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Mom's Italian Beef Sandwiches Recipe

Mom's Italian Beef Sandwiches Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 8 hours YIELD:16 servings


  • 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


  • 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 two 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. Yield: 16 servings.

Nutritional 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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kiki61 User ID: 5785048 242621
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2016

"This is excellent! I decreased the crushed red peppers to 1 Tbs as my family goes easy on spicy foods, and it was still zippy! I will definitely make this again!"

nadinastarr User ID: 7086642 229845
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2015

"Made this for dinner today as I did not want to cook. I made this with garlic powder instead and I only used 1 T red pepper, it was still too much for my mom and myself. I will leave it out completely next time. I will also increased the Italian seasonings and the dressings next time as there was little flavor from them. I also did not use the rolls, so we had ours on plain bread. My dad wants me to make it again for him with jalapenos, pepperchinis and possibly cheese. I have a lot left over, so it will be portioned and frozen shortly!! It will probably make another 2 meals!"

julzrulz9 User ID: 7093746 136868
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2013

"I liked these sandwiches but I did not love them. I just feel that there is probably a better version of this recipe out there somewhere, they were missing something I can't put my finger on. I probably won't make them again but I definitely didn't hate them. Sorry I can't be more specific than that lol"

dfaulkner1031 User ID: 1993158 196091
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2012

"This is definitely a keeper!! I halved the recipe since I was trying it for the first time. Cut all ingredients in half and cooked it for 6 hours in the crock pot. My boyfriend is usually not a fan of chuck roasts, but he loved this recipe. I just made it yesterday and he asked if I can make it again next weekend! It was delicious."

docdi User ID: 1458487 136866
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2012

"In general, I feel that most slow cooker recipes are either bland or they all taste the same. THIS RECIPE PROVED ME WRONG! Couldn't get enough of this one. Not only were people getting seconds, but thirds! Unbelievably delicious. This one's definitely a KEEPER!!!"

Solterra User ID: 3270498 186285
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2012

"Does anyone know, if I cut the recipe in half, would I still cook it for the same amount of time? It sounds wonderful, but my crockpot is not that big? Thanks for any help."

aug2295 User ID: 4631582 181443
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2012

"This was delicious fresh. Definitely made enough to freeze the leftovers. We ate this on ciabatta rolls with american cheese."

ambercookin User ID: 6205903 193017
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2012

"This was excellent! My husband said it was as good as Al's in Chicago! We will definitely make this again, though I used 1/2 the red pepper flakes suggested because we have a small child. Still very tasty!"

nonohank User ID: 4972730 136865
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2011

"I made this for a carry-in potluck at work. It got rave reviews and everyone asking for the recipe. Next time I make it I will cut back on the crushed red pepper flakes. I like the spice of it but some others didn't really care for it."

smstillinger User ID: 3094333 212803
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2011

"This was really good. The house smelled so good while it was cooking."

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