Crockpot Mississippi Pot Roast is a dream dinner! Just 5 minutes of prep and you are on your way to a meal your entire family will love. My simple recipe below is easy to create and loaded with flavor that will surprise you!
Crockpot Mississippi Pot Roast
Confession time – I struggled to make a decent roast for years. Yes, you read that right. For years I was an epic failure at making pot roast.
I tried different cooking methods, cuts of meat and recipes. You name it, I probably tried it. And none of them worked for the tender roast I wanted.
One day, I found this Mississippi Pot Roast recipe, and it all changed from there. All my pot roast dreams came true. This recipe is full of the rich flavor I wanted, creating tender beef ideal for a weeknight meal and delicious leftovers the following day.
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Why Should I Make Mississippi Pot Roast?
The reasons I love this no fail recipe are all about how easy it is to prepare. There is minimal prep time when using a slow cooker. You literally put the ingredients into the cooker, set the time, and forget about it until you’re ready to serve.
This recipe is so easy that it has turned out perfectly every time I have made it for my family. Trust me, it’s not only delicious but super simple to make.
When it comes to the flavor, this recipe adds a bit more depth than a classic pot roast. The cooking method of slow cooking low and slow makes the meat much more tender.
And the addition of peppers and ranch dressing mix creates a rich but mildly zesty flavor that really elevates a traditional meal.
How to Make Mississippi Pot Roast My Way
My recipe was made with a few modifications based on what I had on hand in my pantry at the time. I switched out a few things, but truly feel the flavor is perfect the way I make it.
Instead of the classic au jus sauce mix that many use, I substituted some beef broth. Another change I made was to use banana wax peppers instead of the traditional pepperoncini peppers. I also add a couple spoonfuls of the banana pepper brine for extra flavor.
Finally, and probably the most controversial, I cut the amount of butter recommended in half. I just couldn’t justify a whole stick of butter in this Mississippi roast. It’s just as good with less butter (pinky promise!).
If your taste buds prefer, feel free to add back in the extra butter and swap out for the pepperoncini peppers.
How to Serve This Pot Roast Recipe
My preference is to serve this slow cooker Mississippi pot roast with mashed or baked potatoes. A side of vegetables and hot rolls make the meal complete. If I’m feeling a bit ambitious, I’ll use the cooking liquid to make a simple gravy to go over my potatoes.
Another great way to use this recipe is for an open-faced pot roast sandwich. Toast a nice piece of bread, and then top with a bit of the shredded roast beef and a spoonful of the sauce and drippings for a classic dinner recipe.
When making this roast, you may also want to make a side of my cornbread casserole or butternut squash. Both are excellent alongside this rich roast.
What to do With Crock Pot Mississippi Pot Roast Leftovers
When I make a pot roast, there is always a bit of extra leftover meat for the next day. A larger cut of meat is easy to cook like this and shred to divide into 2-3 days of meals.
PRO TIP: Add a little cooking liquid to the leftover meat, to keep it from drying out.
When that is the case, I use the leftovers for some of the following meal ideas:
- Make into a roast beef sandwich with a bit of mayonnaise and a slice of tomato on a toasted piece of bread.
- Shred and mix with lots of cheese and green chiles to put inside flour tortillas to make a quesadilla.
- Reheat leftover meat with your favorite barbecue sauce and put on a toasted bun for a tasty BBQ sandwich.
- Mix into cooked pasta for a hearty version of beef and noodles.
- Add chopped carrots, tomatoes, onions, celery, and potatoes to the leftover broth for a richer version of a classic beef stew.
Why is it Called Mississippi Pot Roast?
I’ve always enjoyed recipes with a little history or unique background. And the slow cooker Mississippi pot roast recipe didn’t disappoint me.
In fact, it has a great background that was featured in the New York Times. It all started with a regular mom in her home kitchen making a substitution in seasonings for a recipe her aunt had given her years before.
Take some time to check out this article and learn more about the history of the pot roast with fun added flavors.
I personally think this is the best pot roast recipe in the world. Yes, it’s that good!
If you’ve never had Mississippi Pot Roast, what are you waiting for? You NEED to make one stat!
Helpful Tools to Make Crock Pot Mississippi Pot Roast
Slow Cooker – I’m loving this model because I can sear the roast right in the slow cooker.Double sided Tongs – one of the most-used utensils in my kitchen.Slow Cooker Liners – make cleanup a breeze.Ranch dressing mix – for serious ranch lovers.
More Slow Cooker Recipes:
Easy Slow Cooker Lasagna – no need to boil the noodles.
Slow Cooker Ranch Pork Chops – my kids LOVE this dish!
Slow Cooker Honey Chicken – you may want to make a double batch – it’s that good.
This article was originally published on 1/31/2018 and updated on 1/15/2020.
Recipe slightly adapted from Laurie’s Life.
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