Crock Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches

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Are you having a crazy busy week?  Do you need a homemade hearty meal that is quick and easy, ready when you are?  Crock Pot Italian Beef to the rescue!  This recipe is so mouth watering and full of flavor that you will choose to make this over and over!

Crock Pot Italian beef turn an inexpensive cut of beef into an irresistible and tender meal! Crock Pot Italian Beef

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I love to use a low budget cut of roast for this Crock Pot Italian Beef recipe for 4 reasons;

  1. I love saving money!
  2. Inexpensive cuts of beef come out tender and delicious in this recipe.
  3. It’s quick and easy to prepare.
  4. Everyone loves it!

This homemade recipe is inspired from the classic Chicago Italian Beef Sandwich.  The butter provides the foundation for keeping this dish moist. The beef is enhanced by the Italian dressing seasoning, the brown gravy mix and the pepperoncini peppers.  This, combined with the onion and garlic, and you have a combination that will bring even the most avid Chicago Sandwich connoisseur to their knees!

I love recipes that you can alter and still have fantastic results, and this recipe is no exception!   Here are a few simple substitutions that will allow you to produce an Italian Beef Sandwich using similar ingredients and having total success!

  • While this recipe calls for pepperoncini peppers, a good substitute is banana peppers.  They have similar flavour and pack the same amount of heat.  They even look the same, so don’t sweat it if you need to make this change!  
  • The Italian dressing seasoning mix is so handy to have on hand, but if you don’t have it in packet form, you can also use the bulk variety.  Substitute 2 Tablespoons bulk Italian seasoning for each packet.
  • Provolone cheese is awesome on this sandwich, however I also love a combination of mozzarella and parmesan, or you can use mozzarella entirely on its own. Some folks like a mild flavored cheese while others prefer something with a bit more zing, so listen to your taste buds and you won’t go wrong!

Crock Pot Italian beef is easy to make and the perfect way to turn an inexpensive cut of beef into an irresistible and tender meal!

While hoagie buns make this look so awesome on your plate, any soft bun will do.  I love any bun as long as it is not too soft, you don’t want it to break apart when you dip this delicious sandwich in the leftover juices!

While it’s totally optional, I often thicken the gravy with a little bit of cornstarch and stir the meat in for delicious results!

If your family loves this Crock Pot Italian Beef Sandwich recipe and would like to sample another outstanding sandwich, you have to give the Chick-Fil-A sandwich a try! Or try Baked Sloppy Joe Tacos instead of the traditional Sloppy Joe Sandwich.  It is a fun modification to an old family favorite!   


Mouth Watering Italian Beef recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
6 hrs
Total Time
6 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 8 servings
  • 3-4 lbs beef roast
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 2 packets of italian dressing seasoning
  • 1 packet of brown gravy mix
  • 1 cup sliced pepperoncini peppers
  • 1/2 cup juice from the peppers
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • provolone cheese slices
  • hoagie buns
  • 1-2 tablespoons cornstarch optional
  1. Place roast in crockpot. Pour beef broth and juice from peppers on top of the roast.

  2. Add remaining ingredients except hoagie buns, cheese and cornstarch.

  3. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  4. Shred beef and return to the juices. (If desired, combine cornstarch with 2 tablespoons cold water.  Mix well and stir into juices.  Turn onto high for 15-20 minutes to thicken).

  5. Add beef to buns and top with a slice of provolone.  Broil until melted.

Tender, moist, delicious beef smothered in cheese and served on a soft bun…sounds a little like heaven! This Crock Pot Italian Beef recipe is exactly what you need in your daily recipe box.  Quick, easy and delicious, your family with definitely thank you for it!

Quick and easy to prep and loaded with flavor! This slow cooker Italian Beef is a delicious and a great way to feed a crowd!
Quick and easy to prep and loaded with flavor! This slow cooker Italian Beef is a delicious and a great way to feed a crowd!


15 comments on “Crock Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches”

  1. Sandwich looks & sounds great but I’ve never heard of “juice of the peppers” what is it & where o’ where do you find it. I live in Grand Rapids, Mi & we are kinda weak on a lot of foods. So can it be made?

  2. OMG DISREGARD my earlier message! I completely had a brain fart. Lol I read the pepperconi peppers as pepperoni. Oops like I said BRAIN FART.

  3. I was visiting Chicago last week and at there. We have been trying to find a good recip. Can’t wait to try this one!

  4. I make one similar but no butter. Just roast, Dry italian dressing, Auj JUs gravy packet, peppercinins, and water and peppercini juice.

  5. Your recipe is good but in Chicago true Italian Beef does not have cheese – add sweet peppers instead!

  6. What cut of beef do you use? I don’t want to throw in a Chuck Roast and have it be terrible…but that’s what I have atm. Thoughts anyone?

  7. Absolutely mouth watering!

  8. I live in upstate ny and this recipe sounds delicious. Only thing different I will try, is add sauteed bell peppers, portabella mushrooms, and mozzarella cheese….maybe some swiss too.

  9. What kind of ROAST???? I used a chuck roast and london broil, it’s about to come out of crock pot. The chuck roast when shredding just had too much fat. Would be nice if the question of what kind would have been answered back in 2013. Love the recipe and Italian Beef sandwiched but hate when the instructions are not given. Hope I didn’t waste my time and money.

  10. I can’t see the recipe anymore, this is my go to recipe for Italian beef. please repost.

  11. Could I ask what cut of beef should be used ?

  12. Wondering what beef roast to use. Was thinking chick but it’s so fatty 🙁

  13. You can use any cut that you would normally cook for a roast. It’s a versatile recipe!

  14. Chuck should work for this recipe.

  15. Top Round Roast for people asking about the roast to use..#2 choice is bottom round roast! Both are delicious and I get when it’s on sale then plan to make it and melt Picante provolone cheese on a toasted roll under broiler just til cheese is melted – roll lightly toasted

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