Pot Roast

This Crock Pot Roast Recipe is one of our favorite Sunday dinners. It takes only 3 minutes of prep time and then the slow cooker does the rest! The chuck roast ends up being SO tender and full of flavor from the brown gravy, Italian, and ranch dressing mix!

Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Easiest Crock Pot Roast

Sunday dinners are our favorite! Back home in Arizona we would take turns going to my parents and to the hubby’s parents every Sunday with the family for a nice meal – main course, sides, salads, rolls, dessert. Everyone brings a dish to share and we gather to let the cousins play. Moving away from family, we’ve had to change things a bit since I don’t usually have the time to make everything by myself. One Sunday a month, the hubby makes Swedish Pancakes (a family favorite), and on the off Sundays I make Pot Roast or another slow cooker recipe.

The pot roast recipe we’ve made for as long as I can remember is as easy as they come! It takes just a few minutes to prepare (literally) and always turns out so tender and flavorful. Like I said – it’s easy and is so good, and the meat can be eaten for Roast or can be made and used for so many other recipes. We always end up with leftovers, so we make Green Chile Burros the next night for dinner.

Crock Pot Roast recipe

How to Cook a Roast in a Crock Pot:

I always buy my Chuck Roast at Sam’s Club. It comes in a pack of 2 and the net weight is about 5-6 pounds, so each roast is 2.5 to 3 pounds, usually. For a big get together you may need to cook both in the crock pot. For my family of 8, we can get by using 1 chuck roast. If I’m not using the other roast, I freeze it to use later that month. The seasoning we make to go over this roast is made with 3 ingredients (1 tablespoon of each):

  • brown gravy dry mix
  • Hidden Valley dry mix
  • Italian dressing dry mix

NOTE: Since we make this beef pot roast often, I like to make this seasoning in bulk (usually 1 cup of each dry mix), and then I scoop out 1/4 cup of the mixture to sprinkle over the top. 😉

Here are the instructions for one 2-3 pound roast!

  1. Place chuck roast in your crockpot or slow cooker. Pour 1/3 cup of water over the roast.
  2. Mix together all 3 dry mixes, and sprinkle on top of the roast.
  3. Cook on LOW for 7-8 hours or HIGH for 4 hours, or until tender. I personally prefer cooking on LOW – the meat seems to be more tender that way. 🙂

Pot Roast Gravy from Drippings

If you want to make gravy to pour on top, it’s super simple. All you need is the following ingredients:

  • roast drippings
  • milk
  • flour

Take about 1/3 – 1/2 cup of the drippings from the roast in the crock pot and add that to a small pot on the stove. Heat it up a bit, then add a TB of flour and a TB of milk. Keep adding a little milk and a little flour until it’s the consistency you like. Top off with a little salt and pepper!

Chuck Roast Crock Pot Recipe

We just LOVE this roast! I love to use the meat to shred and use for Beef Tacos or Green Chile Burros. or even Empanadas. 😉

This crock pot roast pairs perfectly with these sides:

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Pot Roast Recipe

This Crock Pot Roast Recipe is one of our favorite Sunday dinners. It takes only 3 minutes of prep time and then the slow cooker does the rest! The chuck roast ends up being SO tender and full of flavor from the brown gravy, Italian, and ranch dressing mix! 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Total Time 7 hours 5 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 279 kcal
Author Kristyn Merkley

Ingredients

  • 1 beef chuck roast about 2-3 lbs
  • 1/3 c water
  • 1 TB brown gravy dry mix
  • 1 TB Hidden Valley dry mix
  • 1 TB Italian dressing dry mix

Optional Gravy

  • 1/3 - 1/2 c drippings from roast
  • 1 - 2 TB milk
  • 1 - 2 TB flour
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Mix Brown Gravy Dry Mix, Hidden Valley Dry Mix and Italian Dressing Dry Mix together.

  2. Place chuck roast in your crock pot. Pour ⅓ cup water over your roast.

  3. Sprinkle Mix all over the top of your roast. Cook on LOW for 7-8 hours or HIGH for 4 hours or until tender. (I prefer cooking it on LOW - meat seems to be more tender).

