Slow Cooker Italian Beef for Sandwiches

This is a great sandwich for dinner, but it also makes a great appetizer or even an easy meal when you want something hearty but don’t have much time. The meat will be very tender.

1 (3- to 4-pound) beef bottom round roast

The first step is to cut the roast into large pieces. It’s best if you can make sure that each piece is about the same size, so you’ll want to cut them in a way that makes it easy for people to eat.

Next, think about how you want to serve this dish—whether it will be served on a plate with sides or piled high in a sandwich and eaten out of hand. If you plan on serving it as an appetizer at your next party, then keep in mind what kind of plating style works best here (like whether or not there are other dishes already on display).

1/2 cup water

  • Add the water to your slow cooker and stir to combine.
  • Place the roast in the slow cooker, making sure that it is fully covered by liquid (the vegetables will also get submerged).
  • Cook on high for 3 hours or low for 6-8 hours until falling apart tender!

1/2 cup red wine vinegar

1/2 cup red wine vinegar

If you’re looking for a more robust flavor, use balsamic or cider vinegar. Otherwise, go with red wine vinegar. Red wine vinegars are milder and sweeter than other vinegars.

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon salt

Salt is an important ingredient in Italian cooking, and it can help to tenderize meat. It also draws out moisture from the meat, which will make it easier to slice and serve.

1 teaspoon pepper

The easiest way to grind pepper is with a pepper grinder. You can find these in many stores, or you can even make your own using nonstick cookware and a hand grinder attachment for an electric knife.

If you have trouble getting the right texture from your peppers, use a pepper mill instead of a shaker or shaker-style pepper mill that has built-in grinding mechanism.

2 teaspoons dried oregano

2 teaspoons dried oregano

Oregano is an herb that’s commonly used in Italian food, including the meat dishes that are made on a slow cooker. It adds a savory flavor and aroma to the dish.

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Crushed red pepper flakes are a spicy seasoning that’s great for beef, chicken and pork. They have a bright heat that comes from the combination of fresh chilies and ground red pepper.

To use this seasoning as a rub for meat or as an additive in marinades, you can crush some red pepper flakes in your hands on both sides of whatever you’re cooking—beef steaks, chicken breasts…whatever!

Crushed red peppers can also be used as an ingredient when making sauces like spaghetti sauce or chili (the more intense the flavor).

2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

Olive oil is an important ingredient in this recipe. You’ll need 2 tablespoons of it, but don’t use too much at first. It should be extra virgin olive oil or another high quality variety if you can find it.

The key to a successful slow cooker Italian beef is using just enough olive oil to start with and then adding more as needed throughout the cooking process. The more moisture that evaporates from your meat, the better!

6 cloves garlic, minced, divided

To mince garlic, simply use the flat side of a knife to smash the cloves. The skin will peel right off and you’ll have a lot more minced garlic than if you’d just cut them in half. You want about six cloves for this recipe, but feel free to use more if desired!

2 red bell peppers, seeded and sliced into strips

You can use a food processor to slice the peppers. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can even seed and slice them by hand.

Once your peppers are sliced, they’re ready to go into your slow cooker!

2 green bell peppers, seeded and sliced into strips

  • 2 green bell peppers, seeded and sliced into strips
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 pounds lean ground beef (1/2 cup per pound)

1 yellow onion, sliced into thin strips

You can use either white or yellow onions in this recipe. The thin slices of onion are crucial to the flavor and texture of this dish, so make sure you slice them as thinly as possible!

If you don’t want to bother with peeling an entire onion, then just slice off only its top part before chopping into long strips. This will still give you enough pieces for your sandwich without having to worry about excess fat or moisture leaking out during cooking (which can happen when using whole onions).

12 rolls, for serving (optional)

You can make your sandwiches using any type of bread you like, but we recommend using rolls. If you’re not a fan of rolls, feel free to serve the meat on a bed of lettuce instead.

If you want to add more flavor and flavor punch, try serving the Italian beef with hot peppers or another favorite condiment such as mustard or Sriracha sauce!

The meat will be very tender.

The meat will be very tender. The beef will fall apart easily, and there’s no need to cut it into small pieces before cooking it in your slow cooker. It’ll still come out juicy and flavorful, but with less work for you!

The beef will also be easy to shred: simply use two forks or a knife and fork (or just one of each) to shred the beef after cooking it on low for 8 hours. This makes serving little bites much easier than trying to slice up big chunks of meat from a pot full of liquid that’s been cooking for hours—plus, since all those juices have been allowed time to reduce down into sauce, you won’t have any extra fat floating around in there!


So there you have it, folks. The recipe for the Italian beef sandwiches that are sure to be a hit at your next event! What do you think?

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