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Save the day with these slow cooker Italian beef sandwiches! This hot beef sandwich recipe is perfect for feeding a crowd on game day!

slow cooker italian beef sandwiches
Please note, this post was originally published in 2018. I’ve since redone the photos and text but the recipe remains the same!

Hello! I’m so excited to introduce you to one of my favorite go-to meals. Slow cooker Italian beef sandwiches!! I make these quite often for my family, especially during the winter when I’m craving a warm, hearty meal. It’s a total dump-and-go recipe, taking less than 10 minutes to throw together. Perfect for a busy weeknight!

We’ve been needing some cozy meals these days, with the weather getting quite cold and snowy. Winter is here! Did I mention that we’re going to Mexico soon?! I can’t WAIT. We’re going to Cancun to enjoy some fun in the sun, and my anticipation grows every time it starts to snow again.

I’m nervous about the flights with the kids, so I’ve been trying to come up with some strategies to keep them entertained on the plane. Snacks, coloring and movies will all be party of my bag of tricks. Our first big trip with all three kids should make for some interesting memories!

We haven’t left yet, but I’m already thinking ahead to our return, when I’m going to need some easy dinners for those first few nights before we can get all of the groceries! You can bet this crockpot favorite will be on the menu.

slow cooker italian beef sandwiches

How do you make slow cooker Italian beef sandwiches?

Sooo simple my friends. There is no pre-cooking or prep required. It’s literally a dump and go recipe! What I used to do before work is gather all of my ingredients on the counter (except for the ones that require the fridge) and measure them out. In the morning, I could just throw them all into the slow cooker and head out! Coming home to a house smelling of warm, savory beef sure makes Monday a little easier!

Do you have to use pepperoncini peppers?

If you’re not a big fan of pepperoncini peppers, you don’t have to eat them with your sandwich but I do insist that you use the juices for the broth – it just wouldn’t have the same bite without it! I’ve also used the juice from a jar of banana peppers with success.

I don’t follow Canadian football much, but it looks like I did time this post (purely coincidentally) perfectly for the upcoming Grey Cup! If you’re hosting a few friends for dinner to watch the game, this would be the perfect dippable beef sandwich to serve up. You can even add beer to the broth! I’ve included the notes for this in the recipe below.

Wish me luck on my flight – I fear I’m going to need it!!

slow cooker italian beef sandwiches
slow cooker italian beef sandwiches

I love my slow cooker. Do you love your slow cooker? Here’s a few other favourite crockpot and Instant Pot recipes for you to try!

Or try this slow cooker beef and noodles dish from my friend Mary Ann. I’ve tried it and it’s delicious!!

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slow cooker Italian beef sandwiches

Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches

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  • Author: Katherine
  • Total Time: 8 hours
  • Yield: 68 sandwiches 1x


Tender, juicy beef marinated in punchy pepperoncini peppers and beer and served up on a toasty warm bun smothered in cheese. The easiest dump-and-go meal, these slow cooker Italian beef sandwiches are perfect for game night or any other busy weeknight!


  • 2 cups low-sodium beef stock
  • 1 can beer (or additional cup of beef stock)
  • 1 12oz jar pepperoncini peppers
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp basil
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried parsley flakes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 34 lb beef chuck roast
  • pepper jack cheese, for serving
  • hoagie rolls, for serving


  1. To your crockpot, add the beef stock, beer (or additional stock), and half the juice from the jar of pepperoncini. Mix together the garlic and onion powder, oregano, sugar, pepper, basil, parsley and salt. Add the spice mixture to the crockpot and give it a stir. Add the onion, followed by the roast. Cook the roast on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-5 hours.
  2. Remove the roast from the slow cooker, and using two forks, shred the meat and return it back to the slow cooker for 10-15 minutes along with a few pepperoncini peppers, if desired.
  3. To serve, slice open the rolls, add the shredded meat and top with cheese; broil on high for a few minutes if desired. Use the broth from the slow cooker for dipping!

Leftover meat should be stored separately from the broth, in a sealed container in the fridge.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8-10 hours
  • Category: dinner
  • Cuisine: american
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About Katherine

Heeey! Thank you for stopping by! I like 30-minute dinners and giant peanut butter cups made with only 3 ingredients. I LOVE food! If you do too, you're in the right place.

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  1. Katherine! You had me at pepperoncini! I love them and you can bet I’m making this delicious sandwich! Pinned! Thanks! And have a wonderful time in Cancun – I love it there!

    1. Hooray! I hope you love it. We make this recipe quite often!! Thank you Laura, I wish I could spend a month down here in the warmth!!

  2. These sandwiches look great Katherine and a really easy dinner too. Have a great holiday, I cannot wait to read all about it when you get back. Safe travels 🙂

    1. SUCH an easy dinner, and delicious! Plus we always have lots of leftovers! Thank you Ashika, it’s been wonderful so far XO

  3. Guess it’s time for me to get a crock pot. These sandwiches look so easy and so yummy! Both my children and hubby will totally love this. Have a lovely time in Cancun Kathy:)

    1. I can’t believe you don’t have one!! You’ve got to get one! Christmas present!? Haha thank you!! We’ve had a great time, Maria!!

    1. Definitely! It feeds a crowd! Thanks Marissa, they’re a great go-to when you need something easy!!

  4. These would be a huge hit in my house! And perfect to feed a crowd. I love any meal I can pull together in my slow cooker!

    1. The slow cooker makes life easier! I’m already planning on making these when we get home from Mexico. The leftovers are perfect for lunches! Thanks Leanne!!

  5. You have some very good recipes…….. I will try to make some of them. My husband doesn’t like nor eats many meats. I can make meals with all-beef franks. Most fresh seafoods.