Slow Cooker Shredded Italian Beef


Tangy, slightly spicy Italian beef is slow cooked all day until it’s fall apart tender, and then shredded.  Perfect on it’s own, on a bun, or a baked potato!


If you’re looking for a great no-fuss meal, you have to try this amazing Slow Cooker Shredded Italian Beef!  It cooks away in your slow cooker (hello easy weeknight meal!), until it’s so tender it practically falls apart by itself, then shredded.  It’s tangy, a little bit spicy (totally customizable though), and SO versatile!

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Even though the weather may be getting warmer, I’m still a huge fan of using my slow cooker.  Think about it… this way you don’t have to heat up your kitchen by having your oven or stove top on, plus, dinner practically cooks itself!

This Italian beef is unbelievably easy… you don’t even have to sear the beef first!  Of course you totally can, if you have the time and feel like it.  About half the time I make this beef I sear it, and the other half I skip it.  Sometimes, it’s more work than I feel like doing lol.

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I like to use an English cut chuck roast for this (just because of the great marbilization and I like the relatively flat cut), but feel free to use your favorite cut of beef that you usually use for a roast.

Have you heard of the famous Mississippi Pot Roast?  This Italian beef is fairly similar, except it uses no packets full of additives.  You just add your seasonings and chopped peppers to the bottom of your slow cooker and stir in the vinegar.  Add your beef on top of that, top with some extra peppers and a few tablespoons of butter.  Pop a lid on the slow cooker and cook on low all day.  Easy as pie!!

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So now that you have this gorgeous slow cooker full of the most tender and flavorful beef ever… what are you going to do with it?  Well you can do a few things…

  • Serve it up by itself, with some great side dishes alongside (I’ll link to my favorites later in the post)
  • Toast a buttery brioche bun and pile the beef on with some extra peppers
  • Bake some potatoes and top them with plenty of butter and Italian beef
  • Bake some crispy oven fries (or even fries from a bag), and top them with beef and some mozzarella cheese

Slow Cooker Shredded Italian Beef | Tangy and spicy, this Italian beef is easily cooked in a slow cooker until fork tender, then shredded, for the ultimate in delicious easy weeknight dinners! | http://thechunkychef.com

I actually have another recipe using this Italian beef coming up next week… so stay tuned for that… you definitely don’t want to miss it!

Alright, so some side dishes that are great with this beef are

Slow Cooker Shredded Italian Beef | Tangy and spicy, this Italian beef is easily cooked in a slow cooker until fork tender, then shredded, for the ultimate in delicious easy weeknight dinners! | http://thechunkychef.com

Can’t you just imagine sinking your fork into that bowl full of succulent beef?!

Slow Cooker Shredded Italian Beef | Tangy and spicy, this Italian beef is easily cooked in a slow cooker until fork tender, then shredded, for the ultimate in delicious easy weeknight dinners! | http://thechunkychef.com

The next time you’re craving some comfort food on a weeknight… whip up this Slow Cooker Shredded Italian Beef and prepare to fall in love!!


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Slow Cooker Shredded Italian Beef

Tangy, slightly spicy Italian beef is slow cooked all day until it's fall apart tender, and then shredded. Perfect on it's own, on a bun, or a baked potato!
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Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 8 hrs
Total Time: 8 hrs 10 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 249
Recipe Author The Chunky Chef

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp dried minced onion
  • 1/2 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 - 1 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 7 pepperoncini peppers, chopped (I use the mild jarred ones)
  • 7-10 banana pepper rings (I use mild)
  • 2-3 lb beef chuck roast
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 4 Tbsp butter

Instructions

  • Spray slow cooker insert with cooking spray.  Add vinegar, dried onion, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, chopped pepperoncini peppers, and banana pepper rings to bottom of slow cooker.  Stir to combine.
  • Add beef chuck roast on top of spice mixture, season both sides with salt and black pepper.  Top with butter.
  • Place lid on slow cooker and cook on LOW for 8 hours.  Remove beef from slow cooker and shred.  Return to slow cooker to soak up any residual juice and serve.

Notes

For extra flavor, place some whole pepperoncini peppers and banana pepper rings on top of beef before cooking.
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39 comments on “Slow Cooker Shredded Italian Beef”

  1. Hello! I accidentally bought a jar of already chopped/sliced pepperoncini peppers…so how much would you suggest to use to equal 7 peppers?

