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A Pot Roast Recipe So Great It's "To Die For"

Updated on February 5, 2013

Crock Pot Roast - A Pot Roast Recipe You'll Use Again and Again

This ranch dressing mix pot roast crock pot recipe has been circulating on the web for a few years. I found it a year ago and - with a few additions to the recipe - "To Die For" pot roast is now in regular rotation on my family's dinner menu.

A crock pot roast beef recipe is perfect for those cuts of beef that can take a few hours of tenderizing. That's why pot roast is perfect for the crockpot.

It couldn't be easier and you can prepare just the pot roast or you can prepare an entire meal along with the pot roast in the crockpot.

Crockpot Pot Roast - "To Die For"

Also known as that "Infamous Pot Roast"

If you're a fan of quick and easy, "To Die For" Pot Roast is for you. Some water, three packets of flavorings and your crock pot takes care of the rest. It couldn't be simpler.

Now the name of this pot roast may be a "put-off" to you but seriously, this is the name that kept showing up in blog after cooking blog and forum after slow cooker forum. After awhile, you just have to go with it, you know?!

Curious about this crockpot roast? Here's the basic recipe. Let's get started!

"To Die For" Crockpot Pot Roast Recipe

Basic Recipe

1 3-lb. chuck roast

1 packet brown gravy mix

1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix (either the buttermilk or milk mix packet is fine)

1 packet Italian Dressing Mix (I like Good Seasons)

1/2 to 1 cup of water

Pierce the chuck roast a few times with fork (or not, some people think this makes the roast tough - I think it's ok when you are slow cooking in the crock pot) and place chuck roast into bottom of crockpot. Combine the 3 mix packets and sprinkle over and around the roast. Add a 1/2 cup of water around the chuck roast.

Set on low and cook until roast is tender, approximately 8 hours.

Note: Some of the mix will still be on the roast after several hours if the water doesn't cover your roast (and it probably won't). I turn my roast after several hours so the powder mix isn't left on top.

Watch the Salt in Your Pot Roast

Those Little Seasoning Packets Taste Good for a Reason - Salt!

If you are watching your salt intake or have cut back on salt so much that you can taste salt in most pre-packaged foods, then you might want to adjust the amount of seasoning packets that you use in making "To Die For" Pot Roast.

We've seriously cut back on salt in our family. I can taste salt in almost all prepared foods from the frozen food section of the grocery so I notice if my crockpot pot roast is too salty.

Here's what I do to remedy the problem!

Try using all of the brown gravy packet and just half of each of the Italian and Ranch packets, for example.

Or, add more water. A cup instead of a half a cup.

Or, add vegetables. (More on that in a moment.)

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Vegetables Make Flavorful Additions in "To Die For" Pot Roast

These Additions Take a Good Pot Roast Recipe to Great

What else can you add to "To Die For" Pot Roast? Well, for starters, carrots. Ummmm, good.

Then there's potatoes. Yummmm, even better.

Some cut-up white onions or pearl onions are great.

And don't forget the fresh mushrooms.

Tip: If you are cutting your vegetables into smaller pieces - such as baby carrot and small "new" potato size - add them later, about halfway through the cooking process. Otherwise, they'll turn to mush.

Now, don't get me wrong, mush can be good. As the vegetables break down, they make a very nice "gravy" in the crockpot. But "mystery" vegetables may not look that appetizing - particularly for guests. So, add your vegetables about halfway through the cooking process and they'll look just right when the roast is tender and done.

And last but not least, the best thing about vegetables in this crockpot pot roast is...they absorb the salt of the flavoring packets so that your pot roast turns out...just right!

This Crock Pot is Perfect for Slow Cooking a Pot Roast

I especially like the temperature probe that is included with this programmable crock pot. I always use it when I make "To Die For" pot roast.

Hamilton Beach Set 'n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker With Temperature Probe, 6-Quart (33967)
Hamilton Beach Set 'n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker With Temperature Probe, 6-Quart (33967)

I need a new crockpot and this is the one I plan to purchase. This crock pot is oval - which is perfect for cooking pot roast.

It is also currently number 1 (as of 10/13/09) in crock pot sales on Amazon.

This crockpot also has a temperature probe, a locking lid, and a keep warm feature. And, of course, you can program it to cook while you are away.

My current crock pot is so old that I don't have any of these features. I can't wait to get this one!

