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Slow Cooker Italian Beef

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Maybe it’s because I live sort of close to Chicago, maybe it’s because I can totally see myself as a little old Italian woman in another life. I’m not sure, but I am going to tell you right now. I love Italian Beef, a whole lot! This recipe isn’t so much about lightening it up. It’s meat with flavor. You season it right, you portion it out, and you’re golden. I make this meal at least twice a month because it’s so easy, so delicious, and makes everyone in my home very, very happy.

I’ve been eating a version of this Italian Beef since I was youngin’! My mom was the same, there was always a pot of Italian beef on our menu at least once a month if not more and we always looked forward to it! The secret to making a really good pot of Italian beef is slowly cooking it for a very long period of time. I use the slow cooker because in my world, that is the easiest way to slow cook something without worrying about it on the stove. I put this in the slow cooker before I go to bed the evening before having it for dinner the next day. Doing this ensures the most tender and flavorful beef on this side of the Mississippi… I promise.

It’s always funny to me that Italian Beef isn’t a thing everywhere. Some people have never tasted a good ol’ Italian Beef sandwich and to me that’s blasphemy! I shared a photo of a pot full not too long ago on an Instagram post and some friends were calling it Mississippi Pot Roast. Friends, this is not Mississippi Pot Roast! I’ve actually never tried that recipe, but I know it calls for a stick of butter and ranch dressing mix. It sounds pretty delicious, but I know there’s no way it tastes like a delicious pot of Italian Beef, but you know what, maybe it’s the Italian Beef of the South! I can jump on board with that idea. I honestly couldn’t believe that I haven’t shared this with you yet, mostly because it is such a staple meal in our home. I hope y’all love it so much!

Another reason I love this pot o’ beef is because it can be so versatile. I use it in a number of different ways over a couple of days throughout the week, even though sandwiches are our personal favorite. Sometimes, when I am trying to eat a little less carbs I grab a bowl, place some beef inside and top with a generous helping of mozzarella cheese. Honestly, I’ve only tried doing a low carb diet a few times, but when I did this recipe was always, always on the menu when I tried to do the whole low carb thing.

Oh! Don’t forget the pepperoncinis! Mmmm mmm, goodness it’s good. Another way I enjoy this is on top of a bed of rice or mashed potatoes! It’s delicious and I’m so glad I’ve perfected it because I believe everyone should have a really good Italian Beef recipe in their arsenal. Now if you don’t have one, here you go! My gift to you. Enjoy!

In just a few quick minutes you’ll…

Grab a beef chuck roast. Some people use bottom round roast too. I personally like the chuck roast more!

Excuse the photo- odd, I know, but trim as much of the fat off that you can! I find there’s really only a few spots, and it’s pretty easy to trim.

Place it in a slow cooker.

Sprinkle this stuff on top of the roast!

Then add a little salt, a little pepper, a few cloves of chopped garlic, a bayleaf, and some pepperoncinis!

Pour in about three cups of low sodium beef broth. Don’t mix it up, just put the cover on and forget about it. Literally, forget about it for at least 16 hours. I’ve honestly left it in there for almost 24 hours before and it is just as tender as can be.

Not super photogenic after 16 hours, but holy cow, have you smelled your house? It tastes even better than the smell. I promise.

Remove from the liquid and shred it with two forks! Resist the urge to try it, ha! I’m just kidding. I totally can’t. Add about 1 cup of the broth from the slow cooker and mix it in. The beef will soak it up and add even more flavor.

And you’re done! The ways to eat it are positively endless, Stuff it in a toasty roll with some mozzarella, scoop it on top of a mountain of Homestyle Tater Cauli Mash, or just all by it’s lonesome because it’s really that delicious.

Fun Fact: When we go to order a Italian Beef somewhere you can ask for it “Dipped” I personally don’t do it this way, but my mama and Eric cannot have it any other way. So, If you’re making a sandwich go ahead and “dip it” in the broth in the crockpot and enjoy life to it’s fullest.

mmmmmm.. mountain of Italian Beef…

I’ll admit I took a few too many close ups of the sandwich I had for dinner the other night, but ya guys just don’t understand yet. It’s so delicious. I can’t wait for you to find out for yourselves. Let me know if you like it and I hope you enjoy!

With love from my kitchen to yours, 

Star

Italian Beef

Slow cooked, tender beef full of savory Italian flavor.
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Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:16 hrs

Ingredients

  • 3 lb boneless chuck roast trimmed of fat
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 packet Italian dressing seasoning mix
  • 3-4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup pepperoncinis + extra for garnish optional, but recommended
  • 3 cups beef broth low sodium if available

Instructions

  • In a slow cooker place chuck roast and top with kosher salt, pepper, Italian seasoning packet, minced garlic, bay leaf, and pepperoncinis. Pour beef broth over it. Cover, set to low, and cook for 16-20 hours.

Notes

Serving size: 3 oz 
168 calories 11g fat, 4.5g saturated fat, 0g carbohydrates, 0g fiber, 0g sugar, 16g protein 
WeightWatchers Points: 3 Points
Author: Star @ the skinny-ish dish
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260 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    We love this recipe! I am obsessed with any recipe that uses the crockpot, and that makes this recipe super easy to throw together. The beef is so tender and flavorful. It is a hit with my entire family.

  2. 5 stars
    This Italian beef recipe is DA BOMB!!!!! So simple to put together and making this in the slow cooker is the best!!! I served it on a hoagie roll with melted provolone and dipped it in the leftover au jus. This recipe will definitely part of our football Sundays.. so gooooodddddd!!!!!

