Favorite Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches

136 reviews, 4.3 star(s). 86% 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.

"This is SO easy and SO flavorful! What a hit! I started the cooker at home, then took it on the road across the city to my brother and sister-in-law's house. Instead of losing 45 minutes of cooktime to the ride, I plugged it into a AC/DC converter box that plugs into the cigarette lighter. The wattage the cooker pulled was within the limit of the box. Made the van smell SO good. Gives new meaning to food-on-the go. What a great option for tailgating at the football game, too!"


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.

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This was amazing!

Tasty beef roast


These are leftovers. OMG some good stuff!

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

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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 2w 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 2w ago

A go to favorite!!!!
recipe4us 4w ago

Delicious and a lot like Buona's!
jhadler 3m 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 4m 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 4m ago

Simple and terrific.
jdriemeyer 9m 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

Have made this twice now and perfect each time! This is a new family favorite. Thanks!
aneff2 1y ago

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