Pot Roast Recipe

Main Dishes · August 15, 2013

Our favorite Pot Roast recipe - 2 minute prep time and just stick in the crock pot! { lilluna.com } Roast is full of flavor from the brown gravy, Italian, and ranch dressing mix!!

Being here in Texas has been a huge adjustment.

Back home in Arizona we would take turns going to my parents and to the hubby’s parents EVERY Sunday. And I’m not exaggerating when I say that I can’t remember a Sunday where we stayed at home. We love hanging out at grandma and grandpa’s, the kids love playing with their cousins, we enjoy eating great food and catching up on the families’ lives so there’s no reason why we wouldn’t go. Plus, we lived about 15-20 minutes away from both sets of parents which made it easy for us to visit.

Now, having said that I haven’t really ever had to cook a Sunday dinner all by myself. You’d think it wouldn’t be tough but growing up, Sunday dinner was always THE nice meal of the week (main course, sides, salads, rolls, dessert – you name it). I wasn’t sure how things would go down here for Sunday dinner, but I’ve been up for the challenge. Every other Sunday the hubby will make Swedish Pancakes (a family favorite), and on the off Sundays I make Pot Roast. Both are great, easy and delicious recipes.

I’m happy to report that I’ve finally mastered the Pot Roast recipe and want to share it with you today. It takes just a few minutes to prepare 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 have leftovers and make Green Chili Burros the next night for dinner (which I’ll share the recipe for next week).

Here is how you can make this great Pot Roast too:

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Pot Roast Recipe
  • 1 Beef Chuck Roast (about 2-3 pounds)
  • ⅓ cup water
  • 1 TB Brown Gravy Dry Mix
  • 1 TB Hidden Valley Dry Mix
  • 1 TB Italian Dressing Dry Mix
  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). πŸ™‚


I buy my Chuck Roast at Sam’s Club. It comes in a pack of 2 and net weight is usually 5-6 pounds, so each roast is about 2.5 to 3 pounds, usually. πŸ˜‰

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 and will use later that month. I love to use the meat to shred and use for Beef Tacos or Green Chili Burros. πŸ˜‰

Our favorite Pot Roast recipe - 2 minute prep time and just stick in the crock pot! { lilluna.com } Roast is full of flavor from the brown gravy, Italian, and ranch dressing mix!!

Our favorite Pot Roast recipe - 2 minute prep time and just stick in the crock pot! { lilluna.com } Roast is full of flavor from the brown gravy, Italian, and ranch dressing mix!!


Our favorite Pot Roast recipe - 2 minute prep time and just stick in the crock pot! { lilluna.com } Roast is full of flavor from the brown gravy, Italian, and ranch dressing mix!!

*NOTE: I usually make the mix that gets sprinkled on top in bulk (I will mix 4 TB of each together and then place it in a bag and just use as much as I need when I make this so I don’t have to make and mix it every time).Β 


It’s super simple to make the gravy. 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. 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. πŸ™‚

We just LOVE this roast! We like to eat it plain or I like to shred it up and make tacos or flautas with them.

We also like to serve them with a few sides like:

One of the best and easiest side dishes - Twice Baked Potatoes. Loaded with bacon & cheese!

Twice Baked PotatoesΒ 

or try it with some of these favorite Asparagus dishes…

One of our favorite side dishes - Asparagus Tater toss with bacon! Recipe on { lilluna.com }

Asparagus and Tater Toss

Our favorite way to have Asparagus - wrapped in puff pastry and filled with cream cheese! { lilluna.com }

Cream Cheese and Parmesan Asparagus

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For all Side Dish recipes go HERE.

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Hum. Where is the pot roast recipe?


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


Can’t find the pot roast recipe…


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! πŸ˜€


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. πŸ™‚


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. πŸ™‚ When I make the mix in bulk, I just put it in a gallon bag and leave it in the pantry. πŸ™‚ And I hope you like the Pumpkin Spice M&M cookies. My whole fam loved them. πŸ˜€


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


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

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Thanks for sharing your thoughts about Food Recipes.



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.


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


    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. πŸ˜‰ One roast is usually 2-3 pounds, and I have a medium size crock pot – hope this helps. πŸ˜‰


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. πŸ™‚

    Lil' Luna

    PS – Hope you liked the Roast!!


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. πŸ˜‰


Where it says cup water, how much is it?

    Lil' Luna

    It’s 1/3 cup water. πŸ˜‰


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

        Lil' Luna

        Sorry about that. πŸ™ It should be 1/3 cup. πŸ˜‰


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. πŸ˜‰


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

    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. πŸ˜‰


Happy cooking!!!!!


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


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. πŸ˜‰


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. πŸ˜‰


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


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!


They looks really delicious!

    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!


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!


Does the roast need to be thawed before going in the crock pot?

    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 πŸ™‚


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!!


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!!

    Lil' Luna

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

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