5-Ingredients to Making the Best Pot Roast Ever?

Kevin Pang’s article about making instant ramen luxurious mentioned this dump-everything-into-the-crock-pot-roast recipe which claims to be the best ever. Really? Let’s find out.

A stick of butter and pepperoncini peppers on a chuck roast.

Mississippi Pot Roast

Dump all the ingredients into a crock pot and 8 hours later dinner is served.
4.51 from 69 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 538 kcal


  • slow cooker


  • 3 lbs. beef chuck roast
  • 1 pkt. au jus gravy mix
  • 1 pkt. ranch seasoning
  • 8 tbsp. butter unsalted
  • 8 oz. pepperoncini peppers half of a 16 oz. jar


  • To a 5-7 qt. slow-cooker, add the roast and top with the gravy mix, ranch seasoning, butter, half of the pepper brine and 12 peppers.
  • Cook on low for 8 hours or until the meat pulls apart easily with a fork.
  • Serve with mashed potatoes, rice, or pasta.


  • If you wanted to make this in an Instant Pot, use the conversion of 20 minutes (on high-pressure) per pound of meat e.g. three pound roast will take an hour. 


Calories: 538kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 29gFat: 46gSaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 3gCholesterol: 153mgSodium: 229mgPotassium: 463mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 370IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 34mgIron: 3mg
Keyword beef, easy meals, Mississippi Pot Roast, pot roast, slow cooker
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48 thoughts on “5-Ingredients to Making the Best Pot Roast Ever?”

  1. Hi Emmy! I’ll give this one a try, it seems like it could be a good weekend “protein-prep” recipe given its versatility. You don’t say whether you used salted or unsalted butter, but I’m guessing unsalted would be best based on your assessment of the finished product? Thanks for your videos, really enjoy them!

  2. This sounds like it would suit my family just fine, but I can’t have pepperoncinis (I’m super sensitive to any kind of peppers), so what do you think might be a good substitute for the pepperoncinis that would still work with the other ingredients? I had the thought of maybe trying marinated mushrooms or something(?)

  3. 5 stars
    I just made this! It was delicious, but definitely very oily. I will be draining it for sure. Do you have recommendations for leaner cuts of meet that could work?

  4. 4 stars
    My family makes this for tailgating. Shred it and put on a crusty roll for a yummy sandwich. You can use a packet of Italian dressing mix instead of ranch a make an Italian beef sandwich.

  5. 5 stars
    I made this with a 2.5 lb. roast and some adjustments: unsalted butter, and exactly HALF a ranch seasoning packet and HALF an au jus gravy packet. It is incredible on sandwiches or on top of a baked potato. House smelled divine.

    I made this for my wife who is a big fan and just got one of your shirts. She is also part Chinese and I think you are her spirit animal.

  6. I’m sorry, I’m gonna be one of those people. Now that I have my instant pot I won’t touch my crockpot, but this looks delish! Any idea on conversion or do I need to dust the pot off? Thanks in advance

  7. Hi Emmy,

    I’m in Australia and we don’t get ranch powder here. What would you recommend I use instead?

  8. Tiffany Lauren Groulx

    I am making this right now, had to use pork roast instead, so I will update on the recipe later on once it’s done. Thank you. Always looking for new ways to cook up roasts.

  9. Emmy,

    I’m dairy free. Will this work with Earth Balance or other non-dairy butter substitutes? I’m worried it might just be an oily mess.

  10. I think Earth Balance would work, but if you’re concerned about it being overly greasy just use half the amount of butter.

  11. Desiree Steele

    Thanks will definitely try this!! I haven’t used my crockpot in years lol as I have pressure cooker … and use my Airfryer 😀

  12. Constance Cordingley

    Just tried it. Family loved the taste. Used half the jar, peppers just a little warm.
    Bought the sliced med. heat.
    Will definitely make it again.

