Tricia’s Slow Cooker Ranch Packet Roast

I’m always looking for frugal and easy ways to feed my family of seven. And, quite honestly, I look to the slow cooker often just so I won’t have to mess with fixing anything during those busy evening hours.

For me, all seasons are slow cooker seasons. But especially fall with back to school and return of the routine. Recently I tried a recipe found via Pinterest.

This is a variation of the three packet slow cooker roast because all I had on hand was the one packet of ranch dressing mix. I also added some freshly chopped onion.

As a bonus for you, I have my Ultimate List of Easy Slow Cooker recipes. It’s around 50 recipes I put together as an all-time resource. There is a section which points to slow cooker recipes here on $5 Dinners!

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Slow Cooker Ranch Packet Roast

Adapted from Three Packet Slow Cooker Roast

Yield – 8 servings

Preparation Time – 5 minutes

Cooking Time – 6-8 hours


  • 3 lb boneless beef roast
  • (1) 10 3/4 oz can cream of chicken soup
  • (1) 1 ounce package ranch dressing mix
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion



  • Place roast in slow cooker.
  • Sprinkle package of ranch dressing mix and chopped onion over top of roast. Add cream of chicken soup.
  • Cook on low approximately 6-8 hours.


  1. says

    What’s on top? Looks like butter (in the midst of the onion).
    Your roast looks yummy! I’m not very good with a slow cooker (I use all my slow cooker recipe books to make pressure cooker meals in 15 minutes LOL) but I’ll have to try this recipe in my slow cooker.

    • says

      Vicki – that is cream of chicken soup – and I have just now updated the recipe with that ingredient! I was so focused on the yumminess of the roast I left out the soup!

  2. Emily says

    I do this same recipe with an extra ingredient or two and it’s always delicious and easy. Add a packet of cream cheese and some cubed potatoes on the bottom and you will have an easy one dish meal. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. Jen says

    I have to be REALLY careful with my budget. How much did the roast cost? Most nights I cook for family of 4, while sometimes we’ve got a couple extra ‘grands’ on us. I’m pretty sure a 3-pound roast would make at least 2 meals for us, and MAN does that Ranch one sound delish!

    • says

      Yes, Jen. I have a larger family – and this roast actually fed my family of seven plus my brother’s family (2 adults, one child) and Nana! So, feel free to get the size that is most affordable for you and your family. I’m sure that the amounts above would also work for a slightly smaller roast. Or if you feel like it’s too much then cut back and just add 3/4 of the ranch packet.

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