3 packets, water, & a roast. That’s all you need to make this delicious slow cooker pot roast!
When I was a little kid, there were so many foods that I thought were gross that today in adulthood I absolutely adore the flavor of. The experts say that’s because our taste buds change like every 7 years or something… and I’m sure glad they do because I couldn’t imagine not loving the flavors of some of my adulthood favorites like brussel sprouts, cabbage, sautéed squash (I only liked fried as a kid), pot roast, beef stew, etc. And, there’s a few that my taste buds never have changed on and they’ve been gross to me ever since the start – like cooked carrots by themselves. I can do them in a pot pie, but pie themselves? Gag me. Same thing with beets. Blech. And bran flakes. Like, I might as well shred up some cardboard & pour milk overtop. No thank you.
Pot roast is one of those things I listed that I hated as a kid, but I can’t get enough of these days. There are few things better than a good tender & flavorful pot roast with gravy. I have this one recipe that I’ve been using for many, many years & I’ve actually dubbed it the ‘BEST EVER Pot Roast’… and I still stand behind that statement. However, a friend gave me a recipe recently that I also think is absolutely delicious and it comes in a very, very close second. But then again – that all depends on the flavors you like. My advice? Try them both! Or, if you have one of the recipe’s ingredients on hand but not the other – well, there ya go! 😉
All you need for this recipe is 3 packets, as the name implies – along with some water & a 3 to 4 pound chuck roast.
The packets you need? One ranch, one Italian dressing mix, one brown gravy mix.
Mix all 3 packets in with 1 cup of water, & give it a good whisking with a fork. Pour it over a 3 to 4 pound chuck roast in your slow cooker. You can brown the roast beforehand or don’t – it’s really up to you. I usually sear mine on both sides first but it’s not necessary.
Cook in your crockpot on low for 6 to 8 hours until it’s able to shred easily with a fork.
The gravy, y’all. The gravy is so good I could practically eat it with a spoon.
- 1 .7oz packet Italian dressing dry mix
- 1 1oz packet dry Ranch dressing seasoning mix
- 1 .75oz packet dry brown gravy mix
- 1 cup water
- 1 3-4 pound chuck roast
- Sear your roast over high heat if desired. Place the roast in a slow cooker. Whisk together the water with all 3 seasoning packets & pour over the roast. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, or until it shreds easily with a fork.