Crock Pot Beef For Sandwiches


Hey, it’s me. The Crock Pot Beef for Sandwiches guy. You remember me don’t you? I cooked in your kitchen and against your wishes, turned you from a carnivore to a herbivore by serving delicious Crock Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches on the cheap.

Sandwiches are a part of almost everyone’s daily diet. Although we all eat sandwiches for different reasons, we can safely say that these sandwiches have health benefits attached to them.

Crock Pot Beef For Sandwiches

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 8 hr 10 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 12 servings



  • 4 pounds beef chuck roast
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary 
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • One 16-ounce jar pepperoncini 
  • 2 cups beef broth

Caramelized Onions:

  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large onions, sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Sandwich Assembly: (see Cook’s Note)

  • 6 soft hoagie rolls, split
  • 6 tablespoons salted butter, softened
  • 12 slices provolone cheese 
  • Potato chips, for serving 


Special equipment:

 a 6- to 8-quart slow cooker

  1. For the beef: Toss the roast in a 6- to 8-quart slow cooker with the rosemary, salt and a generous grinding of pepper. Add the pepperoncini with their liquid and the beef broth. Cover and cook on low until the meat is very tender and easy to pull apart, 7 to 8 hours.
  2. For the caramelized onions: When the slow cooker has about 15 minutes left, heat the butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions, salt and a few grinds of pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and lightly browned, about 10 minutes.
  3. Remove the roast to a bowl and shred using 2 forks, then return it to the slow cooker to keep warm.
  4. For the sandwich assembly: Preheat the broiler. Put the rolls on a baking sheet and spread each with a tablespoon of butter. Broil until toasted, about 2 minutes.
  5. Heap a generous portion of meat on each roll, then spoon some of the cooking liquid over the meat. Top with a few pepperoncini from the slow cooker and plenty of caramelized onions. Put 2 slices of cheese on each sandwich and return to the broiler just to melt the cheese, about 1 more minute. Serve with potato chips and extra cooking liquid on the side for dipping.
  6. Allow the leftover beef to cool completely, then transfer to a resealable freezer bag with a nice portion of cooking liquid and freeze for later use. When ready to serve, thaw completely in the refrigerator, then heat through and serve with additional sandwich fixings.

Cook’s Note

The ingredients for the sandwich assembly are enough for half of the meat. When you reheat the second batch at a later date, use the same amount of sandwich ingredients.

Crock Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches

These Crock Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches are perfect for tailgating season! With just a few simple ingredients tossed into the slow cooker, delicious slow cooked beef sandwiches are easy to make and serve for any game day gathering! 

Tailgating season is one of our favorite times of the year. The weather has cooled down a little bit, and we get to enjoy party favorites –  like sausage queso, sriracha shrimp, game day chili and of course Italian Beef!

‘Tis the season for tailgating, friends and family! A favorite time of year for me filled with appetizers and all of my favorite snacks! This slow cooker Italian beef is a go-to with tender pulled beef and peppers. Simply pop it all in the slow cooker and let it cook while you enjoy the game! It’s great to prep ahead and transports well to parties!

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Beef for Italian Beef Sandwiches

A typical Italian beef sandwich is made with sirloin however it wouldn’t hold up well in the slow cooker. I’ve opted for chuck roast as it’s tender and flavorful. A rump roast works well too!

The beef is seared on both sides to add flavor to the recipe and then it slow cooks until buttery and fork tender and is shredded (similar to pulled pork).

Seasonings: This recipe uses a packet of Italian dressing mix for a bit of zest and tang. The peppers I use are sliced pepperoncinis, if you can’t find sliced, whole will work too. They add a delicious, salty, briny flavor and just a hint of heat but don’t make this sandwich too spicy.

How to Make Italian Beef

  1. PREP:  Brown the roast and add it to the slow cooker with Italian seasonings, broth and pepperoncini peppers.
  2. COOK: Cook on high for 5-6 hours or on low for 9-10 hours until the beef is fork tender.
  3. SHRED: Using forks, shred the beef and return it to the juices. Stir to combine and let it warm for at least 20 minutes.

