3 Packet Roast Beef with Ranch Dressing in the Instant Pot

Have you ever craved a mouthwatering beef roast? Perhaps you have fond memories of pot roast from your childhood, enjoyed during Sunday afternoons or on special holidays. Well, I have great news for you! You can now make a delicious, “to die for” pot roast with ranch dressing in an Instant Pot or slow cooker.

To Die For Roast

This recipe is incredibly easy to make. You can use any beef roast you prefer, but I personally recommend chuck roast. With just a few additional ingredients that are likely already in your pantry, you can quickly and easily put together this amazing roast. Your family will be convinced that you slaved away for hours to make it!

Hands down, this is one of my all-time favorite roasts to prepare because it’s foolproof. Whether you’re a beginner cook or someone who hasn’t had the best luck with roasts in the past, this recipe is for you.

What makes this “to die for” pot roast so good? It’s all about the flavor and the ease of the recipe. If you’ve ever made pot roast in a slow cooker, you know that the taste is unbeatable, but the long cooking time can be a downer. However, when you use an Instant Pot, you can achieve that same fantastic flavor in much less time.

For this recipe, you’ll need three packaged dry mixes: Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix, brown gravy mix, and Italian dressing mix. These three mixes combined create a flavor explosion that will make your pot roast incredibly savory and delicious.

To Die For Roast Ingredients

Here’s a concise list of the ingredients you’ll need:

  • Beef roast
  • Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix
  • Brown gravy mix
  • Italian dressing mix
  • Water

You won’t need to add anything else, making this recipe perfect for a busy weeknight. Pair this flavorful pot roast with some mashed potatoes, and you’ve got a complete and satisfying meal.

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Now, let’s dive into the cooking process. There are a few differences between the Instant Pot and slow cooker methods:

Instant Pot Directions

  1. Set your Instant Pot to the Sauté function and heat two tablespoons of vegetable oil. Once the pot is hot, add the beef roast.
  2. Sprinkle the Ranch dressing mix, Italian salad dressing mix, and brown gravy mix over the roast.
  3. Add water and cook for 60 minutes on the high manual setting. You can perform a quick or natural release.

Slow Cooker Directions

  1. Place the beef roast in the slow cooker.
  2. Sprinkle the Italian salad dressing mix, brown gravy mix, and Ranch dressing mix over the roast.
  3. Add water and cook on low for 6-7 hours.

To Die For Roast

A word of caution: This recipe is high in sodium. Unfortunately, after extensive searching, I have been unable to find lower-sodium alternatives. If you need to limit your sodium intake, this recipe may not be suitable for you. However, if you want to moderate your sodium consumption, you can balance it out by serving this dish with other low-sodium foods.

Now, let’s address some common questions about cooking beef roast in an Instant Pot:

How long does beef need to cook in an Instant Pot?
From start to finish, this recipe will take you about two hours, but only 20 minutes of that time is hands-on cooking. Compared to the slow cooker method, which takes more than six hours, the Instant Pot saves you a significant amount of time.

Can you overcook roast in an Instant Pot?
Yes, it is possible to overcook meat in an Instant Pot. If you undercook a beef roast, it will be tough, but overcooking it can have the same effect. The key is to find the sweet spot where the pot roast is perfectly tender. Thankfully, when using a pressure cooker like an Instant Pot, that sweet spot is much larger.

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To achieve fork-tender and juicy meat from your Instant Pot, it’s important to use natural release to allow the meat fibers to relax and reabsorb the liquid.

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What is the most tender and juicy roast?
A four-pound chuck roast is the ideal cut for this recipe. Chuck roast comes from the hard-working shoulder of the cow and can be quite chewy if cooked quickly over high heat. However, when cooked low and slow or under pressure, the collagen in the muscle breaks down, resulting in a rich, juicy tenderness that few other cuts of meat can match.

How do I use the roast setting on my Instant Pot?
To use the roast setting on your Instant Pot, start by browning the roast on both sides with a bit of oil using the SAUTÉ setting on HIGH. Once the meat develops a nice brown crust (keep in mind that it won’t brown any further while cooking), add the remaining ingredients. Stir everything together, close the lid, and set the timer to 60 minutes on the MEAT setting. If your Instant Pot doesn’t have a MEAT preset, cook on MANUAL HIGH for 60 minutes.

Can I cook a roast from frozen in the Instant Pot?
Absolutely! However, there are two adjustments you should make to the recipe. First, rinse the pot roast under warm water for a minute to slightly thaw the surface, then pat it dry. This step helps the meat brown better. The second adjustment is to set the timer for an additional 20 minutes.

Now, what should you do with the leftovers? Here are a few creative ideas:

  • Pot roast sandwich: Thinly slice the meat and heat it on the stove with some beef stock or in the microwave. Mix the warm beef with horseradish sauce and pile it on a toasted bun. Top it off with shredded pickled carrots or coleslaw.
  • Breakfast hash: Dice the roast, potatoes, and any other cooked vegetables, and mix them in a bowl with beef stock or water. Create thin patties, dust them lightly with flour, and fry until crispy. Serve with your favorite style of eggs.
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To enhance the flavors of this pot roast, you can serve it with a variety of side dishes, such as cornbread, green bean casserole with cheese, honey roasted carrots, mac and cheese, or Yukon Gold mashed potatoes.

Leftover pot roast with ranch dressing can be stored in the fridge for three to four days. Separate the vegetables from the meat and store both in airtight containers. Alternatively, you can freeze the pot roast and vegetables together in a freezer-safe container for up to six months.

When reheating, I highly recommend using the Instant Pot again. Simply add at least a cup of beef stock or water, the meat, and any optional fresh vegetables. Cook on MANUAL HIGH for 12 minutes for thawed meat or 18 minutes for frozen meat.

If you love roast beef, you should definitely try these other recipes:

  • Perfect Pot Roast
  • Instant Pot Pot Roast with Onion Soup Mix
  • How to Cook a Roast in the Oven
  • How to Cook Beef Tenderloin
  • Rib Eye Roast Recipe
  • Beef Shanks
  • Grilled Brisket
  • Pepperoncini Beef
  • Stove Top Pot Roast

And if you’re looking for the best side dishes to accompany your Instant Pot roast beef, here are a few suggestions:

  • Old Fashioned Mashed Potatoes
  • Boiled Carrots Recipe
  • Garlic Green Beans
  • Martha Stewart Mac and Cheese

For more mouthwatering beef roast recipes and easy side dish ideas, be sure to check out our website, Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ.