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Quick and easy dinners are something every family needs, especially during this busy back to school season. One of the best ways to make sure dinner is ready when you are is to use a slow cooker, and this recipe for Spicy Italian Beef Sandwiches is one of my family’s favorite slow cooker meals! It is easy to make because it uses Vinaigrette dressing for flavor, so there are only a few ingredients and no complicated instructions.
This dish is easy to put together, and perfect for serving to hungry kids at the end of a busy day. I headed to Walmart to buy my family’s favorite Italian dressing, Kraft Zesty Italian, for this meal.
We have always enjoyed Kraft dressings, and now the new Kraft Pourables have been reinvented with a new, better taste. Kraft Zesty Italian now has even more herbs & spices, which makes it perfect for this meal. I picked up some Kraft Ranch dressing too while I was there, because it is a favorite for salads, sauces and dips.
One of the nice things about using a slow cooker is that you can use cheaper cuts of meat, because it cooks so long that most meats become tender. That makes this meal very budget friendly, especially since it makes enough for leftovers the next day. I used an inexpensive eye of round roast for this meal, and added an onion, green pepper, 1/2 a jar of pepperoncini and poured on 1/2 c of Zesty Italian dressing to make the flavors blend together.
Hours later when it was time for dinner I quickly shredded the beef, which is easy because it is so tender it just falls apart. Then I served the beef on a sub roll with provolone cheese and a simple salad on the side. And if there are any leftovers they taste delicious cold the next day on a sandwich.
One of the nice things about this meal is it easy to adjust how spicy it is. The pepperoncini make the beef a little spicy, but unless you put some on your bun the effect is quite subtle. So my husband and I can make it spicier by eating the pepperoncini, but the kids leave them off.
- 3 lb beef roast
- 1 onion
- 1 green pepper
- 1/2 jar pepperoncini
- 1/2 cup Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing
- 4 sub rolls
- 8 slices provolone cheese
- Slice the onion and green pepper.
- Put the beef roast in the slow cooker and top with onion, green pepper, and pepperoncini. Pour the salad dressing over the top.
- Cook for 8-10 hours.
- Just before serving remove the beef and shred.
- Serve on sub rolls with provolone cheese.
Nutrition facts are estimates.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 999Saturated Fat: 26gCholesterol: 273mgSodium: 1060mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 2gSugar: 6gProtein: 85g
What creative ways do you have for using salad dressing?