Slow Cooker Italian Beef

I had to make this recipe when I saw it on My Kitchen Cafe. It was adapted from a recipe on The fact this was in a slow cooker and that Melanie at My Kitchen Cafe said it was more tender than any meat she cooked in the crock pot, sealed it’s fate. This turned out wonderful. The meat was flavor and tender. A definite must keep recipe.

The only complaint, it was quite salty. I will probably reduce the salt to 1/2 tsp next time or completely omit it. I also used bouillon for the broth, so that probably added to the saltiness. The whole family love it. Before I put the meat on the buns, I put some shredded mozzarella (didn’t have provolone) on half the bun and put them under the broiler. This made the cheese melty and the bun toasty with a little crispness. Yummy! Get your crock pot and give this a try.

Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches l

Slow Cooker Italian Beef
  • 1½ cups beef broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon onion salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 (.7 ounce) package dry Italian-style salad dressing mix (such as Good Seasons brand)
  • 1 (5 pound) chuck roast (I used a mock tender roast, I don't know what kind of roast that is but it's what the butcher labels it)
  1. Combine water and beef broth with salt, ground black pepper, oregano, basil, onion salt, parsley, garlic powder, bay leaf, and salad dressing mix. Whisk to combine.
  2. Place roast in slow cooker, and pour salad dressing mixture over the meat. Cover, and cook on Low for 10 to 12 hours, or on High for 4 to 5 hours.
  3. When done, remove bay leaf, and shred meat with a fork (I did this step about 45 minutes before eating so the shredded meat had time to absorb more of the juices in the crock pot). Serve on crusty rolls with cheese, if desired.


Original photo from this post. Above photo was updated in June 2013.

9 comments on “Slow Cooker Italian Beef

  • Fun seeing the old photo!

  • My husband will be thrilled if i make this. Yummy!

  • Had to tell you that I am loving your blog. My sister introduced me to it, and I have already tried about 6 or 7 of your recipes. We had the slow cooker Italian beef last night, and it was delicious! Thanks for the tip about saltiness. I was able to adjust beforehand and it turned out perfectly. Your recipes are great. Easy, realistic, delicious, inexpensive…you do a great job! Thank you!

  • I am adding this to my Superbowl menu list!

  • This looks so yummy. Now that both you and Melanie have given it a thumbs up I will definitely have to try it!

  • Mmmmm…. my husband would love this! When I made that brisket for New Year’s I thought I would have a ton of leftover meat, and even though we had loads of other leftovers, hubs kept going back to the brisket! I did get to turn some of it into a meat sauce though, and guess what he keeps going back to for the leftovers LOL!

    Looks delicious – I don’t know if I’ve ever tried this but I will!

  • We have our own family version of this recipe too…

    I have had a problem a couple of times of it turning out too salty and we just threw in a potato and cooked it a little longer to take away some of the salt. I’m sure you already knew that though!

    This recipe seems to be a favorite among a lot of people – there’s so many different versions! Let me know if you ever give ours a try!!! We love it!!! We also love your blog!!!

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