(5 Ingredient) Slow Cooker Ranch Seasoned Beef

Happy Monday! How was everyone’s weekend??

I was happy to see the return of Shamrock yumminess.

On Saturday morning, I took my first spin class in like 10 years. Can someone PLEASE tell me why do they make the most uncomfortable seats for spin bikes??! I mean, it took me a good 20 minutes to get over the fact how much pain my hiney was in. I looked around the class to see if anyone had any remedies, like a seat pad or a towel, and no one did. Looks like I have a wimpy butt.

And then on Saturday night, my car battery died when we went to pick up take out pizza…Oh, and I parked illegally in a tow zone. Luckily we have AAA — but it was going to be a 90 minute wait. So the hubby & I ate pizza in the car and then went into Forever Yogurt to wait for the AAA guy to come save us. I was happy to eat this while we waited and people watched…and prayed not to get a parking ticket.

I’m happy to report Sunday was a drama free day. We went out for brunch, wandered aimlessly through the hardware store and sat on the couch judging other Big 10 basketball teams. (“other” meaning all teams except Indiana. :) )

My favorite part about Sunday is dinner. Growing up, we would always have a home cooked meal on Sunday nights. It was usually something meaty – like hamburgers, meatloaf or steaks. These days, I still love staying in and making a hearty dinner. It’s way better than sorting through take out menus at 6pm trying to figure out what to eat.

Five Ingredient Slow Cooker Ranch Seasoned Beef  I  thetastyfork.com  #5ingredients #slowcooker #dinner

A Sunday meal doesn’t get any easier than this – (5 Ingredient) Slow Cooker Ranch Seasoned Beef. It would be great to eat like a pot roast with some potatoes or you can shred the beef and serve it as a sandwich. I decided to go the sandwich route…mainly because I wanted to top it with cheese. YUM!

The Tasty Fork  I  5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Ranch Seasoned Beef  #crockpot #slowcooker #recipe

The marinade for the beef is super easy and you probably have all of the ingredients in your pantry. To make this slow cooker meal, all you need is an onion, distilled white vinegar, a Hidden Valley Ranch Packet & 2 garlic cloves. Mix everything together and pour over the beef. Cook on low for 8 hours.

I loved how flavorful this beef tasted! The vinegar helps to break down the meat to make it tender and gives the beef some tang. And of course, Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning is the best thing ever invented. I decided to use the seasoning packet to cook with the beef so every bite was infused with a ranch kick!

photo (16)

Since this meal is so easy, it would also be a great week night meal! Just put everything in the slow cooker before heading off to work and when you’re home, dinner is ready.

I like my Sunday’s to be pretty effortless, and that includes making dinner. I wish all of my meals only required 5 ingredients!

5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Ranch Seasoned Beef  I  The Tasty Fork  thetastyfork.com

(5 Ingredient) Slow Cooker Ranch Seasoned Beef


  • Cooking Spray
  • 1 Onion, sliced
  • 3lb Chuck Pot Roast, Boneless & seasoned with Salt & Pepper
  • 1/3 cup Distilled White Vinegar
  • 1 Hidden Valley Ranch Packet (1.0 oz)
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 6 French Rolls, sandwich size (optional)
  • 6 slices of Mozzarella (optional)


  1. Spray crock pot with cooking spray. Add sliced onions and place beef on top. Mix vinegar, ranch packet, garlic and water. Stir and pour over beef. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  2. To make sandwiches - shred beef and place in french rolls. Add cheese on top of beef. Broil in the oven until cheese is melted.
Schema/Recipe SEO Data Markup by ZipList Recipe Plugin

meghan sig


53 Responses

  1. Laura says

    Hi, what is the font used in the title photo that reads “slow cooker ranch seasoned beef”?

  2. 75+ Slow Cooker Recipes | {i love} my disorganized life{i love} my disorganized life says

    […] Slow Cooker Ranch Seasoned Beef – The Tasty Fork […]

  3. 33 Crock Pot Taco and Sandwich Recipes | The Tasty Fork says

    […] {5 Ingredient} Slow Cooker Ranch Seasoned Beef […]

  4. 45 Slow Cooker Recipes with 5 Ingredients or Less & a Link Up says

    […] Ranch Seasoned Beef recipe from The Tasty Fork […]

  5. 101 Favorite Sandwich Recipes - Call Me PMc says

    […] Five Ingredient Slow Cooker Ranch Seasoned Beef […]

  6. 100+ Tailgating Recipes Round Up says

    […] Five Ingredient Slow Cooker Ranch Seasoned Beef […]

  7. Tailgating Recipes - The Tasty Fork says

    [...] (5 Ingredient) Slow Cooker Ranch Seasoned Beef [...]

  8. Kate | Food Babbles says

    This sounds so good Meghan! I would never have thought to use ranch dressing packets in this way and it sounds absolutely wonderful. Yum! I think we would really enjoy this.
    Kate | Food Babbles recently posted…Blueberry Lemon Coconut MuffinsMy Profile

    • admin says

      It’s so good! I hope you try it and enjoy it as much as we do!

  9. Julie says

    Recipe sounds really good, but was wondering if I could use an eye of round roast instead of the chuck? I’m not a big fan of chuck roasts.

    • admin says

      Julie, use any kind of meat you like!

  10. Two Girls and a Party {Party 5}Life With The Crust Cut Off says

    [...] @ The Tasty Fork linked up 5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Ranch Seasoned Beef  which sounds unbelievable amazing!! My family is going to love these for [...]

  11. Bacon, Pear & Smoked Gouda Panini - The Tasty Fork says

    [...] 5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Ranch Seasoned Beef [...]

