Slow Cooked Chuck Roast

First day of school was on Monday. I had to stay there from 7:20am-8:00pm. Yeah, I wasn’t the most happy person by the end of the day. Imagine my smile starting really big in the morning and slowly becoming a frown by the time the sun went down.

Actually having sun and not 60 MPH winds really cheered me up. My friend and I ate lunch on the grass in between classes and I think I even got a little color. ๐Ÿ˜‰ A lot of the blogs I read complain about the heat but I will take all I can get here in this windy city. Send it over to the SF Bay, baby.

Unfortunately, it didn’t last last long because I woke up and my car was misty from the fog. I figured the only way to make the day better was to come home to a nice chuck roast waiting for me at home!

Slow Cooked Chuck Roast

Prep Time: 25 Minutes

Cook Time: 6 Hours

Serves: 8



  • 3 Lbs Chuck Roast/Stew Meat (I used a combo of both)
  • 1 Yellow Onion
  • 2 Roma Tomatoes
  • 1 Jalapeรฑo
  • 1 Habanero
  • 6 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1/2 Lime
  • 1 Tbs Salt
  • 1 Tbs Pepper
  • 1 Tbs Oregano
  • 1 Tbs Chili Powder
  • 1 Tsp Thyme
  • 1 Tsp Cumin
  • 1/4 Cup Water/Stock


1. Start by cutting your meat into 2×2″ thick pieces and rub the salt, pepper, oregano, chili powder, thyme and cumin evenly throughout the pieces. Set aside while you prep your veggies.


2. Cut (and deseed) the jalapeรฑo and habanero long ways. The Roma tomatoes should also be cut long ways and then in half. Dice the onion and chop the garlic roughly.

Helpful hint: Do not rub your nose after slicing the habanero. Ouch!


3. Lay the onion, tomato, habanero and jalapeรฑo down first and then the garlic on top.


4. Add the beef on top and place a bay leaf on top. Squeeze half a lime on top of the meat. Pour 1/4 cup of water or broth of your choice and let it cook for 6 hours on high.

I used the cooked roast the next day on top of egg noodles. It was perfect on this cold and foggy day.


Somehow all three pounds of meat were consumed by the next day! Sneaky roommates…


Something fun I did this week was going to Nightlife at the Academy of Sciences. Yeah, I know I visited the Academy only a few months ago, but this time was different because there. were. no. kids!! Nightlife is open on Thursday nights to adults 21+ years and older, meaning I get to walk around and stand in line as long as I want! ๐Ÿ™‚


Isn’t this full sized cast skeleton of the T. Rex awesome? Such a great piece to see right when you walk in!


The Academy also had an art event going on, where local artists set up their area and painted in front of the guests. I really liked the guy and his work on the right. His portraits really drew my attention and I picked up his business card just incase I needed it in the future. ๐Ÿ™‚



Live penguins! The last time I went with the kids, they had a feeding going on and the penguins were going crazy! This time they were a bit more timid because it was closer to their bedtime.


Does your museum have a pendulum? I remember watching this when I was around 5-6 and I was the ONLY one that saw it knock the stick over. Everyone said they didn’t see it but I know I did. Kind of like that episode of The Office when they wanted to screensaver cube to hit the corner.


Aren’t these bad ass? I would love one in my house! I just wouldn’t want Mr. T judging me with those crazy eyes every time I walked down the hall.


I also got to experience the earthquake event, which always had a long line before. The Academy replicated the 1906 and 1989 earthquake inside a moving stage. It was a cool experience but I was sad after because they said we were due for another one soon and I just couldn’t imagine the city in chaos.


One of the coolest couples you will ever meet!




The aquarium had a live DJ and it felt like a club down there. The dancing jellyfish thought so too!


I know I’m having a longย day week when I come home, open my front door and think the black bag in the corner of the entrance is a small child looking at me. I jumped back and almost slammed the door shut. Then I just felt bad for myself and went upstairs to eat hummus. Woe is me.

Students, how’s your first week of school going? Everyone else, what’s the dumbest reaction you had when you were tired?