  3. 5 stars
    This was on our menu this week but I kept forgetting to start the crockpot the night before. I ended up trying the instant pot and it worked great! My roast was only 2 lbs, and I started with it frozen. It went two hours and then natural release, and it was tender and flavorful!

  4. 5 stars
    This is absolutely delicious! We serve it on wide noodles with a little red sauce and Parmesan cheese. Although, I’m perfectly happy just to eat it all by itself when I don’t feel like carbs.

  5. 5 stars
    Made this for a 3rd time for last Sunday’s football dinner…it was a hit and barely any work while company was over (made the sandwiches)! I actually got to watch the game!

  6. I have this in the crockpot this morning !! Can’t wait ! I even picked up some That Pickle Guy hot gardinera from Whole Foods for sandwiches

  7. 5 stars
    This recipe is fabulous! Easy and super delish! Making it 2nd time in a month. Leftovers freeze well. Sandwiches or with potatoes its a winner.

  8. 5 stars
    I was a bit worried about the 16 hours but it was perfect! We will definitely make this again.

  9. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! I’ve made this twice in one week, served it on French rolls this first time and made street tacos with it tonight. Thanks for sharing a wonderful family recipe Star!

  10. Made this for super bowl and let it cook all night in the crockpot. Woke up twice to use the bathroom and the smell in the house was divine! Went back to sleep happy as a clam knowing dinner was going to be amazing! Meat fell apart and was flavorful. Simple and yummy! Definitely making this again!

  11. My mother fixed this growing up and it was delicious. We ate it with provolone cheese. Yumm

  12. Literally drooling thinking about this! It was so good! I would have never left a roast in for that long, but OMG 18 hours and it was pure perfection. I served mine on a brat bun with melted Gouda. Next time I think I’ll add more peppers to top our sammies with. Thank you for the delicious recipe!

  13. Thank you for posting something so delicious yet simple! I appreciate your hard work and cooking secrets.

    1. It depends on the size of your roast. Chuck roast can range, but with a 3lb roast depending on how much you have on each sandwich, but it should be at least 8-10 servings

  14. 5 stars
    This is a staple at our house that I make often. It’s so great to put something in the crockpot the night before and have it ready tye next night. We love having this like potroast with rice, gravy and some veggies. The liquid makes a delicious gravy if you have time to reduce it on the stove, or if not mix it with some flour to thicken faster.

  15. So tender and flavorful! I only cooked it for 12 hrs overnight and then turned the crockpot to warm while I was at work. Came out perfect! #top2021

  16. 5 stars
    Finally, an Italian beef recipe I love. I’m making this again for a New Years Day gathering. I do recommend deleting the salt if you are not using low sodium broth. My broth consisted of 1can each beef consommé, French onion soup, & water. Delicious eats, thanks Star!!!

  17. This recipe will forever be a family favorite!! super simple to throw together and insanely delicious-it’s a win win! Even better the next day on great bread with melty cheese. #top2021

  18. 5 stars
    I haven’t tried this one yet – but it’s going to be first on my list for 2022! My boyfriend & I got Italian Beef sandwiches when we went to Chicago & loved them! Can’t wait to make this soon! #top2021

  19. 5 stars
    I’m also a former midwesterner who great misses Portillo’s! I have made this recipe before and it is absolutely delicious! I need to make this more often to replace what I can’t get anymore. #top2021

  20. 5 stars
    If I could only make one recipe of yours, this is the one! It’s so flavorful and makes my house smell so good. I can get this recipe set up before bed and let it cook until I get home from work. #top2021

  21. 5 stars
    Love love LOVE the Italian Beef! This is a staple in my home at least every other week. It’s so easy to make and then we have enough for leftovers and lunch the next day! Sooo good!!! #top2021

  22. 5 stars
    #top2021
    This is delicious! Try it in a low carb tortilla with some cheese, oh my gosh! This meat os so juicy and flavorful!

  23. Hi! This recipe looks so good. I could only get a 1.5lb roast and was going to cut the recipe in half – do you think I should cut the cook time in half as well?

  24. I’ve just bought a beef chuck roast that’s a little over 1.5 lbs. I have a small crockpot and it will be for just my husband and I for one meal. I’ll be halving all the ingredients and now I’m wondering if it should slow cook less than the 16+ hours…?? Help!! I hope I didn’t mess up by buying the small roast!

  25. 5 stars
    My husband & I are OBSESSED with this recipe. Because of this recipe, shoulder roast is a permanent item on our shopping list. We always have the ingredients on hand to make this. Such an easy “go to” and totally worth the 16 hour wait.

  26. 5 stars
    Made this once & am considering making it again for my sons birthday because it was so good! I can’t put the roast in frozen, correct? How many of them do you think I should make to feed around 30 people?

  27. 5 stars
    Made this in the camper this weekend – husband loved it!! He always orders a beef sandwich when we go out and he said we don’t need to go out now. Used Fat Free Kraft Mozz and it was YUMMY!! Will def make again – great recipe, simple & yum!! I might make it for a Halloween party and triple it!

  28. 5 stars
    My family loves this and we were really craving it but all I had was a pork roast. So we did the exact same recipe except we used pork and it was amazing. Served it on toasted ciabatta buns and topped with sautéed greens and provolone. So good!!!!

  29. Make sure your crockpot doesn’t turn off after so long. Mine did so it wasn’t finished in the morning.

  30. 4 stars
    Portillo’s IYKYK…dang Star this is the closest I’ve tasted to the real deal. The hubs loooooved the recipe. I’m known for forgetting where I got a recipe or tweaking it, and he’s not fond of crockpot meals. He was meh when he say the crockpot out. I share this because not even halfway through eating he asked you know where you got the recipe from? It needs to go in the rotation. Enough said! 🙂

  31. 5 stars
    Made this for dinner last night. It is always a hit and makes great leftovers. 10/10 recommend.