  12. Crock Pot Philly Cheesesteak Quesadillas | Sugar Dish MeSugar Dish Me says

    [...] found my inspiration for this recipe at The Tasty Fork; Meghan’s original recipe is for a 5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Ranch Seasoned Beef– thank you, Meghan!! Leave your clever suggestions in the comments or shoot me an email. [...]

  13. Amber says

    Trying this today! I’ve been looking for new crockpot recipes now that the kids’ ball practices have started. Can’t wait to see how it turns out! Thanks for sharing. :)

    • admin says

      Awesome! I hope you like it! I love to use my crock pot as much as possible. :)

  14. Amber says

    Trying this today! Thanks for sharing. :)

  15. Vicki M. Taylor says

    I used to cook in my crockpot a lot when I had a larger family. Now that the kids are all gone and it’s just hubby and me, we don’t do it so much. Thanks for the recipe. Have a blessed day!

    • admin says

      Thank you, Vicki!!

  16. Paula-Riverton Housewives says

    This looks amazing! We’d love for you to link this up at our party! http://www.housewivesofriverton.com/2013/02/riverton-housewives-round-up-54.html

    • admin says

      Thank you, Paula!

  17. Sheryl @ Lady Behind The Curtain says

    Thank you so much for sharing your delicious recipe with us at Cast Party Wednesday. I hope you are having a GREAT week! ~Sheryl @ Lady Behind The Curtain~

  18. Chrissy says

    This looks delicious!! I can’t wait to try it!! Would you consider sharing these and any other projects you may have at my Pinterest Party?



  19. Kelli Cooks says

    Thanks so much for linking your yummy sounding (and looking) recipe to the Dinner Time Recipes linky! I hope that you continue linking your delicious recipes each week. You post has been pinned by me!  http://southernmomcooks.com/dinner-time-recipes-weekly-link-up-4/

  20. Ruthie says

    Yum… crockpot dinner is the BEST! xoxo~ Ruthie

  21. Kimberly says

    This looks delicious. I’ve heard a lot about using those ranch packets in beef, but I haven’t tried it. This looks simple enough! Visiting from SITS!

    • admin says

      Hi Kim! Thanks for the nice comment! You should try it – I mean, it’s too easy & tasty not too :)

  22. Brenda @ChattingOverChocolate.blogspot.com says

    L O V E me a good crockpot recipe and this looks DELISH! Thanks for sharing! Pinned ;)
    Hope your weekend is off to a fabulous start! :*)

    • admin says

      Thanks Brenda!!

  23. gina says

    this looks so good! i just got a crockpot, so ii’m going to have to try it out!

    • admin says

      Your crock pot will be your new BFF! :)

  24. Lily Sheng says

    This looks wonderful! Question: can’t I just use a couple squirts of ranch dressing from the bottle?

    • admin says

      Hi Lily! You want the ranch seasoning packet. Using the actual dressing has milk product in it and it would curdle in the slow cooker.

  25. Tumbleweed Contessa says

    LOL! That is how I feel about bikes. Every once in a while I forget. Then I sit on one! OUCH! I love the twist on this sandwich. So easy, but what a great flavor add. I am making beef stuffed bell peppers ala cheesesteak tonight and that would be the perfect addition. Thanks for sharing at the Wednesday Extravaganza. I hope you’ll come share at my party: http://www.tumbleweedcontessa.com/blog/whatd-you-do-this-weekend-3/

    • admin says

      Wow! I like the sound of those stuffed bell peppers!

  26. Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen says

    oh my hubby would go crazy for this! I am glad that the next few days were not as eventful as Saturday was for you! Did you get your car fixed?
    Thanks for sharing at Show Me Your Plaid Monday’s!

  27. Heather @ Sugar Dish Me says

    I bought a roast but I seriously JUST made beef stew. BUT NOW I know what I wanna do with it! I love steak sandwiches. I love my crockpot. This is totally the natural progression of things :) No help for you with the spin class. I’m currently recovering from yesterdays Blogilates. Holy what the… and I didn’t even leave the house!!

    • admin says

      Heather, you’re too funny!!

  28. Jennie says


    • admin says

      Thanks for stopping by, Jennie!!

  29. Jennie says

    This looks good!

    • admin says

      Thanks, Jennie!

  30. Chelsea @ Someday I'll Learn says

    Thanks so much for sharing. I’d love to have you come link this up to our Teach Me Tuesday Linky – it’s brand new and in need of creative contributions! http://www.somedayilllearn.com/2013/02/18/teach-me-tuesday-5/

    • admin says

      Hi Chelsea! I’ll try to come by and check it out next week.

  31. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says

    And THAT is why I don’t take spin. :)

    This dinner is amazing. Pinned!

  32. Julie says

    Looks delicious, Megan! This is something that would be good for me to prepare for a meal during the week. Pinning for future reference. I’ll let ya know when I try it!


    • admin says

      I think you’ll like it, Julie!! It’s perfect for an easy weeknight meal. The slow cooker does the work for you!!

  33. Shiloh Barkley says

    Yummy! Looks really good!

    • admin says

      It’s pretty tasty!!

  34. Tori says

    Wow, talk about a delicious post! That beef looks delicious, and definitely something my husband would love. YUM!

    Found you through SITS =)

    • admin says

      Hi Tori!! I’m so glad you like the beef recipe. It’s so easy and your husband would be impressed if you made it for him!

  35. sally @ sallys baking addiction says

    spin seat bikes are SO uncomfortable! I hear ya. I haven’t taken a spin class in about 4 years. I feel so good afterward though. That frozen yogurt looks so good! And so does the shamrock shake of course :)

    • admin says

      I think I’ll go back to spin class! I just need to suck it up because it’s such a great work out!


CommentLuv badge