To Serve Crock Pot Italian Beef, stack it high on hoagie rolls or Italian rolls and top with with giardiniera (Italian pickled veggies) or more pickled peppers if you’d like to add a little bit of heat. Roasted Sweet green peppers are perfect on this too!

We also put out little slider rolls for parties or of course for game day since we have lots of other great foods on the table.

Don’t skip the juices!

It is important to make sure you get lots of the juices into the sandwich… maybe messy but definitely delicious (and essential to this recipe)! In fact, in Chicago they often dip the whole sandwich right into the au jus before serving it to you!

If you’d like to add cheese, provolone is a great choice!

More Delicious Italian Beef Sandwich Toppings

Pickled veggies complement this beef perfectly. We love adding refrigerator pickles and pickled jalapenos!

Other delicious additions include:

  • Cheese – Provolone is great! Also try: mozzarella, monterey jack, or gouda.
  • Bread – Italian rolls are hearty and hold up to the juices well. Hoagie rolls are nice and soft and easily available. And of course, slider buns are great if serving as an appetizer.
  • Veggies – Giardiniera is traditional but crisp lettuce, tomatoes and red onions are great too
  • Other additions – Pickles, olives, Italian dressing, pickled jalapenos

What To Make With Italian Beef

Because this beef is so fall-apart tender and so flavorful, it’s great on sandwiches with minimal additions! If you’re looking to make a roast beef dinner, Italian beef is delicious next to some mashed potatoes and a fresh Italian salad!

Storing The Leftovers

Slow cooker Italian beef will last up to 5 days in the fridge in an airtight container. Make sure it’s completely cooled before you seal it. Leftovers will last in the freezer for up to 2 months. Defrost in the fridge, microwave, or oven!

If you have any leftover meat, try making enchiladas or tacos with it. A breakfast hash is also a delicious way to use leftover Italian beef!

Crock Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches

Crock Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches are a 5-ingredient crock pot recipe version of the popular hot sandwich recipe. This easy dinner recipe is a crowd-pleaser!

  1. Beef-based as I have exactly one beef crock pot recipe on the blog – Crock Pot Spaghetti Sauce.
  2. Easy. Nobody likes crock pot recipes with several cooking steps before you even plug the dang thing in.
  3. Very delicious, unique, and not gloopy whatsoever.

With the aforementioned criteria in mind, I settled on Crock Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches. A mouthwatering, 5-ingredient flavor combo that has just the right amount of zip and zing!

Chuck roast is slow cooked for 10 hours in a mixture of pepperoncini peppers, Giardiniera, Italian dressing mix, and beef broth then shredded and served on a chewy hoagie bun with melted provolone cheese. Crazy (CRAZY) good, and did I mention that it’s made with just 5 ingredients?!

Ben was skeptical about eating the crock pot version of one of his favorite sandwiches, which is typically made with thinly sliced beef. “Oh…I’ve never heard of a shredded Italian beef sandwich before…” he said in a tone that I knew meant, I am definitely going to hate this.

But guess what? He didn’t! While I stood eating the shredded beef straight out of the crock pot like the refined woman that I am, he inhaled an entire sandwich in under 2 minutes. That is to say, this dish was a total hit!

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How to Make Crock Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches:

Start by trimming any large pieces of fat off a chuck roast then cut the roast into seven or eight big hunks and place them in the bottom of a 6 quart crock pot.

Crock Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches are a 5-ingredient crock pot recipe version of the popular hot sandwich recipe. This easy dinner recipe is a crowd-pleaser! |

Next sprinkle in a packet of gluten free Italian Dressing Mix like Hy-Vee’s Good Graces brand, or Simply Organic. If you don’t need to eat gluten free, you can use Good Seasons Zesty Italian Salad Dressing Mix.