Optional Gravy

  1.  Take about 1/3 – 1/2 cup of the drippings from the roast in the crock pot and add that to a small pot on the stove. Heat that up a bit.

  2. Then add a TB of flour and a TB of milk. Keep adding a little milk and a little flour until it’s the consistency you like. Top off with salt and pepper.

Recipe Notes

  • I always buy my Chuck Roast at Sam's Club. It comes in a pack of 2 and the net weight is about 5-6 pounds, so each roast is 2.5 to 3 pounds, usually. For a big get together you may need to cook both in the crock pot. For my family of 7, we can get by using 1 chuck roast. If I'm not using the other roast, I freeze it to use later that month.
  • I usually make the mix that gets sprinkled on top in bulk. I will mix 4 TB (or 1 packet) of each together and then place it in a baggie and just use as much as I need when I make this pot roast. That way, if I'm using the small packets, I don't waste the 3 TB that doesn't get used.
Nutrition Facts
Pot Roast Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 279 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 103mg 34%
Sodium 393mg 16%
Potassium 498mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Protein 28g 56%
Vitamin A 0.4%
Calcium 2.6%
Iron 17.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

ENJOY!

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    Megs

    Hum. Where is the pot roast recipe?

      Megs

      Thanks for fixing the post! Do you make that white gravy from the drippings? Just adding flour? Or what.

    Dayna

    Can’t find the pot roast recipe…

    Sharla

    How do you make your gravy. It all looks yummy!

      Lil' Luna

      I just added the gravy recipe to the post… it’s super easy! 😀

    Court

    What kind of hidden valley dry seasoning?

      Lil' Luna

      It comes in a packet or a bottle of dry seasoning where you can use it to make homemade ranch. It’s the dressing section of the grocery store. 🙂

    Leslie

    I’m making this right now and it smells delicious! When you make the mix for this in bulk do you store it in the pantry? Or in the fridge?

    My little guy and I are about to make your pumpkin spice m&m cookies. I can’t wait to try them! Thanks for all the recipes.

      Lil' Luna

      Hi Leslie! I hope it tasted as good as it smelled. 🙂 When I make the mix in bulk, I just put it in a gallon bag and leave it in the pantry. 🙂 And I hope you like the Pumpkin Spice M&M cookies. My whole fam loved them. 😀

    Dorothy

    You don’t mention the size/pounds of the chuck roast?
    thanks!

    Liz

    Thanks Kristyn for the Beef Empanadas recipe. Have a wonderful weekend.

    cooking tips

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts about Food Recipes.

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    Merri

    Hi. You mentioned which crockpot/slow cooker you really like. Can you repeat that please? Love your blog!

    Tami G

    What size pot roast for the recipe, please.

    Linda

    I just seen your recipe for pot roast and want to know what TB means ? Is it Table Spoon ?

      Evelyn

      I would like to know what TB means and what size roast and what size crock pot thank you for your reply can’t wait to make this looks so yummy.

        Lil' Luna

        TB is tablespoon. 😉 One roast is usually 2-3 pounds, and I have a medium size crock pot – hope this helps. 😉

    Debbie

    Hi there! I am making your pot roast (crock pot) recipe today and when I try to pin it on Pinterest a message is displayed that the link may lead to spam and it’s blocked. Thought you may want to be aware of this issue. There was no way for me to add it or respond to the message. Thanks!

      Lil' Luna

      Hi Debbie! Thanks for the comment… I’m aware of the message but it is fixed now. Pinterest had accidentally marked my site as Spam but has taken care of the issue now. 🙂

      Lil' Luna

      PS – Hope you liked the Roast!!

    Julia

    I tried this it was very salty

      Lil' Luna

      I’m sorry you thought it was too salty, Julia. We actually end up adding a little salt at the end. I would maybe add less of the seasoning next time. 😉

    Trudy

    Where it says cup water, how much is it?

      Lil' Luna

      It’s 1/3 cup water. 😉

        Trudy

        Thanks! Because all I see is a small white block and then it says “cup water” lol

    Judith

    For the gravy, you say put on the oven. Don’t you mean put on the stove top? What size chuck roast?

