Shredded Beef For Sandwiches

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Shredded beef for sandwiches is just one of those items that some people keep in their fridge for a long time even though it only takes a few minutes to cook.My recipes are great for making shredded beef for sandwiches because it requires little prep and only 30 minutes of cooking.

The Best Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Recipe

This Slow Cooker Shredded Beef makes the juiciest fall-apart-tender pulled beef. We use this versatile recipe to make dozens of different meals, including shredded beef sandwiches, tacos, pasta, and more!

This post is sponsored by Ohio Beef. As always, all opinions are my own.

black bowl with egg noodles and shredded beef

Shredded beef is my back to school BFF. When I’ve got a busy week ahead, I know this recipe has my back. It’s meal prepping MAGIC that makes a whole week of meals a breeze.

EASY SHREDDED BEEF

My favorite part about this pulled beef is just how easy it is! It takes less than 10 minutes to prep and only requires a few seasonings, onions, garlic, olive oil, and red wine vinegar. I don’t add any broth to the slow cooker, so the meat cooks in its own delicious juices. The resulting pulled beef is rich, savory, and accented by caramelized onions and garlic. In other words, it’s AMAZING.

shredded beef in a slow cooker

WHAT TO MAKE WITH SHREDDED BEEF

Ok wait, I changed my mind. My actual favorite part about shredded beef is alllll the delicious things you can make with it.

Today, I’m thrilled to be starting a a series of big batch recipes, where we meal prep one recipe, then repurpose it into new recipes throughout the week. Cook once, eat 3 (or 4!) times.

This Slow Cooker Shredded Beef makes enough for at least three dinners, and it’s the perfect protein-packed anchor for so many different meals.  

The first night we make it, we keep it simple and serve the pulled beef over homemade egg noodles (store bought noodles are also 100% on the level) or creamy mashed potatoes.

You can even get crazy and do noodles AND mashed potatoes in a beef-inspired version of this Amish Chicken and Noodles. The juices from the crock pot meld into the noodles and mashed potatoes and make the most amazing silky, savory sauce. I’m getting excited just talking about it, you guys. It is so darn good. 

pulled beef on egg noodles

shredded beef in a crock pot

HOW TO MAKE PULLED BEEF IN THE CROCK POT

Now that you’re dreaming of all the delicious beefy recipes that await you, let’s break down how to make this easy shredded beef!

When I make roasts, I usually recommend browning the meat in a skillet before adding it to the crock pot. However, with shredded beef, this extra step really isn’t necessary. That makes this a truly dump-and-go recipe. HOORAY!

To make the pulled beef:

  1. Place your chuck roast (or roasts) on a cutting board and use a knife to stab a few holes on all sides of the meat.
  2. Whisk together some olive oil and red wine vinegar then rub it all over the meat.
  3. Sprinkle evenly with salt, pepper, basil, parsley, and garlic powder.
  4. Cut a large onion into wedges, placing half of it on the bottom of the slow cooker, followed by the roast. Sprinkle with sliced garlic cloves and top with the remaining onion.
  5. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until the beef shreds easily with a fork.

shredded beef on top of egg noodles

HOW DO I KNOW WHEN ROAST IS DONE?

If you test the roast after 8 hours and it doesn’t easily pull apart, it needs a little longer to cook. It’s a common misconception that a tougher roast is overcooked. In most cases, the opposite is actually true! Give the roast an extra hour or two, and it should shred easily with a little help from two meat forks. 

WHAT IS A GOOD CUT OF BEEF FOR SHREDDING?

It may sound counterintuitive, but the best cuts of meat for tender, juicy shredded beef are actually the toughest cuts. Tough cuts like chuck roast stand up well to slow cooking, and become succulent and pull-apart-tender after hours in the crock pot.

My favorite cut is a chuck roast, which may also be labeled as a shoulder roast, chuck eye roast, or arm chuck roast. Look for a roast that has good marbling (or white fat) running through it.

Brisket is another great choice for shredded beef. In fact, I use brisket to create these amazing Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Brisket French Dip Sandwiches. 

Because I like to have enough beef for several meals, I always use at least 4 lbs. of boneless meat. You likely won’t find a single roast this big at the grocery store, so I usually just pick up two 2-3 lb roasts at a time. Look out for deals to save money! Our local grocery store often runs Buy One-Get One sales on roasts

SLOW COOKER SHREDDED BEEF SANDWICHES

Shredded beef sandwiches are an easy slow cooker recipe made with chuck roast, peppers, and onions that cook together until the beef is falling apart tender. Shred it, pile it on hoagie rolls, and top it with peppers and cheese for an easy weeknight dinner.

shredded beef sandwiches stacked on top of each other.

So it is at this time of year – also known as post-holiday slump – that simple and easy dinners are not just a nice-to-have but a necessity. I mean, I don’t know about you, but it’s real easy to let time slip by in a blur of restaurant meals and take-out bags. 

So let’s eat well. It will power us through cold days riddled with endless to-dos and help take the edge off that holiday hangover that, for at least me, persists all through January.

So today, we have ridiculously easy, totally satisfying slow cooker shredded beef sandwiches – a quick prep, no pre-cooking anything, dump and go dinner hero that you can serve on buns or pile on rice, mashed potatoes, or pasta.

ingredients for slow cooker shredded beef.

INGREDIENTS

  • Diced red and green bell peppers
  • Chopped red onion
  • Beef broth or chicken broth
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Dried Italian seasoning
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Boneless chuck roast
  • Worcestershire sauce

HOW TO MAKE SHREDDED BEEF

Place the diced bell pepper and onion in the slow cooker. Pour the broth over the top.

