Leftover Pot Roast with Butternut Squash and Roasted Poblanos (Slow Cooker!)

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One day I threw some stuff into the slow cooker for dinner, including some butternut squash, grilled poblano pepper, and some leftover slow cooked pot roast.

I admit, I wondered if that was even allowed — cooking meat in the slow cooker twice. I was afraid it might disintegrate or something.

It ended well. Really well. I threw that photo up there on Instagram and Facebook and got a lot of requests for the recipe.

I felt like I needed a proper photo for the post, though, so I took one the next day with the small amount leftover.

Shredded Romano cheese was thrown on top, and didn’t realize until later that it looked like my tender, succulent, flavorful stew had begun to grow white hair.


Leftover Pot Roast with Butternut Squash and Poblanos (slow cooker!) - www.PerrysPlate.com

I’m anticipating a couple of questions. Here are a couple of answers:

1. No, I don’t think it matters how your pot roast was cooked or how it was seasoned the first time around. I would stray from very strong Asian flavors, though, because it might not jive with the spices you add the second time.


2. Yes, you could put uncooked roast into the slow cooker with all of this stuff, but I think the flavor would be lacking. Part of the reason this tastes so great is because the meat has been seasoned twice!

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Slow Cooked (Leftover) Pot Roast with Butternut Squash and Poblanos

Leftover pot roast finds a new home in a slow-cooked tex-mex stew!

Yield: Serves 6


4-5 cups leftover beef roast & juice, cut into large chunks or shreds
3 cups cubed butternut squash (about 1/2 of a medium squash)
3 poblano peppers, grilled/broiled, peeled, seeded, and diced
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or more if you want it spicier)


Combine everything into a slow cooker (I used my 4 quart), and cook on low for 4-5 hours or high for 2-3 hours.

Serve over rice, pasta, potatoes, quinoa, or with crusty bread. Sprinkle with some cheese, if desired. (Cotija and Romano cheese were very good!)

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11 Responses to “Leftover Pot Roast with Butternut Squash and Roasted Poblanos (Slow Cooker!)”

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    Blog is the New black — December 4, 2012 @ 3:25 am

    I love pot roast- I would never think to add it to leftovers like this. Yum!


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    Joanne — December 4, 2012 @ 5:22 pm

    Awesome use of leftovers! And I do kinda love that they were slow-cooked twice. :P


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    Abby — December 4, 2012 @ 6:32 pm

    I love when leftovers become new meals again, score! I love the poblanos.


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    Carrie @ Kiss My Whisk — December 5, 2012 @ 7:57 am

    This looks awesome! And I’m always looking to add to my slow cooker rotation!


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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — December 5, 2012 @ 7:00 pm

    I love when I can repurpose leftovers into something new and fun. This is so much funnier than anything I could have come up with!


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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — December 5, 2012 @ 7:01 pm

    And by “funnier” I clearly meant “more fun”. Oh dear, I need sleep.


    • Natalie Perry replied: — December 5th, 2012 @ 11:24 pm

      LOL… You’re not the only one :) (I totally had to pause for 3 seconds to make sure I was using “you’re” correctly.)

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    Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamily — December 6, 2012 @ 6:20 pm

    Ha, you answered my question (#2 ;)
    I find it impossible to photograph parmesan cheese, or anything white for that matter. Your shot looks yummy! ;) Thanks for the great s.c. recipe!


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    Aggie — December 7, 2012 @ 11:51 am

    Can I be honest? I’ve never loved pot roast. However, I love how you totally jazzed it up. In the slow cooker no less. This looks great.


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    Jayne — December 11, 2012 @ 6:51 pm

    I love leftover recipes! It’s like upcycling, making something already good even better. Thumbs up!


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