Mississippi Pot Roast

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Mississippi Pot Roast is crazy easy to make. Just 5 ingredients in the slow cooker means almost no prep for an incredibly tender, melt-in-your-mouth roast dinner.

Serve this meal over mashed potatoes with juices from the slow cooker for the ultimate comfort food!

Mississippi Pot Roast in a bowl with mashed potatoes

What is Mississippi Pot Roast?

5 minutes prep is all you need! Who would have thought that an inexpensive cut of meat, combined with a few simple ingredients and a little bit of time in the crockpot could result in such a tender, savory, one-pot meal! Perfect for a potluck or a party so guests can help themselves! There is a fun story about this roast and how it came to be published in the New York Times!


BEEF I brown the beef first for extra flavor but if you’re rushing in the morning before work, you can skip the browning step!

RANCH & AU JUS MIX I  most often use homemade ranch mix in this recipe since I always have it on hand. Regular or low sodium au jus or gravy mix is perfect in this recipe!

PEPPERONCINI PEPPERS The peppers and juice add a lot of flavor while the salt from the pepper brine makes the meat really tender! You’d think it makes this dish spicy but it doesn’t.

BUTTER Because everything is better with butter. It just is.

Ingredients for Mississippi Pot Roast in a slow cooker

The Best Cut of Beef to Use

The nice thing about Mississippi mud pot roast is that you can use an inexpensive cut of meat like a chuck roast or a pot roast, even a pork roast will do.

Keep the seasonings the same, cooking it ‘low and slow’ in the crockpot for incredibly juicy results! Cooking on high is okay too but be sure to shorten the cooking time to avoid overcooking.

How to Make Mississippi Pot Roast

I’d say this is as easy as 1,2,3 to prepare but really, there aren’t even 3 steps. Just 2. Slow-cooked in the crockpot all day, this pot roast is tender, juicy, and oh so delicious!

  1. Brown roast and place in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and cook until fork tender.

I pull the beef into chunks and mix it into the juices in the slow cooker. That’s all there is to it! Serve over a bed of mashed potatoes, with a side salad, and a slice of homemade garlic bread to soak up every last drop!

Mississippi Pot Roast on mashed potatoes

What To Do With Leftover Mississippi Pot Roast

Mississippi pot roast is even better as leftovers because all of the flavors have had a chance to blend together.

  • Sandwich: Leftover pot roast makes great sandwiches for lunches the next day.
  • Soup: Cut leftover pot roast into chunks and simmer it in a broth with potatoes, carrots, and onions for a hearty soup. Add some homemade dumplings on the top and there’s another dinner for another day!

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Mississippi Pot Roast in a bowl with mashed potatoes
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Mississippi Pot Roast

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 25 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Whether you make this recipe in a CrockPot or in the oven, Mississippi pot roast will be on your menu rotation all year long!


  • 4 pounds chuck roast or pot roast
  • 1 packet ranch mix
  • 1 packet au jus mix or brown gravy mix, low sodium
  • 6 pepperoncini peppers plus ½ cup juice
  • ¼ cup butter

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  • Brown roast in a pan over medium-high heat, about 5 minutes per side.
  • Place roast in the bottom of a slow cooker and add pepperoncini juice. Sprinkle with ranch mix and gravy mix.
  • Add peppers and sliced butter to the top of the slow cooker.
  • Cook on low 8-10 hours or until fork tender.
  • Serve over mashed potatoes.

Recipe Notes

This can be cooked on high for 4-6 hours but I prefer to cook on low for a tender buttery roast if time allows.
If you check your roast early and it's tough, it likely needs more time. Opening the slow cooker frequently will add additionaly cook time to this recipe.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 481, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 44g, Fat: 32g, Saturated Fat: 15g, Cholesterol: 172mg, Sodium: 668mg, Potassium: 772mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 232IU, Vitamin C: 6mg, Calcium: 40mg, Iron: 5mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Course Beef, Main Course, Slow Cooker
Cuisine American

Mississippi Pot Roast recipe originally developed by Robin Chapman, Ripley, MS.

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  1. Hi I would love to make this Mississippi pot roast but my husband is lactose intolerant. What would you recommend I substitute the ranch mix with? I do make many of your recipes that require cheese and cream and use lactose free which works well and doesn’t change the flavour. There is no lactose free ranch dressing or powdered buttermilk ie in your home made ranch. Any suggestions? Thx shirley

    1. Hi Shirley, we have found a few dairy-free ranch dressings that may work for you! Hidden Valley has a plant-powered option, Daiya also has a dairy-free option, and a few others that you may be able to find in your local grocery store or can order through Amazon. Hope that helps!

    1. I haven’t tried this with deer roast but as long as the roast is well marbled and suitable for braising (cooking low and slow in liquid after searing) then it should work. Let us know how it goes!