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Hearty Italian Sandwiches

I've been making this sweet and spicy sandwich filling for 35 years. It smells as good as it tastes! It's a great reward for a hungry family after a day working or playing outdoors. —Elaine Krupsky, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 3 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1-1/2 pounds bulk Italian sausage
  • 2 large onions, sliced
  • 2 large green peppers, sliced
  • 2 large sweet red peppers, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 8 sandwich rolls, split and toasted
  • Shredded Monterey Jack cheese, optional


  • In a Dutch oven, cook beef and sausage over medium heat until no longer pink, breaking both into crumbles; drain. Place a third of the onions and peppers in a 5-qt. slow cooker; top with half the meat mixture. Repeat layers; top with remaining vegetables. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and pepper flakes.
  • Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours or until vegetables are tender. With a slotted spoon, serve about 1 cup of meat and vegetables on each roll. Top with cheese if desired. Use pan juices for dipping if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 sandwich: 587 calories, 30g fat (10g saturated fat), 99mg cholesterol, 1251mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 3g fiber), 35g protein.

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  • pajamaangel
    Aug 9, 2017

    Not very flavorful at all.

  • voodoowitch
    Sep 19, 2012

    With the great reviews I was expecting more. This was bland. Horribly bland. My husband smothered his in BBQ sauce. What a waste of expensive ingredients. I'll probably drain the liquid off, add spaghetti sauce and have it over pasta just so I don't have to throw it away.

  • TINAT29
    Jul 30, 2012

    made this recipe for a b-day party everyone loved it....

  • turtlewax
    Dec 4, 2011

    My whole family loves these sandwiches and it is a great recipe to double and then freeze to use later.

  • jvrollins
    Nov 14, 2011

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  • tt2b123
    May 3, 2011

    My husband loved this! When we ran out of buns, we just put it over rice or pasta.

  • jweide
    Aug 26, 2010

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    Jun 16, 2010

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    Feb 4, 2010

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