Add sliced pepperoncini peppers plus a splash of pepperoncini juice, and Chicago-Style Giardiniera which you can find in the olive/pickle aisle at the grocery store. I love Mezzetta brands for both, which is gluten free.

Crock Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches are a 5-ingredient crock pot recipe version of the popular hot sandwich recipe. This easy dinner recipe is a crowd-pleaser! |

I’d never had Chicago-style Giardiniera, a type of relish made with pickled olives and vegetables that’s packed in herbs and oils, but Ben insisted it go into this dish. I’m so glad he did because OH MY GOSH it is so good! It’s supposed to go over Italian beef sandwiches, but I could have eaten forkful after forkful all by itself.

Because it’s packed in oil though, which would add unnecessary fat to the dish, I scooped out the mix with a fork and let it drain away. You can get Giardiniera that’s packed in vinegar, but I found this style to be a real treat.

Crock Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches are the 5-ingredient crock pot version of the popular hot sandwich recipe. This easy dinner recipe is a crowd-pleaser! |

Finally, add beef broth then place a lid on top of the crock pot and let it cook on low for 9 hours, or until the beef can be easily shredded with a fork.

Crock Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches are the 5-ingredient crock pot version of the popular hot sandwich recipe. This easy dinner recipe is a crowd-pleaser! |

Once the roast can be easily shredded with a fork, shred with two forks then slip the meat back into the slow cooker to cook in the juices for 1 more hour on low. Scoop the meat onto hoagie buns then slap a slice of provolone on top to melt from the heat of the beef. Serve with extra pepperoncini peppers and Giardiniera, and you’re set!


5 Dos for a Healthy Sandwich

Rethink what goes between the bread with these healthy sandwich ideas.

1. Load it with fruits or vegetables. In many sandwich recipes, vegetables are seen as secondary. Sylvia Melendez-Klinger, RD, the founder of Hispanic Food Communications, says that when it comes to fresh, delicious, and healthy sandwich ideas, vegetables can be the star. “Cucumber, tomato, and zucchini slices, water chestnuts, or your other favorite vegetables are all great,” she says.

“Fruits add a wonderful tasty crunch to sandwiches. Try thin-sliced cantaloupe, watermelon, honeydew, pears, and apples with your sandwiches,” Melendez-Klinger says. And don’t forget the classics — lettuce, onions, pickles, and fresh peppers, Best says. “For those who prefer hot sandwiches or less-crunchy toppings, avocados, cooked peppers, cooked mushrooms, grilled onions, and spinach are great choices,” Best says. “By adding a variety of produce over high-fat condiments and a variety of meats you are making this meal more balanced and healthier.”

2. Lay down a lighter spread. Many a healthy sandwich is undone by high-calorie spreads like full-fat mayonnaise. Instead, find ways to add flavor without a lot of fat, says Kathy Taylor, RD, the director of nutrition at Grady Hospital in Atlanta. “Choose low-fat condiments like low-fat mayo or salad dressing, mustard, or hummus to add moisture to your sandwich and still keep it in a good calorie range,” she says. A few slices of avocado can be another good choice; although it is high in fat, it is the healthy monounsaturated kind. Holly Klamer, RD, based in Kalamazoo, Michigan, adds guacamole and a splash of olive oil vinaigrette to the list of light-yet-flavorful dressings.

3. Go with lean protein. “The base of your sandwich is typically a protein, whether it be peanut butter or an animal protein of some sort,” Best says. Meat can be part of a healthy sandwich — the secret is choosing lean, healthy sources of protein that don’t burden your sandwich with excess fat and calories. “Choose healthy proteins like sliced chicken, fish, or turkey, or even canned tuna or salmon,” Taylor suggests. Look for light tuna in a can or pouch, which has less mercury than albacore according to the Environmental Defense Fund. Peanut butter or another nut butter is a good option for plant-based eaters. “

4. Choose whole-wheat bread. One of the best ways to make your sandwich recipe both filling and nutritious is to choose the right bread, explains Melendez-Klinger. “Mix up your sandwich selection by trying breads higher in fiber, such as whole wheat,” she says. “These choices will help you feel fuller longer.” That’s because high-fiber foods are bulkier and also slow the absorption of sugar to improve blood sugar levels, according to the Mayo Clinic.