Update: I received this Crock Pot for Christmas. I've already cooked several things in it -- including "To Die For" Pot Roast. I love my new Crock Pot. The temperature probe is perfect for meat and the programmable features are so useful, too. I couldn't be happier!


photo courtesy of Creative Commons and Laura Brunow Miner

Waiting for this crockpot pot roast to get done is torture to the taste buds.

But your kitchen will smell sooooooo good while you are waiting.

In the meantime why not prepare a nice fresh salad and some warm yeast rolls to go along with your crock pot roast.

And some ice tea. Here in the South, we like ours sweet, but you fix yours any way you want. It's all good.

A nice red wine is also another option.

While You're Waiting, Make a Salad - I Couldn't Do Without My Salad Spinner

Your crock pot roast is a meal in itself when you add the veggies. The only thing missing is a scrumptious crisp green salad. While I'm waiting for my "To Die For" pot roast to complete, I just cut up the vegetables for my salad, add them to my salad spinner, let them take a spin or two, then add them to my fridge until it is time to plate a salad.

OXO Good Grips Green Salad Spinner
OXO Good Grips Green Salad Spinner

This is the new version of the salad spinner I currently own. Everyone seems to like the updated shape and new green color. Hmmmm, maybe I should update, too.

OXO Good Grips  Salad Spinner
OXO Good Grips Salad Spinner

This is the salad spinner I currently own. I love it. I just dunk my veggies and lettuce in to the inner basket, wash well in water from the kitchen faucet, place it back into the bowl and give 'er a spin.

Drain the water then store in the fridge until ready to use.

This spinner holds enough salad for a family of four or keeps your leftover salad nice and crispy for a few days.

OXO Good Grips Little Salad & Herb Spinner
OXO Good Grips Little Salad & Herb Spinner

Since it is usually just my husband and me for dinner now days, I sometimes wish I had a smaller salad spinner.

I'm definitely thinking of purchasing this mini salad spinner. It's perfect for when it's just the two of us.


Other Links You Might Like

Here's a list of other links on roasts, crock pots, and more.

If you like this lens, please leave a comment. And if you've tried the "To Die For" Pot Roast recipe, be sure to leave a note to say how you liked it. Or tell me what your favorite recipe and/or pot roast ingredients are...I'm always up for trying new recipes!

What's Your Favorite Pot Roast? - Have You Tried "To Die For" Pot Roast?

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      Janice 2 years ago

      I notice on all of the pot roast/chuck roast recipes for the crock pot the instructions doesn't tell you to sear both sides of the roast before putting into the crock pot. The pot roast I have made for my family and friends was done on top of the stove and I always seared the roast that puts goodies in the bottom of your pan and great flavor. My email address is;

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      AlleyCatLane 3 years ago

      I was wondering about the salt content in all those packets. i definitely would have to cut back, but otherwise sounds good.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Never pierce a roast before cooking it.

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      sarahrk lm 5 years ago

      I can't wait to make it. I have never made pot roast, but this sounds too good. I will try it.

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      WealthBuilder2010 6 years ago

      Great lens. I have always been afraid to try a roast. I am excited to try this recipe. Thanks so much!!!!

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      KBellamy1 7 years ago

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      Cynthia Arre 7 years ago from Quezon City

      That pot roast looks delicious! Thank you for sharing your recipe, I will most certainly try it . This is a nicely crafted lens with excellent information. *blessed by an angel*

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      Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      Welcome to Culinary Favorites From A to Z! Your lens is beaing featured under B is for Beef.

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      KBellamy1 7 years ago

      @TreasuresBrenda: Thank you for stopping by and for your kind comments and Squid Angel blessing. There are so many great recipe lenses on Squidoo. I'm in fine company!

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      Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      Excellent lens, I like your personal suggestions. I wanted to visit before the New Year so that I could bless your lens if it was bless-worthy and it certainly is so I have blessed it. (There's a new round of SquidAngels coming soon and I will be stepping down.) I don't have time right now to add your lens to Culinary Favorites from A to Z but I will do so in the next few days. Thank you for featuring the group here so nicely!

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      Fatih LM 7 years ago

      Hidden Valley Ranch, I would have never thought of this in a Pot Roast recipe.

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      Mary Beth Granger 7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      This roast sounds good. I may give it a try. 5*