  32. I’ve made this about 8 times at this point, the whole family loves it! I’ve always put it in about 10pm the night before and let it go for about 20 hours which comes out perfect. This last time I put it in the slow cooker in the morning, 4 hours on high and 8 hours on low, and we couldn’t tell a difference so if you don’t get to it the night before, we still loved it this way. I almost always end up buying closer to a 4 pound cut of beef and just up the broth a bit. Thanks for a great recipe!

  33. 5 stars
    I’ve been following you on insta for quite some time and finally ventured out into this AMAZING recipe! I have never seen meat shred apart this effortlessly AND have so much flavor. Not that i ever doubted you for a minute- but i’m blown away… and I’ve only just sampled it so far! I haven’t even got all the way to plating it yet!! I would give it 100 stars and forks if i could!

  34. 5 stars
    This was a wonderful meal! We had it tonight for dinner. The slow cooking all night and all day long truly made a difference. I even woke up a couple times throughout the night because it smelled amazing! Lol!
    Putting this on the rotation! Excellent!

  35. 5 stars
    Made your slow cooker Italian beef for the first time Monday and man, it was so SO good!!! I’m from the Pacific Northwest so this dish was unfamiliar to my husband and I, but it is now one of our favorites! I love that it can be started the day ahead too. Serious time saver and a blessing on Monday(which are pure chaos at our place lol). My only question is what sides go best with this? As in, if I were to go to the Midwest and order this, what kind of sides might I expect to see? Thank you for your recipes, your time and your authenticity, you’re awesome!

    1. In the Midwest you’d probably either get a fries/onion rings as a side dish (super nutritional haha). I’ll make air fryer french fries sometimes, but usually just make a big loaded chopped salad and/or roasted veggies as a side. Some folks love it over mashed potatoes too when they make it at home. I’m so happy I brought Italian Beef to PNW for you and that yall enjoyed! =)

  36. 5 stars
    This is part of our regular rotation – its fantastic!!! Family favorite! Love that it’s an overnight crockpot so I don’t have to set up during the morning rush.

  37. Hi star – would it be blasphemous to try this with pork? I have a freezer full of pork roasts waiting to be used.

    1. I don’t think so! I think it could be good! I love a good pulled pork. Give it a try… and then come back and tell me how it went!

    2. 5 stars
      I am not sure if you ended up trying this recipe with pork, but I also had a pork roast just chillin’ in the freezer and I decided to try it. I know pork can dry out fairly easy so I was a bit hesitant, but it turned out delicious! I was also on the fence whether to use beef broth or chicken broth, but stuck with the beef.
      I can’t wait to try this again, but with beef…. and maybe banana peppers because I am wimpy like that!

  38. it has been cooking since last night in my slow cooker. the liquid is boiling. i am tempted to turn slow cooker onto keep warm its 830am on march 27. help asap please

  39. 5 stars
    There is nothing better than waking up on a chilly morning go this amazing beef filling your house with delicious goodness!
    Everyone loves this recipe. It just falls apart as is amazing. It’s so easy to double and make for a crowd. I won’t make italian beef any other way and have shared this recipe so many times! @lifeallinlinz

  40. This is such a delicious and comforting recipe! Love all the flavors and how moist the meat is. Can’t wait to make it again! @laxmii28

  41. 5 stars
    Made this on Sunday and the whole family enjoyed it! I’m not much of a cook so I love anything that can be made in the Crock or Instant Pot! Will definitely be adding this to our rotation!

  42. 5 stars
    Hello! I’ve made this once before and I still dream about the delicious aroma in my house 🙂 This time around I was wondering if I could substitute Italian seasoning and some spices for the dry dressing packet? I’m trying to eat clean and don’t want all the additives from the dressing. I love your recipes…thank you for sharing with all of us!

    1. I’m sorry Brianna the Italian seasoning packet has just a little bit more of a spice mixture than good ol’ “Italian seasoning” I’m sure it would still be super good with just the Italian spices, but I don’t know the mixture of spices so it wouldn’t be the same. I’ll try to figure it out soon and update this post so theres a homemade spice method to it.

    2. You can Google good seasons Italian dressing copycat and it will give you a recipe of what the season blend is! I’ve made this and tweaked the amount of salt. It’s great.

  43. 5 stars
    Made this over the weekend and it was a hit! I served it with mashed potatoes and veggies but will definitely be using the leftovers for sandwiches the way you served it on this recipe post. Easy to prep and tastes so delicious, this is definitely in dinner rotation now!! (It is very different from Mississippi Pot Roast, don’t let thr Pepperoncini fool you!)

  44. 5 stars
    Being from Chicago… this one yummy beef Sammy! So easy and fills a crowd!
    Instagram- @cmt1978

  45. 5 stars
    This is my favorite recipe. So so so so easy and so delicious! I usually let it cook for around 24 hours and it’s so tender and flavorful I will usually add in potatoes and carrots at the 12 hour mark and let them get nice and soft for dinner! It tastes like a lot more effort than it is, which is my kind of recipe (my insta is @kensiegee–I’m really wanting that air fryer)

  46. 5 stars
    Just made this yesterday and HOLY COW it not only tastes absolutely amazing but the house smells SOOOO GOOOOOD. And this is simple!!! Doesn’t taste simple, no one will know thank you for this!!! Love all of your recipes!!

