The most delicious pot roast you will ever eat! This keto Mississippi roast is one of the easiest meals you can fix and will satisfy the whole family!
WHAT IS MISSISSIPPI ROAST?
Mississippi roast is often considered a “go-to” recipe for many people thanks to its wonderful flavors and ease of cooking. Some food blogs go as far as calling the dish an “internet darling” because of its popularity.
Traditionally, the dish is a chuck roast cooked in a slow-cooker with an au jus, butter, pepperoncini peppers, and a Ranch dressing packet (we discuss the use of this later on).
After the meat has cooked, it comes out deliciously moist and tender. It has just a hint of spice from the pepperoncini peppers and a yummy, fatty broth from the butter and au jus.
For those on a ketogenic or low-carb way of eating, its a perfect “set it and forget it” meal that is filled with flavor and is low in carbs. It’s about as easy to make as can be and the results are fabulous!
KETO MISSISSIPPI ROAST INGREDIENTS
To make this delicious Mississippi roast, you’ll first need to ensure you have the following ingredients:
- 4 lbs beef chuck roast
- 1 jar pepperoncini peppers, with juice
- 1/2 cup beef stock
- 6 tbsp butter
- 4 tsp pink Himalayan salt
- fresh ground black pepper
After you have these on hand, read on below for directions on making this awesome dish!
HOW TO MAKE KETO MISSISSIPPI ROAST
Believe it or not, making this roast is incredibly easy! Here’s how to make it a reality!
Being by seasoning the beef roast well with salt and pepper. Ensure that they coat the entire outside of the roast. If needed, use more of each to coat the outside.
Add all ingredients to a slow-cooker. Cook on high heat for at least 4 hours.
After the roast has cooked, shred meat with two forks and toss with juices from the slow-cooker
Spoon onto plates or into bowls and eat up!
WHY DOESN’T THIS RECIPE CALL FOR A RANCH DRESSING PACKET?
True, a lot of recipes for Mississippi roast call for the use of a Ranch dressing mix. Also true, this does does not.
There are a few reasons why this is. Let’s take a quick look at why we decided to leave out the Ranch packet with this recipe.
Regardless of the “quality” of the Ranch packet (think store brand versus Hidden Valley) using powdered Ranch will add to the carb count of the recipe.
In fact, the average powdered dressing packet will add 15g of carbohydrates to whatever it is used in, with a minimal fiber offset.
Taking a look at this recipe, it calculates out to roughly 1g of carbohydrates per serving. Perfect!
Adding a Ranch packet would come out to just shy of 3g of carbohydrates per serving. While not terrible, that 3g goes a long way towards your daily limits, especially depending on what side dishes you eat with this.
A huge deal? No, but there’s no need for added carbs if there doesn’t need to be. And at the end of the day, the Ranch packet will add some flavors, but this dish is just as delicious without it as it is with it.
At the very least, not using powdered dressing reduces the number of unnecessary ingredients going into your foods.
Let’s take a quick look at the ingredients in the most popular powdered Ranch dressing packet in stores.
Salt, monosodium glutamate, dried garlic, modified food starch, dried onion, maltodextrin, spices, less than 2% of: guar gum, buttermilk, calcium stearate, natural flavor (soy)
I don’t know about you, but that is a lot of unnecessary ingredients to be ingesting.
Not proliferated by the big name brands making low-carb and keto products, eating “clean” is a staple of both ways of eating. The idea of clean eating is not eating anything that is natural and necessary.
This, of course, includes most of the ingredients listed above. Since each of our bodies are different, you might not react to eating those ingredients. However, it can cause weight loss stalls and other interruptions for others.
CAN I USE AN INSTANT-POT INSTEAD?
Sure you can. Instant Pots are incredibly versatile pieces of equipment that should be considered a staple of everyones kitchen.
If using an Instant Pot instead of a slow-cooker, you can either choose to still slow-cook the meat or pressure cook the meat.
To slow-cook the meat, set the pot to the slow-cook setting. Set the Instant Pot to a timer of 4 hours (you can always set this to longer if you’d like) and you’re set to go!
If you’d rather pressure the meat, set the pressure setting to high and set the timer to one and a half hours. When the Instant Pot finishes cooking, you can either release the pressure quickly or let it release slowly, as the Instant Pot continues to keep the meat warm.
Whichever way you use will still yield a juicy, tender, and delicious keto Mississippi roast!
STORING KETO MISSISSIPPI ROAST
You have several different options for storing your leftover Mississippi roast. Here are a few different ideas for you.
STORING IN A SINGLE CONTAINER
If you’d like to store your roast in a single container, using a glass storage container is the best. Single container storage is generally what we all do, and an easy and convenient option.
When placing the roast in its storage container, make sure to include some beef broth for flavor and moisture, as well as pepperoncini peppers.
STORING SERVINGS IN INDIVIDUAL CONTAINERS
Another option is storing your roast in individual serving containers. Again, we recommend glass storage containers for all of your food storage needs.
Storing your leftovers in individual containers makes it very easy and convenient to take on-the-go for eating at any time.
Using this storage method also helps control portion sizes, especially for those who are being very strict and counting calories.
Just like the storage method discussed above, make sure to include some beef broth for flavor and moisture, as well as pepperoncini peppers in each individual storage containers.
