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Italian Beef Sandwiches Recipe

Italian Beef Sandwiches Recipe

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 YIELD: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.

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Heybets30 User ID: 2072418 241161
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2016

"This is good, but I was hoping for Chicago-style Italian beef, and this is more nice pot roast flavor. Portillo's uses MSG in their It beef, so I avoid it, Papa Charlies is pretty good too and I was hoping for those flavors. But, those flavors are hard to capture. This is a perfectly nice shredded pot roast is what I felt was the end result. Hubby - an Italian beef afficianado - didn't know what was in the crock pot, just told him to try it, and he said "you shredded my pot roast!"

I made the recipe as-is, and felt it needed as a pot roast, more pepper, maybe more garlic too. Almost identical in taste to my pot roast recipe - 1 can french onion soup, 1 can cream mush, 1 cup red wine, pepper. Seriously close to same flavor.
Will keep looking for an Italian beef recipe."

Corwin44 User ID: 7541400 224866
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2015

"My family loves these sandwiches. I use a 4lb bottom round roast and serve it on bakery fresh bolillo rolls. I put provolone cheese on the bread and toast it under the broiler. We also like pepperocinnis on the the sandwiches. Served with potatoe salad and homemade German chocolate cake for desert and it's the perfect birthday meal or Sunday dinner."

3LabHm User ID: 6259378 130994
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2014

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

Igraine32 User ID: 7006585 104877
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."

tenamac User ID: 6740028 60603
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!"

inzymae User ID: 3151999 90473
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2012

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

Cheapthrills User ID: 6723551 66684
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 : )"

10sChick User ID: 4943196 76417
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2012

"Although the flavor of the finished product was not what I was expecting, I must say I liked it anyway. Not sure if beef Tip Sirloin Roast is the same thing as "Tri Tip", but I could only find Tri-Tip in the store. Seemed to work well, but it took the full 6-7 hours to tenderize that meat. When I make it again, I will skip the 1 c. of water. Crock pot cooking generates enough liquid that that can be eliminated. I added some pepperocinis + some of the juice because I knew I'd like that extra kick. I would also throw in more garlic next time and some fresh ground pepper. Quite yummy overall and so easy to whip together."

juicyfruit007 User ID: 1404522 76351
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2012

"This was a different kind of flavor profile than I usually make, but we enjoyed it. My husband -- who is not given to high praise -- said it was the best thing I have made in a while and called the whole pepperoncinis I added "stupendous." I wasn't quite so blown away, but will definitely make it again since it was such a big hit! I toasted a wheat hamburger bun (so it would stand up better to the wetness), added the meat, then dipped each bite in the broth. Put together like that, it was delicious! Hubby says next time I should top the sandwiches with some mozzarella and sauteed bell peppers."

jpacheco5 User ID: 698768 57130
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2012

"This recipe was super easy. The quality was excellent and it made enough for a crowd. I will definitely use this recipe again."

parksville User ID: 1598935 51075
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2011

"This recipe is SOOOO good! I used 1/4 c peperoncini juice in place of the cider vinegar and minced 1 tsp of the pepper. Next time I'll try 1/2 c peperoncini juice and 2 tbsp minced pepper as recommended below. Used zesty italian dressing and cooked a 4 lb roast, cut in half, for 7-1/2 hours. Served w/ caramalized onions on whole wheat sandwich (hamburger) buns. Delicious - will definitely make again!"

MrsJonesen User ID: 4894105 57129
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2011

"This turned out awesome, and seemed to get tastier in the day or two the leftovers lasted. I did add about a half cup of pepperocini juice. Can't wait to make it again. Thanks for the recipe!"

jdmeeks User ID: 182097 53386
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2011

"Made this for football season and it was a big hit! I also added peppercinis and the juice vs. cider vinegar and added carraway seeds and bay leaves (from other italian beef recipes I've tried over the years)"

Stacey4 User ID: 2823471 130993
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2011

"This was good and really easy to make. I didn't have enough time to cook this for 7-8 hours, so I cooked it on high for four hours.It worked out really well, the beef was so tender that it was no problem to pull it apart with a fork. I used the pickled banana pepper juice as suggested by the other raters and tossed in a couple fresh sage leaves that I had. I will make this again for sure."

linsvin User ID: 1584655 57128
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2011

"Made this for a football party...couldn't have been easier! Recipe please was all I kept hearing. I did sub pepperocini juice instead of vinegar. I also tossed in about two TBLSP of the pepperocinis . Excellent!!!"

paugh User ID: 4620801 104740
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2010

"This roast beef is simply fabulous and so easy to make. My family loves it."

lp1627 User ID: 2056418 76201
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2010

"My husbands from Illinois & he really enjoyed this, nothing beats Portillos but this was great"

HGriffey User ID: 3412290 60602
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2010

"This was a big hit at my super bowl party. I also used the peperoncini juice and some peppers in it. I used zesty dressing mix in it."

jgfan User ID: 48477 90471
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2009

"These peppers are pickled and can be found along side the pickles in the grocery store."

Mimma56 User ID: 1823062 129623
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2009

"please,,,what are peperoncini peppers? Thank you.


keltim User ID: 2499043 90772
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2008

"My mother in law adds some peperoncini peppers and a little of the juice to this in place of the cider vinegar. It is delicious!"

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