Italian Beef

This Italian Beef is the perfect dinner for a cold winter night.  The Italian spices cooked in with the beef roast will make your house smell amazing!  The fact that you can make this in the slow cooker while you are gone all day will make this one of your favorite meals!

Every time I make this recipe, it transcends me to Junior High and High School.  This recipe actually came from a fundraiser dinner that my youth group at church would do every winter.  It was called “A Little Bit of Italy”.  We served lasagna, tagliarini (hey, it’s as Italian as it gets here in SoILL) and this Italian Beef.  The sponsors would cook the food with help from parents and the kids would wait the tables. It was always a well attended fundraiser in our community.  People from other churches would even come.  I’m pretty sure this Italian beef was one of the reasons.  Ahhhh, sweet memories!

This Italian beef comes together so easy.  It’s nothing more than placing a beef roast in a slow cooker with some liquid and seasonings.  Set it before you leave the house and you will come home to dinner already done!

I like to let the beef sit in the juices after I have shredded it to let it soak up the flavor of the seasonings, but you can serve it right away.  We usually get some rolls in the bakery section of the grocery store.  Toast them up, add the Italian beef and you are all set!  At my house, they like to add some provolone cheese and pepperoncini peppers.

This recipe makes enough that it would be perfect to serve for a party like the Super Bowl coming up.   If there happens to be any left, it freezes great too!  Try it today, you won’t be disappointed!

Italian Beef

Delicious slow cooked beef with Italian seasonings. 
Servings 10


  • 4 lb sirloin tip roast
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 5 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp ground red pepper
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 tsp italian seasoning
  • 1 can beef broth
  • 1/2 can beer
  • 4-5 pepperoncini


  1. Peel onion and place in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Place roast on top of onion.   Sprinkle Italian seasoning and red pepper on top. Place bay leaf and peppers in the slow cooker.
  3. Add all liquid around the roast.  Cook on low for 8 hours.
  4. Remove roast from slow cooker, shred. 
  5. Put meat back in juices in slow cooker and set slow cooker to warm setting.  Serve on toasted hoagie or pub rolls.


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