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Family-Favorite Italian Beef Sandwiches

With only a few ingredients, this roast beef is a snap to throw together. And after cooking all day, the meat is wonderfully tender. —Lauren Adamson, Layton, Utah
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 8 hours
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1 jar (16 ounces) sliced pepperoncini, undrained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 packages Italian salad dressing mix
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 beef rump roast or bottom round roast (3 to 4 pounds)
  • 12 Italian rolls, split


  • In a bowl, mix the first 7 ingredients. Place roast in a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker. Pour pepperoncini mixture over top. Cook, covered, on low 8-10 hours or until meat is tender.
  • Remove roast; cool slightly. Skim fat from cooking juices. Shred beef with 2 forks. Return beef and cooking juices to slow cooker; heat through. Serve on rolls.
    To make ahead: In a large resealable plastic freezer bag, combine the first seven ingredients. Add roast; seal bag and freeze. To use, place filled freezer bag in refrigerator 48 hours or until roast is completely thawed. Cook and serve as directed. Freeze option: Freeze cooled, cooked beef mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally; add water if necessary.
Nutrition Facts
1 sandwich: 278 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 67mg cholesterol, 735mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 26g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch.

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  • dglong
    Aug 24, 2019

    Usually I follow the recipe on the first try with a recipe but had to adjust for supplies on hand. That said it is an excellent and forgiving recipe. Substituted pork shoulder for the meat and a make it yourself substitute for the Italian dressing mix. Was a bit spicy so may cut back slightly on the peppers next time but will definitely use this one again.

  • AllisonO
    Aug 8, 2019

    I would give this 10 stars if I could! Absolutely delicious - super flavorful, easy to throw together, and makes enough for a small crowd. We will definitely be making this again! The only change I made was to decrease the amount of pepperoncinis called for, and I left them whole. I thought the amount called for in the recipe might make it too spicy for my kids.

  • Ham_Sammich
    Sep 13, 2016

    AMAZING!!! I didn't freeze the roast - I just assembled it the night before in a freezer bag and let it marinate overnight. We did use a smaller roast (2.75lbs) so we had a lot of reserve liquid when we were done, but no big deal - just drained it before packing it away. Definitely making this again!!!

  • dschultz01
    Feb 3, 2015

    This made a pretty good sandwich, but I also didn't care too much for the flavor. Not sure if it was the pepperoncini or the salad dressing mix, but it just didn't have the flavor that I was hoping for. I added sauteed mushrooms and provolone to the top of the sandwich, and then put it under the broiler, which definitely improved it.

  • Angel182009
    Jan 28, 2015

    My husband and I both did not like the flavor of it. We didn't like the spice combination. I really think it can be a great recipe for others, it just didn't suit our taste.

  • Loudoun
    Jan 5, 2015

    My husband saw this recipe in the magazine and tried it. He went strictly by the recipe and we thought it was delicious. Over the Christmas holiday our family had a crock pot dinner and we made this. Everyone there thought it was really good. When you put the beef on the bun add a little of the juice with it, yum. This recipe is a keeper.

  • jclark48
    Nov 11, 2014

    When I saw this recipe in the latest issue of Simple and Delicious I could not wait to try it! I've never tried freezer to crock pot cooking before but I knew if this recipe was in Simple and Delicious it had to be good. It just doesn't get any easier than this. All I can say is it was AWESOME!! The only change I made was to drain the pepperoncini, tomatoes, and onion from the crock pot and add to the beef instead of putting the beef back into the crock pot. Adding a little mayo and melting a slice of provolone or mozzarella cheese on the bun is delicious too. This recipe is definitely a keeper and will replace all of my other beef sandwich recipes.