Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches Recipe

by Ann-Marie on August 6, 2014

Slow Cooker Italian Beef

For a mouth-watering, three-napkin, easy feast for a crowd, look no further than Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches. I have made this several times in the fall and winter, for just our family as well as larger family gatherings. It’s a fix-it-and-forget-it kind of meal, with just a couple of simple steps after the Italian Beef has cooked, to make it sandwich-ready.

Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches

Slow Cooker Italian Beef

This list of ingredients is based on serving 4 people. It is the perfect size for my husband and I, and our 3 kids, as they generally only eat 1/2 a sandwich. Adjust the size of roast and ingredients for the size of your family or gathering. Just be sure your roast isn’t too large for your slow cooker – if it is, use a 2nd one or borrow from a neighbor!

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 lb. chuck roast
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 packets dry Italian dressing mix (I use Good Seasons)
  • 3-4 pepperoncinis + 2 Tbs. juice from jar (try Mezzetta)
  • 2 beef bouillon cubes
  • 4+ slices provolone cheese
  • 4 Hoagie buns

Easy peazy directions:

Place roast in slow cooker. Add next 5 ingredients, and pour in enough water to nearly cover roast. Cook on high 3-4 hours, or low 7-8 hours until roast is fork-tender.

During the last 15 minutes, prepare hoagie buns by buttering the inside of the tops and bottoms (I use salted butter), and placing face up on a baking sheet. Broil for 2-3 minutes on low for a nice buttery toast. This adds a rich, salty flavor and helps to minimize a soggy bun.

Keep the bottom half of hoagie buns on the baking sheet. Once roast is fork-tender, chunk up or shred and place a modest amount on bottom half of bun. Top with a slice of provolone cheese, and pop under the broiler for another 1-2 minutes until cheese is melted.

Top your bun and serve piping hot. You can add the juice (au jus) from the slow cooker for dipping, or I drizzle a little on the meat before adding the provolone.

Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches horiz

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Holly E October 12, 2014 at 6:54 pm

Italian Beef sandwiches, yes please! Looks good!!

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Debbie Welchert October 13, 2014 at 10:36 am

Oh boy, these sound and look really good. I can’t wait to try them out.

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Dorothy Teel October 17, 2014 at 6:35 pm

Oh this sounds wonderful, I wish I could find small Italian bread for this sandwich, I have a hard time finding a bun here in Oklahoma that stands up to the sandwich and the juices, or they fall apart, I like the idea of using the Italian dressing mix in it, I have printed it and the weekend is coming so we will be trying, thank you for sharing

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rochelle haynes October 18, 2014 at 11:37 am

I love this kind of sandwitch

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Rosanne October 18, 2014 at 11:06 pm

I don’t know if I’d like it with chuck roast prefer a rump roast that can be sliced

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April Farley October 20, 2014 at 8:20 pm

When I make pot roast I always use Good season Italian seasoning as a tenderizer as well as a flavor booster. I can tell these sandwiches will be to die for yummy! TY for sharing!

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lissa crane October 21, 2014 at 11:27 am

This looks awesome! It looks like a fabulous weekend lunch to grab and go or serve with chips for the game! This will definitely be on my Super Bowl menu!

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Shakeia Rieux October 23, 2014 at 2:45 am

I would love to try it

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Esperanza Gailliard October 28, 2014 at 2:31 am

OMG this looks fantastic and I know my kids will LOVE the cheese and hoagies! Not to mention my husband too.

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