Crock Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches Recipe


  • 3-4 pound boneless chuck roast: The star of the show! Provides the rich beefy flavor.
  • 1 packet (1 ounce) dry Italian-style salad dressing mix: Adds a savory blend of herbs and spices.
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano: Extra boost of Italian flavor.
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder: Enhances the savoriness.
  • 14-ounce jar pepperoncini peppers (including juice): Brings a tangy, slightly spicy kick.
  • 1/2 cup beef broth: Keeps the meat moist and adds depth of flavor.
  • Hoagie rolls or crusty bread: For serving your sandwiches
  • Provolone cheese (optional): Melty deliciousness!
  • Giardiniera (optional): Adds a Chicago-style tangy, pickled vegetable topping.


  • Prep the roast: Trim any excess fat from the chuck roast.
  • Sear the beef (optional): Heat a bit of olive oil in a skillet. Sear the roast on all sides for a few minutes until browned. This adds extra flavor but isn’t strictly necessary.
  • Slow Cooker magic: Place the roast in your slow cooker. Sprinkle the Italian dressing mix, oregano, and garlic powder over the meat. Pour beef broth around the roast, then add the pepperoncini peppers along with some of their juice (adjust the amount of juice for your desired level of spice).
  • Cook low and slow: Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours, or on high for 5-6 hours, until the beef is fork-tender.
  • Shred it up: Remove the beef from the slow cooker and shred with two forks. Return the shredded beef to the slow cooker, soaking it in the delicious juices.
  • Assemble the sandwiches: Toast your hoagie rolls or bread. Pile on a generous amount of shredded beef. Top with provolone cheese (if using) and melt under the broiler for a minute or two.
  • Finish with toppings (optional): Add giardiniera, extra pepperoncini, or other favorite toppings.


  • Don’t overcook your beef. It’s ready when it easily pulls apart. Overcooking will make it dry.
  • Adjust the spice: Use more or less pepperoncini juice depending on your heat preference.
  • Make it ahead: Crock Pot Italian Beef is perfect for meal prep. It stores and reheats well.

Enjoy your amazing Italian Beef Sandwiches!


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