Easy 3 Packet Slow Cooker Pot Roast

3 packets, water, & a roast. That’s all you need to make this delicious slow cooker pot roast! 

Easy 3 Packet 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.

Easy 3 Packet Slow Cooker Pot Roast
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3 Packet Slowcooker Pot Roast

Prep Time 5 minutes


  • 1 .7 oz packet Italian dressing dry mix
  • 1 1 oz packet dry Ranch dressing seasoning mix
  • 1 .75 oz 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.
Easy 3 Packet Slow Cooker Pot Roast