This is the famous Mississippi pot roast recipe of chuck roast cooked low and slow in a crock pot with pepperoncinis and seasonings until fork tender.
We're cooking up a big crock pot full of Mississippi Pot Roast in the Chili Pepper Madness kitchen today, my friends. This is an update from the recipe I did years ago.
I originally made it for the now defunct "Chile Pepper Magazine" when they asked me for ideas for their "One-Pot" cooking issue, I knew I had to make Mississippi Pot Roast. You’ve probably seen a recipe for Mississippi Pot Roast when it almost broke the Internet a few years back.
It has spread like digital wildfire, finding its way onto blogs of every type and published pages galore.
By the time everyone knew about it, I still hadn't tried it. I make slow cooker beef roast all the time. My thought was, how could this recipe be so special? Does it really taste THAT good?
I had to know for myself.
And just so you know, the answer is a resounding YES.
Where Did Mississippi Pot Roast Come From?
It's an interesting story, really. It started when a couple of Mississippi natives put the recipe in their church cookbook and it eventually took off, mostly because it’s so darned tasty.
So, full disclosure - this is NOT my recipe. I didn't invent it, but after making it and trying it for myself, I can certainly say - YES! I really like Mississippi Pot Roast in the crock pot!
Good stuff, my friends. The combination of ingredients truly melds with beef that is slow cooked until it is deliciously fork tender. Patty and I were practically eating the roast out of the pot.
I won't say it's the absolute BEST crock pot beef roast I've ever made, but DANG if it isn't up there, which is sort of surprising because of the ingredients list. I think I want to make this with a pork roast next. Where's my pork shoulder?
Seriously, I'd eat this any time, all day long. Want to watch me eat a whole pot roast? Make this for me.
Let's talk about how to make Mississippi pot roast, shall we?
Mississippi Pot Roast Ingredients
- Chuck Roast. You can make this with other cuts of meat, but chuck roast is the best.
- Seasonings. Salt and black pepper. You can use others, but this is the traditional recipe.
- Flour. For coating the beef.
- Vegetable Oil. To brown the meat. Olive oil is good.
- Pepperoncini Peppers. Pepperoncini peppers are key to this recipe, making it quite unique. You won't get a lot of heat from them, but delicious flavor. I applaud the use of them!
- Beef Broth. You can use other broths or stock, or just use water. If needed.
- Homemade Ranch Dressing. Mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, dried dill, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and buttermilk.
- Cornstarch Slurry. For the gravy. Use cornstarch and water or milk.
How to Make Mississippi Pot Roast - the Recipe Steps
FOR THE MISSISSIPPI POT ROAST
Season the Roast. Season roast with salt, pepper and flour. Be sure to coat all sides. I like to cut the meat into chunks for faster cooking, but you can cook the roast whole if you prefer.
Brown the Meat. Heat the oil to medium heat in a pan and sear the cubed roast on one side for about 5 minutes, then flip and sear another 5 minutes. Sear the sides of the roast a couple minutes each as well. Once you've seared the roast, add it to a crock pot or slow cooker.
Make the Ranch Dressing. In a bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, vinegar, dill, paprika, Worcestershire, hot sauce and buttermilk. Pour into the crock pot and stir.
Butter and Pepperoncini Peppers. Add the butter, pepperoncinis and beef broth. Just toss them in. Use a whole stick of butter, and scatter the peppers.
Cook Low and Slow. Cook on LOW for 7-8 hours or on HIGH for 5-6 hours, or until the meat is fork tender. Low is recommended for this recipe.
Look at how tender the meat gets. So tender and juicy!
Shred the Meat. Transfer the tender meat to a bowl with 1 cup of the cooking liquid and shred with forks.
Strain the Cooking Liquid. Strain the remaining cooking liquid and add to a sauce pan. Heat to medium heat.
Reserve the Pepperoncinis. Most recipes toss out the pepperoncini peppers, but I like to cut them up and stir them into the dish. More flavor for me!
Thicken the Gravy. Stir the cornstarch and water together to form a slurry. Pour into the pan and stir, heating, until the mixture thickens into a gravy. Should take a few minutes.
Serve the Roast. Serve with your favorite mashed potatoes with gravy. Add extra pepperoncinis if you'd like. My mom always served pot roast with mashed potatoes and carrots. YUM.
Boom! Done! Your melt-in-your-mouth, juicy Mississippi pot roast is ready to serve. So easy to make in the crock pot, isn't it? I love this recipe. This version is very easy and incredibly delicious. Such great flavor. Extra pepperoncinis for me, please!
I hope your family loves it.
Recipe Notes & Tips
- Original Mississippi Pot Roast. The original recipe calls for beef, butter, au jus gravy mix and a package of Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix (ranch and au jus), along with pepperoncini peppers. I like to stay away from the dry packet stuff, so am sharing a slightly altered version that is just as tasty.
- Oven Cooking. You can also make this in a Dutch oven or large pot. Simply brown the meat and make the ranch dressing per the recipe, add everything to a Dutch oven or oven save pot, then cook in the oven at 250 degrees F for 5-6 hours, or until the meat is fork tender. I should do a pressure cooker version. Cook it up quick!
- Heat Factor. Mississippi pot roast isn't meant to be spicy. The only real spiciness comes from the inclusion of pepperoncini peppers, which have a little bit of a kick, but not much for the seasoned chilihead. I added extra pepperoncinis to my recipe, though feel free to adapt and include as many as you'd like. The recipe can stand up easily to more of them. Feel free to slip in a few hotter peppers, too, for a nice adaptation.
Let me know what you think! You've probably made this by now already! Send your thoughts! If not, give it a go, asap, and send word. I hope you enjoy it.
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Crock Pot Mississippi Pot Roast Recipe
- 1 boneless chuck roast cubed/cut into large chunks, about 3 pounds
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 4 tablespoons flour
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 stick butter
- 8 ounces pepperoncini peppers or more to your preference
- 1/2 cup beef broth (or use water)
- 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon dried dill
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon your favorite Louisiana style hot sauce
- 1 teaspoon buttermilk optional
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 3 tablespoons water
FOR THE MISSISSIPPI POT ROAST
- Season roast with salt, pepper and flour. Be sure to coat all sides.
- Heat the oil to medium heat in a pan and sear the cubed roast on one side for about 5 minutes, then flip and sear another 5 minutes. Sear the sides of the roast a couple minutes each as well. Add to a crock pot or slow cooker.
- Homemade Ranch Dressing. In a bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, vinegar, dill, paprika, Worcestershire, hot sauce and buttermilk. Pour into the crock pot and stir.
- Add the butter, pepperoncinis, and beef broth.
- Cook on LOW for 7-8 hours or on HIGH for 5-6 hours, or until the meat is fork tender. Low is recommended for this recipe.
- Transfer the tender meat to a bowl with 1 cup of the cooking liquid and shred with forks.
- Strain the remaining cooking liquid and add to a sauce pan. Heat to medium heat.
- Stir the corn starch and water together to form a slurry. Pour into the pan and stir, heating, until the mixture thickens into a gravy. Should take a few minutes.
- Serve with your favorite mashed potatoes with gravy.
NOTE: This recipe was updated on 2/21/22 to include new information and photos. It was originally published on 2/19/18.