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Four Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches arranged on a black plate.

Slow Cooker Italian Beef

Katerina | Diethood
Meltingly tender beef is slow cooked with tangy pepperoncini and giardiniera, and seasoned with Italian dressing mix.
Servings : 6
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs
Resting Time (Before Cooking) 20 mins
Total Time 8 hrs 30 mins



  • Pull meat out of the fridge and let rest for 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet set over medium-high heat.
  • Add the beef chunks to the hot oil and sear for about 4 minutes per side, or until browned.
  • Transfer beef to the insert of your slow cooker.
  • Return skillet to the burner.
  • Add a splash of beef broth and, using a wooden spoon, scrape up all the browned bits from the bottom of the skillet. Cook for 1 minute.
  • Remove from heat and pour the liquid over the beef in the slow cooker.
  • Sprinkle the packet of Italian Dressing Mix over the beef.
  • Add the pepperoncini peppers, pepperoncini juice, and giardiniera.
  • Season with italian seasoning and pour in the remaining beef broth.
  • Cover and cook on LOW for 8 to 10 hours, or until meat is fall apart tender. You can also cook it on HIGH for 5 to 6 hours.
  • Remove beef from the slow cooker and transfer to a cutting board; shred it.
  • Return the shredded beef to the slow cooker; cover and cook for 20 minutes.
  • Serve the shredded beef on toasted buns with provolone and giardiniera.


Calories: 574 kcal | Carbohydrates: 29 g | Protein: 48 g | Fat: 41 g | Saturated Fat: 12 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17 g | Trans Fat: 2 g | Cholesterol: 156 mg | Sodium: 1237 mg | Potassium: 1016 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 1 g | Vitamin A: 167 IU | Vitamin C: 35 mg | Calcium: 52 mg | Iron: 5 mg | Net Carbs: 28 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef crockpot recipes, chuck roast recipes, Italian beef sandwich