The BEST Italian Beef

Italian beef  is the perfect party food for a large crowd. This easy slow cooker recipe is the food that game day fans crave!

Looking for a great game day meal? I’ve got the perfect meal: Italian Beef

We make a lot of Slow Cooker Pulled Pork around here. Which means that we eat lots of pulled pork sandwiches. Why I never thought to give Italian Beef a try until now is beyond me.

The BEST Italian Beef is perfect for game day!

And you can even make this version in the slow cooker OR the Instant Pot.

How do you make Italian Beef?

To make Italian beef, you’re going to want to use a chuck roast. The same roast that you’d use if you were making a pot roast.

Then you’ll want to season the roast generously with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning.

When it comes to cooking it, you have two options. You can cook it in the slow cooker or you can cook it in the pressure cooker.

Italian Beef in the Instant Pot

If you pick the slow cooker, place the seasoned beef in your slow cooker, scatter some pepperoncini over top, pour in some beef broth and juice from the pepperoncini and cook for 5 /1 hours.

If you want to make Instant Pot Italian Beef, you will place all of the ingredients in the instant pot, seal it and cook for 90 minutes.

Both cooking methods will get you tender, melt in your mouth Italian Beef.

Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches

What do you make with Italian beef?

One word: Sandwiches.

More Words: Totally loaded and delectable Italian Beef Sandwiches.

Italian beef  is the perfect party food for a large crowd. This easy slow cooker recipe is the food that game day fans crave!

I just love all of the goodies piled on these things.

For the toppings, I chose thick cut smoked provolone (Tillamook only friends, trust me), pepperoncini and giardiniera, spicy if you can find it. The added heat is perfection. If you want to make your own pepperonicini you can too!

Finally,  with all the goodies, I highly recommend toasting the bread under the broiler before you assemble the sandwich. And once more, after you add the cheese.

Because…melted cheese.

The BEST Italian Beef. Perfect for sandwiches and game day. Slow Cooker and Instant Pot Instructions #instantpot #slowcooker #italianbeef #beef #dinner

Note: Originally Published 2016. Updated photos and Instant Pot instructions 2019.

Slow Cooker Italian Beef

The BEST Italian Beef Recipe

Serves 4 - 6 Prep Time: Cook Time:
5 based on 11 reviews

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 (3 pound) chuck roast, cut into large chunks
  • 8 - 10 whole pepperoncini peppers, plus 1/4 cup liquid from peppers
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • hoagie rolls
  • mayonnaise
  • thick cut smoked provolone
  • sliced pepperoncini
  • giardiniera
  • spicy pickles

Instructions

1

Combine salt, pepper and Italian seasoning together in a bowl.

2

Place roast in the slow cooker. Sprinkle seasoning over the beef and toss to coat. Add in whole pepperoncini. Pour in juice from peppers and beef broth. Cover and cook on high for 5 1/2 hours.

3

After cooking, use a slotted spoon to remove the beef from the slow cooker. Shred.

4

Toast hoagie rolls under broiler.

5

To assemble a sandwich: spoon a generous portion of beef onto one half of hoagie roll and top with provolone. Place back under broiler for 1 minute or until cheese melts. Top with pepperoncini, giardiniera and spicy pickles. Spread mayo on the other half of the hoagie roll. Serve immediately.

Notes

Enjoy!

Leave a Comment

  • Reply
    Mattie Hughes
    March 11, 2019 at 11:08 am

    I was first introduced to the, Italian beef sandwich at a CHURCH members HOT DOG POPUP, THE meat was so tender that i couldn’t believe it was Chuck roast, AND THE pepper was so good I had never even seen PEPPERS LIKE THAT BEFORE TINY LITTLE SPICY WITH A HINT OF SWEETNESS AND THE BEER BROTH WAS AMAZING. SO I AM GLAD TO SEE THIS RECIPE, A FRIEND OF MINE DAUGHTER WENT TO CHICAGO AND BROUGHT A BIG JAR OF THE PEPPERS SO I ASK FOR SOME ,SO I WILL BE MAKING THIS SANDWICH SOON.

  • Reply
    Michelle
    March 5, 2019 at 11:26 am

    This would be a great meal prep recipe! Love it!

  • Reply
    Melanie Bauer
    March 2, 2019 at 5:01 am

    Looks like a fabulous meal! My family will definitely love this, need to make this soon!

  • Reply
    Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert
    March 1, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    These would disappear in our house!

  • Reply
    Allyson Zea
    March 1, 2019 at 10:35 am

    Oh this looks extra yummy!

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    Amanda
    February 28, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    My husband absolutely loves this meal he can’t get enough !

  • Reply
    amita
    January 27, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    Love these sandwiches and the fact that I could put it in instant pot and forget about it is a bonus.

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    Marisa Franca
    January 26, 2019 at 11:07 am

    We’ve made this recipe many times — it is easy and delicious. The giardiniera is a great topping on it especially if you like spicy. And provolone? You can never go wrong with that!!

  • Reply
    ANNE LAWTON
    January 25, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    I have never had Italian beef, but that’s going to have to change! This sounds delicious.

  • Reply
    Analida Braeger
    January 24, 2019 at 10:15 am

    I’ve never tried these before. Seems like the perfect dish to serve to a crowd. Comfort foods with a pop of flavors. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply
    Farwin
    January 24, 2019 at 9:52 am

    I could eat these Italian beef sandwiches any time of the day, all day! The beef looks so moist and tender.

  • Reply
    Nicoletta De Angelis Nardelli
    January 24, 2019 at 9:49 am

    It looks very tender and surely tasty with the right amount of spice. Great in the sandwiches.

  • Reply
    Corina Blum
    January 24, 2019 at 6:39 am

    This Italian beef looks so tasty! I would love some in a sandwich or just with a big side of salad for an easy and delicious meal

  • Reply
    Saima
    January 23, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    The beef looks so moist and tender. These beef sandwiches would be heavenly, I’m sure!

  • Reply
    Veena Azmanov
    January 23, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    Oh, this looks so scrumptious. And low how simple and easy this recipe looks. We love beef any time and I can’t wait to try it

  • Reply
    Elaine Benoit
    January 22, 2019 at 5:48 am

    Yes, I drooled when I saw how moist and delicious the beef came out! I love that you cooked it in a slow cooker as I love to use mine! And the sandwiches look divine and delicious!

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    Nicole
    January 21, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    I have actually tried a recipe that was similar to this and I loved it! I loved the favor of the peppers. It was awesome!

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    Megan Keno
    February 15, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    That melted cheese with the slow cooker beef…. Heaven!

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    Carrie R
    February 15, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    This is pretty much how I make Italian shredded beef in the slow cooker! :) It is one of my husband’s favorites… and mine too. So good!

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    Nutmeg Nanny
    February 15, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    That slow cooker beef is on point! It looks so delicious!

  • Reply
    sheenahoteatsandcoolreads
    February 15, 2016 at 7:21 am

    I love Italian Beef Sandwiches and now it looks like I need to make them! Great idea using the slow cooker! So easy and delicious!

  • Reply
    Meg
    February 15, 2016 at 5:39 am

    Oh these sandwiches look so juicy and are calling my name! I love how simple these are!

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