A Flavorful Twist: Shredded Italian Beef

Italian Beef

If you’re a fan of roast beef with gravy, it’s time to try something different and exciting. Introducing crockpot Italian Beef – an easy shredded beef recipe that will take your taste buds on a rollercoaster ride of flavors!

The thought of spicy food might make some people hesitant, but trust me, this dish is worth the adventure. The incredible combination of flavors in the beef and sauce will leave you craving more. It’s a fun twist on crockpot beef that everyone will love!

The Origin of Italian Beef

Italian Beef might sound like an authentic Italian recipe, but it’s actually a specialty of Chicago. If you’re ever in the Windy City, you’ll find numerous spots serving up delicious Italian Beef sandwiches. While my recipe is a shortcut version, feel free to add pickled vegetables for an authentic touch.

The Best Cut of Meat for Italian Beef

When it comes to Italian Beef, you have options. Since we’re cooking the beef low and slow, you can choose from various cuts that work just as well. While Chuck Roast is commonly used in pot roast and shredded beef recipes, it can be challenging to find in Canada. Don’t worry, you have alternatives!

Look for “blade” or “cross rib” roasts in Canada, as they work perfectly for this recipe. In fact, you can use almost any roast. The long cook time helps break down the meat, making it tender and flavorful. If blade or cross rib roast isn’t available, a round roast will do the trick!

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Cooking Italian Beef in an Instant Pot

If you’re looking for a quicker option, you can make Instant Pot Italian Beef. Simply combine all the ingredients in the Instant Pot and cook for 70-90 minutes, depending on the size of your roast. For larger roasts, it’s a good idea to break them down into smaller chunks for tender results.

Serve the Italian Beef with buns and cheese, just the way you like it!

Pairing Ideas for Italian Beef

While serving Italian Beef as a sandwich with crusty rolls and provolone cheese is a classic choice, there are plenty of other delicious options. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes Recipe
  • Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes Recipe
  • Garlic Herb Instant Pot Potatoes
  • Instant Pot Baked Potatoes Recipe

If you’re not in the mood for potatoes, try serving the shredded Italian Beef over cooked egg noodles or rice. The possibilities are endless!

Storing Leftover Italian Beef

If you find yourself with leftovers (which is unlikely, but just in case), you can store the Italian Beef in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. It also freezes well, so feel free to place it in a freezer bag or freezer-safe container for up to 3 months.

Looking for ways to use up those leftovers? Here are some creative ideas:

  • Quesadillas
  • Tacos
  • Sliders
  • Pizza
  • Over pasta
  • Nachos
  • Shepherd’s Pie
  • Beef Pot Pie

Now that you’re armed with this incredible shredded Italian Beef recipe, the only thing left to do is gather your ingredients and get cooking! Enjoy the flavors of this unique twist on a classic dish. For more mouthwatering recipes and cooking inspirations, visit Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ.

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