20 thoughts on “Slow Cooked Chuck Roast

  1. penguins! i love penguins. and i havent been to a museum in way too long, i really should make a trip. those art works are awesome! that chuck roast looks soo good! congrats on getting back into the swing of things. ive had so many dumb reactions to things, usually i knock something over, like coffee or something like that, all over someones desk. its happened a few times.

  2. You have the most cool life living in a city with all these adventures available to you! I love it!
    That chuck roast looks beautiful! You’re so great at putting together dishes and taking the perfect pictures to go along with it!
    Sorry you have such a long day at school! I would go insane being on campus all day. I think I did that one semester – I had classes 2 x a week and I was there from like 9 to 7. That was a bad decision as all my tests fell within the same days usually. Anyway – I’m not a student, but i have scares like that all the time. My most recent one was when I was swimming on Sunday – I thought I saw a person staring at me above the lane I was in but it was just a poster on the wall. How does that even happen!?

  3. What a long day, I feel for you girl. I don’t start until next week and although I do love getting into routine with a new school term, I will not be looking forward to my long days as well (but not as long as this so I won’t complain) ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Can we discuss how this recipe is PERFECT??? I’m a sucker for anything in the slow-cooker! Once the temp drops you better bet I am making this! Roasts and fall are like Ying and Yang

    We have a very similar event at the Royal Ontario Museum on Friday nights. It’s always so much fun! Drinks + dinosaurs are my jam lol

  5. Yumm, pot roast is the bomb comfort food after a long day!

    I would love to go to the Nightlife exhibit, it looks like so much fun!

    When I get overtired, I blow up about little stuff and cry. I hit my wall Saturday night leaving the clubs. A friend at one bar invited us to an afterparty, but I was exhausted from the long week and two late nights out in a row. I was the crazy girl screaming in the Mission at 2am, “Don’t you people have jobs or kids or responsibilities to attend to in the morning?!?” I would say I don’t have what it takes anymore, but the truth is I never had it in the first place ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. That slow cooker recipe looks amazing and something I will no doubt be making- its so great to see a recipe on the blogworld recently to match the Australian cold weather haha! i feel everyone has all this fresh fruit and summery creations!

    I am in week 5 now of study aka assessments galore. Sorry in my case, procrastinations galore.

    • I already procrastinated and it is the first week! Help me! I love the recipe because the subtleness of the habanero and jalapeno add an underlying taste of spicy.

  7. thats a long day! Im impressed you are blogging through your busy schedule! Im very crabby when tired – just dont be around me then.

    I’ve walked into my house to find a stupid balloon bobbing on its string and I swear I thought it was someone’s head – freaked me out!!!!

    • We will see how long blogging lasts! If I want to continue, I will make time for it, but if the semester gets too intense then I will have to take a break. School comes first! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • It’s so worth it! I spend maybe 15 minutes and ended up with the house smelling heavenly, enough food to feed a small family and most importantly, it tastes so good!

  8. Ahhhh, are you wearing a jacket? It is sooo MF hot here in Saipan and I really envy your cooler weather! I guess the grass is always greener ๐Ÿ˜›

    I definitely remember spending 12+ hours on campus and it made me super grumpy, too. The worst part was having to carry ALL of my stuff around – gym clothes, breakfast, lunch, AND dinner, textbooks, etc. As you livein SF, I’m guessing you don’t have a car, either. boo!

    That Academy evening sounds really fun! A few months ago, I went to a similar event where there were lots of people painting HUGE canvases and it was the coolest thing to watch. I’m not artistic at all, so it was really inspiring ๐Ÿ™‚

    Recently, I was really tired one morning. Chris woke up early and checked his email while in bed. I sorta mumbled, “Good morning,” then went in and out of sleeping. At one point, he said, “I got an email from…” but I was super startled and violently jumped. I had forgotten that he was there! ๐Ÿ˜›

    • Ha, Alex, that’s not me in the picture but yes I was also wearing a jacket! It is hot (if you consider 70 degrees no humidity hot) during the day but always windy at night here in San Francisco.

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