Slow Cooker Italian Beef

Looking for a delicious weeknight dinner idea? This Slow Cooker Italian Beef has very little prep work, and you can come home to a delicious meal!

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This Slow Cooker Italian Beef is a Chicago classic! Easy to make with little prep work for your crockpot!

I love Chicago. I love the food we have here. When we moved away in 2006, I didn’t realize just how much I would miss a few of my favorite things.

  1. Pizza. You just can’t get good pizza in Ohio. No offense New York, but I love my Chicago style Deep Dish pizza. So much so, that when we lived in Ohio I had to create my own version.
  2. Hot Dogs. There is nothing like a Vienna Beef dog with a sesame seed bun. Imitations don’t even compare.
  3. Italian Beef. The sliced beef with spicy giardiniera on a crusty french roll is hands down one of my favorite dinners!

This Slow Cooker Italian Beef is a Chicago classic! Easy to make with little prep work for your crockpot!

My mother in law gave us this recipe years and years ago, to make this Slow Cooker Italian Beef. However in her recipe, it calls for using pepperoncinis. I loved it, however, I find the sliced pepper rings to work better for me! I love the texture as they have simmered with the beef for hours in your crockpot! You can buy the spicy ones, or mild, depending on how hot you want them to be. You can also use giardiniera in the crockpot in place of the pepper rings for a milder, flavorful substitution. Well, as long as you don’t buy the spicy giardiniera that is.

When we moved back to Chicago and all our favorite foods were well within reach, I vowed never to take these three things for granted again, haha! We may have eaten more deep dish pizza our first year back, then all the 42 years of my life! #firstworldproblems

This Slow Cooker Italian Beef is a Chicago classic! Easy to make with little prep work for your crockpot!

Now that my son is home from boot camp we’ll be having this Italian Beef for sure. And I have a great use for the beef in this recipe, should you have any leftovers!! You’ll want to make this Italian Beef Ring. A little goes a long way when it comes to leftover Italian Beef! Such a simple idea for day two, yet different enough the family will love it!

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This Slow Cooker Italian Beef is a Chicago classic! Easy to make with little prep work for your crockpot!

 

Slow Cooker Italian Beef

Yield: Serves 8

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 6-8 hours

Ingredients:

  • 3 pound top round roast (I used boneless)
  • 1 envelope Italian dressing seasoning mix
  • 1 jar (16 oz) mild pepper rings (don't drain)
  • giardiniera and french rolls, for serving

Directions:

  1. In a large slow cooker, place roast in (I like to put the side with the fat up, but you can also trim the fat if you prefer).
  2. Sprinkle the italian dressing seasoning mix over the top of the roast.
  3. Pour the whole jar of pepper rings with juice over the roast.
  4. Cover crock pot and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  5. When ready to serve, use two forks and shred beef, or place on a cutting board and slice the beef thin. Serve on a french roll with giardiniera. ENJOY

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16 comments on “Slow Cooker Italian Beef”

  1. Dear Aimee, this recipe looks easy and delicious and a ton of flavor. Just my style! With soccer and music lessons after school, we use our slow cooker all the time around here. Always glad to have a new recipe. Enjoy your time with Alex! xo

  2. Oh my goodness, this looks wonderful. And a brilliant idea to use sliced pepper rings! I bet you are in heaven with your son home 🙂

  3. This looks amazing! Love anything in the slow cooker and not having to deal with dinner after work! I would have been the same with with the deep dish pizza 😉 Maybe I’ll move to Chicago too!

  4. This looks soo yummy, I’m starving after seeing this picture! 

    Kinkx

  5. Aimee, I bet you are so happy that Alex is home from basic. Congratulations and we are very proud of him. Love Chicago Italian beef in . Don’t hate so much on Ohio. :)))  Talk to you soon. Q

  6. Isn’t the slow cooker the best kitchen appliance ever??  I have a chick roast cooking in mine right this minute (great minds!) but next up is your recipe!  And enjoy every minute of your time with your son! 🙂

  7. What a great slow cooker recipe! Definitely need to add this to our menu soon!

  8. This looks like my perfect Friday night dinner! Yummmmm! Also yum is Chicago deep dish pizza, I definitely prefer it to NY style

  9. Chicago really does have some of the best food!!!!  Mmmmm now I’m totally craving some deep dish pizza…thank you for that!  And slow cooker meals really are the best.  Throw it in and forget about it!!!

  10. That looks sooooooo delicious!!! McDonalds should definitely add it to their menu. That way they’ll have at least one item worth trying. Great recipe, Aimee! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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