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Crock Pot Italian Beef Sandwich Recipe is super delicious! It’s so easy because it uses the slow cooker. The beef is so tender it falls apart!

Italian Beef Sandwich on a plate
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Italian beef sandwich recipe is perfect to feed a crowd! Everything can be thrown into the crock pot and it’s such a tasty recipe. The Italian seasoning blends to make the most delicious flavor!

We put this on sub rolls but they can easily be made into sliders for smaller portions. If you enjoyed our Hawaiian Ham and Cheese Sliders Recipe or these Prime Rib Sandwich try this recipe on slider rolls.

Why We Love This Recipe

This crock pot recipe is always a family favorite. It is perfect for a weeknight meal or to feed a crowd for a game day party. The beef cooks tender, juicy and serves easily on your favorite hoagie buns or mashed potatoes.

You will love how easy it is to make with simple ingredients.


Italian Beef Sandwich ingredients - chuck roast, red bell pepper, zesty Italian dressing, pepperoncini peppers, butter, provolone cheese, hoagies rolls

For the full recipe and ingredients, scroll to the recipe card.

Variations Ideas

  • Change Roast – Try using top or bottom roasts for these sandwiches. Sirloin or any type of roast will work. I often use what is on sale.
  • Seasoning – Feel free to use a regular Italian Dressing Mix, or a tsp of garlic powder, oregano and basil.
  • Beef Broth – To add more juices to the shredded beef you can add in low sodium beef broth. I suggest about 2 cups.
  • Toppings – When serving the sandwiches, top with mozzarella, onions and pickles.

How to Make Italian Beef Sandwiches

Place the roast in a slow cooker

Step 1 – In a slow cooker, place the roast in the bottom.

Place the roast in the slow cooker topped with seasoning packet and red bell pepper

Step 2 – Add in the bell pepper and sprinkle with the Zesty Italian dressing seasoning packet.

Top the roast with pepperoncini peppers

Step 3 – Pour the jar of Pepperoncini Peppers over the top. I reserved some of the Pepperoncini Peppers for the sandwiches.

Add the stick of butter in the slow cooker

Step 4 – Place on stick of butter on top.

  • Step 5 – Cover and slow cooked on low for 8 -10 hours, or high 3-4 hours.
  • Step 6 – Shred the fork tender beef. Serve this slow cooker Italian beef on hoagie rolls. Top with provolone cheese and extra Pepperoncini Peppers. You can top with extra cheese too. This is an amazing meal!

Recipe Tips

  • Shredding Beef – Shred the beef with forks or with a stand mixer.
  • Cooking Time – Cooking time will vary depending on the size of your roast beef and your slow cooker.
  • Sear the Beef – There is no need to sear the roast to make this recipe.
Shredded roast beef in the slow cooker

Serving Suggestions

Serve these crock pot recipes sandwiches with your favorite side dish recipes. We love to serve these beef sandwiches with potato chips, air fryer broccoli, and French Fries. We have even served with crock pot baked beans and mac and cheese.

Feel free to serve the shredded beef and au jus over white rice and homemade egg noodles.

Close up image of shredded beef and a serving on a fork

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Store Leftovers

Store the leftover beef in an airtight container in the fridge. This is perfect to enjoy for a quick lunch or dinner another night. The leftovers will stay fresh for up to 3-4 days.

Can you Freeze Leftovers?

Yes, you can freeze this shredded beef in a freezer bag or freezer container. If stored properly this shredded beef will last about 3 months.

How to Reheat

When ready to reheat, thaw the shredded beef in the refrigerator overnight. Reheat the leftovers in a microwave or a skillet.

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Crock pot Italian Beef Sandwich recipe

4.67 from 15 votes
Crock pot Italian beef sandwich recipe is packed with flavor. The beef is so tender in this Italian beef sandwich recipe. Try Italian beef sandwiches!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Crockpot, Main, Slow Cooker
Calories 463


  • 3 lb Roast
  • 1 Red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 Zesty Italian dressing Seasoning packet
  • 16 oz Jar of pepperoncinis (I saved some of the pepperoncinis to top the sandwiches)
  • 1 Stick of butter
  • 8 oz Package of sliced provolone cheese
  • Hoagie rolls
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  • In a slow cooker, place the roast in the bottom.
  • Add in the bell pepper and sprinkle with the Zesty Italian dressing seasoning packet.
  • Pour the jar of peppercinis over the top. I reserved some of the peppercinis for the sandwiches.
  • Place on stick of butter on top.
  • Cover with the lid and cook on low for 8 -10 hours, or high 3-4 hours.
  • Shred the beef.

Recipe Notes

Looking for a fun appetizer, or have kids who will not eat an entire hoagie roll? Try this recipe on sliders!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 463kcal, Carbohydrates 35g, Protein 41g, Fat 16g, Saturated Fat 6g, Cholesterol 101mg, Sodium 504mg, Potassium 395mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 5g, Vitamin A 605IU, Vitamin C 43.9mg, Calcium 163mg, Iron 13.7mg

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  1. Carrie Barnard says:

    You can eliminate the butter if you want.

  2. Bert says:

    Looks delicious! Why the full stick of butter? Is it salted butter? Could I substitute something in place of the butter? Thanks

  3. 2 player games says:

    5 stars
    I’m constantly on the lookout for family-friendly slow cooker recipes. It’s difficult to come across ones that aren’t stew. This was a big hit with the crowd.

  4. Carrie says:

    No I do not drain the liquid from the peppers.

  5. Robin says:

    Do you drain the liquid from the peppers?

  6. Robin Adams says:

    5 stars
    Loved the simplicity of the recipe and my husband loved the zesty attitude of the dish! Will be making this again

  7. Jennifer says:

    5 stars
    I am always looking for slow cooker recipes that my family will enjoy. It is hard to find ones that aren’t stew. This was a hit with everyone.

  8. Robin Adams says:

    5 stars
    My husband loved this and it was so easy to make

  9. Angie says:

    4 stars
    This was very good. It was so easy to make. Thank You!!

  10. Carrie says:

    You’re welcome! I’m so glad it was a huge hit with you and your family!

  11. Alison L Hanscom says:

    5 stars
    This was sooo delicious and easy! I didn’t have pepperoncinis, but I will be sure to add them next time. We served with mashed potatoes and green beans. Some in my family did an open face sandwich. Huge hit! Thank you!

  12. Carrie says:

    Great to hear! Thank you so much for sharing – I’m going to have to try that!

  13. Jacquelyn says:

    5 stars
    It was great with boneless chicken breast!

  14. Carrie says:

    I haven’t tried that yet but I think it would be delicious! If you try it, let us know know how it turns out. Thank you!

  15. Jacquelyn says:

    Do you think chicken would be a good sub for the beef?

  16. Carrie says:

    Yes, I think that would be delicious!

  17. Michael Macanka says:

    i can not eat spicy,can you use roasted peppers?

  18. Carrie says:

    Thank you!

  19. mapquest driving directions says:

    5 stars
    This is truly a great and easy recipe. Thanks for sharing it!

  20. Teresa L says:

    5 stars
    I have a quick question…I have a large (32 ounce) jar of pepperoncinis so how much of the liquid from the jar do I put in the recipe? (btw…this recipe is making me drool & can’t wait to try it)