Mix the seasonings together in a small bowl and then rub it on the beef, covering all sides. Place the beef in the slow cooker. Cook the beef on low for 9-10 hours.

Shred the beef in the slow cooker using two forks. Add the Worcestershire sauce and check the seasoning and add more salt if you think it needs it.

HOW TO MAKE THE SANDWICHES

My favorite way to serve shredded beef is in sandwiches. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Sliced bell peppers
  • Sliced provolone cheese
  • Hoagie rolls

Pile the shredded meat on the hoagie. Top it with the peppers and a slice of provolone cheese. Place the sandwiches open-faced on a sheet pan and stick them under the broiler. Broil them for a few minutes until the cheese melts. Add the top roll and serve!

the sandwiches with melted cheese and peppers.

MORE WAYS TO SERVE IT

Not into sandwiches? That is not a problem, I’ve got more ideas for you:

  • Top some buttered noodles with the shredded beef and sprinkle some grated Parmesan cheese over the top.
  • It’s delicious with cooked rice or cauliflower rice.
  • For a super comforting dinner, serve the shredded beef with creamy mashed potatoes.
  • It also makes great sliders for parties – grab some Hawaiian rolls, cheese, and let everyone build their own.

I hope you give this shredded beef recipe a try – I think you’ll love it ❤

Happy slow cooking,

slow cooker beef sandwiches.

slow cooker shredded beef sandwiches

  •  Total Time: 9 hours 10 minutes
  •  Yield: 8 sandwiches 1x

Easy slow cooker shredded beef sandwiches topped with sliced peppers, onions, and provolone cheese. Use it to make sandwiches or serve the shredded beef over mashed potatoes, noodles, or rice.


INGREDIENTS

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  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup chicken or beef stock
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3-pound boneless chuck roast
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

FOR SANDWICHES

  • Sliced bell peppers
  • Sliced provolone cheese
  • Hoagie rolls

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place the diced bell pepper and onion in the slow cooker. Pour the chicken stock over the top.
  2. Mix the seasonings together in a small bowl. Rub the seasoning on the beef, covering both sides. Place the beef in the slow cooker. Cook the beef on low for 9-10 hours.
  3. Shred the beef in the slow cooker using two forks. Add the Worcestershire sauce and check the seasoning. If needed, add additional salt, approximately 1/2-1 teaspoon. Place the bottom half of each hoagie roll on a baking sheet. Top each with some shredded beef and the cheese slices. Place the baking sheet under the broil until the cheese is melted, a couple of minutes should be enough. Top the sandwiches with sliced pepper and onion.

Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Recipe

Slow Cooker Shredded Beef is perfect to add to so many delicious dishes and recipes. Make this simple beef recipe to keep on hand for so many easy dinner recipes.

Shredded Beef Recipe | ©addapinch.com

Making Slow Cooker Shredded Beef to have on hand for recipes throughout the week has to be one of my favorite things ever. Well, that and making slow cooker chicken for the same purpose. But, having shredded beef stocked in the refrigerator just makes life easier.

And thankfully, it doesn’t take much thought, time, or energy on my part.

Shredded Beef Recipe | ©addapinch.com

Some days, I have none to spare!

Do you ever feel like that?

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love cooking. It is like free therapy for me. No need to pay to go sprawl out on someone’s sofa to tell them about my day when I can just head to my kitchen and get reenergized while baking a cake or making pie crust, making homemade bread, or even something as simple as making breakfast or supper for my family.

Shredded Beef Recipe | ©addapinch.com

But some days, especially when our homeschooling day seems to linger from sun-up to sun-down, we’re running from one activity or appointment to another, and I haven’t even attempted to think about what to make for supper, having made shredded beef in the slow cooker is like the most brilliant thing I’ve ever done. It makes me feel like a genius or something.

Shredded Beef Recipe | ©addapinch.com

And it sort of tastes like that, too.

Shredded Beef Recipe | ©addapinch.com

So, pull that slow cooker out of the cabinet and get ready to make some delicious shredded beef. I’ve got some absolute delicious dishes that you’ll definitely want to have this beef ready and waiting to go into like shredded beef nachos, brunswick stew, enchilada casserole.

Here’s my Slow Cooker Shredded Beef recipe. You’ll love it. Promise.

Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Recipe

DINNER — 6 HRS 5 MINS

PREP TIME5 MINS

COOK TIME6 HRS

SERVINGS8

COURSEMAIN COURSE

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Slow Cooker Shredded Beef is perfect to add to so many delicious dishes and recipes. Make this slow cooker shredded beef and keep on hand for easy dinner recipes.

Ingredients  1x2x3x

  • ▢1 3-4 pound boneless roast beef (chuck or round roast) chuck or round roast
  • ▢1 cup beef stock or broth
  • ▢2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • ▢1 tablespoon Stone House Seasoning

Instructions 

  • Place roast beef into the insert of your slow cooker. Add beef broth to slow cooker. Pour Worcestershire sauce over the top of roast and sprinkle with Stone House Seasoning.
  • Cook roast in slow cooker for 4 hours on High setting or 6-8 hours on Low.
  • Once roast beef has cooked, remove from slow cooker with tongs into a serving dish. Break apart lightly with two forks and then add back to the gravy in the slow cooker set on warm for another hour.
  • Store shredded beef and gravy in an airtight container in the refrigerator for later use.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 413kcal | Protein: 43g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 156mg | Sodium: 1209mg | Potassium: 803mg | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 5mg

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