Favorite Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches

136 reviews, 4.4 star(s). 0% would make again

Ready in 45 minutes

These are to die for -- rich and flavorful; keeps great in the fridge for munching on through the week as leftovers, and the meat can be used for other things, like burritos or over cooked egg noodles. You can use anywhere from 2 1/2 lb. to 5 lb. roast, depending on the size of your family or how much you want as leftovers. It quickly became a favorite in our house.


3 cups water or beef broth; (beef broth adds richness)
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Black Pepper; ground
1 teaspoon Dried oregano
1 teaspoon Dried basil
1 teaspoon Onion salt
1 teaspoon Dried parsley
1 teaspoon Garlic powder
1 Bay leaf
2 package dry Italian dressing mix
2 1/2 pound rump roast or chuck roast; (chuck shreds better)

Original recipe makes 5 Servings



Combine water with salt, ground black pepper, oregano, basil, onion salt, parsley, garlic powder, bay leaf, and salad dressing mix in a saucepan. Stir well, and bring to a boil. (You can also simply toss it in the microwave and heat for a few minutes). Place roast in slow cooker, and pour salad dressing mixture over the meat. Cover, and cook on Low for 10 to 12 hours, or on High for 4 to 5 hours. If cooking on low, at the 8 hour mark, use two forks to shred the meat, and then let it continue the rest of the cooking time (if cooking on high, do at about 1/2 hour left); this allows the flavors to really soak into the meat. When done, remove bay leaf.

This is outstanding served on toasted hoagie rolls; just put your desired amount of the meat on the rolls, and top with your favorite sliced cheese (provolone is outstanding) and broil to melt the cheese.

Alert editor   

This was amazing!

Tasty beef roast


These are leftovers. OMG some good stuff!

before...also added a bunch of sweet peppers! delicious!!

See 1 more photos
Calories Per Serving: 443 Get detailed nutrition information, including line-by-line nutrition insights?  Try BigOven Pro for Free for 14 days!

Date My private notes
Add your own private notes with BigOven Pro!

Take your recipes anywhere

Save to your recipe box and bring to the store with free BigOven membership!

Recipe Links

Link in another recipe. What would you serve with this?

Comment on Favorite Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches All 136 reviews

Rating (optional):

sign in to add your comment

Get seasonal ideas by email


Comment or review

This recipe is simply amazing. Making it again tonight and can't wait for it to be done.
doyonjam 10h ago

Easy to make and delicious! I added a pinch or two of cayenne for a kick, and will probably add more next time, as I couldn't taste it. I broiled cheese in the bread before adding the beef. Also added sautéed bell peppers and onions. Will make again!
onionhead4567 3m ago

Excellent. Use chuck roast--shreds easier. I sauted green & red bell peppers with some purple onion. Topped with Provolone cheese. Very easy to make
soly9800 3m ago

A go to favorite!!!!
recipe4us 3m ago

Delicious and a lot like Buona's!
jhadler 6m ago

I'm a vegetarian but my boyfriend is not. I made this for him and his 2 brothers and they all had 2 sandwiches. It was a hit! ?? I sautéed bell peppers, onion and jalapeños to add on top also.
Allie_Ann 7m ago

This has become a regular for our family. Everyone, including some very picky eaters loved this recipe. I don't use the bay leaf and still tastes great.
Jessicaschroyer12 7m ago

Simple and terrific.
jdriemeyer 12m ago

Super easy to make and everybody loved it!!!
Jessicaschroyer12 1y ago

Was super good. I ran out of hogies so I just ate the meat
brendanpassmore9 1y ago

Add unlimited recipes. Remove ads. Custom folders. Find recipes for your diet. Try BigOven Pro Free