Easy Italian Beef Sandwiches (Instant Pot OR Slow Cooker!
This Easy Italian Beef recipe is packed with flavor and is a hands-off, easy to make beef dinner! Great for feeding a crowd or freezing for later.
Course: Main Course
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1(3-4 lb)boneless chuck shoulder roast or eye of round roast,trimmed of any excess fat
1packetzesty Italian dressing mix
1(16 ounce)jar deli sliced pepperoncini peppers, drained, with 3 tablespoons of juice reserved
1(16 ounce)jar giardiniera vegetable mix, drained
2cupsunsalted Kitchen Basics beef stock
8-10 slices provolone cheese
8-10wheat sub rolls (6'') sliced open through the top (not the sides)
For the slow cooker:
Place the roast in the bottom of your slow cooker insert. Sprinkle the Italian dressing mix on all sides, using tongs to flip the roast as you season it. Add drained pepperocini peppers, giardiniera vegetables, reserved pepperoncini juice, and beef stock. Cook on low for 6-8 hours until the beef falls apart and is easily shredded with a fork.
For the Instant Pot:
Cut the beef roast into 2x2'' chunks. Place in the Instant Pot along with the dressing mix, peppers, pepper juice, vegetable mix, and beef stock. Toss to combine. Cook on high for 30-40 minutes (depending on size of roast) and allow for a 10-minute natural pressure release.
When ready to serve, shred the meat using a fork and tongs. While you shred the beef, preheat your broiler on high.
Use tongs to place the shredded beef and vegetables inside each sub roll, squeezing excess juice out of the beef on the side of the slow cooker as you transfer it to the rolls. Top with cheese and place under the broiler for minutes to melt the cheese - watch it closely to prevent burning!
Ladle juices from cooker into small ramekins or glass dishes and use as an au jus to dip your sandwich in. Enjoy!
Beef freezes well in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
Nutrition information will vary quite a bit depending on the cut of beef, type of sub rolls used, and ingredient brands. The nutrition information below is a general estimate.