2 Time-Saving Fall Crock Pot Recipes: Pot Roast & Apple Pie

Leanne's Life
by Leanne's Life

If you love food and your crock pot, you’ll love my fall crock pot recipes. Here’s a fall-inspired slow cooker meal that’s a delicious pot roast and apple pie cake. Both of these are affordable, simple to make, and are getting me so excited for fall!

I love crock pot meals all year round but especially in the fall and winter months, back-to-school months mean busier days and slower cooker meals are the way to go because they save you time and money, as crock pots use less energy than an oven.

Pot roast

Ingredients for the crock pot pot roast


  • Roast (I selected a chuck roast)
  • Tomato sauce
  • Potatoes
  • Red onion
  • Garlic
  • Salt and pepper
  • Thyme
  • Beef broth
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • White wine vinegar
  • Flour (optional–I didn’t use it but you can make a slurry with it to thicken up the sauce at the end)
Cutting up the red onion

1. Cut the onion

Quarter the red onion.

Making beef broth

2. Make the beef broth

I used a beef bouillon cube for my beef broth. That's a cheaper replacement than buying a carton of broth.

Layering the ingredients in the crock pot

3. Layer ingredients

Layer half of the onions and potatoes in the bottom of the crock pot. This creates a bed for the pot roast.

Making sauce for the pot roast

4. Make the sauce

To make the sauce, you’ll need a bowl to add white vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, beef broth, and part of the tomato sauce. Make sure to freeze the rest of the tomato sauce so it doesn’t go to waste. 

Adding seasoning and garlic

5. Add seasoning and garlic

Add salt, pepper, and thyme to the bowl. Add chopped garlic, which makes everything taste better. 

Adding sauce to the crock pot

6. Add sauce to the crock pot

Add half of the sauce to the crock pot.

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7. Add roast

Place the roast on top of the onions and potatoes already in there. 

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8. Pour in the rest of the sauce

Pour the remaining sauce on top of the roast, onions, and potatoes. 

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9. Add the rest of the items

Nestle in the rest of the potatoes and onions around and on top of the roast. 

Cooking the pot roast

10. Cook

Cook on low for 7 to 8 hours or high for 4 hours.

Apple pie

Next, in my smaller crock pot, I’ll make the apple pie cake. This turned out good but I’d recommend making it in a larger crock pot. 

Ingredients for the crock pot apple pie


  • 6 green apples
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • Cinnamon (amount optional)
  • Cake mix (I only used half the cake mix because I halved the recipe to fit the crock pot)
Cutting up apples

1. Cut the apples

Cut the apples into slices. Leave on the skin. I used an apple slicer to make it easier.

Adding apples and cinnamon to the crock pot

2. Add apples

Place slices in the crock pot. Layer apples and cinnamon in the bottom of the crock pot. Add a couple of layers of apples, then spoon on a teaspoon or so of cinnamon. Add more layers of apple, and continue adding a teaspoon of cinnamon.

Adding brown sugar

3. Add brown sugar

You can also layer in the brown sugar as you’re adding cinnamon. I am just adding it after the layering. If you do this after the layering of apples and cinnamon, just try to get as much brown sugar down to the bottom and around the crevices of the apple slices.

Adding cake mix

4. Add cake mix

I measured out half of the cake powder, but it was cakey at the top. A larger crock pot will make the cake mix less cakey. Add butter to the top. Put the lid of the crock pot on and cook.

Cooking the apple pie

5. Cook

I cooked this cake on high for 2 hours. The top is not as crispy as it would be in a larger crock pot, but it’s still amazing.

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The roast in the crock pot made my home smell amazing. The apple pie cake was delicious. I hope you are inspired by this dump-and-go crockpot meal. Let me know what you’re cooking in your crock pot this fall!

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2 of 6 comments
  • D D on Nov 08, 2022

    Linda, I don't measure out my recipes either. I take recipes as a suggestion. In fact, I've been at my new home for 6 years and my mom just bought me a spoon measurement set that's STILL in the wrapper. haha.

  • Gen64489071 Gen64489071 on Nov 08, 2022

    Why arm pit smelling red onions??

    If you want to make a slurry with flour, try wishing in Wonder, it's in a shaker and doesn't make lumps.