  2. Off the charts good, had left overs last night and added it to Kraft velveeta mac and cheese (out of rolls) and what a fantastic meal! Thanks so much

  3. So good and so easy!  I go for seconds and thirds instead of dessert.  We do sandwiches with provolone as recommended in the comments. If there are leftovers, we do open-faced sandwiches on day 2 because the meat is super juicy when reheated (and even tastier), either way my family is in love!

  4. This sounds excellent! I know I’m rating it before I’ve made it but I can tell by the ingredients that it’s going to be great!!! I was wondering though. Has anyone done this in a pressure cooker? If so how long should i set the timer? I have made roasts and stews in it before. But, as good as the meat is I find it makes the vegetables too mushy. I think maybe the veggies could be put in later. I guess that’s the bad thing about the pressure cookers. It’s good for the meats but kinda kills the veggies.

  5. One of the best Italian beef recipes I’ve tasted. Very flavorful and so easy. I added some extra pepperoncinis and crushed red pepper because I like a lot of spice. Delicious topped with a slice of provolone. Will definitely make again 

  6. If you think this garbage is remotely relate to real Italian beef, you shouldn’t be allowed to eat anything but pet kibble out of a bag, let alone be allowed in a kitchen.

  7. I made this last night and I looovvve it! I used a jar of banana peppers and omitted the vinegar, salt, and pepperoncini peppers (peppers had vinegar and salt in with them) and also omitted butter (enough fat as is) and it was delicious!!! Super easy to make!!! Will definitely make again!!! 😋

  8. Hi there I’m making this tonight! Do you have listed any other macros besides calories? Thanks!

    • As I’m not a nutritionist, I don’t provide full nutritional information for my recipes (don’t want to inadvertently pass along incorrect information). Your best bet would be to copy the ingredients into your favorite online nutritional calculator.

  9. Love this recipe.do it in my instant pot for 90 min and it comes out perfect.g

  10. Making it now! TBC

  11. Could I make this a day ahead and reheat in crockpot?

  12. Ever used this recipe in an instapot? How long does it take to cook if so?

  13. If my roast is 5 lbs., should I double the spices???

  14. This was super easy and delicious! Thank you for the idea!

  15. I made this and it turned out fantastic! Slightly spicy and so flavorful! I also had leftovers for the week which is a win! I’ll definitely make this again soon.

  16. I don’t use a slow cooker. How would I cook it in a conventional oven? It sounds like a wonderful recipe. Kathleen

    • Hi Kathleen, I’ve never not made this in a slow cooker, so I can’t guarantee the results…. but I would bake it at 275 in a dutch oven for about 5 hours, or until very tender and easily shredded.

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  18. I tried it – everyone loved it and wanted more of it. My only concern is the quantity of beef. I would seriously almost double the quantity of beef for 8 servings.

  19. This was delicious! I used red wine vinegar since that’s what I had and I added some dried Italian herbs just because. I eat low carb/keto, so I just reheated it over low heat in a skillet, melted some mozzarella/provolone on top and served it with a side of roasted broccoli. So so good and super simple to make. Definitely adding this to my meal rotation.

  20. Absolutely Amazing!!! Thank you

  21. LOVE this recipe!
    I made homemade potato chips, and served them with this pulled beef, homemade guacamole and sour cream. (I edited this recipe for my children’s mild taste-buds – lots of capsicum instead of the multiple chillis, with a sprinkle of dried chilli flakes).

    It was delicious – a healthy version of nachos. My three children and hubby absolutely devoured this meal. I will definitely make this again as an easy midweek meal.

  22. Making this today! I like that your recipe doesn’t call for the packaged dressing mixes. Hoping it is as good as it looks 🙂

  23. Made this today and it was awesome! Served it on fresh bread I had made and the whole family raved. Thank you for sharing this recipe and I look forward to trying more that you have posted.

  24. Couldn’t you use the peppercini juice from the jar instead of the vinegar? Seems like it would give more flavor, not that it doesn’t have enough flavor but would enhance it. Delish and will definitely be making it again and will try the jar juice. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  25. This looks So good! Would be perfect for busy weeknights!!

  26. That looks so good, pass me a sandwich please!

  27. Anything in the slow cooker is a-ok with me!

  28. I LOVE this! Such a great idea! I looks and sounds incredibly delicious!

  29. This is a great weeknight dinner!

  30. I love this technique for cooking a roast! I have never tried the baked potato! Such great idea!