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Easy Mississippi Pot Roast

This Mississippi Pot Roast recipe brings the heartwarming flavors of a traditional pot roast to your Sunday supper or any busy weeknight with ease. The chuck roast is carefully cooked to fork-tender perfection in the Crockpot, allowing the rich blend of seasonings to infuse the meat. With its melt-in-your-mouth tenderness and irresistible taste, this dish is guaranteed to win over everyone at the table.

Plate with mashed potatoes topped with Mississippi Pot Roast.

Why is it called Mississippi Pot Roast?

According to Southern Living, a home cook in Ripley, Mississippi, Robin Chapman, created the dish when she modified her aunt’s pot roast recipe. (She tried to make it less spicy for her children.) Mississippi Pot Roast quickly became a family favorite and the name stuck. This Mississippi-style pot roast is now a popular dish across the country.

Why You’ll Like This Recipe

  1. Tender and Flavorful: This slow-cooked pot roast turns out incredibly tender, allowing the flavors to meld together beautifully. The meat practically melts in your mouth, creating a truly satisfying and savory experience.
  2. Unique and Bold Flavors: The addition of tangy pepperoncini peppers and zesty ranch dressing mix infuses the pot roast with a distinctive and irresistible taste. This delightful twist sets this recipe apart and keeps diners coming back for more.
  3. Family-Friendly: It’s a dish that the whole family will love. From picky eaters to food enthusiasts, the comforting and rich flavors appeal to a wide range of taste preferences.
  4. Versatility: Your Mississippi Pot Roast pairs perfectly with various side dishes, from creamy mashed potatoes to roasted vegetables or buttery dinner rolls. It’s a versatile dish that can adapt to different occasions and complement a variety of sides.
  5. Perfect for Gatherings: Whether it’s a Sunday family dinner or a special occasion, your pot roast recipe is the ideal centerpiece for gatherings. Its impressive presentation and delicious taste will make it a crowd-pleaser every time.
  6. Minimal Cleanup: Cooking the pot roast in a slow cooker means less mess in the kitchen, making cleanup a breeze and allowing you to enjoy your meal without the stress of post-cooking chores.
  7. Leftover Magic: The flavors of this pot roast intensify even further the next day, making the leftovers just as delectable as the original dish. It’s a recipe that keeps on giving and can be enjoyed for multiple meals.

Key Ingredients

The not-so-secret secret to making Mississippi Pot Roast comes down to a few key ingredients. To ensure success when making this pot roast recipe, there are a few items you need to help boost the flavor of this dish:

  • Sweet onions Vidalia onions work best, but any sweet onion should work. Onions are placed in the bottom of the slow cooker and absorb the flavors from the juices from the meat.
  • Packet of dry Ranch dressing mix – You don’t have to mix this up before using. Just sprinkle it on top of the meat and the spices and seasonings will work their magic.
  • Packet of au jus gravy mix – Made with beef extract and onions, au jus gravy mix adds extra flavor to this delicious pot roast.

Pepperoncini – You have options here. For me, I like to use pre-sliced peppers which add a layer of flavor along with a touch of acidity. Plus, since they are pre-sliced, they are easier to eat in the finished dish. However, they add a LOT of flavor and some people don’t care for eating the actual pepper. If that is you or perhaps someone you will share this with, then I recommend that you use whole pepperoncini so that you can remove them after the pot roast has cooked.

Slow cooking is the way to go when you want tender meat. Adding the items above, along with a stick of butter, add amazing flavor to this beef dish. Serve with a baked potato or on top of mashed potatoes along with green beans or a simple green salad for a delicious home-cooked meal.


  • 1 medium yellow onion, sliced
  • 3-pound chuck roast
  • 1 package dry Ranch dressing mix
  • 1 package aus jus gravy mix
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 cup of sliced pepperoncini along with pepperoncini juice from the jar
Chuck roast, gravy packet, onions, pepperoncinis, butter, and Ranch mix.


Place onions in the bottom of a Crockpot or slow cooker. Place the beef chuck roast on top of the onions.

Chuck roast on top of sliced onions in a Crockpot.

Sprinkle the Ranch dressing packet and au jus packet on top of the roast. Next, place an entire stick of butter on top of the seasonings followed by the pepperoncini.

Stick of butter on top of a roast in a slow cooker.

Cover the Crockpot and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.

Cooked pot roast in a Crockpot.

Remove any fatty pieces, shred with a fork, and serve.

Bite of pot roast on a fork.


Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days.

Ways To Serve and Eat Pot Roast

Here are some great ways to serve and enjoy Mississippi Pot Roast:

  1. Classic Pot Roast Style: Serve the Mississippi Pot Roast with classic side dishes like mashed potatoes, mashed cauliflower, roasted vegetables (carrots, potatoes, and Brussels sprouts), and steamed green beans. The savory flavors of the pot roast complement these traditional sides perfectly.
  2. Sandwiches: Shred leftover roast and serve it on toasted buns or rolls with some of the cooking juices as a delectable pot roast sandwich. Add some crunchy coleslaw or pickles for extra texture and flavor.
  3. Over Rice or Noodles: Spoon the juicy pot roast and its cooking juices over cooked rice or egg noodles for a comforting and satisfying meal.
  4. Pot Roast Hash: Transform the leftovers into a hearty breakfast or brunch by making a pot roast hash. Simply dice the pot roast and sauté it with potatoes, onions, and bell peppers until golden and crispy.
  5. Pot Roast Shepherd’s Pie: Use the Mississippi Pot Roast as the base for a delicious Shepherd’s Pie. Top it with mashed potatoes and bake until the top is golden and bubbling.
  6. Pot Roast Stuffed Baked Potatoes: Scoop out the insides of baked potatoes and mix them with shredded pot roast and cheese. Refill the potato skins and bake until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

These are just a few ideas to get creative with serving Mississippi Pot Roast. The possibilities are endless, so feel free to experiment and find your favorite way to enjoy this delicious and comforting dish.

Plate with mashed potatoes topped with Mississippi Pot Roast.

Mississippi Pot Roast

Tender beef is slow cooked with au jus and Ranch seasonings along with pepperoncini peppers that give it a zingy taste.
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Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 9 hours
Total Time: 9 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 658kcal


  • Crockpot


  • 1 medium yellow onion sliced
  • 3 pounds chuck roast
  • 1 packet Ranch dressing mix
  • 1 packet au jus gravy mix
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup pepperoncini along with pepperoncini juice from the jar


  • Place onions in the bottom of a Crockpot or slow cooker.  Place the beef chuck roast on top of the onions.  Sprinkle the packets of Ranch dressing and au jus gravy on top of the roast.  Next, place a stick of butter on top of the seasonings followed by the pepperoncinis.
  • Cover the Crockpot and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.
  • Remove any fatty pieces, shred with a fork, and serve.


Nutrition information is a rough estimate and does not include values for the au jus packet.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 658kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 50g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 21g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 215mg | Sodium: 953mg | Potassium: 836mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 500IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 5mg
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