REHEATING MISSISSIPPI ROAST
Since reheating this keto Mississippi roast requires reheating meat, care should be taken to ensure the meat isn’t overheated and made to be tough and chewy.
To reheat your leftovers, consider one of the two following options:
IN THE MICROWAVE, LOW POWER
To reheat the meat more slowly and prevent it getting tough, lower the power setting on your microwave.
Most microwaves are set to high-power. This will heat the meat quickly and probably toughen it. Low-power, however, will heat it more slowly and though it takes longer, will reduce the risk of the meat getting tough.
IN THE OVEN
To reheat the roast in the oven, set your oven to 300˚F and heat the roast for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, check temperature, and either eat or place back in for a few minutes longer.
Just like the microwave above, reheating the meat in the stove heats it more slowly and helps it remain juicy and tender.
CAN I THROW IN SOME POTATOES AND CARROTS?
Often we see people ask about adding carrots and potatoes to their Mississippi roasts. While neither carrots nor potatoes are part of the recipe, often they are seen as necessary additives since a roast is involved.
The simple answer to this question is no, you cannot add these to your roast.
Potatoes are a very strict no-no on either keto or low-carb. They contain a high number of carbohydrates and are not a “friendly food” for either way of carb-restricted eating.
Similarly carrots are the same. However, we have discussed before how a small amount of carrot can be consumed on a carb-restricted diet and you still be ok.
However, the amount of carrots normally added to a beef stew or beef roast recipe would contain a prohibitive amount of carbohydrates.
So, even though they would both (carrots and potatoes) taste great in this, they are neither keto-friendly nor consumable on either a low-carb or ketogenic diet.
WHAT KIND OF PEPPERONCINI PEPPERS SHOULD I USE?
When choosing pepperoncini peppers, there are a few differences in the ones you can buy in stores. Even though they are all canned, you might decide to choose one over another for this recipe.
Let’s take a quick look at the different options you may encounter.
This is probably the most common form of the peppers you will find. These peppers, generally, have been sliced, and sometimes, had their seeds removed.
They have the general appearance of banana peppers and are normally thinly sliced. This variety is great for adding to recipes like this, as they are much easier to deal with when eating.
They are also perfect for dishes like this where you want the slight spice they offer, along with their delicious pepper taste
Just as their name suggests, halved pepperoncini are cut in half. Unlike whole pepperoncini, they are trimmed to have the stems removed. Also, unlike sliced pepperoncini, they generally have the seeds remaining.
These halved peppers are just as good to use in your cooking as sliced. They provide a larger pepper to eat and are especially good in this regard if you are a fan of the peppers themselves.
Unlike the previous two variations, whole pepperoncini are basically placed into a jar with water and sold. When you see these in stores, their tops and stems will be left intact.
Just like the tops and stems, the seeds will still be fully intact as well, especially since the peppers aren’t cut in any fashion. Though these peppers aren’t overly spicy, just remember that seeds in a pepper do mean more spice.
Whole peppers are generally better for use when trying to impart their flavor, but can also be good for eating whole.
CAN I USE BANANA PEPPERS INSTEAD?
Sure you can. Of course, the banana peppers will have a different taste than pepperoncini peppers, but they are definitely usable for this recipe.
If you’d rather use banana peppers, chances are you’re familiar with them and the ways you can find them in stores.
If you’re not familiar with banana peppers but would still like to use them, they generally come sliced in jars. There are probably other variations of banana peppers you can buy just like pepperoncini (discussed above), but I’ve never personally seen them.
Do keep in mind, banana peppers are a very mild pepper, so if you are expecting this dish to have any spice to it (even though pepperoncini will offer very little), these are not the peppers you
WHAT IF ONLY WANT TO MAKE THIS FOR TWO PEOPLE?
To do that, all you need to do is find the smallest roast you can find in your local grocery or supermarket.
The broth, pepperoncini peppers, salt, black pepper, and butter will all stay the same. There’s no need to try and change those measurements since they only add to the flavor.
Simply portion it out for the two of you and you’ll be set and ready to go!
WHAT ARE SOME GOOD SIDES FOR THIS MISSISSIPPI ROAST?
There are tons of good sides for this yummy Mississippi roast. Here are a couple of our favorites for you to consider.
- Keto Bacon Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread
- Keto Cheesy Bacon Cauliflower Rice
- Low-Carb/Keto Biscuits (you can even make small sandwiches out of the roast with these!)
- Keto Southern-Style Cornbread
TOOLS TO MAKE KETO MISSISSIPPI ROAST
Click on the links to see the items used in making this recipe. You can also find these products linked in the recipe below.
- Slow-Cooker – As you’ve determined, a slow-cooker is a necessary component of this recipe. A good slow-cooker can make your life so much easier by making meals ahead of time. Less work is always a “checkmark” in our book!
- Season beef roast well with salt and pepper
- Add all ingredients to a slow-cooker
- Cook on high heat for at least 4 hours
- Shred meat with two forks and toss with juices from the slow cooker
- Spoon onto plates or into bowls and eat up!
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Nutrition InformationYield 12
Amount Per ServingCalories 568 Total Fat 44g Carbohydrates 1g Protein 35g