and set aside. Cut the steaks into smaller serving size pieces and rub with seasonings. Arrange steaks in slightly overlapping layer.
  3. Mix steak sauce with the tomato juice and cornstarch. Sprinkle all other ingredients over steak then pour juice over all. Fold the foil over and seal tightly so no steam will escape.

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 2 hours
Ready in: 2 hours 30 min
Yields: 3 or four chuck steaks serves six

Bake and serve ~

Bake at 375 degrees for at least two hours. I have sometimes doubled this recipe. When doing so, I bake it for at least four hours. Remove from oven and let rest while preparing mashed potatoes or rice.

When ready to serve, carefully peel back foil and roll it down -- the steam will escape and will be very hot, so be careful not to burn yourself. Burns from steam can be very painful.

Place dish on bread board or hot pads on table and watch those steaks disappear. Serve with warm dinner rolls or garlic bread to soak up the juices. This is a really great supper for chilly winter evenings.

Side dishes ~

I serve this recipe with mashed potatoes, a green salad with vinegar and oil dressing, and garlic bread.

Chuck Steak Recipe ~

3.5 stars from 28 ratings of My Pot Roast Recipe

First attempt with this recipe ~

My first attempt with this recipe produced a surprisingly amazing and delicious result.

After moving back to the Pacific Northwest from California, we stayed with one of my brothers and his wife till I had found a job and was able to support my daughter and myself. I had recently moved into my own place, a darling two bedroom duplex, which was perfect for just the two of us.

My brother's birthday was coming up and I wanted to do something special for him, though I had little money. I thought about just having potato salad and barbecued burgers or hot dogs, so, went shopping with that in mind.

At the store, I went to the fresh meats department first. I had decided to just get ground beef and barbecue up some burgers. I saw that the chuck steaks were on sale and it was a good price. They were large and I thought if I got six, I could cut them in half and serve them with baked potatoes, salad and garlic bread. The only problem was that I knew chuck steak could be pretty tough and hard to chew.

As I stood there looking at them, the clerk behind the counter came over to serve me. I asked him to pick out the best six and largest steaks for me. I also asked him if there was a way to make them more tender when I cooked them. He told me the recipe his wife used and I wrote down the ingredients. I already had most of the ingredients at home. All I had to buy was the canned tomatoes and heavy duty aluminum foil.

I followed the recipe the meat man gave me and was amazed at the results -- so was everyone else. I had made mashed potatoes to go with the meat platter and every bit of that dinner was gone in no time.

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Comments 22 comments

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DebCrawford 5 years ago from Memphis, TN

Sounds yummy. I might try this in the crock pot.

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Phyllis Doyle 5 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Hi Deb. Nice to see you here. Thanks for stopping by. I imagine this recipe would work well in the crock pot. I have never tried it that way.

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Sally's Trove 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

You are so right about chuck steak, Phyllis. It is delicious but too often overlooked because it is entirely too chewy unless cooked poperly.

I love the way this recipe sounds and will be sure to try it soon. Beef and cooked tomatoes are a fabulous combination!

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Phyllis Doyle 5 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Sally, thank you so much for stopping by and for your comments. Every time I make this meal, there are no leftovers. My family loves it and it is so easy.

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saddlerider1 5 years ago

I rarely eat red meat, however the way you describe preparing this type of chuck steak, I may just give it a try. I also have a slow cooker and may use it. Thanks Phyllis for the useful advice. peace and hugs

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Phyllis Doyle 5 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Ken, thanks so much for stopping by. It is always good to see your pic and read your words. I think you might like the chuck steak bake. I, too, rarely eat red meats -- but, this is sooo tender and tasty. If cooked long enough, it just melts in the mouth. And it makes a wonderful gravy for mashed potatoes. Hugs and may you walk in peace.

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carrie450 5 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

This recipe sounds delicious Phyllis. I'm going to try it out, thanks

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Phyllis Doyle 5 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Thanks, Carrie. It is one of my family's favorite suppers.

Carrie 2 years ago

First search result - so I tried it. Great result! Didn't have any mushrooms but had lots of home-grown squash & zucchini, so substituted zucchini for the mushrooms & it came out really good!

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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Hi Carrie. I bet that was very good with the squash. I will have to try that -- thanks for the great idea. And thank you for reading and commenting.

Felicia 2 years ago

Im a single mom of three fast growing children, 9, 12, and 16. I'm always looking for a good, economical way to feed my family a good meal. This sounds like a winner. I can't wait to try it. Thanks for the recipe.

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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

You are most welcome, Felicia. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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Patsybell 21 months ago from zone 6a, SEMO

Mushrooms. Great idea. I always enjoy your posts. Voted up, U, I, Tweet Pin.

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esmonaco 21 months ago from Lakewood New York

Phyllis, I agree with you, chuck steak is a delicious cut of meat, your recipe sure sounds wonderful. I'll be giving this a try soon, my mother always added a chuck roast to her tomato sauce for pasta, and it was always melt in your mouth delicious after cooking in the sauce all day. Thanks for the recipe.

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tillsontitan 21 months ago from New York

I'm embarrassed to admit I've never cooked a chuck steak! Like so many I was afraid of its texture and put off by all the fat. This recipe, however, could change all that. Well done my friend.

Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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Phyllis Doyle 21 months ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Hi Patsybell. Yes, the Portabella mushrooms are so good. Thank you so much for the visit, comment, votes and shares.

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Phyllis Doyle 21 months ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Hi Mary. Chuck steak is so good when cooked right. By sealing it in the foil it steams and gets so tender. This recipe is very versatile with the ingredients. I am sure you will like it this way. Thanks a lot, Mary, for your ever faithful support and votes.

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Phyllis Doyle 21 months ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Hi esmonaco. You are most welcome. Good to hear from you. Your mother sure knew how to do chuck roast - I can almost taste it. Cooking chuck roast or chuck steak with tomatoes or tomato sauce really tenderizes the meat a lot. Thanks for reading and commenting.

RickWiman 20 months ago

can be super sped up if you have a cast iron pot with lid. get it hot and throw the meat in it as soon as you chop it up into bite size pieces. that way your cooking while your preparing your vegetables and sauce. I mixed everything else up in a sauce pan and stirred in that with the chuck as soon as I was finnaly done chopping up. thanks for sharing

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Phyllis Doyle 20 months ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Hi Rick. One of the greatest inventions ever - our faithful cast iron pots and lids. I will try that next time. Thanks for sharing that tip. Thanks for reading and commenting, Rick.

amber 11 months ago

Trying recipe tonight all you said was drain and chop tomatoes and save the juice which you pour over everything later but what did you do with the tomatoes??? It doesn't state!?

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Phyllis Doyle 11 months ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Read step 3 again:

"Sprinkle all (includes tomatoes) other ingredients over steak then pour juice over all."


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