    @sarah_elizabeth

  47. 5 stars
    Mom of 3 and always looking for easy crockpot meals for picky kids.. this one was a thumbs up from the whole fam. This was so flavorful.. definitely going in our meal rotation!
    @nic_bourassa24

  48. 5 stars
    @gilljenn77 this meat is one of those foods that I may have on my top foods to have before I die. Seriously, it is just so freakin good. I don’t even need a bun, although a crusty warm hoagie would be good to soak up the juice. I’ve made it a couple times. Its a hit in our house.

    1. I’m so happy you love it so much! Honestly I think it’s on my list of top food to eat before I die too.

  49. 5 stars
    LOVEEE this recipe. Super easy and hits the spot every time. Wonderful for meal prep to have all week. Hubby approved as an added bonus! @carlyk_life

  50. Really love your recipes and that you include the smart point values!!! This is one on favorites!!!

  51. 5 stars
    I was a bit skeptical about cooking a roast for longer than 6-8hrs. But wow! I am so glad I tried this.. the roast just fell apart! Thank you for teaching me crockpot 101!!

  52. 5 stars
    Yummmm!!! This is such a rich and flavorful recipe! I’ve seen this type of recipe include up to a stick of butter (!!!), so I was happy to find a healthier version. I have been enjoying slow cooker meals this winter and this is a family favorite. The instructions are super easy to follow and there are infinite ways to dress it up for lunch or dinner. We actually put some leftovers on breakfast sandwiches the next day and it was very tasty.

    @hey.emily88

  53. 5 stars
    We make this all the time! Easy, delish, drool worthy and makes your house smell great all day!! IG handle @ksassler

  54. We absolutely love Italian beef!!! I have been making it for years now! It’s great for prep ahead family gatherings!❤️ @kingjaimie

  55. 5 stars
    This is a family favorite. Especially since I can get it out together and we have an easy, delicious, dinner! Bonus points IF e manage to have leftovers. @allisonchewning

  56. 5 stars
    This is my husband’s favorite recipe. We make it once a week for an easy dinner. It’s so easy to put together and makes the entire house smell good. We make sandwiches with them and use the broth leftover as a dipping au jus. Chef’s kiss!‍
    IG: lauren.happy.healthy

  57. 5 stars
    We loved this recipe! Thank you so much for sharing it. I used to make Mississippi roast which calls for a stick of butter but after staring WW I couldn’t justify making it. I’m so glad I came across your recipe because it tastes identical and yours is so much healthier. I can’t wait to try many other of your recipes that you have posted that look delicious. Keep up the great work and thanks for sharing. @brittaninielsen

  58. 5 stars
    This is my favorite recipe of yours. The house smells absolutely amazing when I make it! I can’t get enough of it. Everyone at work asks when I’m gonna make it again so I can bring in the leftovers ❤️❤️❤️

  59. 5 stars
    So delicious! I have it cooking now and can’t wait for it to be done. I’m going to have it on a toasty roll with mozzarella
    Sara.archambeault

  60. 5 stars
    By far the most tender and delicious meal! It’s definitely a family favorite! It is requested often! Love it! @jesslm7

  61. 5 stars
    Tried this the other day for the first time and oh man – this is fabulous!!! My daughter thought I was crazy for cooking something in the crockpot for that long, but trust the recipe – it is phenomenal!!
    IG – @mnquilter

  62. 5 stars
    Easiest recipe but tasted like you cooked all day! Delicious & full of flavor. Ig handle is jo5619

  63. 5 stars
    This is SO DANG GOOD!!!! Seriously will be a go to for us, we use venison roast and it is amazing. Instagram handle is @emmscott

  64. 5 stars
    I feel like I am so late to the party by just trying this recipe now, because, WOW! It is SO GOOD! This will definitely be making its way into the normal dinner rotation.

  65. 5 stars
    I’ve made many dishes from your site and this might be my absolute fave. It’s falling apart, amazingly delicious and so versatile. If I have extra I put in a freezer bag and save for enchiladas, stuffed potatoes, etc. I make it exactly as your recipe describes. 2 thumbs up!

  66. 5 stars
    We have made this a few times. It. Is. Delicious. There aren’t many leftovers, but it warms up nicely for a second enjoyment!

  67. 5 stars
    This beef is SO GOOD! I’m sad it took me so long to try it, but I’m glad it’s in my life now! Making this a monthly staple!

  68. 5 stars
    This is my family’s favorite Skinnyish Dish recipe, and we have a lot of SD recipes on frequent rotation at my house. Everyone loves it! And, it’s hard to please everyone in my family at once, so that’s saying something!

  69. 5 stars
    I cooked this in my instant pot. Prepared the recipe as directed, then 65 minutes with a 10 minute natural release. I shredded the beef with the paddle beater in my kitchen aid. Easy and absolutely delicious!

  70. I have been looking for the perfect Italian beef recipe for years. I have finally found it! It is absolutely delicious. Thank you so much for putting this one out there.

  71. 5 stars
    I don’t know what took me so long to try this but it’s SO GOOD. The flavors are so versatile so after a couple meals of sandwiches I froze the rest to use in beef enchiladas later. Turned out perfect! Thanks for another great recipe.

  72. Star…this stuff is INCREDIBLE!! Number one, my house smelled phenomenal for 15 hours haha and two, it was so dang delicious! I’ve never left a comment before, but this recipe deserves 5 stars! Thanks for sharing!

  73. 5 stars
    We have made this a few times and it is delicious ! I was just wondering what the point values come out to on the new WW plans, Blue, Purple and Green? I put it in and got 8 points for the green plan and was wondering if you get the same?

  74. I’m very concerned about 16 hours . I’m not too sure that it won’t be dry as cork I understand low and slow but with s size of that roast I am sure half that’s time.

    1. Hey Connie, I’ve done it this way for years and my mama did it the exact same way for years upon years before that so I promise you that it’s correct. I hope you enjoy it if you give it a go!

