My mother-in-law purchased us an Instant Pot last year, I honestly never thought we’d use it, like ever. I just didn’t get what the hype was all about; another pressure cooker, yay? Turns out, even though I don’t use it a ton, I do use it pretty frequently.

One of our favorite things to make in ours is shredded beef using a chuck roast. Its simple, delicious, and filling. Our local grocery store has their roasts on sale all the time, usually a “buy one, get one free” sale. It’s great, cook one now and save the other for a later time, which usually ends in me having a ton of roasts in my freezer.

My sister-in-law shared this recipe with me, after I complained about never being able to get the roast tender enough to fall apart in my slow cooker… now it is pretty much my go to when I cook the roast.

Its simple; just throw everything in the instant pot and forget about it for a while. The longer you let it sit during the “cool down period” the more tender it will be; putting the baby down for a nap? No problem. Need to vacuum the living room before guests arrive? You’ll have plenty of time.

Check out below to see how easy your next meal could be!



  • Chuck Roast 2-3lbs
  • 1 package brown gravy
  • 1 package Italian dressing seasoning
  • 1 package ranch dressing seasoning
  • 4-5 cups water
  • salt and pepper to taste



  1. Cut roast into chunks (this will make the meat more flavorful and tender) and layer in Instant Pot
  2. Sprinkle seasoning/gravy over the meat, order doesn’t matter.
  3. Season with salt and pepper to taste
  4. Add water until meat is covered
  5. Cook on high for 40 minutes, then leave in warmer for 30 minutes; the longer you leave it in the pot, the more tender it will become and the easier it will be to shred.
  6. Shred meat with a fork.


Today, we had mashed potatoes and spaghetti salad as sides, but its a very versatile dish that goes with many different things. My niece loves it with dumplings and my husband with egg noodles.

Give it a try and let us know what you think!