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Mom’s Italian Beef Sandwiches

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 8 hours

Makes

16 servings

My mom made the best Italian beef. I’ve added to it over the years, but it’s still her recipe. She made these sandwiches for family reunions, and there were never leftovers. —Mary McVey, Colfax, North Carolina
Mom's Italian Beef Sandwiches Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1 boneless beef rump roast or bottom round roast (2 pounds), halved
  • 1 boneless beef chuck roast (2 pounds), halved
  • 1 beef sirloin tip roast (1 pound)
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 envelopes Italian salad dressing mix
  • 1 envelope zesty Italian salad dressing mix
  • 1 envelope (0.87 ounce) brown gravy mix
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 16 hoagie buns, split
  • Sliced provolone cheese, optional
  • Giardiniera, optional

Directions

  1. In a large skillet, brown each roast in oil on all sides. Drain. Transfer meat to a 7-qt. slow cooker. Combine the water, onion, garlic, salad dressing and gravy mixes, pepper flakes, Italian seasoning and Worcestershire sauce; pour over beef. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until meat is tender.
  2. Remove beef; cool slightly. Skim fat from cooking juices. Pour juices into a large bowl. Shred beef with 2 forks; add to bowl. Using a slotted spoon, place 1/2 cup on each bun. Top with cheese and giardiniera if desired.
    Freeze option: Cool meat and juices; transfer to freezer containers. Freeze for up to 3 months. To use, thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Place in a Dutch oven; heat through. Using a slotted spoon, place 1/2 cup on each bun. Top with cheese and giardiniera if desired.

Nutrition Facts

1 sandwich (calculated without cheese and giardiniera): 450 calories, 16g fat (5g saturated fat), 89mg cholesterol, 969mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 37g protein.

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