  75. 5 stars
    This is so delicious that my husband and I kept dipping our fingers in after we shredded it. Perfect for our Sunday afternoon tailgate!

  76. This recipe was absolutely amazing! It isn’t something that I naturally gravitate towards, but every other recipe I’ve made from you has been incredible… and I love the one-dish recipes. The flavor, the ease, the leftovers. I followed the recipe to a tee and it was just to die for… thank you!

  77. I made this for the first of what I’m assuming will be many times. I put some of the beef on a salad and didnt have to add any additional toppings. It’s the first salad I’ve eaten without dressing and it was phenomenal. My husband is already asking me to make this again.

    1. That’s one thing I have not done with this beef. Now All i want is an Italian Beef Salad. Great idea! Thank you!

  78. I use this same method for making super easy sharwma sandwiches by adjusting the spice mix (cumin, onion, allspice, etc) and then crisp it up in a skillet at the very end. Super good and easy in the crock pot!

  79. I just put everything in the crockpot and then saw that it needs to cook for 16+ hours. Is there any way to have it done quicker? Would it be okay to turn it on high instead? I don’t want to ruin it.

    1. Hi Jenny- Sorry I’m just getting back to you, but the low and slow method is really the best method for this Italian Beef. You can most definitely put it on high for half the time, but it’s just not as good or nearly as tender.

  80. I made this last night instead of my usual Mississippi Roast. I have to say this is so much better. Much lighter and not as salty. My husband had no idea I changed the recipe, just commented that it was much less fattier than previous roasts. This is going on permanent rotation in my house. Thank you for your great recipes. Chicken con Broccoli is up next.

    1. A bunch’a people think that I am talking about that Mississippi Roast when I talk about Italian Beef and then I hear the ingredients and I’m like absolutely not. Haha! I’ve still never tried it to this day. I’m so happy you and your husband enjoyed. I hope you love the Chicken Con Broccoli! That is a serious favorite all around right now.

  81. I made this last night instead of my usual Mississippi Roast. I have to say this is so much better. Much lighter and not as salty. My husband had no idea I changed the recipe, just commented that it was much less fattier than previous roasts. This is going on permanent rotation in my house. Thank you for your great recipes. Chicken con Broccoli is up next.

    1. A bunch’a people think that I am talking about that Mississippi Roast when I talk about Italian Beef and then I hear the ingredients and I’m like absolutely not. Haha! I’ve still never tried it to this day. I’m so happy you and your husband enjoyed. I hope you love the Chicken Con Broccoli! That is a serious favorite all around right now.

  82. I am from SC, born & raised. I had a coworker from Chicago, she talked about Italian Beef so descriptively that I could almost taste it! And…I’d still like to go to Chicago just to have it. I’m definitely making this as soon as possible. Thank you! (I think)

  83. I am from SC, born & raised. I had a coworker from Chicago, she talked about Italian Beef so descriptively that I could almost taste it! And…I’d still like to go to Chicago just to have it. I’m definitely making this as soon as possible. Thank you! (I think)

  84. How many servings does the 3lb roast make? Is the serving size weighed after it’s been cooked? I want to make this for next week’s meal prep and trying to figure out how many servings I’ll get.

    1. Hi Ally! It depends a little on how much “fat” you cut off of a 3 lb roast. I do weight after it is cooked because of this it doesn’t change by much, but it does change enough that I didn’t want to specify the servings. I’d say you should safely get 6 servings out of with no problem, there might be a lil extra! I hope you love this one. Let me know how it goes.

  85. How many servings does the 3lb roast make? Is the serving size weighed after it’s been cooked? I want to make this for next week’s meal prep and trying to figure out how many servings I’ll get.

    1. Hi Ally! It depends a little on how much “fat” you cut off of a 3 lb roast. I do weight after it is cooked because of this it doesn’t change by much, but it does change enough that I didn’t want to specify the servings. I’d say you should safely get 6 servings out of with no problem, there might be a lil extra! I hope you love this one. Let me know how it goes.

  86. I made this over night last night and woke up to an amazing aroma throughout the house. The beef is perfecty flavoured and oh so tender. Can’t wait to have it later on a nice crusty bun with some sauteed onions, mushrooms and garlic mayo!

    1. I hope you love it so much, Cindy. I can just smell how wonderful your house smells right now!

    2. 5 stars
      This was so good! Even my picky-eater husband raved about it and wants to make it next time we have company.

  87. I made this over night last night and woke up to an amazing aroma throughout the house. The beef is perfecty flavoured and oh so tender. Can’t wait to have it later on a nice crusty bun with some sauteed onions, mushrooms and garlic mayo!

    1. I hope you love it so much, Cindy. I can just smell how wonderful your house smells right now!

  88. 5 stars
    Love all your recipes, they are not necessarily “diet” foods otherwise my husband wouldn’t touch it. He’s so excited to eat this tomorrow. I am going to start it tonight before bed and let it cook through during the work day tomorrow. Good to know the longer the better, just curious if it really needs 3 cups of liquid because I always feel like my crockpot has so much liquid when I’m done cooking.

    Anyway, thanks keep posting pics on Instagram. I’m a huge fan, I feel like such a stalker but I need your creativity to get through weight watchers!

