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I don’t know why this is called Mississippi Roast but if I could, I would totally change the name of this roast to be “the best roast you’ve ever had in your entire life.” Whatever the name, you just need to make this ASAP! Five simple ingredients, zero effort, 100% dinner & leftover satisfaction!

Mississippi roast on a white plate with pepperoncini on the bottom. The plate is sitting on top of a purple polka dotted towel with a gravy boat in the background.

This Mississippi Roast recipe is one of our favorite meals to put together during the week when we have run out of ideas and/or just want a bunch of leftovers so we don’t have to worry about the dreaded, “what’s for dinner?” every night.

What is Mississippi Roast?

This is essentially a 5-ingredient pot roast recipe that could not be easier! You literally just throw a roast in the slow cooker and pour some ingredients on top and literally set it and forget it.

Some days, I’m at work and forget that I actually have a meal waiting for us at home until I walk through the mudroom and the smell hits me. It’s intoxicating!

Why Mississippi Roast should be on your dinner table!

So let’s talk about this Mississippi Roast. First, every time I type “Mississippi,” I have to say it out loud…like when you do when you’re a child and you say it like “M-i-ss-i-ss-i-pp-i” – did you just say that out loud? ;)

Second, this makes for the easiest dinner and leftovers, ever.

It’s so flavorful and I LOVED building a sandwich with this and eating it for lunch at work. I felt like everyone that walked by my office was so jealous from the smell. Seriously, this roast is in-your-face delish. The flavors are incredible, albeit a tad bit salty so you might want to watch out for that or have bread on the side.

Who would’ve thought that four pantry item ingredients would yield such an amazing roast? It’s got so much flavor and on the days I’m home, I could not stop hovering over the slow cooker waiting for it to be done.

A five ingredient roast is seriously a weeknight lifesaver!

Mississippi roast on a white plate with pepperoncini on the bottom. The plate is sitting on top of a purple polka dotted towel with a gravy boat in the background.

What You’ll Need

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  • Chuck roast – this the perfect cut of meat for this recipe because it’s inexpensive and easy to find. It’s also a relatively tough cut of meat, which means it will benefit from being cooked slowly in the crockpot. The marbling on the chuck roast will also be beneficial to its flavor and also keeping the roast moist and juicy. The end result will be a tender, flavorful piece of meat that’s perfect for this roast dish.
  • Dry ranch seasoning mix – you’ll find this in the dressing at the grocery store.
  • Dry au jus gravy mix – you’ll find this in the dressing section of your local grocery store. If they have a low-sodium option, opt for that!
  • Unsalted butter – definitely use unsalted butter in this as you don’t want to add more salt than needed in this already high sodium dish.
  • Pepperoncini – jarred is perfect and I even like to add a splash of the juice into the crockpot for more flavor and a little more spice!

How to make Mississippi Roast

Why can’t all recipes be this easy? All you have to do is add everything into the insert of the slow cooker and cook on low!

Up close shot of Mississippi roast with the au jus smothered on top. Pepperoncini can be seen along the rim of the white plate that the roast is plated on.

Common questions

Can you make Mississippi Roast without the pepperoncini’s? I don’t like spicy.

Yes, definitely. But I will say, the pepperoncini’s aren’t spicy. Or at least to me they aren’t spicy. They’re more of a vinegary flavor to cut some of the fat and saltiness of this roast. But again, you definitely don’t have to add them but I highly recommend!

Can you make Mississippi Roast in the oven?

So, I personally haven’t done this before but with my knowledge of cooking, I feel that yes, you can make it in the oven. The slow cooker kind of is like an oven on low heat.

I would put the roast into a Dutch oven and look it on 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 6 hours and then from there if it’s shreddable or not.

Can you cook on high?

I get this question a lot and I get that people are sometimes low on time. You can cook it on high for 4-6 hours.

Can you freeze Mississippi Roast?

I haven’t tried freezing this before. I honestly believe it would be just fine because it’s just like freezing cooked meat and this is a pretty fool-proof dish. I would maybe defrost it and then put it back into a Dutch oven to simmer and heat through.

Up close shot of Mississippi roast with the au jus smothered on top. Pepperoncini can be seen along the rim of the white plate that the roast is plated on and also a purple polka dotted towel.

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This Mississippi Roast involves a slow cooker, five simple ingredients, zero effort, 100% dinner & leftover satisfaction!

Mississippi Roast

Five simple ingredients, zero effort, 100% dinner & leftover satisfaction! Mississippi roast will be your new family favorite!
4.86 from 34 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 8
Author: Julie Chiou
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Ingredients 

  • 3 pound chuck roast
  • 1 ounce packet of dry ranch seasoning mix
  • 1 ounce packet of dry au jus gravy mix
  • 6 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup water
  • 6 pepperoncini

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Equipment

Instructions

  • Add 1/4 cup of water into the insert of your slow cooker then place the chuck roast on top.
  • Sprinkle the dry ranch seasoning mix on top of the chuck roast, then sprinkle the dry au jus mix on top, then place 6 tbsp. of butter on top of the roast, and finally 5-6 pepperoncini around the roast.
  • Cook on low for 8 hours.
  • Shred and serve with gravy.

Recipe Notes

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You can serve this with a side of mashed potatoes and vegetables, or serve it on top of white/brown rice, or make a sandwich out of it. The gravy can get pretty salty by itself so I’d go light on the salt for the side dishes that you’re serving with this roast.
Yes, if you want to add vegetables to the slow cooker to cook along with the roast, you can certainly do so. I would add it in 2-3 hours before the roast is done. Potatoes, carrots, celery, whatever you like!

NUTRITION FACTS

Serving: 1 serving | Calories: 127 kcal | Carbohydrates: 5 g | Protein: 5 g | Fat: 10 g | Fiber: 1 g

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Course: Dinner, Main Course, Main Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cake recipe, roast, slow cooker
Recipe Rating




Mia

Wednesday 5th of October 2022

Literally the best roast you’ll ever be lucky enough to eat! Also the absolute easiest. I seer mine so prep might take 7 min. The barely any water may freak you out but DO NOT add more! I’ve prob made this 25+ times for different crowds & every single person says the same “it’s THE BEST”. Only variation I make is extra pepperoncinis bc my fam fights for them! Be prepared bc it’s going to melt in your mouth. My fave combo is to serve with twice baked potatoes or real mashed loaded ones, typically fried okra/salad/squash casserole/green beans & a very light dessert (more for looks bc everyone’s plate will be clean & tummies full! So basically for looks, effort or kids! Ha!

felaco

Wednesday 2nd of March 2022

The house smells amazing and as if I spent all day in the kitchen. Brilliant!

Crissy

Monday 1st of November 2021

This was delicious! I love making this so much!

Heather

Tuesday 16th of February 2021

Do you recommend searing the meat first?

Julie Chiou

Thursday 18th of February 2021

you can if you have the time!

Jordan

Sunday 17th of January 2021

Oh man -- I SO wanted to love this (it smelled amazing all day) but it's really REALLY salty! I want to try it again but perhaps cut in half the au jus and ranch packets. Otherwise it's a total sodium bomb.

Amanda

Saturday 31st of July 2021

@Jordan, I make sure to get the low sodium gravy mix, and unsalted butter

morgan

Sunday 4th of April 2021

@Jordan, are you sure you used the ranch seasoning packet and not the ranch dip packet?