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Italian Beef Sandwiches Recipe
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Italian Beef Sandwiches Recipe

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My mother-in-law often served these flavorful sandwiches after church when we'd visit. Because there's little prep work, I make them on busy weeknights alongside french fries and raw veggies. Our children get excited when they smell the beef simmering in the slow cooker. -Jan Kent Knoxville, Tennessee
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 7-1/2 hours
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 7-1/2 hours
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 1 beef tip sirloin roast (4-1/2 pounds), cut in half
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) beef broth
  • 1 can (12 ounces) beer or additional beef broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 1 envelope Italian salad dressing mix
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 10 Italian sandwich rolls (6 inches), split


  1. Place roast in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Combine the broth, beer or additional broth, water, vinegar, soup mix, salad dressing mix, garlic, oregano and basil; pour over roast. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or until meat is tender.
  2. Remove roast. When cool enough to handle, shred meat, using two forks. Return to slow cooker and heat through. Using a slotted spoon, spoon shredded meat onto each roll. Serve juices as a dipping sauce. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Italian Beef Sandwiches in Quick Cooking January/February 2004, p27

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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Reviewed Aug. 3, 2014

"Perfect recipe as is - full of flavor. I will make again and again"

Reviewed Oct. 3, 2013 Edited May. 9, 2014

"This needs lots of Giardinera. The cut of meat wasn't quite right either. My hubby says this is a make again, but I was disappointed. Just didn't taste like Chicago style. Guess I should have looked for a Chitown recipe.

Update: much better the second time around. I quadrupled the garlic. Also used a smaller cut of meat - 3lbs. So maybe for this large a cut use a extra onion soup packet. To make as written was sort of bland to me."

Reviewed Sep. 27, 2013

"So delicious! I also used the mild banana peppers and juice instead of vinegar. I have made this with beer and also with Marsala wine. LOVE IT with the wine best! So easy and works great for casual get togethers!"

Reviewed Jul. 13, 2012

"This has become one of our family's most requested meals. Thank you for sharing!"

Reviewed Jun. 4, 2012

"Wow this was Great & so easy! Not necessarily Italian but The whole family was saying this is a repeater. I'll be hauling the crockpot down to river so I can make this for the crowd. My changes were: 3lb Chuck Roast, 2 cans of Campbell's Beef Consomme in place of broth & water, did use a can of beer, & threw in extra crushed garlic. Definitely splurge on some bakery quality rolls : )"

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