    1. Hi there Halley! I am SO happy you and your husband are enjoying the recipes. I don’t really like to feel like I am eating “diet food” on a daily basis so I really try to make food that fits into a healthier lifestyle that can be attainable every day! Don’t feel like a stalker. Your support means the world to me.
      Also, Yes, I use the 3 cups of beef broth and I feel as if there’s no very much left over in the pan after it’s done cooking. I would use it to be sure, but if you find it is too much maybe decrease it to two cups.
      I hope you love it! Thanks again

  89. 5 stars
    Love all your recipes, they are not necessarily “diet” foods otherwise my husband wouldn’t touch it. He’s so excited to eat this tomorrow. I am going to start it tonight before bed and let it cook through during the work day tomorrow. Good to know the longer the better, just curious if it really needs 3 cups of liquid because I always feel like my crockpot has so much liquid when I’m done cooking.
    Anyway, thanks keep posting pics on Instagram. I’m a huge fan, I feel like such a stalker but I need your creativity to get through weight watchers!

    1. Hi there Halley! I am SO happy you and your husband are enjoying the recipes. I don’t really like to feel like I am eating “diet food” on a daily basis so I really try to make food that fits into a healthier lifestyle that can be attainable every day! Don’t feel like a stalker. Your support means the world to me.
      Also, Yes, I use the 3 cups of beef broth and I feel as if there’s no very much left over in the pan after it’s done cooking. I would use it to be sure, but if you find it is too much maybe decrease it to two cups.
      I hope you love it! Thanks again

  90. 5 stars
    I couldn’t not comment on this. I made it for the first time over the weekend. It cooked for about ~17 hours total from Saturday into Sunday. The house smelled delicious! The taste was INCREDIBLE. So incredible that when my husband stepped away from his sandwich to fill the dog’s water bowl, I snuck a bite. This is incredibly flavorful and worth the wait. I am using the leftovers to make a skinny philly cheese steak pizza. And let’s be honest.. eat the rest with my hands.

    1. I am SO happy you loved this recipe! It’s a true family favorite and something I’ve enjoyed since I was young! I’ve eaten my FAIR SHARE straight out of the pot with my hands too. haha!

  91. 5 stars
    I couldn’t not comment on this. I made it for the first time over the weekend. It cooked for about ~17 hours total from Saturday into Sunday. The house smelled delicious! The taste was INCREDIBLE. So incredible that when my husband stepped away from his sandwich to fill the dog’s water bowl, I snuck a bite. This is incredibly flavorful and worth the wait. I am using the leftovers to make a skinny philly cheese steak pizza. And let’s be honest.. eat the rest with my hands.

    1. I am SO happy you loved this recipe! It’s a true family favorite and something I’ve enjoyed since I was young! I’ve eaten my FAIR SHARE straight out of the pot with my hands too. haha!

  92. I am making this for our super bowl party and I am so excited to try it! I doubled the recipe with 5 pounds of roast. My house smells amazing!!!! Thank you for the recipe!!

  93. I am making this for our super bowl party and I am so excited to try it! I doubled the recipe with 5 pounds of roast. My house smells amazing!!!! Thank you for the recipe!!

  94. How do you set your crock pot to 16 hours? Do you just reset it when you wake up in the morning? Mine only goes to 10 hours then goes onto the warm setting.
    Thank you!

    1. You can just set it to low then use a seperate kitchen timer or timer on your phone instead of setting the crockpot timer =)

  95. How do you set your crock pot to 16 hours? Do you just reset it when you wake up in the morning? Mine only goes to 10 hours then goes onto the warm setting.
    Thank you!

    1. You can just set it to low then use a seperate kitchen timer or timer on your phone instead of setting the crockpot timer =)

  96. 5 stars
    I made this and it was absolutely delicious. We are having a Super Bowl party with lots of people and I wanted to make this for one of the dishes. Have you ever doubled the recipe in one crockpot and use 6 pounds of meat?

    1. I’ve used a 5 pound roast and doubled the recipe. (I couldn’t find a larger roast!) It worked perfectly!

  97. 5 stars
    I made this and it was absolutely delicious. We are having a Super Bowl party with lots of people and I wanted to make this for one of the dishes. Have you ever doubled the recipe in one crockpot and use 6 pounds of meat?

    1. I’ve used a 5 pound roast and doubled the recipe. (I couldn’t find a larger roast!) It worked perfectly!

  98. Can the left overs be frozen? It’s jist me and my husband and I don’t want it to go to waste. Or is there another recipe that I can use the leftover meat in? Making this tonight, can’t wait for supper tomorrow!

  99. Can the left overs be frozen? It’s jist me and my husband and I don’t want it to go to waste. Or is there another recipe that I can use the leftover meat in? Making this tonight, can’t wait for supper tomorrow!

  100. 5 stars
    Have made this once before and it is easy and tastes spectacular!! Just put it on in the slow cooker so it’s going to be on the menu this week. Warms up/toasts very nicely in the toaster oven on 1/2 sheet of lavash (1 point) or a light flat out (2 points). Thank you so much for the delicious, easy recipes that already have the WW points calculated.

  101. 5 stars
    Have made this once before and it is easy and tastes spectacular!! Just put it on in the slow cooker so it’s going to be on the menu this week. Warms up/toasts very nicely in the toaster oven on 1/2 sheet of lavash (1 point) or a light flat out (2 points). Thank you so much for the delicious, easy recipes that already have the WW points calculated.

  102. 5 stars
    I have been making a lot of your recipes. Last night was the Cajun chicken sausage and rice. So good. Tonight is this. Have you ever doubled this recipe to serve at parties?

  103. 5 stars
    I have been making a lot of your recipes. Last night was the Cajun chicken sausage and rice. So good. Tonight is this. Have you ever doubled this recipe to serve at parties?

  104. This looks wonderful. I have not heard of Italian beef. Are the pepperoncicis hot? I’m not a big fan of hot or spicy foods. Could you use red and green peppers?

