sliced pot roast dinner with mashed potatoes

Homemade Pot Roast with Gravy—Quick and Super Easy!

What’s for dinner? How about Pot Roast that makes its own gravy? That takes only a few minutes to prepare, then on the table in an hour? That’s what I’m talking about!

sliced pot roast dinner with mashed potatoes

Pot Roast is economical, classic comfort food, and a quintessential family favorite. Bonus: leftovers are even better the second day. What’s not to love?

Get ready for fall-apart beef that’s tender, flavorful, and smothered in a rich gravy. This recipe is mouthwateringly good, yet insanely simple to make. Use a slow cooker or Instant Pot. Pick the method that works best for you!

And now get ready for a quirky recipe—nothing to measure, no chopping, cutting or browning. Just three seasoning packets, a roast (or chicken or pork!)—and you’re good to go.


Variations

Individual packets

Brown Gravy dry mix

Chicken Gravy dry mix

Pork Gravy dry mix

Italian dressing dry mix

Ranch dressing dry mix

Bulk containers

Brown Gravy dry mix

Poultry Gravy dry mix

Ranch dressing dry mix

 

sliced pot roast dinner with mashed potatoes
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Three Packets and a Roast

Get ready for fall-apart beef that's tender, flavorful, and smothered in a rich gravy it makes itself. This recipe is mouthwateringly good, yet insanely simple to make. Use Instant Pot or slow cooker—the method that works best for you!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 314kcal
Author: Mary
Cost: Hard to determine, just try to buy your meat on Sale!

Equipment

  • Slow Cooker OR
  • Pressure cooker (Instant pot)

Ingredients

  • 1 3 - 4 lb. beef roast chuck, London broil, round—you name it!
  • 1 packet Brown Gravy dry mix
  • 1 packet Italian dressing dry mix
  • 1 packet Ranch dressing dry mix
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  • Place beef in Instant Pot or slow cooker (no need to brown, but you sure can do that if you want!).
  • Pour contents of the three seasoning packets over the raw meat.
  • Pour water over the top. Cover with lid.
  • Instant Pot: Set to high pressure (or 'meat/stew' if your IP model has that setting) for 60 mins. Quick release.
  • Slow cooker: Cook on Low for 8-10 hours for a very large roast, fewer hours if smaller, or on High for 5-6 hours. Check for doneness after 4-5 hours, as time will vary depending on the cut of beef, size and so on.
  • Optional: Add cut up potatoes and carrots during the last hour of cooking; frozen peas during the last 10 minutes in slow cooker. For Instant Pot, remove roast, add cut up raw potatoes and carrots to the gravy, then high pressure for 4 to 5 minutes, quick release.
  • Expect beautiful, rich, dark brown gravy and the best Pot Roast ever.

Notes

Three Packets and a Chicken
1 whole chicken with Chicken Gravy Mix, Italian Dressing Dry Mix, and Ranch Dressing Dry Mix and 1 cup water.
Three Packets and a Pork Roast
1 pork roast with Pork Gravy Mix, Italian Dressing Dry Mix, and Ranch Dressing Dry Mix and 1 cup water.

Nutrition

Calories: 314kcal

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  1. Regina says:

    I’ve made similar adapted my mothers for crock pot. I sear the meat, place into pot. Small amount of wine or water to pan that u seared the meat in. Sprinkle pkg. onion soup mix over meat, 1 can tomato sauce or some leftover homemade tomato sauce.Cover I cook on low as instructed.
    Enjoy

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  2. Diane says:

    Perfect timing, I had a sirloin roast just defrosted in the fridge and it’s already in the instant pot! Thank you for the recipe!

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  3. Marilyn Machado says:

    I’ve been making my pot roasts like this for years. The only problem is the price of the ranch dressing is out of sight. When it’s on sale I stock up on it.

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  4. jimijean says:

    4 stars
    Depending on the size of your piece of beef, you might…
    Day 1: Pot roast with onions, potatoes, carrots, gravy
    Day 2: Beef stew with biscuits
    Day 3: Beef Manhattan with mashed potatoes, gravy
    Day 4: Beef BBQ on a bun (if you’re really good at stretching)
    Just take care in the beginning so you won’t run out of gravy.

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  5. Susan Mary Sharp says:

    Haven’t made this and probably won’t. Those seasoning packets are great but oh my goodness, the sodium content!

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  6. Gail Wickham says:

    5 stars
    This recipe is so good, I only use 1/2 package of Good Seasons Italian Dressing. Just my taste the whole package was to much salt.

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  7. Joanne says:

    We’re making all kinds of homemade soups,whole-wheat bread and yogurt to stretch our resources. Even making homeade French hot cocoa which is very rich so you only need a modest serving to feel like a decadent treat.

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  8. Karen Ranieri says:

    Mary, you’re killing me!!! I JUUUUST took out the chuck I froze a few weeks ago!!! We are on the same wavelength. Let’s see what you post tomorrow… LOL.

    Stay healthy!

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