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Crock Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches (+Video)

Crock Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches are a classic Chicago favorite. The meat comes out so tender and it must be dipped in the beefy gravy!


If you’ve ever visited Chicago then you know one food you gotta try is the Italian Beef. It’s served on a sub roll with melted cheese, giardiniera (pickled vegetables) and gravy on the side to dip the sandwich in. You can even get the entire sandwich dipped into gravy before it is served for the full experience.The meat is tender, juicy and so flavorful. It’s a taste that just can’t be beat!

an Italian beef sandwich shown on white parchment paper in a red basket.


Can you overcook beef?

With a chuck roast in a slow cooker, it would take more than a day for that to happen. Chuck roast is a tough cut of meat so it needs a longer cooking time to get tender. It’s very hard to overcook it unless you completely forgot about it cooking until the next day.

What cut of meat is Italian Beef made from?

Chuck roast is typically used. However, top round, bottom round, London broil or rump roast can also be used. They are all pretty tough cuts of meat so cooking them low and slow all day is really the key to these coming out super tender!

Do you have to brown a roast before putting it in the crock pot?

No, it is not absolutely necessary to achieve good flavor. However, it is often recommended to brown the meat on both sides to add additional flavor.

What kind of bread is used in Italian Beef?

For authentic Italian Beef, like the famous Portillos in Chicago, they would be served on Turano brand French Rolls. However, most people making this at home are using sturdy sub rolls (something that can hold up to gravy dunking!)

If I want to make this more authentic and add giardiniera on top, where do I find it?

You can find jarred giardiniera (pickled vegetables) where the pickles are located in your grocery store. They are often right near the peperoncini peppers.

a hand holding up an Italian Beef sandwich.


  • chuck roast
  • dry Italian dressing
  • peperoncini peppers
  • beef broth
  • provolone cheese
  • sub rolls
chuck roast, beef broth, Italian packet seasoning, provolone cheese, sub rolls


Put the roast into the bottom of a 4-6 quart Crock Pot. In a bowl, combine beef broth, dry italian dressing and 1/2 the jar of pepperoncini peppers (including some of the juice). Use as little or as much of the peppers as you like (depending on how spicy you like it.)

beef broth and pepperonicini and juices mixed in a bowl

Pour this mixture over the roast.

chuck roast, beef broth, Italian dressing seasoning and pepperoncini in an oval slow cooker

 Cover and cook on low for about 8 hours.

whole chuck roast in a slow cooker with juices

When ready, remove the roast and shred with two forks then place shredded meat back into the juices.

Crock Pot Shredded Italian Beef in a 6 quart crock pot with juices

This part is optional, but if you’d like, add a little butter to sub rolls and lightly toast them in a skillet. Place sliced meat onto your toasted rolls, making sure you add a few of the peppers on there too.

Slow Cooker Italian Beef in gravy

Add a slice or two of provolone cheese on top and serve. And if you’re doing it up Chicago-style, make sure you dip your sandwich into those leftover juices/gravy!

an Italian Beef Sandwich with melted cheese shown in a basket topped with parchment paper.


Crock Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches

Crock Pot Italian Beef (+Video)

Crock Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches are a classic Chicago favorite. The meat comes out so tender and it must be dipped in the beefy gravy!
4.97 from 30 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 3-4 pound chuck roast
  • 1 packet dry Italian dressing
  • ½ (16 ounce) jar sliced peperoncini peppers
  • 10.5 ounce can beef broth
  • 4-6 slices provolone cheese
  • sub rolls


  • Place the roast into the bottom of a 4-6 quart crock pot
  • In a bowl, combine beef broth, dry italian dressing and 1/2 the jar of pepperoncini peppers (including some of the juice).
  • Pour this mixture over the roast.
  • Cover and cook on low for about 8 hours.
  • Remove roast and shred meat with two forks. 
  • Place shredded meat back into the juices in the crock pot.
  • Add a little butter to sub rolls and lightly toast them in a skillet (optional.)
  • Place shredded meat and peppers into sub roll. Top with a slice or two of provolone cheese.
  • And if you’re doing it up Chicago-style – make sure to dip the whole sandwich into the leftover juices! 


YouTube video


  • Use as little or as much of the peppers and juice that you like. If you like it with more kick, add more peppers and the juice.
  • For extra Italian flavor, add a teaspoon or two of Italian seasoning into the broth mixture before cooking.
  • It is not recommended to cook on high as the meat will not come out as tender and will not shred well. 
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American


Calories: 740kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 90g | Fat: 29g | Sodium: 485mg | Sugar: 2g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Originally published: July 2012
Updated & republished: April 2019

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  1. 5 stars
    These rock and rock and rock! I have made this many times over the last year and you just can't go wrong with this recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    Is it wrong that I am already drooling & looking forward to TOMORROW'S dinner?? Bought the ingredients today & will be making this for the first time tomorrow. I have NO doubt that it will be fantabulous, as is everything I have made from your site. Thank you for posting awesome, easy to make recipes! SO glad I stumbled upon your blog!

  3. I absolutely love the recipes I've tried from your postings and this one fits right in with the quality of all the others! Our two teenage boys didn't make a peep during dinner and my husband LOVED them. As a mom of two teenage boys and the wife of a man who works outside all year around, I am always looking for new recipes to try in order to change up the same ole boring stand-bys while continuing to stick to m budget and fill their eager stomachs. Your recipes never break the bank and always satisfy! Once again, Thank you CC!!

  4. This was delicious! Instead of jarred peppercinis ( all I could find were ones with food coloring in them) I cut up 2 banana peppers….I think I've found my new favorite food blog!!!!! Thank you xoxo

  5. Um………oh yeah, I'm making this today. Going to the freezer right now. Thank goodness for the defrost button on the microwave!

  6. I can't remember how I cam across you, but I am sure glad I did! Another GREAT recipe! Thx for sharing!!

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  8. I made this last night with a few changes just stuff I already had like italian hot peppers instead of pepperocini's. We enjoyed it today and it is so delicious, as usual!

  9. Hi Brandie ~ One of my friends from work gave me an old Crock Pot about a year ago, and although I've only heard good things, your introduction in the beginning of this post really motivates me to try it out!! Thanks!!


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  12. My BFF is my crockpot. Especially when it is 106 outside w/78% humidity and our AC hasn't quit running in weeks.

  13. I've got to try this it looks wonderful. I will do anything with a crock pot to keep from heating up the house. Love your site. Thanks

  14. 5 stars
    These kinds of sandwiches are my "go-to" meal when we have a slew of company or when I just want an easy day! You can't sing the praises of the slow cooker enough for me!