  13. Beverly Guibert

    I want to add baby red potatoes and carrots when should I put them in? All at the same time or 1 hr before the 8th hour?

  14. 5 stars
    I put this in the crockpot this morning and OH MY! The house smells fantastic! I tasted a sample, the only things I did different was used unsalted butter and medium heat peppers. HAD to sample it…YUMMY! Can’t wait for hubby’s opinion. Still trying to figure out how I’m serving it! Thanks for the recipe!

  15. 5 stars
    I followed the recipe exactly and all I can say is WOW 👏 had my brother and sister in law over for dinner along with the two of us and everyone raved about it. Even though it calls for the packet of ranch and he doesn’t like ranch, I do, so I went ahead and used it and he didn’t even know! This is a definite keeper as is. I was even asked for the recipe 🧡 thanks so much for this delicious recipe!

  16. 5 stars
    Delicious! My husband, who does not like pot roasts because he claims they are dry, loved the flavor and tenderness of the meat. He has asked for this to be made again! Success.

  17. 5 stars
    My whole family loved this recipe. Even the picky eaters. I did change the recipe to a top round, this cut is much less fatty so the grease levels were much lower. Anyway, I made freshly mashed potatoes to go with it and it was perfection. I will definitely continue to make this one.

  18. Fa'aninimo Lavata'i

    Is it possible to use beef roast instead of pork, because my father don’t eat pork?!

  19. Hello Emmy, this sounds super yummy but we have celiacs in my family, would I be able to use a GF brown gravy mix? I haven’t come across a GF au jus gravy mix yet. Thank you for alway posting fun videos. I really enjoy them.

  20. I haven’t tried thIs yet, but wanted to know: Do you think a good gravy could be made from the juices?

  21. 5 stars
    So delicious! It was so easy and tasty. Used brown gravy instead because I already had it and it turned out great. Thank you for the recipe!

  22. Do you think I can make this with stew meat? Then add in vegetables to make it more like traditional stew? When should I add the vegetables? Thanks Emmy! Can’t wait to try this!

  23. Got a late start, roast is less than 2 1/2 pounds. Could I cook it for less time on low or should I put it on high for an hour or two? Midway or at the end?

  24. I’m not sure why but my roast was around 1.8lbs but it took 1.5hr in a pressure cooker for the meat to be tender. I used unsalted butter and half the seasoning. Besides taking forever for the meat to be tender, the flavor was good. I think maybe next time I need to make the meat thinner or use a different type of meat

  25. 5 stars
    Made this recipe yesterday, the store did not have chuck road so I bought a beef round tip roast and cut in half due to thickness, this roast had no fat at all solid piece of meat, I honestly thought this was not going to turn out tender and fall apart. But it turned out so good, and the meat did fall apart. My husband loved it and said don’t change a thing, I did add about 3/4 cup chicken broth a couple of hours into the slow cooker process. Other than that it was so good, I am going to try this with my pork roast. My husband said whoever’s recipe this is….tell them awesome!

  26. 5 stars
    Great, easy, and tasty recipe! It was a bit fatty and greasy but my family loved it. I saw a few reviews where they used a different cut of meat, I’m going to try that next time. Thanks for the tips and wonderful recipe.

  27. 5 stars
    I made this for dinner last night. It was so so tender and delicious. And it made a delicious gravy. I had hot pot roast sandwiches with the leftovers tonight. Tomorrow it’s a nice beefy vegetable soup. 👍👍

  28. 4 stars
    I use venison in this recipe and it is much leaner than beef or pork. Even so, I reduce the butter by 1/3.

  29. Dude .. i made this for my honey and BOOM! Mega hit delicious. I’m new to crock potting… Is it possibly throwing in potatoes the mix, or will they fall apart?
    Thanks for this recipe!!!

  30. 5 stars
    My family loves this meal! Anytime I ask them what they want for dinner they say at least once a week we have to have this meal. It just melts in your mouth and the taste is just amazing! Love love love this meal

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