Sunday afternoon Pot Roast was a tradition that my mom always made with this easy 3 Packet Pot Roast Recipe.  I loved the rich flavor of the gravy over the roast and vegetables.  Delicious! 

3 Packet Pot Roast, has all those yummy flavors without all the effort.  It’s wonderful.  Ranch, Gravy and Zesty Italian create the perfect combination for a good traditional pot roast. 

You won’t believe me until you try it.  The 3 Packet Pot Roast is delicious.

How to make 3 Packet Pot Roast

I like to mix the 3 packets (Ranch, Brown Gravy and Zesty Italian)  into a small bowl and combine. 

It’s not necessary but I feel it helps blend the flavors before covering the roast. 

This recipe can also be done in a Crock Pot, by just adjusting the time. 

Either way you cook it will be wonderful.

Instant Pot Directions

  • Place 1 cup of beef broth or water in the bottom of the pot. 
  • I prefer to use my rack to lift everything up off the bottom.  However you don’t need to. 
  • Place roast that has been covered in the spice packets into the Instant Pot and place baby carrots and sliced onions on top. 
  • Don’t forget to Salt and Pepper.  You don’t need a lot but it helps!  I promise. 
  • Close the lid, set to manual and cook for 90 minutes for a 2-3 pound roast.
3 Packet Seasonings for Pot Roast
3 Packet Pot Roast
3 Packet Pot Roast

Cooking Time

Cooking Time for a Crock Pot would be 6-8 hours on low.

Cooking Time for Instant Pot would be 90 minutes on manual with a 10 minute natural release and then quick release.

3 Packet Pot Roast


After your 3 packet pot roast has cooked, remove roast, carrots and onions from Instant Pot or Crock Pot. 

What’s left is some delicious juices.  Pull out about 1-1 1/2 cups of this reserve juice.  Add 2 Tbls Corn Starch and whisk.  Heat in a sauce pan to thicken. 

It’s a wonderful addition to your roast.  The 3 Packet of spices really add to this Pot Roast.  I’m truly amazed by the combination of flavors and would never have guessed it would create such a great recipe. 

3 Packet Pot Roast is still a Sunday Favorite in our home.

3 Packet Pot Roast
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3 Packet Post Roast ~ Instant Pot

Quick and Easy, 3 Packet Pot Roast with Carrots and Onions. Mouthwatering, Delicious. Couldn’t be easier!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 55 mins
Servings: 6


  • 1 2-3 lb Beef Roast
  • 1 Cup Water or Beef Broth
  • 1 pkg Brown Gravy
  • 1 pkg Ranch Dressing Mix
  • 1 pkg Zesty Italian Mix
  • 1 sm bag Baby Carrots
  • 1 sliced Yellow Onion
  • 2 Tbs Corn Starch *for Gravy


  • In a small bowl combine Brown Gravy, Zesty Italian, and Ranch Mix. Stir to combine.
  • Using 2/3 of the seasoning mixture. Cover roast with seasonings. You can add Salt and Pepper if you wish!
  • In Crock Pot or Instant Pot, pour 1 cup water or beef broth.
  • Use a rack and place carrots and onions on top.
  • Sprinkle remaining seasonings over Carrots and Onions.
  • Place roast on top of vegetables
  • Close Instant Pot lid, make sure pressure valve is closed. Set to Manual for 90 minutes.
  • Crock Pot: Cook on low for 6-8 hours
  • Remove Roast and Vegetables from Instant Pot or Crock Pot.
  • Remove 1- 1 1/2 cups reserve juices
  • In a small saucepan add 2 Tbls Corn Starch to reserve juices and heat over medium/high heat to thicken. Use gravy over roast and vegetables.
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