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!
Cost: Hard to determine, just try to buy your meat on Sale!
- 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
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.
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.