      Lil' Luna

      Yes, sorry, I meant stove. And I usually buy 4 pound chuck roast. 😉

    Judith

    Thank you Krystyn, for your speedy answer. A 4lb chuck roast, and on stove top not oven. Gotcha.Thanks again.
    Judith

      Lil' Luna

      I just bought some more chuck roasts today from Sam’s and they were 3 pounds each – should be same cooking time, though. 😉

    Judith

    Happy cooking!!!!!

    Kerri

    Hi there what is hidden valley dry mix? I’m from the uk and was wondering what it was so I could find a similar thing here

    marie

    As I live in Australia I am not familiar with some of the ingredients in your pot roast recipe. I would like to know what hidden valley dry mix is & Italian dressing dry mix. I would appreciate your reply so that I can find the Australian alternative.thank you Marie.

      Lil' Luna

      Hi Marie! Here is a recipe for homemade Hidden Valley Mix – http://happymoneysaver.com/diy-copycat-homemade-hidden-valley-ranch-mix/ And here’s a recipe for homemade Italian Dressing Dry Mix: In a small bowl, mix together the garlic salt, onion powder, sugar, oregano, pepper, thyme, basil, parsley, celery salt and regular salt. Store in a tightly sealed container. To prepare dressing, whisk together 1/4 cup white vinegar, 2/3 cup canola oil, 2 tablespoons water and 2 tablespoons of the dry mix. Makes for a lot of ingredients, so hopefully you can find these at the store. 😉

    Cassie

    I tried this yesterday and it was really good! I opened all the flavor packets and mixed them together then just measured out 3 tbsp of the combined mix. I also seared the roast before I put it all in the crockpot.

      Lil' Luna

      Great idea to sear it first. Glad you liked it!! I love having that seasonings mixed together and on hand all the time. 😉

    Lisa

    Would this work with a tri tip roast instead of a chuck roast?

    Ohhh_Its_Jennifuh

    Great Recipe, Family Loved it.. Gonna Replace My Old Recipe w/This One, haha! Thx for Sharing..

      Lil' Luna

      Haha!! I’m glad your family loved it. It is our families favorite!!! I use this pot roast in so many recipes. Thank you for letting me know! Have a great week!

    Catia

    They looks really delicious!
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      Lil' Luna

      It is and what’s great, is you can use this recipe for so many things..sandwiches, burros, whatever you like! Thank you!

    Nikki

    Thank you for this awesome recipe. I have pinned it and used it over and over! Definitely a family favorite. I will be cooking it this Sunday for everyone ☺️

      Lil' Luna

      Thank you!! It’s definitely our go to recipe!! Thanks for letting me know!

    Derek

    Hello,
    Does the roast need to be thawed before going in the crock pot?
    Thanks!

      Lil' Luna

      It doesn’t have to be, now if it is, it will need to cook longer. Hope that helps! When it just falls apart with a fork, you’ll know it’s ready 🙂

    Sandy

    BEST roast EVER. Hubby said to throw away any other roast recipes! thanks for the recipe

      Lil' Luna

      LOL…love it!!! Thanks so much for letting me know and trying this recipe!!

    Taylor

    I’m so happy I found this on Pinterest. I’ve never been overly impressed with any other recipe so far and am always looking for “the one.” This one is too easy and turns out great. Thank you so much for sharing!!
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      Lil' Luna

      This is our fav roast recipe for sure!! Glad you found it! Thanks for letting me know 🙂

    Melaney

    In your pot roast recipes for crock pots do you use bone-in, or boneless, or does it matter. Of course a bone-in should weigh more, if your recipes are made with boneless.

      Kristyn Merkley

      I like to use a chuck roast, that usually is boneless, but really it doesn’t matter, since you take the meat off & shred it. Usually, it comes boneless 🙂

    Cary jung

    The enchilada sauce is the one thing I would love to make. And learn how to soften the tortillas without having to fry them in oil to make them soft.

    Susy

    Kristyn, I love your web site. If I would have known how much I love it, I would not have printed so many of your recipes!! Please don’t ever stop!

    Mandy

    If adding carrots, onion, & potato’s do you still use the same amount of seasoning and etc.?

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