To Die for Crock Pot Roast

"Amazing flavor, and so simple! No salt needed here. In fact, you may wish to use half the ranch dressing mix to cut back on the saltiness. Found this Crock-Pot pot roast recipe on of a website called It's all the rage there, so I thought I'd try it."
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Ready In:
9hrs 5mins


  • 1 (4 -5 lb) beef roast, any kind
  • 1 (1 1/4 ounce) package brown gravy mix, dry
  • 1 (1 1/4 ounce) package dried Italian salad dressing mix
  • 1 (1 1/4 ounce) package ranch dressing mix, dry
  • 12 cup water


  • Place beef roast in crock pot.
  • Mix the dried mixes together in a bowl and sprinkle over the roast.
  • Pour the water around the roast.
  • Cook on low for 7-9 hours.
  • Optional tweaks:

  • 1. Use onion soup mix instead of ranch.
  • 2. Add one cup of red wine along with the water.
  • 3. Add potatoes, carrots, mushrooms, celery and onion 2-3 hours before end.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Kelly R.
    Just curious how come under directions it list red wine and onion soup but under ingredients it does not?
  2. Jayci O.
    I have a small roast (about 2.5 lbs) how long should I cook it for on low? Do you recommend searing the roast beforehand?
  3. Holly B.
    Can you use dry ranch mix and onion soup mix? I don’t have Italian dressing mix on hand.
  4. Holly K.
    Looking for heart healthy recipies to cook for my fiance he just had triple bypass surgery wednsday does any one have any kind of info onThis for me. Or even a website just for this kind of thing. All and any help will be appreciated and helpful thank you and God bless!
  5. Kev.moore415
    Is there a way to slow cook this in less time? :(


  1. Millereg
    I bought a very cheap roast and stabbed it all over with a fork (just to make sure that it was dead). I used the mixed dry ingredients as a rub before sprinkling the rest over the meat. Like other people, I cut the dressing mix somewhat (but I did so to reduce the sodium content and not to alter the taste). Being a strong advocate of one-dish meals, especially for busy weeknights, I dumped my veggies (baby spuds, chopped rutabaga, baby carrots and pearl onions) in the crock and what a pleasant surprise! – the cooked veggies were the most delicious, savoury root veggies I have ever tasted. The taste of the veggies was more influenced, but most certainly not overpowered, by the dry ingredients than the beef was. All in all, this recipe surely deserves its place at the top of the pyramid.
  2. MizzNezz
    It's as good as everyone says! I used a boneless chuck roast (3 lb) and cut the ranch dressing in half. I added an additional 1/4 cup water. I cooked it 9 hours. It came out very tender, and with a gravy that was superb! Served with mashed potatoes and steamed fresh garden peas. Thanks, yooper! This is one that I will repeat!!
  3. kelly knowles
    This recipe is excellent. Any kind of roast works well. I did try to reduce the salt by adding 1/2 package of ranch dressing, but I found the majority of salt was coming from the Italian dressing. So I added full package of ranch and brown gravy and 1/2 package of italian dressing and it was WONDERFUL. My two year old ate 3 helpings.
  4. Bev I Am
    I wish I had bought a larger chuck roast! The taste of this Pot Roast is absolutely fabulous! A meal fit for a queen (...or king)! The seasonings were perfect and it is so incredibly moist it falls apart with your fork!! I wouldn't change one single thing, except next time I may invite company over to share! This one is a definate keeper. Thank you so much, yooper, for sharing this recipe with your 'Zaar buddies! You done (really, really) good. ;) -- posted Jul 8, 2002 Just an update to let you know I am still serving this wonderfully easy and delicious pot roast! This morning, I was in the midst of putting all the ingredients in the crockpot, when lo and behold, I discovered I had no Ranch dressing! Needing an immediate alternative, I subbed a package of Knorr's French Onion Soup mix. A decision that proved to be an excellent choice! I increased the water to 3/4 cup and added 1/4 red wine. I did add some sliced carrotts and potatoes a couple hours before the roast was done. Thanks again, and again, Yooper, for sharing!
  5. Mrs. DJ
    Sorry, but this was just WAY TO SALTY for my family. I followed the recipe exactly. If I ever try it again, I will definately cut the dry ranch dressing in half as you suggested.


  1. Kathy
    I've made this many times & it's wonderful. I first sear the roast on all sides & I omit the red wine, it has plenty of flavor without it. I also cook it during the night & it's ready by morning! :) I use a chuck roast. The gravy is superb!
  2. khull3898
    1 cup of water and a 1/2 cup of beef broth. A dash of onion powder, garlic powder and black pepper.
  3. Jen M.
    Instead of the Brown Gravy Mix I use Red Wine (any brand) and Worcestershire sauce plus some beef broth or beef bouillon. Depending on how much "gravy" we want I'll add about 1/2 cup of HOT water to start, then add more if need to keep the meat covered and have enough gravy in the end. We also add Sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes plus carrots, onions, etc.
  4. Chef Zip
    Used a pork roast instead of a beef roast and it was fabulous!
  5. Punkomom
    This was the best pot roast I have ever made,ever had,period.I know my way around the kitchen, and let me tell you, this is restaurant quality. The only thing I did different was instead of water I used a beer, because one of my go to recipes for roast uses beer. I added 3/4 can of light beer, 1 whole pkg of ranch, Italian dressings and brown gravy mix. I cooked it in the crock pot for 8 hours. Deeeeeliciois !!! Thank you for sharing !!


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