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Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches Recipe

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Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches Recipe

Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches are a classic comfort food that’s not only easy to make but incredibly delicious. The tender, flavorful beef is slow-cooked to perfection, making it the ideal filling for hearty sandwiches. If you’re looking for a crowd-pleasing meal or a simple weeknight dinner, this recipe has you covered.

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Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Ingredients You’ll Need
  3. Preparing the Beef
  4. Slow Cooking Process
  5. Assembling the Sandwiches
  6. Serving Suggestions
  7. Tips and Variations
  8. Nutritional Information
  9. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  10. Conclusion


Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches are a beloved dish known for their tender, flavorful beef and aromatic Italian seasoning. This recipe allows you to enjoy the rich taste of this sandwich without spending hours in the kitchen.

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Ingredients You’ll Need

Before you start, gather these ingredients:

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  • 3 pounds boneless beef chuck roast
  • 1 packet (1 ounce) Italian dressing mix
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 cup pepperoncini peppers (sliced, seeds removed)
  • 1/4 cup pepperoncini pepper juice (from the jar)
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Hoagie rolls or Italian sub rolls
  • Provolone cheese slices (optional)

Preparing the Beef

  1. Trim excess fat from the beef chuck roast and season it generously with salt and black pepper.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the Italian dressing mix, dried oregano, dried basil, garlic powder, and onion powder.
  3. Rub the seasoning mixture evenly over the beef, ensuring it’s well coated.

Slow Cooking Process

  1. Place the seasoned beef in your slow cooker.
  2. Pour in the beef broth and add the sliced pepperoncini peppers on top of the beef.
  3. Drizzle the pepperoncini pepper juice over everything in the slow cooker.
  4. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until the beef is tender and can be easily shredded with a fork.

Assembling the Sandwiches

  1. Remove the cooked beef from the slow cooker and shred it using two forks. Set aside.
  2. Slice the hoagie or Italian rolls and, if desired, lightly toast them in the oven or on a skillet.
  3. Layer the shredded beef onto the rolls, and if you like, add a slice of provolone cheese on top.
  4. If you prefer a juicier sandwich, you can dip the assembled sandwich into the cooking juices from the slow cooker before serving.

Serving Suggestions

Serve these delicious Italian Beef Sandwiches with a side of coleslaw, potato salad, or a simple green salad. They also pair wonderfully with a side of potato chips or pickles.

Tips and Variations

  • For a spicier kick, leave some of the pepperoncini seeds in or add red pepper flakes to the slow cooker.
  • Customize your sandwiches with sautéed onions, bell peppers, or mushrooms.
  • If you have leftovers, the beef can be used in pasta dishes, tacos, or as a topping for baked potatoes.

Nutritional Information

  • Note: Nutritional values may vary based on portion size and ingredient brands.
    • Calories: 300-350 per sandwich (without cheese)
    • Protein: 25-30g
    • Carbohydrates: 20-25g
    • Fat: 12-15g
    • Fiber: 2-3g

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Can I use a different cut of beef?

  • While chuck roast is the traditional choice, you can also use rump roast or sirloin roast.

2. How can I adjust the spice level?

  • To make it spicier, keep more pepperoncini seeds, or add red pepper flakes to taste.

3. Can I make this recipe in advance?

  • Absolutely! The beef can be cooked in advance and reheated when you’re ready to assemble the sandwiches.

4. Are there vegetarian alternatives?

  • You can make a similar sandwich using portobello mushrooms or seitan for a vegetarian option.

5. What’s the best way to store leftovers?

  • Store leftover beef and assembled sandwiches in airtight containers in the refrigerator. Reheat the beef gently in the microwave or on the stovetop.


Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches are a flavorful and satisfying meal that’s perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re feeding a crowd or enjoying a cozy dinner at home, these sandwiches are sure to be a hit. Give this recipe a try, and savor the mouthwatering taste of homemade Italian beef sandwiches!

Source: thecookingjar.com

Yield: 8 Servings

Slow Cooker Rigatoni Chicken Alfredo

Slow Cooker Rigatoni Chicken Alfredo

There's something incredibly satisfying about a creamy, hearty pasta dish, especially when it's as easy to make as Slow Cooker Rigatoni Chicken Alfredo. This recipe brings together tender chicken, rich Alfredo sauce, and perfectly cooked rigatoni for a meal that's sure to please the whole family. Plus, using a slow cooker means less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying your meal!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours


  • 2 to 2 ½ pounds boneless, skinless raw chicken breast tenders (or thin-sliced chicken breasts)
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth or stock (low sodium recommended)
  • ¼ cup butter, sliced (unsalted recommended)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, cubed
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon white or black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1-pound uncooked rigatoni pasta
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Optional: chopped fresh parsley for garnish


  • Place the chicken breast in a large slow cooker. Pour the heavy cream and chicken broth over the chicken breast. Add the sliced butter, cubed cream cheese, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

  • Cover the slow cooker with the lid and cook on high for 3 hours or low for 5 hours until the chicken is cooked through and fork tender.

  • Remove the chicken from the slow cooker and place on a large plate. Whisk the sauce in the slow cooker until smooth. Shred the chicken with forks, then add back to the slow cooker.

  • Add the uncooked rigatoni and the Parmesan cheese. Re-cover the slow cooker with the lid and cook on high for 30 minutes or until the pasta is tender.

  • Serve hot with fresh parsley for garnish if desired.

  • Makes 8 servings

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