Nothing beats a home-cooked Mississippi pot roast in a Dutch oven! This recipe is made with tender beef, tangy pepperoncini peppers, ranch seasoning, and au jus for a one pan, easy dinner. The dutch oven does the heavy lifting, creating tender pieces of chuck roast in a savory and rich broth.

This melt-in-your-mouth dish brings soul-warming flavors to your table with very little hands-on effort. Ladling the delicious gravy over mashed potatoes is a crowd favorite! Whether you’re looking for a cozy weekend dinner or a hearty meal to share with family, this recipe always hits the spot.

Mississippi pot roast shredded on white plate

My Mississippi pot roast requires just 7 ingredients and minimal steps yet turns out unbelievably tender, rich, and flavorful. If you enjoy straightforward, comforting meals, you have to try my classic Dutch oven pot roast.

Why I Love This Recipe

Whenever I’m hosting family and friends, I love making this Mississippi pot roast! It features classic pot roast flavors with a few of my own twists that make it extra special.

The roast turns out incredibly juicy and succulent, infused with flavors that are rich, savory, and just a touch spicy from the pepperoncini.

It’s all made in the Dutch oven, which means fewer dishes and less time spent cleaning up for me. I’m a big fan of one pot recipes. Plus, leftovers are perfect for French dips or roast beef sandwiches!

Mississippi pot roast served with roasted potatoes

Ingredient Notes

This one-pot Mississippi pot roast recipe transforms simple ingredients into a comforting meal. Here’s everything you’ll need:

  • Chuck roast: Known for its rich flavor and tender texture when slow-cooked, chuck roast is my top choice for pot roast. Select a high-quality chuck roast with good marbling.
  • Ranch seasoning mix: Adds a tangy, herby flavor that complements the beef well.
  • Au jus seasoning: Provides a savory, umami-rich base that deepens the overall taste of the pot roast.
  • Butter: Adds richness and helps meld the flavors of the seasonings and meat.
  • Pepperoncini peppers: Add a unique, tangy kick that brightens the dish and adds a slight heat. You’ll need both the peppers and the liquid from the jar.
  • Beef broth: Enhances the meaty flavors and provides liquid for the roast to cook in, keeping it moist and tender.


  • Beef: If chuck roast is unavailable, brisket or round roast can be used as alternatives. These cuts also work well with slow cooking, becoming tender and flavorful over time.
  • Ranch: If you prefer to make your own ranch seasoning, mix dried parsley, dill, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Use the same amount of this blend as the packaged ranch seasoning.
  • Au jus: A mix of beef bouillon powder, onion powder, and a pinch of sugar can emulate the flavor of au jus mix. Use in equal parts to replace the au jus packet.
  • Butter: For a lighter version, reduce the amount of butter or use olive oil.
  • Peppers: Banana peppers are a suitable substitute if pepperoncini peppers are not available. Use the same amount, including the juice, for a similar tangy flavor.
  • Broth: Chicken or vegetable broth will work if you don’t have beef broth on hand, but they will subtly change the flavor. Use the same amount as what is called for beef broth.

How to Make a Mississippi Pot Roast

Creating this melt-in-your-mouth Mississippi pot roast couldn’t be more straightforward! Follow my step-by-step instructions for the best results.


If the chuck roast was previously frozen, ensure it is thawed. Set your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit to ensure it reaches the right temperature by the time you’re ready to start roasting.


Step 1
Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high while you season the chuck roast with salt and pepper. Sear the roast on all sides for approximately 3 minutes until it develops a brown crust. Remember to pat the roast dry with paper towels before searing to ensure a good crust.

Step 2
While the meat sears, combine the beef broth, pepperoncini juice, ranch seasoning, and au jus seasoning in a bowl.

Step 3
Once the roast is seared, remove the Dutch oven from the heat. Carefully pour the seasoning mixture over the roast, ensuring it’s well-coated. Top the roast with peppers and pats of butter.

Step 4
Cover the Dutch oven with its lid or with aluminum foil and place it in the oven. Bake for 3 ½ – 4 hours, or until the roast is tender enough to shred easily with a fork. Check the roast periodically near the end of cooking time to ensure it reaches the perfect tenderness without overcooking.