5. Eat a smaller sandwich. Finally, one of the simplest ideas is also one of the easiest — avoid the monster sandwiches that are available at many restaurants in favor of a smaller portion, Taylor says. “A footlong adds double the calories,” she says. Or, if the sandwich comes on thick bread, try removing the top or bottom slice to slim the sandwich down, Klamer suggests.

5 Don’ts for a Healthy Sandwich

For a truly healthy sandwich, what you leave out is just as important as what you include. “There are a few ingredients you’ll want to avoid specifically when it comes to condiments and toppings,” Best says.

1. Don’t load up on cold cuts. Cold cuts are certainly the easiest sandwich filling to use, but Melendez-Klinger says you need to be careful, as many traditional prepackaged “luncheon meats” are loaded with fat, sodium, and preservatives. Saturated fat and sodium may increase your risk of cancer, obesity, and heart disease, according to Cleveland Clinic. If you do go the deli meat route, choose fresh over prepackaged and low-sodium when available. Fresh slices of cooked chicken or turkey (ideally that you have cooked yourself) are a better and leaner alternative, Best says.

2. Don’t layer on the cheese. Cheese is another easy way to make an otherwise healthy sandwich unhealthy. Make sure you’re using genuine cheese rather than a cheese product, Best says. “I recommend avoiding American cheese slices at all costs,” she says, since it is categorized as a cheese product and not simply cheese. Bleu cheese and feta are better options, though they’re more frequently found on hot than cold sandwiches, Best says. Or, you can just avoid cheese entirely in favor of a flavorful sandwich spread, such as hummus or plenty of delicious fruits and vegetables, Melendez-Klinger says.

3. Don’t put it on white bread. White bread is one of the worst bases you can use for any sandwich, explains Taylor. “White bread made with preservatives and processed flours provides very little nutrition,” she says. White bread is stripped of fiber, protein, healthy fats, and vitamins and minerals, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. Healthier alternatives include whole-wheat bread, other whole-grain breads, and healthy wraps made of whole grains — just look for the word “whole” on the package and make sure whole grains are listed at the top of the ingredients list, advises the Mayo Clinic. Sometimes you can even skip the carbs altogether and wrap your sandwich fillings in lettuce, though make sure you have enough ingredients to satisfy your appetite, Klamer says.

4. Don’t overdo it on grilled sandwiches. They may be delicious, but Melendez-Klinger says these grilled sandwiches can be secret diet busters. “Grilled or panini sandwiches are really popular, but are usually prepared with lots of oils or butter to give them a crusty texture,” she says. Instead, just have the bread toasted if you want the flavor of a hot sandwich with fewer calories and less fat, Klamer says.

5. Don’t eat prepackaged sandwiches. We’re often in a hurry at lunchtime, but Jeannette Bessinger and Tracee Yablon-Brenner, RD, authors of Simple Food for Busy Families, say it’s best to steer clear of prepackaged sandwiches in almost all shapes and forms. “Most are not ultra-fresh, are made on some form of white bread, and are made with the cheapest meats, cheeses, and spreads,” they say. Premade sandwiches are also light on vegetables, since they can get soggy, Klamer says. Instead, take a few minutes in the morning to make yourself a healthy sandwich to eat that day for lunch. “Generally homemade is healthier,” Klamer says. “You can add more options to a sandwich, like different vegetables.” Plus, takeout portion sizes are usually larger than you’d make at home, making it easier to overeat, Klamer says.

Remember, when you make them yourself with whole-grain bread or wraps and avoid the hidden diet busters, your sandwiches will truly be healthy choices.

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