Italian Beef Recipe

Easy slow cooker Italian Beef Recipe! Italian beef you simply throw in the crockpot and forget about, until the aroma calls you back to the kitchen.

Italian Beef Recipe #slowcooker #crockpot #beef

Sometimes being a wife and parent is smooth sailing and other times, not so much.

This fall has been busier than I had expected. Maybe I lied to myself and convinced myself that things will be calmer than the last month, season, year. It’s a cruel mental game, always believing that things will slow down when I get past that next benchmark.

Does anyone one else do this, or am I the only crazy person around?

Slow Cooker Italian Beef Recipe #slowcooker #crockpot #beef

Well, let me share a few calming-tricks I’ve learned over the years that don’t involve yoga.

1)  It’s important to turn everything off at least an hour before bedtime. All phones, computers, TVs, and devices need to be put away to help your mind move into a peaceful state. I’ve noticed (and have read research) that staring at devices before bed can create issues with insomnia. And of course, less sleep equals more stress! Instead of watching realty TV until midnight, or Facebooking on your phone… try the old school method of reading a book before bed. It does wonders.

2)  Set up a family calendar and record everyone’s schedule together. Do this with an online calendar, or even a big white board would work. Take a look at the calendar together at the beginning of the week, so everyone knows what to expect for the next few days. When I’m overly busy, I tend to forget things… and then I get even more stressed. Calendars help.

3)  Make time to take walks and long showers. They both help stabilize sanity.

4)  Learn to say no. Sometimes there are activities and time-suckers that are “good things” but not necessarily good for our family life, or mental state. Prioritize what’s important to you and your family in the busy seasons and let go of the rest.

5) Dinner is important and it needs to be delicious, comforting, and healthy. Dinner is a time for the family to recuperate and connect. In the craziness of fall activities and sports, my slow cooker is my BFF. Plan your weekly meals at the beginning of the week and make sure to include a couple that are really fast (20-30 minutes to prepare) and a couple slow cooker meals. That way, you can throw everything in the crockpot in the morning, and dinner is ready when you walk in the door at the end of the day.

Italian Beef #slowcooker #crockpot #beef

This easy Italian Beef Recipe is a family favorite that everyone gets excited about… and it also happens to be a slow cooker dish. WHOOT!

The tangy herbaceous pulled beef makes fabulous sandwiches piled high on toasty rolls, and is wonderful over polenta, rice or pasta. Plus the leftovers are fabulous for days, and it freezes well.

Win, win, win.

So keep Calm and Crock on! Things will settle down next month, I promise. *wink*

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Also check out this wonderful Pumpkin Crock Pot Roast!


Italian Beef Recipe

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time:10 minutes

Cook Time:6+ hours

5 / 5 (7 Reviews)
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  • 3-4 pounds beef chuck roast (or butt roast)
  • 1 large red onion, sliced
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 15-20 pepperoncinis (mild or hot)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper


  1. Place the beef roast at the bottom of the crockpot. Place all other ingredients on top of the roast. Cover the crock pot and set on high for 4-6 hours, or on low from 8-10 hours.
  2. Once the beef is tender and falling apart, use two fork to shred the meat in the juices.
  3. Serve warm on toasted rolls, with rice or pasta, or on it’s own.
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36 comments on “Italian Beef Recipe

  1. Ed Christopherposted December 18, 2018 at 2:35 pm Reply

    Do you think I could make this 4 or 5 days in advance and keep in in the refrigerator? I could always freeze in thaw it but would rather not. Any thoughts? Advice?

    • Sommer Collierposted December 19, 2018 at 4:11 pm Reply

      Hi Ed,

      Absolutely! It should be fine for at least a week. :)

  2. Reither Angeposted November 13, 2018 at 5:11 pm Reply

    Turned out great…made as a sandwich with provolone cheese on Cobblestone rolls…lightly toasted.

    Rating: 5
  3. Patriciaposted July 6, 2018 at 5:55 pm Reply

    [email protected] like all recipe’s

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  5. Angelica Sniderposted September 27, 2017 at 11:19 am Reply

    Young college going, full time workin’ mama here. I’ve got a picky toddler and two grown men to feed in our home and this was a HIT! Everyone loved it, including myself. I’ve never cooked with red wine before now, but I can tell that with the butter it added just the right, savory touch. Crock pot meals are my savior with our busy lifestyle, and I’ve already snagged up ingredients to make this again! Thanks so much!

    Rating: 5
    • Sommerposted September 27, 2017 at 2:50 pm Reply

      Hi Angelica,

      Thanks so much for reporting back. I’m so glad you like it! :)

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  9. Jennieposted July 14, 2015 at 6:32 pm Reply

    I love Italian Beef. Have been making this since my mom let me start cooking. I cook my roast with Italian seasoning, garlic powder and apple cider vinegar to get a good tanginess. Then we put banana peppers on afterwards. However, I may have to try this method.

