These Crock Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches are about 10 minutes of hands on time for a delicious dinner the family will love! These are made with a secret ingredient that deepens the flavor and my Italian Seasoning to really bring the flavor home. If you like a classic Crockpot French Dip Sandwich, I think you will also love this Italian Beef.
I’m so excited to be partnering with the Wisconsin Beef Council to bring you this delicious and easy meal!
HOW TO MAKE BEEF IN THE SLOW COOKER
If you talk to anyone who makes a lot of slow cooker recipes, one of the first things they will tell you is they love how easy the recipes are. If you talk to anyone who makes a lot of beef in the crock pot, they will tell you that the key to a good slow cooker beef recipe is browning it first.
Before you get angry and throw things at me, let me tell you that browning your beef before you put it in the slow cooker is going to change your life. There are so many people who refuse to eat slow cooker beef dishes, and the reason its because the meat isn’t seared first. It adds very little time, but so much flavor.
And this is where the secret ingredient comes into play!
THE SECRET INGREDIENT
The secret ingredient to this recipe is red wine! I know, shocking, right?
After you sear the meat in your cast iron pan on the stove top, you deglaze the pan with a little red wine and add that liquid to the slow cooker. Again, it’s a short little step but one that will add so much flavor to this delicious recipe.
CAN YOU COOK BEEF ON HIGH?
The short answer to this question is that yes you can cook beef on high in the slow cooker. The longer answer is that I would really do everything in my power to not have that happen. Most slow cooker beef recipes, including this one, are just far more tender when they are cooked over a long period of time.
CAN YOU FREEZE ITALIAN BEEF?
Yes! This is a great recipe to freeze! This crock pot Italian beef sandwich recipe makes a lot, so when I make it for my little family, we usually freeze about half of it.
- Put the beef in an airtight container.
- Cover it with liquid.
- Seal and put in the freezer for up to 3 months.
- When ready to eat it, thaw it in the refrigerator.
- Warm the contents (meat and liquid) in a small sauce pan over low heat.
WHAT DO YOU SERVE WITH ITALIAN BEEF SANDWICHES?
I think there are so many things that would go great with this recipe.
- BAKED POTATO WEDGES These are a natural fit with this recipe and so easy to make.
- BAKED ZUCCHINI FRIES These are like the healthier cousin of the baked potato wedges.
- CUCUMBER TOMATO SALAD The Italian flavor to this recipe would pair great with this sandwich.
WATCH ME MAKE THIS CROCK POT ITALIAN BEEF
Crock Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches
- 3 cups beef stock low salt if you can find it
- 2 tablespoons Italian Seasoning
- 2 cloves of minced garlic
- 1 16 oz jar giardinieara mix
- 1 cup peperoncinis
- 1/4 cup peperoncinis juice optional, see note
- 3 pound chuck roast
- 2 TBSPs extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup red wine optional, see note
- 8 soft Italian rolls
- mozzarella cheese optional
- In the bottom of a 6 quart slow cooker combine the beef stock, giardinieara mix, italian seasoning, garlic, peperoncinis, and peperoncini juice (if using).
- Heat a heavy bottom skillet over medium heat. Add the olive oil and heat until the oil just begins to smoke. Season the chuck roast with salt and pepper on both sides. Add it to the hot skillet and brown for about two minutes on all sides. Then transfer to the slow cooker.
- With the heat still on the skillet, add the red wine and using a wooden spoon, pull up the pan drippings. After about 30 seconds, add the liquid from the pan to the slow cooker. Cook on low for 8 hours.
- Before serving, cut and butter the 8 rolls. Toast in the oven (350) for 5 to 10 minutes, watching them closely so they don't burn. Pull the beef apart with forks, add to the toasted rolls, and serve. If desired, add cheese on top and throw back in the oven for a few minutes until the cheese melts.
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