Crock Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches: Easy Weeknight Favorite

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Crock Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches only take 5 minutes to prep and are full of flavor! You’ll be amazed at how delicious and high-end this quick and easy meal is, considering how simple it is to make for a weeknight dinner. Plus, the leftovers make a great lunch the next day!

Italian beef sandwiches are frequently made with sliced beef but don’t underestimate this simplified version. If you need a simple, satisfying meal on a budget, this recipe is for you.

The Italian dressing mix coats the fall-apart tender beef to infuse it with savory notes of oregano, basil, and more. These beef sandwiches may only have a few simple ingredients but are packed with flavor.

Top the sandwiches with provolone cheese slices, which melt from the heat of the beef, to add a layer of melty cheese that adds the perfect balance that brings the whole dish together. This is an ideal family-friendly meal everyone will enjoy.

Keep reading to get step-by-step instructions, learn why chuck roast is the best cut of meat to use and get my best tips and tricks.

Looking for more slow cooker recipes? Try Crock Pot Pizza, Crock Pot Beef and Noodles, and Slow Cooker Cincinnati Chili.

🥘Ingredient Notes

For exact amounts needed see the recipe card below

  • Salad Peppers—Sweet or hot. These are often located near the salad dressings.
  • Boneless Chuck Eye Roast—Or another beef roast of equal sizes, such as a tri-tip or rump roast.
  • Italian Dressing—Preferably zesty. You can use any brand.
  • Parmesan Cheese—Freshly grated or prepackaged. Helps balance the zest from the dressing.
  • Sandwich Buns—Store-bought or homemade. Crusty rolls are excellent for soaking up all the beef’s juices.
  • Provolone Cheese—To balance the heat from the peppers and bring the flavor together.

🥩Why Should I Use A Chuck Roast?

Whether you are buying groceries for one or for a family of six, money at the grocery store doesn’t go as far as it used to. While boneless beef chuck roasts are not the highest quality meat you can purchase, they are affordable.

This makes them an excellent option for budget meals or larger pot-luck gatherings. Chuck roasts also absorb flavors as they cook, which makes them an ideal choice for this recipe.

🥣How to Make Crock Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches

  1. Place the entire chuck roast in the slow cooker.
  2. Add the Italian dressing and ensure it evenly coats the roast.
  3. Pour half of the jarred peppers over the top of the roast. Set aside the remaining peppers.
  4. Cook the chuck roast on high for 4 hours or low for 6 hours.
  5. When the meat is fully cooked, spoon out most of the juice and shred the cooked meat.
  6. Gently fold in the parmesan cheese until evenly distributed throughout the beef.
  7. Top your hoagie rolls with a generous amount of meat, a slice of provolone cheese, and a few additional peppers.
Chuck roast in crock pot with peppers.
Before slow cooking
Italian beef in crockpot after cooking and shredding.
After slow cooking

🍴Serving Ideas

A delicious beef sandwich topped with gooey cheese will be the star of any meal and go great with various sides. My favorite sides include macaroni and cheese, tuna pasta salad, green beans, and caprese salad.

Crock pot Italian beef sandwich on a roll with peppers and cheese.

💭How to Store

Store your leftover beef in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat the leftover meat in the microwave until it is warm all the way through. The reheating time will vary depending on how much meat you are heating.

⭐Tips

Be sure to check out the step by step instructions

  • If you want to add a little extra kick to your sandwiches, add a teaspoon or two of red pepper flakes to your crock pot before you turn it on.
  • Either high or low works for cooking the roast. It depends on how long you want it to be in the crock pot.
  • Your roast should shred with little to no effort once fully cooked. You can use a large spoon or two forks to break up the roast.
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Top view of Italian beef sandwich with rolls and bowl of beef.

📝FAQ

What type of rolls works best for these sandwiches?

I recommend using a sturdy French roll for this recipe. You want to use a roll that can absorb moisture from the shredded beef without breaking down or becoming too soggy.

Can I make my shredded beef ahead of time?

Of course! This recipe stores incredibly well. You can make the beef ahead of time and store it in the fridge to reheat latere.

Do I need to cut my roast before cooking it?

Depending on the size of your crock pot, you may need to cut your roast into 2-3 smaller pieces. We also like to trim excess fat from our roast, but this is optional.

Do I need to add beef broth to the slow cooker?

No, the liquid from the jar of peppers and the salad dressing will be enough to cook the beef.

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Closeup of Italian beef sandwich with peppers and provolone.
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Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches Recipe

Published By Anne
Enjoy crock pot Italian beef sandwiches with rich, savory seasonings and tender, melt-in-your-mouth beef sandwiches topped with gooey melted provolone.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time6 hours
Total Time6 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 8
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Ingredients
 

  • 2-3 pound boneless beef chuck roast
  • 1 jar sweet and hot salad peppers, undrained 12 ounces
  • 1 cup zesty Italian dressing
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 8 sandwich buns
  • 8 slices Provolone cheese

Instructions

  • Place your meat in the bottom of the slow cooker.
    2-3 pound boneless beef chuck roast
  • Pour over the Italian dressing.
    1 cup zesty Italian dressing
  • On top of the meat, place half the jar of peppers and half the juice from the jar. Reserve the rest of the peppers for serving.
    1 jar sweet and hot salad peppers, undrained
  • Cover with a lid and cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours.
  • When the meat is tender, remove most of the juice from the slow cooker and shred your meat right in the slow cooker.
  • Add the parmesan cheese and stir.
    1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Assemble the sandwiches. Place provolone cheese on the buns, then the meat and the reserved peppers.
    8 sandwich buns, 8 slices Provolone cheese

Notes

  • You can also use pepperoncini peppers, roasted red peppers, or banana peppers.
  • You can add sliced onion or green pepper to the slow cooker.
  • Mozzarella cheese is also great on this sandwich!
  • The meat is also fabulous served over some mashed potatoes or baked potatoes.

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 522kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 886mg | Potassium: 495mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 220IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 249mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition facts are estimates.

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10 thoughts on “Crock Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches: Easy Weeknight Favorite”

  1. I love using my slow cooker, even more once the school year begins. What an easy recipe and I really like that you can modify the spice level for those you are serving. Great idea to use the Kraft dressings to help with the flavor too! #client

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  2. 5 stars
    We would just love Spicy Italian Beef Sandwich, it looks so good! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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