Expert Tip

The key to a melt-in-your-mouth Mississippi pot roast is in the low and slow cooking process. By allowing the roast to cook gently over several hours, the connective tissues break down, resulting in exceptionally tender meat.

A Dutch oven is particularly effective for this kind of cooking because it distributes heat evenly, allowing the meat to cook perfectly throughout. Don’t rush the cooking process—patience is key here!

tender shredded Mississippi pot roast

Cooking Tips

  • Room Temperature Meat: Bring the chuck roast to room temperature before cooking. This helps it cook more evenly, ensuring that the interior and exterior reach the correct doneness at the same time.
  • Deglaze the Pot: After searing the roast, deglaze the Dutch oven with a bit of beef broth. This process lifts the flavorful bits stuck to the bottom of the pan.
  • Rest Before Serving: Cover the roast and allow it to rest for at least 15-20 minutes after cooking. This allows the juices to be redistributed, ensuring the meat is moist and flavorful when served.

Serving Suggestions

This melt-in-your-mouth Mississippi pot roast pairs well with a variety of sides that complement its rich and savory flavors. Mashed potatoes or polenta can serve as the perfect base, adding a smooth, creamy texture.

For a well-balanced dish, pair the roast with vegetables like oven-roasted baby carrots, air fryer frozen broccoli, roasted green beans, or roasted asparagus.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I don’t have a Dutch oven?

If you don’t have a Dutch oven, you can use a deep, heavy-bottomed oven-safe pot with a lid. If your pot isn’t oven-safe, sear the meat, then transfer it to a deep baking dish, cover it tightly with foil, and proceed with the oven roasting.

How can I tell when the pot roast is done?

The pot roast is done when it’s extremely tender and can easily be pulled apart with a fork. If the meat is still tough, it needs more time to cook.

Why is my pot roast dry?

If your pot roast is dry, it might not have cooked long enough or the temperature is too high. Cook it longer at a low temperature to allow tough tissues to break down, making the meat moist and tender. Also, ensure there’s enough liquid in the pot throughout cooking.

Storing & Reheating

This Mississippi pot roast makes for the best leftovers! Allow it to cool to room temperature before storing it.

Place the cooled pot roast in an airtight container or wrap it tightly with aluminum foil or plastic wrap. It will last for up to 3-4 days.

Freezing is a great option for extending the life of your pot roast. Slice or shred the meat, then store it in freezer-safe bags or containers with some of its juices to prevent drying out. Properly packaged, it can last up to 3 months.

Thaw the roast overnight in the fridge if frozen, then warm it in a covered pot over low heat on the stove, adding a splash of beef broth or water if necessary to keep it moist. Alternatively, reheat it in the oven at 325 degrees Fahrenheit, covered, until heated through.

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Nothing beats a home-cooked Mississippi pot roast! This melt-in-your-mouth dish brings soul-warming flavors to your table with very little hands-on effort. Whether you’re looking for a cozy weekend dinner or a hearty meal to share with family, this recipe always hits the spot.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings 8 people



  • 3-4 pounds chuck roast
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 packet ranch seasoning mix
  • 1 packet au jus seasoning
  • ½ stick of butter sliced into pats
  • 6 pepperoncini peppers plus ½ cup juice from jar
  • 1 cup beef broth


  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  • Heat the oil in a large dutch oven over medium-high heat. Sear the chuck roast on all sides, about 3 minutes per side.
  • While the roast sears, whisk together the beef broth, pepper juice, ranch seasoning, and au jus seasoning in a small bowl.
  • When the roast is seared, remove the dutch oven from heat. Then, carefully pour the beef broth mixture over the roast.
  • Top the roast with peppers and the pats of butter.
  • Cover with the lid or aluminum foil and bake for 3 ½ – 4 hours or until the roast shreds with a fork.
  • Remove the pot roast from the dutch oven and slice. Spoon juices from the crockpot over the roast before serving with mashed potatoes.
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