Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Easiest Slow-Cooker Pot Roast EVER

Pot roast is an ultimate comfort food to me, and I like to make it year round. I've made several pot roast recipes over the years; on the stovetop, in the oven, and with a slow cooker. I prefer using a slow cooker since the long cooking time combined with a low temperature is perfect for making tougher cuts of meat (like chuck roasts) tender enough to melt in your mouth without being dry at all. 

This recipe is hands down the best one I've ever used, and it's also the easiest and least expensive. You can prepare this dish in about 10 minutes first thing in the morning and come home from work to a house FILLED with the homey scent of pot roast. This is such a hearty, filling meal that the only side I serve is just some toasted (frozen) garlic toast. 

Slow-Cooker 3-Packet Pot Roast
recipe loosely adapted from A Year of Slow Cooking

1 3lb chuck roast
1 pkg Ranch salad dressing mix
1 pkg Italian salad dressing mix
1 pkg brown gravy mix
6 medium red potatoes, quartered
2 handfuls baby carrots
2 stalks celery, cut into 1/4" slices
2 yellow onions, cut into chunks

Place the potatoes, carrots, celery and onion in the bottom of a slow cooker. 

In a shallow dish (I like to use a pie plate), combine the Ranch mix, Italian mix and gravy mix (I don't usually like using prepackaged mixes when cooking, but these lend SO much flavor to the roast) Coat the chuck roast on all sides with the powdered mixes and place atop the vegetables in the slow cooker. 

If you have any leftover powdered mix (and you probably will), just dump it in the slow cooker. Add 1 1/2 cups of water to the slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours or until the roast is fall-apart tender. 

Serve roast with vegetables. 


  1. This sounds sooooo delicious! I love cooking my roasts in the slow cooker. Thanks for the new recipe!

  2. Anytime! Isn't it great to spend 10 minutes throwing everything together in the morning and then coming home to the house smelling good and dinner already ready??

  3. I'm making this for dinner tomorrow!

  4. Awesome, Deni - please let me know how it turns out! :)

  5. SO GOOD! and so easy too! We also ate it with garlic toast. YUM!

  6. Glad you enjoyed it! Isn't it great to come home to dinner already cooked (and the house smelling awesome)??

  7. Just found this from Pinterest, was actually poking around reading your cast iron article. I am so making this when I get home, work at a mine in northern Nevada and commute home on my days off. This will spoil the wife, she likes pot roast. Thanks.

    1. Sounds great! Please let me know how she likes it - it's SO easy!!

  8. Sunday, the 21st...just put it on to cook. I can't wait.