Tricia’s Slow Cooker Ranch Packet Roast

by Tricia H on August 30, 2012

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!

Print This Post

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.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Vicki August 30, 2012 at 9:25 pm

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.


Tricia H August 31, 2012 at 10:47 am

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!


Lois August 31, 2012 at 9:42 am

This looks yummy, but I’m always nervous about drying things out in the slow cooker. This comes out well with no liquid?


Tricia August 31, 2012 at 11:15 am

Hi Lois – thanks for asking. I have updated the recipe with a can of cream of chicken soup (really any ‘cream of’ soup will do). Thanks for patience with me :)


Lois September 4, 2012 at 11:28 am

Thanks! I’m looking forward to giving this a try.


Emily August 31, 2012 at 1:30 pm

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!


Connie Painter September 9, 2012 at 9:11 pm

crazy question, but this really looks like a pork roast. Is it beef (recipe states) or pork??


Tricia September 9, 2012 at 9:25 pm

It really is a beef round roast! But I bet this would be great with a pork loin too, Connie.


Jen September 14, 2012 at 12:15 am

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!


Tricia September 14, 2012 at 11:27 am

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.


Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: