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Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwich

This slow cooker Italian beef sandwich recipe is a family favorite and a crowd pleaser every time. Get an easy start on dinner today and use the leftovers all week long!

I am not kidding when I say this Italian beef sandwich recipe is a crowd pleaser. If I am feeding a crowd, this is my go-to! My family also loves it and it’s so easy to make ahead of time and have ready to go when everyone is home and hungry.

Slicing onions for Italian beef sandwiches.

The secret to a great tasting roast is in the onions! I know this seems like an excessive amount of onions but trust me when I tell you that it really makes a difference! I love eating them on the Italian beef sandwiches, but even if you don’t like eating them, you need to add them! It makes everything delicious.

Adding pepperoncini to Italian roast beef sandwiches.

The next key to this recipe is the pepperoncini! I buy these in a jar, you can find them with the sundried tomatoes and roasted red peppers in the Italian section of the grocery store. If you like to serve them on your sandwiches, get the sliced ones but if not, just add them whole. I usually add 3-4 for mild spice and 7-8 for high heat. If you want to kick it up another notch, add a couple tablespoons of the pickling liquid!

Everything in the crockpot for Italian beef sandwich recipe.

I just season the roast the then add it to the crockpot, you could definitely sear it in a pan before adding it if you have the time! It adds a nice bark to the meat and great flavor.

Seasoning chuck roast for Italian beef sandwiches.

Next, just add some beef broth and Worcestershire sauce for a perfect hot roast beef sandwich! I love serving these hot, with or without cheese!

Adding cooking liquid to italian roast beef sandwiches.

The roast will be nice and fork tender when it’s done. It should easily fall apart as you slice it up for the sandwiches! I like to slice/shred the Italian roast beef and then add it back to the cooking liquid for about 30 minutes so it has a chance to absorb all those great flavors.

Slicing up the roast.

I’m also one of those people who really loves butter, so I will always tell you to butter up the buns or rolls you’re serving it on and put them on the griddle for a couple minutes until they are golden. I mean, why not? Really. It’s just another layer of flavor to these delicious roast beef sandwiches!

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Another one of my favorite things about making roast is that we can usually get a few more meals out of it! If I have more than I can use during that time, I’ll portion it out and sick it in the freezer. You can read all about my love affair with my freezer here!

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There you have it! A delicious and amazing and easy recipe for hot roast beef sandwiches! Your family is going to love these, cross my heart!

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Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwich

This slow cooker Italian beef sandwich recipe is a family favorite and a crowd pleaser every time. Get an easy start on dinner today and use the leftovers all week long! 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword hot roast beef sandwich, italian beef sandwich, roast beef sandwich
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours 40 minutes
Servings 8 sandwiches
Calories 353 kcal

Ingredients

  • 3-4 pound beef roast see note
  • 6 onions sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 4 pepperoncini whole or sliced, see note
  • 1 tomato large, about 1 1/2 cup, diced
  • 3 sprigs parsley whole, see note
  • 2 sprigs basil whole, see note
  • 1 sprig sage whole, see note
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 beef bullion cube
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  1. Place the onions, garlic, herbs, pepperoncini, and tomato in the bottom of a large crockpot. 

  2. Season the roast with salt and pepper and place on top of everything in the crockpot. 

  3. Pour the beef broth and Worcestershire sauce around the roast. 

  4. Add the bullion cube. 

  5. Place lid on crock pot and cook on low for about 7-8 hours, checking halfway to make sure there is enough liquid. The liquid should come up to the bottom of the the roast as it's sitting on the vegetables.
  6. When the beef is fork tender, remove it from the crockpot and slice or shred it on a large cutting board or plate.

  7. Remove the herb stems and bay leaf and discard them.
  8. Place meat back in crockpot with cooking liquid to absorb as much of it as possible while you assemble the sandwiches.

  9. Butter the insides of the rolls or buns you are using and place them on the griddle until golden brown.
  10. Once done, place sliced cheese on the bottom bun, add the meat, drizzle with extra cooking liquid or your desired sauce, and place top bun on top.
  11. If you'd like the cheese to melt completely, wrap them in foil and put in a 350 degree oven for about 5 minutes.
  12. Skim fat and strain cooking liquid for a nice dipping sauce for the sandwiches. 

Recipe Notes

You can use any type of roast for this recipe, I often use a chuck roast or a sirloin roast. 

If you don't have fresh herbs, substitute dried herbs in the following quantities: 1 tablespoon parsley, two teaspoons basil, 1 1/2 teaspoons ground sage. 

If you want to serve the pepperoncini on your sandwiches, add them sliced. If not, whole is fine. 3-4 add a mild spice, 7-8 add a more intense heat. For even more heat, add 2 tablespoons of the jarred liquid to the pot. 

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwich
Amount Per Serving
Calories 353 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 117mg 39%
Sodium 628mg 26%
Potassium 812mg 23%
Total Carbohydrates 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 4g
Protein 34g 68%
Vitamin A 4.6%
Vitamin C 11.9%
Calcium 7%
Iron 25%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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2 Comments

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    Sammi Windley
    December 30, 2017 at 7:17 PM

    Roast beef sandwiches are always a crowd favorite!

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