Slow Cooker Italian Beef: A Mouthwatering Delight

Are you searching for a tender and juicy meal that will leave your taste buds in awe? Look no further than this Slow Cooker Italian Beef recipe. With its tangy zippy broth and fork-tender meat, this dish is guaranteed to amaze you!

Delicious Italian Beef

You might notice some similarities between this Italian beef and my Mississippi Pork Roast, but they are truly different and both deserve a place in your life. This slow cooker beef is infused with intense Italian flavors, making it perfect for sandwiches. But don’t just take my word for it, you have to try it!

Slow cooker recipes are a dream come true. Simply throw everything together, let the slow cooker work its magic, and enjoy the incredible aroma that fills your home. This recipe is incredibly easy to make, coming together quickly after searing the beef to a crusty perfection. The hardest part of this recipe will be waiting for it to be done.

Ingredients for Italian Beef Sandwiches

You can find the necessary ingredients, such as a chuck roast, in the meat section of your local grocery store. The combination of dressing mix, seasonings, and tangy pepperoncini creates a taste that is a must-try for you and your family. Trust me, you’ll love this slow cooker recipe!

  • Chuck Roast: 3-4 pounds.
  • Salt and Pepper: To taste, rub it all over the roast.
  • Oil: Canola or another high smoke oil.
  • Beef Consommé: Beef broth will work here too.
  • Dry Italian Salad Dressing: Intensifies the flavoring.
  • Garlic Powder: Everything’s better with garlic.
  • Italian Seasoning: The perfect combination of spices for this roast.
  • Jar Sliced Pepperoncini: It is best to drain the pepperoncini.
  • Butter: Enhances the richness of the roast.
  • Hoagie Rolls: Any type of bun will do.
  • Provolone Cheese: Sliced.
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How to Cook Italian Beef in a Slow Cooker

Searing the roast is the only hands-on part of this Italian beef recipe. After that, you simply dump the rest of the ingredients into the slow cooker and let the magic happen. You can remove the roast to shred it, then return it to the juices to absorb even more flavor before serving.

  1. Roast: Salt and pepper the beef roast.
  2. Sear: Heat a large skillet over high heat with the canola oil. Add the roast and sear each side for 2-3 minutes until it forms a golden seared crust. Place the roast in a 5-quart slow cooker.
  3. Combine: Add the beef consommé, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, Italian dressing, and pepperoncini to the slow cooker. Top the roast with butter slices.
  4. Cook: Cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 5-6 hours. Shred the roast with a fork.
  5. Sandwiches: Serve on hoagies topped with provolone cheese and additional pepperoncini if desired.

Slow Cooker Tips and Variations

Slow cooker recipes are incredibly easy to make. After a little effort to put everything together, you can leave it alone for hours while it works its magic. Here are a few tips and variations to enhance your slow cooker experience:

  • Sear: Searing the meat caramelizes the natural sugars and browns the proteins, creating a flavorful crust on the surface.
  • Shredding: For the best flavor, shred the beef and return it to the slow cooker with the savory juice for an additional 30 minutes to allow the flavors to seep into every bite.
  • Drain: Use a slotted spoon to remove the beef from the slow cooker when it’s ready to serve, preventing hoagies from becoming soggy.
  • Toast: Toasting the hoagie buns enhances their flavor and prevents them from getting soggy. Simply place them on a cookie sheet and broil until desired doneness.
  • Cheese: Provolone cheese pairs perfectly with Italian beef, but feel free to use cheddar, mozzarella, colby jack, or even pepper jack for a bit of spice.
  • Additional Toppings: Besides cheese, add more pepperoncini, roasted red peppers, or sautéed onions to amp up the flavor and variety.
  • Serve it Differently: This slow cooker Italian beef is delicious on its own, but you can also serve it on top of rice or mashed potatoes, or stir it into dishes like mac and cheese or garlic mushroom noodles.
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What Kind of Roast Should I Use?

With so many roasts to choose from, it can be confusing if you’re not familiar with them. In this slow cooker recipe, you can use top round, bottom round, shoulder, or chuck roast. However, the boneless chuck roast yields the best results. Its marbling helps the meat fibers break down, resulting in a melt-in-your-mouth texture.

If your roast isn’t as tender as you’d like, it may simply need more time to cook. Slow cookers can vary, and roast sizes differ, so it’s essential to exercise patience. Your Italian beef might require an additional two hours to reach its perfect tenderness. Trust me, it’ll be worth the wait.

Storing and Reheating Italian Beef

Slow cookers are still one of the best ways to make insanely delicious meals. The beauty of slow cooker Italian beef is that it improves with time as the flavors continue to blend. It’s so yummy!

  • Storing: Make sure to store leftover Italian beef in its juices. Drain what you don’t need but keep some for added flavor. Store the beef in a covered container for up to 4-5 days.
  • Freezing: Store the beef in some of its juices in a sealable heavy-duty freezer bag. Remove any excess air to prevent freezer burn. It will keep for up to 3 months.
  • Reheating: Thawed meat can be reheated in the microwave, on the stovetop, or even back in the slow cooker.

More Slow Cooker Sandwich Recipes to Try

If you’re a fan of slow cooker cooking, you’ll love these juicy and flavorful sandwich recipes:

  • Slow Cooker Carolina Pulled Pork Sliders
  • Brown Sugar Balsamic Glazed Pork
  • Slow Cooker Chicken Gyros with Tzatziki
  • Philly Cheesesteaks in the Slow Cooker
  • Melt in Your Mouth French Dips
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Don’t miss out on the joy of slow cooking. Try this Slow Cooker Italian Beef recipe today and experience the incredible flavors it has to offer. Indulge in the melt-in-your-mouth tenderness and savor every bite. For more delicious recipes and inspiration, visit Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ.