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Chicago-Style Beef Sandwiches

I'm originally from the Windy City so I love Chicago-style beef. These tender sandwiches lend an authentic flavor, and they're so simple to prepare using a slow cooker. —Lois Szydlowski, Tampa, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Cook: 8 hours
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1 boneless beef chuck roast (4 pounds)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 pound fresh mushrooms
  • 2 medium carrots, cut into chunks
  • 1 medium onion, cut into wedges
  • 6 garlic cloves, halved
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 carton (32 ounces) beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon beef base
  • 12 Italian rolls, split
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) giardiniera, drained


  • Cut roast in half; sprinkle with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, brown meat in oil on all sides. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker.
  • In a food processor, combine the mushrooms, carrots, onion, garlic and oregano. Cover and process until finely chopped. Transfer to slow cooker. Combine beef broth and base; pour over top. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until tender.
  • Remove meat and shred with two forks. Skim fat from cooking juices. Return meat to slow cooker; heat through. Using a slotted spoon, serve beef on buns; top with giardiniera.
Editor's Note
Look for beef base near the broth and bouillon.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 450 calories, 18g fat (6g saturated fat), 98mg cholesterol, 1101mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 37g protein.

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  • leeart
    Jun 17, 2016

    This is a winning recipe. This flavor of the broth was over the top, I think because of the beef base and of course the veggies. I snuck mushrooms by the hubby in this one and he loved it. Try this one, it’s great and easy to prepare.

  • ldray18
    Jul 9, 2013

    While I can't speak to the authenticity of this recipe (having only had the "authentic" version a couple of times), my husband and I found this recipe really YUMMY! Would definitely recommend! :)

  • ktype
    Jun 30, 2013

    Mile High Shredded Beef is much better!

  • christycincy
    Jun 5, 2013

    This was so yummy and very easy to make. Had some leftovers and some leftover broth that I strained and froze to use the next time I need beef broth or stock.

  • cooks for fun
    Jul 1, 2012

    That is very good point, frazzel, Chicago beef is never shredded but as home cooks, most of use do not have a meat slicer that can slice the beef paper thin as it should be. Shredding for us is the next best thing. Very good recipe. We all enjoyed it.

  • baridgeway
    Jun 29, 2012

    This was a big hit! Very good and easy! Don't even need the Giardiniera, but it was good with the meat. I forgot the buns but nobody seemed to mind. Will make it again the next time we have family in from out of town. It was gone before the end of the evening.

  • dortega
    May 24, 2012

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I have been missing the Chicago style beef sandwiches and this was delicious. I also dip my bread in the beef broth and if you do not like giardiniera you can add green peppers. I loved it and my husband wants it once a week now.

  • frazzel
    May 23, 2012

    Also Chicago style sandwiches are NEVER shredded.

  • frazzel
    May 23, 2012

    I think you've been away from Chicago too long. We never made them like this.

  • fredaevans
    May 22, 2012

    For those who want to make their own "Giardiniera" here a quickie. This is one that the more time the goodies sit together, the better it gets.