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Italian Beef Sandwiches in the Instant Pot (or a Slow Cooker)

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Big Italian beef flavor is possible in a fraction of the time with help from a pressure cooker. This is a dinner they’ll request over and over.

hand holding Italian beef roll with melted provolone and pepperoncini slices with plate and coleslaw in the background.

      The filling for these Italian beef sandwiches is just 4 simple ingredients. Have some rolls ready and some Provolone if you want it (and you do!) and you’ll be ready to go! This is an easy dinner worthy of being on your regular menu rotation.

        Italian beef sandwiches have been a favorite in my family for decades. MiMi grew up in the Chicago suburbs and Pops went to dental school in the city.

      So I suppose that is how MiMi got started making them.  Italian beef in one variation or another seems to be an offering at every Chicago style eatery.

       My husband was hooked at first taste, so I try to make sure they are on the menu at least once ever few months.  He is always excited when they appear and he is happy to lay claim to the leftovers.

baking tray with toasted rolls pile with shredded Italian beef and melted provolone.

Making Italian beef in the slow cooker

    Until recently we always made our Italian beef in the slow cooker. It is delicious that way as well.

     You can use the exact same ingredients,  just put your crockpot on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4-6 hours.

      It is still a super flavorful meal, it just takes a little longer to get it on the table!

Italian beef sandwich ripped in half with provolone cheese pull.

Possible variations for making Italian beef for sandwiches

If you don’t have a packet of Italian dressing mix, but you do have a bottle of Italian dressing… that works too! Use the dressing for the liquid and eliminate the broth. It will still turn out great!

If you want thicker “jous” make a slurry out of a teaspoon or two of cornstarch and a Tablespoon of water. Stir it in to the broth after you shred the meat and simmer until slightly thickened.

Some people like to serve a little of the cooking liquid on the side for dipping. We tend to take big heaps of dripping meat from the pot and let that juice soak into the bread.

Plate of Italian beef sandwich an fresh coleslaw in front of instant pot.

I like mine with additional fresh pickled peperoncini on top. My husband loves to slice fresh jalapenos for his.

   Growing up I don’t remember putting cheese on our Italian beef sandwiches. Now I love melting slices of Provolone on them.

     Leftovers make a great pizza. Just thicken up the sauce and turn it into Italian beef pizza!

Yield: 12 Servings

Italian Beef Sandwiches in the Instant Pot (or a Slow Cooker)

Plate of Italian beef sandwich an fresh coleslaw in front of instant pot.

Big Italian beef flavor is possible in a fraction of the time with help from a pressure cooker. This is a dinner they’ll request over and over.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3-4 pounds beef chuck roast
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 ounce Italian dressing seasoning mix (the kind in the packet)
  • 1 cup pepperoncini with the juice
  • For serving: hard rolls or toasted hoagie rolls, Provolone cheese, additional pepperoncini

Instructions

  1. Place the chuck roast, Italian dressing mix, beef broth and pepperoncini with juice in the greased instant pot insert.
  2. Cook on high pressure for 50 minutes. Then quick release the pressure (letting it naturally release is fine too, whatever you prefer!)
  3. Shred beef.
  4. Serve on rolls.
  5. If desired, preheat the oven to 350°F.  Top sandwiches with slices of provolone cheese and cook for about 5 minutes until all melty and delicious then top with more pepperoncini. 

Notes

For a slow cooker version of Italian beef, put the same ingredients in your crock pot. Cook on high for 4-6 hours or low for 8.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 434Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 132mgSodium: 600mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 40g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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Big Italian beef flavor is possible in a fraction of the time with help from a pressure cooker. This is a dinner they’ll request over and over.

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Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Saturday 17th of August 2019

I did my first beef recipe in the instant pot last week, and I loved it sooo much! I will definitely be trying your Italian Beef recipe next!

Carlee

Tuesday 20th of August 2019

It's a great way to get tender beef in a flash isn't it?

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Friday 9th of August 2019

I have a similar recipe, Carlee, but always did it in the slow cooker. I’ll have to try it in my Instant Pot. Thank you!

Carlee

Tuesday 20th of August 2019

I love doing it in the slow cooker too, but the instant pot makes it a lot faster!

Debbie

Wednesday 7th of August 2019

Hi Carlee, my slow cooker has taken a bit of a back seat for summer, but this looks like the kind of recipe that would go down well with the family. I'm going to have to look up Italian dressing though, it's probably one of those things I won't be able to find here.

xx

Carlee

Tuesday 20th of August 2019

I am sure there are recipes for making your own, I'm just spoiled by the convenience of grabbing the little package!

Amy

Tuesday 6th of August 2019

Love using the slow cooker for this. And yes Provolone Cheese is a must. These sandwiches sound marvelous. Thank you.

Carlee

Tuesday 20th of August 2019

Thank you! I love using my slow cooker for these too, but having a quicker option is nice!

Carlee

Monday 5th of August 2019

Thank you!

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