    1. They aren’t hot at all in my opinion, but thinly sliced red peppers strips would make a delicious substitute!

    2. They aren’t hot at all in my opinion, but thinly sliced red peppers strips would make a delicious substitute!

  105. This looks wonderful. I have not heard of Italian beef. Are the pepperoncicis hot? I’m not a big fan of hot or spicy foods. Could you use red and green peppers?

    1. They aren’t hot at all in my opinion, but thinly sliced red peppers strips would make a delicious substitute!

    2. They aren’t hot at all in my opinion, but thinly sliced red peppers strips would make a delicious substitute!

  106. I made this for dinner tonight and it was so delicious! Even my picky husband liked it, he ate three sandwiches.

  107. I made this for dinner tonight and it was so delicious! Even my picky husband liked it, he ate three sandwiches.

    1. Umm I can’t remember the exact temp and time for this one, but I cut the roll in half put the sandwich open faced in the oven meat and cheese on one side. I usually do 400 for about 10-12 minutes so I am guessing that’s what I did. =)

    1. Umm I can’t remember the exact temp and time for this one, but I cut the roll in half put the sandwich open faced in the oven meat and cheese on one side. I usually do 400 for about 10-12 minutes so I am guessing that’s what I did. =)

  108. 5 stars
    Oh. My. Goodness. You guys, this is RIDICULOUSLY good. I made it for dinner last night, cooked it about 18 hours and then put the crockpot on warm until we were ready to eat. MY fiance was super excited when I told him we had enough for sandwiches today too. Im so glad I found your blog! I’ve also made your Biscuits and Gravy bake and HOLY COW, its delish! I ended up misreading the ingredients and I used a 17.5oz can of biscuits instead of ONE 7.5oz can. Whoops! I’ll be making it again witht the correct can though. =]

    1. I am so happy you liked it, Jenny! Thanks so much for stopping by and giving it a review. I will have a look at B&G recipe and write it more clearly because I feel like a few people have done that now. I’m sorry about that! I’m so happy you enjoyed still though!

  109. 5 stars
    Oh. My. Goodness. You guys, this is RIDICULOUSLY good. I made it for dinner last night, cooked it about 18 hours and then put the crockpot on warm until we were ready to eat. MY fiance was super excited when I told him we had enough for sandwiches today too. Im so glad I found your blog! I’ve also made your Biscuits and Gravy bake and HOLY COW, its delish! I ended up misreading the ingredients and I used a 17.5oz can of biscuits instead of ONE 7.5oz can. Whoops! I’ll be making it again witht the correct can though. =]

    1. I am so happy you liked it, Jenny! Thanks so much for stopping by and giving it a review. I will have a look at B&G recipe and write it more clearly because I feel like a few people have done that now. I’m sorry about that! I’m so happy you enjoyed still though!

  110. 5 stars
    I made this and it was delicious! My fiancee love it as well. I was nervous to cook it so long but it turned out perfect and so flavorful. We will definitely be making again.

    1. So happy you enjoyed! The long cooking time is basically the key to such a tender and flavorful roast!

  111. 5 stars
    I made this and it was delicious! My fiancee love it as well. I was nervous to cook it so long but it turned out perfect and so flavorful. We will definitely be making again.

    1. So happy you enjoyed! The long cooking time is basically the key to such a tender and flavorful roast!

    1. I’m positive that you can, but I don’t have a Instant Pot so I’m not sure on times. Sorry!

    1. I’m positive that you can, but I don’t have a Instant Pot so I’m not sure on times. Sorry!

  112. 5 stars
    Gonna try this for sure. Making my shopping list and noticed there was no onion. Have you tried with onion and if so how much?

    1. Hi! (I just saw it’s already in your crockpot tonight with your most recent comment) I have never made it with onions before. I’ve surprisingly never even thought to add them! I would probably start with a medium thinly sliced onion if I was going to try it out though. =)

  113. 5 stars
    Gonna try this for sure. Making my shopping list and noticed there was no onion. Have you tried with onion and if so how much?

    1. Hi! (I just saw it’s already in your crockpot tonight with your most recent comment) I have never made it with onions before. I’ve surprisingly never even thought to add them! I would probably start with a medium thinly sliced onion if I was going to try it out though. =)

  114. 5 stars
    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! This Illinois girl married a Southerner that had never heard of Italian Beef until he met me. He’s baffled as well as to why the rest of the country doesn’t join in on this yummy dish. Now that I’m following WW Smart Points, I never thought I would find Italian Beef as a meal option. Never even thought to calculate my own mom’s recipe. Yours is pretty darn close to hers. Yay! Italian Beef is back on the menu in this house!

    1. I ALWAYS think of Italian Beef as a “splurge” meal, but thankfully sometimes I decide to check just to see how much I am splurging and I realized not long ago that I wasn’t really splurging at all! It’s amazing what just one or two tweaks and portioning can do. I’m so happy your southern hubby enjoys this! I’m still baffled as to why this isn’t a thing every where too!

  115. 5 stars
    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! This Illinois girl married a Southerner that had never heard of Italian Beef until he met me. He’s baffled as well as to why the rest of the country doesn’t join in on this yummy dish. Now that I’m following WW Smart Points, I never thought I would find Italian Beef as a meal option. Never even thought to calculate my own mom’s recipe. Yours is pretty darn close to hers. Yay! Italian Beef is back on the menu in this house!

    1. I ALWAYS think of Italian Beef as a “splurge” meal, but thankfully sometimes I decide to check just to see how much I am splurging and I realized not long ago that I wasn’t really splurging at all! It’s amazing what just one or two tweaks and portioning can do. I’m so happy your southern hubby enjoys this! I’m still baffled as to why this isn’t a thing every where too!

