Instant Pot Balsamic Pepperoncini Pot Roast

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Instant Pot Balsamic Pepperoncini Pot Roast | Get Inspired Everyday!

The idea for this roast came from a vinaigrette dressing I made a few years back now. I had just a couple pepperoncini peppers leftover in the jar after making my Italian Antipasto Pasta Salad. And I was wondering what on earth I was going to do with them.

Since I was making a giant salad with grilled chicken for dinner, I decided to make my 2-Ingredient Balsamic Vinaigrette.Then I proceeded to jazz it up a bit with some Italian seasoning and those leftover pepperoncini peppers.

Instant Pot Balsamic Pepperoncini Pot Roast | Get Inspired Everyday!

And that was it, it was such a good combo I started doing more and more things with those 2 ingredients. To the point where I decided to add them to the balsamic roast I would make a few times every winter.

Which of course brings us to todays recipe. I have to say that adding balsamic to your regular ole’ pot roast is good. But putting in pepperoncini takes it right over the top in my opinion!

Instant Pot Balsamic Pepperoncini Pot Roast | Get Inspired Everyday!

This recipe comes together quickly, so it’s best to have your ingredients prepped ahead. You can make this in the oven or slow cooker the way you would if you don’t have an Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Balsamic Pepperoncini Pot Roast | Get Inspired Everyday!

After you sear the roast on both sides, remove the roast from the pot. Then add the rest of the ingredients, except the pepperoncini. Once you stir the sauce together, carefully place the pot roast back in the top with the peppers.

Instant Pot Balsamic Pepperoncini Pot Roast | Get Inspired Everyday!

Then the Instant Pot goes to work breaking down the pot roast into tender perfection.

Instant Pot Balsamic Pepperoncini Pot Roast | Get Inspired Everyday!

Once the roast is done, you can make gravy if desired, and serve it with the works!

Instant Pot Balsamic Pepperoncini Pot Roast | Get Inspired Everyday!

Really this can be as involved as you’d like, from a side dish or 2, to the full scale ‘Sunday dinner’ approach. I went all out this time and made gravy, mashed potatoes, roasted carrots, and roasted brussels sprouts. But feel free to keep it as simple as you’d like!

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Instant Pot Balsamic Pepperoncini Pot Roast | Get Inspired Everyday!

Instant Pot Balsamic Pepperoncini Pot Roast

  • Author: Kari
  • Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


Pot roast with some flair made extra quick and easy in the Instant Pot!



2 Tablespoons avocado oil

13 pound chuck roast

2 cups chicken or beef broth

2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard

1/3 cup balsamic vinegar

2 Tablespoons minced fresh rosemary

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 Teaspoon sea salt, amount will vary depending on the broth used

1/2 Teaspoon black pepper

2 Teaspoons Italian seasoning

2 Teaspoons onion powder, or granules

8 pepperoncini peppers, stems and seeds removed

Optional Gravy:

12 Tablespoons tapioca starch mixed with 3 Tablespoons of water

To Serve:

Mashed potatoes, or The Best Rosemary Potatoes

Roasted carrots and Brussels sprouts, or any veggie of choice


Turn the Instant Pot to the sauté function, and when it’s hot, add the avocado oil. Carefully lower the roast into the pot and sear on both sides, 4-5 minutes per side.

While the roast is browning mix together the chicken/beef broth, Dijon mustard, balsamic vinegar, rosemary, and garlic. In a separate small bowl, mix together the sea salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and onion powder/granules.

When the roast is browned, remove it from the pot. Add the seasonings to the pot, followed by the balsamic mixture. Stir until the seasonings are combined into the liquid, and scrape up all the browned bits from the bottom. Then add the roast back to the pot being careful not to splash the liquid as you place the roast back tino the Instant Pot. Top with the pepperoncini and turn off the sauté function. 

Place the lid on the Instant Pot and set the valve to sealing. Then select to pressure cook for 60 minutes. When the cooking time is done, use the quick release function. The Instant Pot will take around 20 minutes to release pressure.

When the Instant Pot is safe to open, carefully remove the roast along with the peppers. You may need a couple utensils to do this because the roast is fall apart tender. Then skim out some of the surface fat if desire before making the gravy.

To make the gravy, turn the Instant Pot back to sauté after the roast has been removed and bring the mixture to a simmer. Then whisk in some of the tapioca mixture, adding it little by little until your desired texture is reached.

Serve the gravy with the roast along with your choice of sides.


Be sure and carefully read the labels in each ingredient to make sure they’re Whole30. You’ll often find additives/sugar/dyes in balsamic vinegar, pepperoncini, Italian seasoning, and Dijon mustard.

  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Keywords: Whole30, Paleo, Dairy free, Gluten free

32 thoughts on “Instant Pot Balsamic Pepperoncini Pot Roast”

    • My best guess for slow cooker times would be 4-5 hours on high or 8-9 on low for a tender roast. I hope this helps and if you do make it, I hope you’ll let me know how it goes!

  1. Adding pepperoncini is such a great idea! Adding that bit of acid is exactly what something like a beef stew needs to perk it up. Can’t wait to try this!

  2. The depth of flavour in this pot roast was incredible! So delicious – will definitely be making again!

  3. O drool, this sounds so comforting and amazing! I love pepperoncini so I bet it’s amazing with pot roast.


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