Mississippi Pot Roast (5 Ingredients) + Video

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Mississippi Pot Roast cooks low and slow for the most tender, juicy Sunday roast ever! You only need 5 ingredients for this crockpot recipe!!

Mississippi Pot Roast In Bowl

This Mississippi roast is by far the most delicious way to cook a pot roast ever. It just takes a few simple ingredients to make a mouthwatering meal.

Mississippi Pot Roast

Mississippi Pot Roast has been a favorite recipe of mine for years. It’s full of flavor and so tender that it just falls apart with your fork. It’s traditionally served over mashed potatoes with gravy.

And, I like to serve it with a steamed vegetable on the side.


Watch the video below to see how easy it is to make this recipe!

Why is it called Mississippi Pot Roast?

A woman from Ripley, Mississippi adapted a recipe that was given to her in the 1990s. She modified the ingredients and the result was a pot roast that was later named a Mississippi Pot Roast.

She shared it with a friend who included it in one of those community cookbooks. And, the recipe became an overnight sensation.

ingredients on cutting board for beef roast recipe

How do you make Mississippi Pot Roast?

You only need five simple ingredients to make this Mississippi Roast.

  • boneless chuck roast
  • buttermilk ranch dressing mix
  • au jus mix (can also use dry onion soup mix)
  • pepperoncini peppers
  • butter

It all goes in the Crock-Pot for 8 hours on low. Then, shred it and serve.

For another layer of flavor, you can sear the meat in a Dutch oven with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, then transfer to the slow cooker.

If anyone asks you how to make a roast in the Crock-Pot, give them this recipe. It doesn’t get much easier.

Can I substitute brown gravy for the au jus mix?

I love the way this Mississippi Pot Roast tastes with au jus mix. Au jus mix is typically made from a roast and condensed. Beef gravy mix is made from a roast and thickened with cornstarch.

pot roast in crock pot

But, you can substitute a beef gravy mix or dry onion soup mix if you don’t have au jus mix.

Mississippi Pot Roast without pepperoncini

Yes, if you cannot find pepperoncini peppers in your grocery store, you can leave them out. It will still taste delicious. And, it will still fall apart easily.

You can also substitute banana peppers for the pepperoncini peppers if you have those instead.

Is Mississippi Pot Roast Keto-friendly?

It will all depend on the ingredients in your au jus mix and your buttermilk ranch dressing mix. But, yes, this roast should be keto-friendly. It’s typically served over mashed potatoes or rice.

So, if you are trying to keep this recipe low carb, you might want to serve it as is with a low carb vegetable on the side. Or, you could serve it over mashed cauliflower if you prefer.

mississippi pot roast in blue serving bowl

Can I make this in the Instant Pot?

If you want to make this Mississippi Pot Roast Instant Pot style, it’s easy enough to do. Just use the same ingredients but add a cup of water. Then, follow the same process in the recipe below.

crockpot Mississippi pot roast

But, place everything in the Instant Pot and cook it on high for about an hour and a half. Check for doneness. If it doesn’t fall apart with a fork, you can cook it for a few minutes extra.

What should I serve this Mississippi Roast with?

I think my best ever mashed potato recipe is the perfect recipe to serve this roast with. But, you could serve as is and then make these Copycat Texas Roadhouse Rolls to go with it. And, for a vegetable, try some broccoli salad or summer vegetable salad!

How can I store Mississippi Pot Roast leftovers?

Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator in a tightly covered container for three to five days. To store them for a longer period, you can freeze them for up to two months.

To reheat them, thaw the leftovers in the refrigerator. And, reheat them in your microwave or a pan until warmed through. Or, if you have leftover shredded meat, you can try Mississippi Pot Roast sliders.


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Mississippi Pot Roast (5 Ingredients)

Donna Elick
If you’re wondering how to cook a roast in a Crock-Pot, this Mississippi Pot Roast with 5-ingredients is the answer.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 5 mins
Course Main
Cuisine American
Method Slow Cooker
Servings 2


  • 4 pounds boneless chuck roast, 3-4 pounds
  • 0.4 ounce packet buttermilk ranch dressing mix
  • 1 1 ounce packet au jus mix (can also use dry onion soup mix)
  • 10 whole pepperoncini peppers plus 1/2 cup juice
  • 1/4 cup butter, ½ stick
  • fresh Italian parsley, chopped (optional garnish)


  • Place the roast on the bottom of your slow cooker (I used a 6-quart oval) . Sprinkle ranch dressing mix and au jus mix over top. Scatter peppers around the slow cooker on top of the roast. Top with butter.
  • Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours (or high for 4-5 hours).
  • When it is done the meat will pull apart with barely any effort. If you have to put muscle into it, let it cook another hour.
  • Remove any large pieces of fat. Shred the beef with 2 forks
  • Sprinkle with fresh parsley, optional.
  • Serve and enjoy!


Donna’s Notes

For another layer of flavor, you can sear the meat in a Dutch oven with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, then transfer to the slow cooker.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 1855cal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 174g | Fat: 127g | Saturated Fat: 60g | Cholesterol: 687mg | Sodium: 1383mg | Sugar: 1g | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 162mg | Iron: 19mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Published July 2020

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  1. 5 stars
    The time that this takes to come together is time well spent. It tastes so delicious, and so savory. This is a very nice comforting meal.

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