  116. This looks so good. Am going to make it. Question. What kind of bread would u recommend for weight watchers smart points for a sandwich

    1. Hi Marlene! I use S. Rosens French Bread rolls for sandwiches like this. I follow the Smart Points plan and they are each 5 SP for a huge roll. I’ve seen people do open faced sandwiches using half the roll and a lot of people just use wheat sandwich bread (Sara Lee I believe is the brand) for 2 Sp and love them!

  117. This looks so good. Am going to make it. Question. What kind of bread would u recommend for weight watchers smart points for a sandwich

    1. Hi Marlene! I use S. Rosens French Bread rolls for sandwiches like this. I follow the Smart Points plan and they are each 5 SP for a huge roll. I’ve seen people do open faced sandwiches using half the roll and a lot of people just use wheat sandwich bread (Sara Lee I believe is the brand) for 2 Sp and love them!

  118. 5 stars
    GOOD LORD!!!! I made this today and just took a bite! Just like my mama used to make! YUM YUM YUM!!!!!

    1. That makes me so happy! I love when my recipes bring a sense of nostalgia to people. Thanks for the comment!

  119. 5 stars
    GOOD LORD!!!! I made this today and just took a bite! Just like my mama used to make! YUM YUM YUM!!!!!

    1. That makes me so happy! I love when my recipes bring a sense of nostalgia to people. Thanks for the comment!

  120. We had this for dinner last night, I cooked it for 18 hours and “Oh My Goodness!” This recipe was delicious! All my family loved it, I made it with 3 sp mashed potatoes (if you are on weight watchers) and carrots. This will definitely have to be a monthly meal . Love the crock pot recipes!

  121. We had this for dinner last night, I cooked it for 18 hours and “Oh My Goodness!” This recipe was delicious! All my family loved it, I made it with 3 sp mashed potatoes (if you are on weight watchers) and carrots. This will definitely have to be a monthly meal . Love the crock pot recipes!

  122. I just put this in the crockpot, can’t wait to try it! I should have asked before I did this but do you put the pepperocinis in with some of their juice? I probably added a few tablespoons worth before I realized it didn’t specify if I should drain the peppers first. Oops! Just curious. Thanks!

    1. Hi Natalie! I don’t put them in with juice, but I don’t think it should matter too much. I hope you enjoyed! I will specify in the recipe though. Thanks!

  123. I just put this in the crockpot, can’t wait to try it! I should have asked before I did this but do you put the pepperocinis in with some of their juice? I probably added a few tablespoons worth before I realized it didn’t specify if I should drain the peppers first. Oops! Just curious. Thanks!

    1. Hi Natalie! I don’t put them in with juice, but I don’t think it should matter too much. I hope you enjoyed! I will specify in the recipe though. Thanks!

  124. I’m from CT and I’ve never heard of Italian beef but this looks delicious!! Making it this week

      1. 5 stars
        I don’t know what took me so long to make this but WOW. Easiest roast I have ever made and by far the most delicious. I can’t wait to eat the leftovers today! Thanks for all of the easy, awesome recipes that keep me on track with Weight Watchers

      2. Yay! So happy to hear you loved this meal, Katy! It is such a staple meal in my home. Enjoy lunch today!

  125. I’m from CT and I’ve never heard of Italian beef but this looks delicious!! Making it this week

      1. 5 stars
        I don’t know what took me so long to make this but WOW. Easiest roast I have ever made and by far the most delicious. I can’t wait to eat the leftovers today! Thanks for all of the easy, awesome recipes that keep me on track with Weight Watchers

      2. Yay! So happy to hear you loved this meal, Katy! It is such a staple meal in my home. Enjoy lunch today!

  126. This looks really good! Quick question, does it have to be cooked for 16 hours or would it be ok to start it in the morning before work and have it for dinner?

    1. It more than likely will not be tender if it’s only cooking for 8-10 hours. The key with roasts is to cook them low and slow. I’d start it the night before for the absolute best results. =)

  127. This looks really good! Quick question, does it have to be cooked for 16 hours or would it be ok to start it in the morning before work and have it for dinner?

    1. It more than likely will not be tender if it’s only cooking for 8-10 hours. The key with roasts is to cook them low and slow. I’d start it the night before for the absolute best results. =)

  128. Oh gosh, Star, I am so excited about this! I’ve been dreaming of Italian Beef since eating at Portillo’s last June. Thank you so much!!!!

  129. Oh gosh, Star, I am so excited about this! I’ve been dreaming of Italian Beef since eating at Portillo’s last June. Thank you so much!!!!

  130. I LOVE Italian beef sandwiches so much and every time I’m in or near Chicago I HAVE to get one (I’m from MA). So excited to try this recipe out!!

  131. I LOVE Italian beef sandwiches so much and every time I’m in or near Chicago I HAVE to get one (I’m from MA). So excited to try this recipe out!!

  132. I’ve heard of but never had Italian beef. I’m going to try it this week. I am from Louisiana; I have also never heard of Mississippi Pot Roast. It does not sound very good to me, so I won’t try that one. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

    1. 4 stars
      Mississippi pot roast is awesome! My husband doesn’t even like ranch and likes it. And it’s one of the few meats my two yearvold will eat. I highly suggest trying it.

  133. I’ve heard of but never had Italian beef. I’m going to try it this week. I am from Louisiana; I have also never heard of Mississippi Pot Roast. It does not sound very good to me, so I won’t try that one. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

    1. 4 stars
      Mississippi pot roast is awesome! My husband doesn’t even like ranch and likes it. And it’s one of the few meats my two yearvold will eat. I highly suggest trying it.

  134. I’m loving everything you have put out! I’m running out of endless options please keep them coming!

  135. I’m loving everything you have put out! I’m running out of endless options please keep them coming!

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