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Ginger-Chili Jamaican-Style Pot Roast with Sweet Potatoes

4 to 6 Servings

FAST: 2 hours 10 minutes
Slow: 10 to 11 hours 40 minutes active

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This Instant Pot take on a Jamaican-style Sunday meal is adapted from “Caribbean Cooking Made Easy” by British-Jamaican reggae musician and chef Levi Roots. We’ve swapped in flavor-packed beef chuck and orange-fleshed sweet potatoes, bolstered by bright chilies and ginger, savory scallions and earthy thyme. Tomato paste and soy sauce add umami-rich depth, while brown sugar and warm allspice round everything out. For faster, more even cooking, we divide the chuck roast into two pieces by pulling it apart at its natural seams and trimming away excess fat. Tying both pieces with kitchen twine compacts the meat, allowing the roast to fit comfortably in the pot. You can pressure cook the beef quickly or slow cook it for a hands-off, all-day affair—regardless, it will emerge fragrant and fork tender. Full of fruity, sweet and spicy notes, this roast is great garnished with cilantro and served with a crisp, green salad.

4 to 6



Don’t forget to skim the fat. Removing it will prevent the sauce from becoming greasy.

FAST: 2 hours 10 minutes
Slow: 10 to 11 hours

40 minutes active


  • 3

    tablespoons neutral oil

  • 1

    tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon packed dark brown sugar


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Francois D.
January 20, 2023
A Caribbean vibe perfect for a feel good family meal
Family and friends all loved this easy-to-make dish. Very flavorful, I added extra ginger and an extra pepper the second time around.
Zina G.
December 20, 2022
A fresh twist on pot roast
I love recipes that use the Instant Pot. I made this for dinner last night - it was so easy and had wonderful flavor. I was afraid the habanero might be too spicy so I only put in one but it blended in with the rest of the flavors and I think I would use two next time. Also I used only 2 Tbsp flour and that was enough to thicken the gravy.