  10. Tracyposted November 29, 2014 at 10:23 pm Reply

    I made this for my daughter’s birthday, doubled the recipe of course. It was completely gone. No leftovers for next day :( Great recipe :)

    Rating: 5
  11. Kristinposted October 8, 2014 at 7:37 am Reply

    I made this for dinner last night. The flavor of the beef was amazing! Loved the touch of heat from the pepperoncinis. However, the gravy was really greasy. The grease just felt like it coated everything. The roast I bought wasn’t particularly fatty- would the grease be from the butter used?

    Rating: 5
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  13. Betty Lynneposted September 28, 2014 at 1:39 pm Reply

    Just wanted to add that I also made this and it was fabulous! Even the picky eater at my table declared it yummy. Served it over couscous with lots of juice poured over. Will definitely be making it again!

    Rating: 5
    • Sommerposted September 30, 2014 at 9:03 pm Reply

      Thanks Betty, I’m thrilled to hear your picky eater enjoyed it! :)

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  15. Toniaposted September 26, 2014 at 10:20 pm Reply

    Made this and followed the recipe to a -T-…this is excellent! I will be making this again soon. Thanks so much for the recipe.

    Rating: 5
    • Sommerposted September 30, 2014 at 9:02 pm Reply

      Thanks Tonia! So glad you liked it. :)

  16. Emily Schuermannposted September 23, 2014 at 4:26 pm Reply

    Yum!!! The pepperoncinis are my love language!! I am making this recipe this week!!

  17. Marla Meridithposted September 23, 2014 at 8:27 am Reply

    Wonderful family dinner ~ pinned!

  18. Jennie @themessybakerblogposted September 23, 2014 at 8:14 am Reply

    I made a recipe very similar to this one not too long ago, and boy was it delicious. That juicy pot of beef is calling to me.

  19. Aimee @ Simple Bitesposted September 22, 2014 at 8:27 pm Reply

    I’m collecting slow cooker recipes and this is going on the list!

  20. Gabyposted September 22, 2014 at 12:27 pm Reply

    This looks like my kind of dinner! So delicious!

  21. heather @french pressposted September 22, 2014 at 9:09 am Reply

    once the kids are back in school, my slow cooker is my total BFF – this dish needs to hapen in my kitchen ASAP those pepperocinis are calling my name

  22. Heather Christoposted September 22, 2014 at 8:03 am Reply

    Delicious! and I am so excited that it was made in a slow cooker!!

  23. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountainposted September 22, 2014 at 8:00 am Reply

    Beef and banana peppers? Sign me up!!

  24. Carol at Wild Goose Teaposted September 22, 2014 at 9:50 am Reply

    Yep Crock On is a most excellent way to boil it down. You are not crazy. All of the points that you made are excellent. slowing down is not going to magically happen. You have to make those tough choices. albeit some of the choices are not so tough. Like the hour of quiet time prior to bed. Taking action in new directions instead of just lamenting about the lack of time will open doors you didn’t even know were there

    Rating: 5
  25. Liz @ The Lemon Bowlposted September 22, 2014 at 7:46 am Reply

    You had me at banana peppers!! I eat them by the jar. Love the red wine + butter combo in this!!

  26. Christine at Cook the Storyposted September 22, 2014 at 7:46 am Reply

    I’ve been using my slow cooker SO much lately! This Italian beef looks amazing!

  27. Michelle @ Brown Eyed Bakerposted September 22, 2014 at 7:41 am Reply

    LOVE this! My family makes an Italian beef recipe in the slow cooker, but they use a jar of giardiniera. I hate how briny it tastes, and have never been a fan. This looks a million times better, can’t wait to try it!

  28. shelly (cookies and cups)posted September 22, 2014 at 6:58 am Reply

    I HAVE to try this!

  29. Mariaposted September 22, 2014 at 6:51 am Reply

    Great meal for busy nights!

  30. Tieghanposted September 22, 2014 at 6:45 am Reply

    I agree, the crockpot is the best. I love knowing that dinner is all ready to go on busy nights. This beef look like something my family would love!

  31. Melanie @ Carmel Momentsposted September 22, 2014 at 6:29 am Reply

    Chuck roasts always turn out PERFECT in the crock pot. Love the use of pepperoncinis here. I’ll have to give this variety a try.
    Have a great Monday Sommer!

  32. Betty Lynneposted September 22, 2014 at 6:27 am Reply

    I’m with you on the crock pot love. There’s nothing better than walking in the door with three hungry kids knowing dinner is ready. And it’s great to have recipes that don’t involve cream of anything soup! This looks wonderful and it’s going on my list!