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Slow Cooker Chicago Style Italian Beef * *

Slow Cooker Chicago Style Italian Beef for Sandwiches

  • Cooking Time:

    8-9 hours on Low, and 1/2 - 3/4 hours on High
  • Servings:



4 lb. chuck roast
3 c. water
2 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. sesame seeds
2 beef bouillon cubes
3 pepperoncini peppers, seeded and sliced
1-2 onions, medium, sliced thin (optional)
2 tsp. fennel seed
Salt and pepper to taste
2 bell peppers, green, sliced and seeded
1/4 c. pepperoncini juice
1 to 2 beef broth, canned (if needed) (14 oz. size)
Hot crusty Italian beef buns or hard rolls
1 bay leaf

Slow Cooker Chicago Style Italian Beef for Sandwiches are the best. Great to serve for the perfect football game, like the SuperBowl!

  1. Place chuck roast and water in slow cooker.
  2. Cover. Cook on Low for 8 to 9 hours, until meat is tender.
  3. Remove roast from the slow cooker, and shred with two forks removing all fat.
  4. Return shredded meat back to the slow cooker. Add bay leaf.
  5. Combine oregano, sesame seeds, beef bouillon cubes, pepperoncini, onions, fennel seed (do not omit this), salt and pepper, green peppers and pepperoncini juice from peppers.
  6. NOTE: If you need more broth than was in the slow cooker, add 1 to 2 cans of beef broth to the meat.
  7. Cover. Cook for an additional 30-45 minutes on High to heat through.

With slotted spoon, serve on hot crusty Italian beef buns or hard rolls, Chicago Style! Preserve broth for dipping if you would like!

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Slow Cooker Chicago Style Italian Beef for Sandwiches

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Maggie Perez
Maggie Perez
10 years ago

Hi Jenn,

I have a question regarding the above recipe. When do you add the onions and can I use beef broth in place of the water when cooking the beef?

10 years ago

Are those peppers spicy? I can’t handle spicy. I went to Petrillos’s in Chicago and the peppers were not in the beef itself. Can those be omitted?

10 years ago

excuse me that is Portillos

10 years ago

No flavor at all!

9 years ago

It looks like carrots and celery in the picture however they are not listed in the recipe. Did you add them as well?

9 years ago

Made thses yesterday and they were delicious. Instead of water I used beef stock. I also just added all the ingredients directly into the slow cooker for the full 8 hours. I thought it might be a little too spicy with the peppers and juice but it turned out to be just perfect! Will be adding this to my recipe box!

9 years ago

We have a lukes Italian beef here in Tucson. What you are showing in your picture is exactly what I want to cook. Your ingrediants you show does not include what is in the picture. Do you have a receipe for what your pictures shows?????

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