It’s called Instant Pot Three Packet Roast for one reason. You use 3 packets of seasonings to make it, but it should be called Magic Roast because it’s THAT CRAZY GOOD.
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**This recipe was updated September 2021
Instant Pot 3 Packet Roast
So I’m telling no lies here when I say something magical happens when you combine these three packets of seasonings together to make this roast beef with gravy. The combination of these three envelopes of spices give you that super seasoned, beefy, full of flavor au jus that is PERFECT for putting on mashed potatoes.
Which size of Instant Pot can I use?
Ok, so you need your Instant Pot. I use an 8 Quart Instant Pot very similar to this one. Using a pressure cooker is the best way to tenderize a tough, economical piece of beef.
If you’ve just received your Instant Pot and you’re a little hesitant to start working with it, take a peek at this Instant Pot For Beginners Guide that I put together. It will help you feel a bit more at ease working with the cool appliance!
Making this Instant Pot Roast Beef and Gravy
This 3 packet roast couldn’t be easier. I literally thought to myself that it can’t be that delicious when my friend told me about it. She said to make this recipe, you won’t be sorry.
I am not. (sorry.) Nor will you be.
If your roast has string around it, be sure to remove that first.
- Saute the roast in the instant pot on all sides.
- Add the packets.
- Add the water or beef broth.
- Done like dinner. (well, it is dinner. )
See how easy it is??
Can I Substitute The Packets?
I would say no because, without these packets, you’re changing the recipe into something other than a 3 packet roast.
That being said, I have another recipe on the blog that uses a pork shoulder roast that’s similar to this recipe. It’s called Instant Pot Mississippi Pork Dip Sandwiches.
And wow, it’s an equally amazing recipe if you like pork dip sandwiches!! It’s just as easy to make as this 3 packet roast, it just uses a few different seasonings!
What Would I Serve With This Pot Roast?
I prefer to serve mashed potatoes with it. However, you could serve these Instant Pot Totally Loaded Mashed Potatoes, or if you wanted to go the low carb route, you could try these Instant Pot Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes. Also, these 3 Minute Buttery Maple Instant Pot Carrots would be a fantastic side dish!
Other alternatives for serving
– Quartered and boiled potatoes
– Hot buttered noodles
– On toasted buns or slices of bread for a hot beef sandwich.
– Any other starchy vegetable side dish (corn, sweet potatoes, etc)
What Cuts Of Beef Can I Use For This Recipe?
You’ll want the toughest, cheapest beef roast you can find. The instant pot is a pressure cooker, and when it cooks the meat under pressure, it REALLY tenderizes it. So using an expensive beef roast would be a complete waste of money.
Use cuts such as:
- Rump Roast
- Brisket, etc.
In Canada, we use cuts called:
- Outside/Inside Round
Another benefit to using cheaper cuts of meat is while they’re tough, they are usually very flavorful in comparison to more tender roasts. The golden rule is the tougher the cut, the more flavor it will have. So using an Instant Pot can render the roasts mouthwateringly tender.
Won’t it be Too Salty?
If you are concerned that the seasonings may make this 3 packet roast too salty, feel free to cut back each packet amount in half. Still use equal parts of the packets, but just use half of each one.
Also, using a low sodium beef broth may help tone down the seasonings if you are salt sensitive.
This 3 envelope roast is so delicious that you’ll want to use the rest of those packets up fast so they won’t go stale!
Can I Make This Roast With Potatoes and Carrots?
If you want to make this into a three-packet pot roast, it’s super easy. First, take the roast and cut it into the approximate size that your potatoes are. The potatoes should be WHOLE, not cut into smaller pieces. The carrots should be full-sized, thick carrots (not baby carrots) and should be cut into fairly big chunks.
Put the potatoes in with the sections of meat, and wrap the carrots in some aluminum foil (adding butter and/or whatever seasonings you might want to add), and place that on top of the roast and potatoes. **If you want firmer carrots, double wrap the carrots in foil.
How do I make this 3 Packet Roast in the Ninja Foodi?
Yes, absolutely. In fact, you can make this beef roast with gravy in any electric pressure cooker you have. The timing will be all the same.
Can I Make This Beef Roast In A Slow Cooker/Crock Pot?
You sure can! Of course, it will need a lot more time to cook in a slow cooker rather than a pressure cooker, but the flavors will be the same!
Prepare the roast exactly the same as you would the Instant Pot, but cook the roast on high for 5 – 6 hours or low for 7 – 8 hours.
This instant pot beef roast will stay great in the fridge for up to five days in an airtight container.
Freezing the leftovers will stay good for up to two months in a freezer-safe container.
Using the Leftovers
With the leftovers, (if you have any!), you could make:
- Hot Beef Sandwiches
- Beef Pot Pie
- Shepherds Pie
- Beef Hot Pockets
- Slow Cooker Beef Barley Stew
- Or, simply make up extra ‘tv dinner’ type meals that you can simply heat and eat!
I hope you can see the versatility in this amazing Three Packet Instant Pot Roast. It’s really so delicious, it has to be one of my all-time favorite meals. When you make this roast beef, I’d love to hear what you thought of it, and how you might have changed the recipe!
I’m always open to new ideas! Thanks so much for stopping by The Salty Pot today and I hope you have a wonderful day!
- 1 3lb beef roast (tough cut)
- 1 packet of ranch seasoning (powdered)
- 1 packet of Italian dressing mix (powdered)
- 1 packet of brown gravy mix (powdered)
- 1 cup beef broth (low sodium) (or water)
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch + 2 tablespoon water (slurry)
- 1 tablespoon Oil for frying
- Turn the Instant pot on to 'saute' add the oil and brown the roast on all sides.
- Sprinkle the ranch seasoning packet, the Italian dressing packet and the brown gravy mix packet over the top of the roast.
- Add the beef broth (or water)
- Place the lid on the pot, place the toggle switch to sealing, and press manual, high pressure for 90 minutes.
- Do a Natural Release for 15 minutes and then a Quick Release to release the rest of the pressure in the pot.
- Carefully remove the lid.
- Remove the roast to a plate to rest
- Press the saute function. Make a slurry of the cornstarch and water to thicken the gravy. Add it to the pot and stir until it thickens.
- With two forks, begin to shred the beef roast.
- Serve the roast over potatoes or rice and drizzle the gravy over the top. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: ½ lb
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 722Total Fat: 45gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 273mgSodium: 857mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 70g