Crock Pot Mississippi Pot Roast

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Mississippi Pot Roast has only five ingredients and takes just minutes to put together in the crock pot. Let it cook all day then come home to a juicy, flavorful roast that is perfect served over potatoes. This is going to be your new favorite dinner!

close up on bowl of mississippi pot roast over mashed potatoes

Slow Cooker Mississippi Pot Roast

Serve this Mississippi Pot Roast with mashed potatoes, roasted carrots, oven roasted garlic green beans, or loaded cauliflower casserole if you want to keep it low carb.

I’ve never been a huge fan of roasts. I’m a chicken girl and don’t eat a lot of red meat (way to sell it, right?), but this Mississippi pot roast changed my mind.

The meat is so flavorful thanks to the pepperonicinis and ranch seasoning, I actually crave it.

plate of mississippi pot roast served over mashed potatoes with roasted carrots

Why is it called Mississippi Pot Roast?

I’ve seen this recipe floating around the internet for awhile. Apparently, it originated in the 1990s. A Mississippi woman submitted it to a church cookbook (those are the best, I have a ton of them) and it took off from there. All have slight variations but I’m, of course, partial to my version.

Do you have to sear the beef first?

As I mentioned, there are several variations to this recipe. Some have you sear the roast before you add it to the crock pot.

Searing will create a bit of a crust, which some people prefer, but to me, the whole point of a slow cooker recipe is to be EASY. I don’t like having to do anything before I put it in the pot, so I don’t, and it’s DELICIOUS.

bowl of pot roast on top of mashed potatoes with pepperonicinis

Equipment you’ll need

  • Slow Cooker – This is the slow cooker I’ve had for years & really like. My favorite is that you set the timer so if you need 8 hours cooking time, but won’t be home for 10 hours, after 8 hours it just switches itself over to warm.
  • Measuring Cups – You don’t need much to make this recipe, but you will need a measuring cup and I like that they are magnetic.
  • Meat Fork – To shred up the pot roast when it’s done cooking.


Below is a list of the ingredients you’ll need to gather to make this recipe. Scroll all the way down for the full recipe card.

  • Chuck Roast – You’ll want a 2-3 pound chuck roast. This cut is from the neck/shoulder region and is very tender. It may also be labeled as shoulder steak, boneless chuck roast, or chuck shoulder pot roast.
  • Ranch Dressing Mix – One packet of ranch mix or two tablespoons of homemade ranch mix.
  • Au Jus Mix – One packet of au jus mix or two tablespoons of homemade au jus mix.
  • Pepperoncinis & Juice – You’ll want 1/2 cup of the pepperoncini juice and as many pepperoncinis as you like. I do 8-10.
  • Butter – Butter adds a richness to the meat and gravy that you won’t want to skip.
ingredients laid out to make mississippi pot roast

How do I make Mississippi Pot Roast?

Besides how good this roast is, it’s insanely easy to make. It’s perfect for a Sunday dinner but also quick enough to throw into the crock pot in 5 minutes before leaving for work.

  1. STEP ONE: Lay the roast into the slow cooker.
  2. STEP TWO: Sprinkle the ranch dressing mix and au jus mix over the top.
  3. STEP THREE: Pour some juice from the pepperoncinis over the roast and lay some whole pepperoncinis on top. How many you add is up to you – I opt for 8-10 peppers.
  4. STEP FOUR: Cube some butter and add it to the top. The butter will add a richness to the gravy that you don’t want to miss. Cover it and cook your Mississippi Pot Roast on low for 8 hours.

That’s it! It really only takes 5 minutes to put it together.

collage of process shots to make mississippi pot roast

What goes with Mississippi Roast?

Like I said, I like to serve mine with mashed potatoes for ultimate comfort food (you’re gonna want to eat all the gravy), and a side of veggies like sauteed asparagus, roasted zucchini, or roasted cauliflower. Roasted potatoes would also be good.

If you want to cook potatoes and/or carrots in the crock pot WITH the roast, add them during the last two hours of cook time so they don’t get mushy.

close up of fork full of pot roast

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close up on bowl of mississippi pot roast over mashed potatoes

Crock Pot Mississippi Pot Roast

Melissa Williams | Persnickety Plates
Mississippi Pot Roast has only five ingredients and takes just minutes to put together in the crock pot. Let it cook all day then come home to a juicy, flavorful roast that is perfect served over potatoes. This is going to be your new favorite dinner!
4.79 from 14 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 356 kcal



  • 2-3 lb chuck roast
  • 2 Tablespoons Ranch seasoning mix (1 packet)
  • 1 packet au jus mix (2 Tablespoons)
  • ½ cup pepperoncini juice
  • 8-10 whole pepperoncinis
  • ¼ cup butter cubed


  • Place the roast into the slow cooker and sprinkle on the ranch dressing mix and the au jus mix.
  • Pour the pepperoncini juice on top then add 8-10 whole peppers. Place the cubed butter on top.
  • Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours.
  • Once done, shred the meat and serve roast and gravy over mashed potatoes, rice, noodles, cauliflower rice. Whatever you like.


If you want to cook potatoes and/or carrots with the roast, add them in during the last two hours of cook time.
Store leftovers covered in the fridge for up to 3 days.


Serving: 1gCalories: 356kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 29gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 125mgSodium: 542mgPotassium: 528mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 291IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 28mgIron: 3mg

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  1. Dawn says

    5 stars
    So easy & my family loves this! It has a bit of a “ snap” from the peppers! Sometimes we eat it as is with a side of potatoes & carrots or shred it & eat on buns. So easy & quick to prepare & supper is ready at the end of a long day.

    • Melissa Williams says

      Oooh, I’ve never tried on buns. Good idea! Thanks for reporting back =)

  2. Naomi H says

    5 stars
    This is one of my go-to recipes. So easy and great for my big family. I skip the pepperoncini and add a bit of beef broth, red wine & Worcestershire sauce. I’ve also eliminated the butter and can’t really tell the difference. You really can’t mess this one up.

    • Melissa Williams says

      Agreed, I definitely use less butter than most – not sure why a stick is needed in some recipes lol Glad you like it & made it your own 🙂

  3. Eliza from BENSA Bacon Lovers Society says

    5 stars
    This great recipe has quickly become one of our family’s favorite dinners. We serve it with egg noodles or mashed potatoes drizzled with the delicious gravy. Soooo tasty!

  4. Trina says

    4 stars
    This recipe is so good. I used Kerrygold Garlic and Herbs butter to give it a little more flavor. Delish!

  5. Jennie says

    5 stars
    All thumbs up on this one. Simple and relatively quick. The whole family loved it. And when both kids like it, it’s a win x2. Saving this one for later. We will have to use a bigger roast next time. Only enough leftovers for one person. Husband has claimed it.

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