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Original Homemade Italian Beef Recipe
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Original Homemade Italian Beef
Make tender, delicious, slightly spicy Italian beef in your slow cooker. See more
  • READY IN 6+ hrs

Original Homemade Italian Beef

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"Best homemade Italian beef I have ever had. My mom always made it and passed it down to me, I think it's just so good...I wanted everyone to enjoy it...so please do!"

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    6 hrs

    6 hrs 10 mins


  1. Place the roast into a slow cooker, and season with Italian dressing mix. Pour in the water. Cover, and cook on High for 6 to 7 hours. During the last hour, shred the meat with two forks - if it does not shred easily, cook longer. Add the peppers, and as much of the juice as you like for additional flavor. Serve on buns.
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  • Try using a liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 17, 2007

I thought this was incredible! I did make a few adjustments to the original recipe. I used a three pound rump roast, only two packages (.67 oz each) of italian dressing mix and I put the entire jar and juices of the pepperoncini in with the roast from the get go. I cooked it on high in the crockpot for 4 hours and then on low for 4-5 hours. The meat just fell apart! It was absolutley incredible! I used french bread instead of buns, which I buttered and placed in a pan to brown. I put some juice into a small bowl to dip the sandwich in. Thank you for the recipe!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 15, 2006

I've tried this twice, once using the recommended ingredients, and once cutting the Italian mix to 1 oz and draining the pepperoncinis thoroughly before adding. I also used beer instead of water. The changes made a delicious Italian beef. The original recipe is far too salty.

Jun 23, 2006

We loved this recipe! Extremely easy. Changes for our tastes were: We like spicey foods so I added another half jar of pepperoncinis--juice and all. Added all peppers in half way thru the cooking process: after about 3-4 hours so the flavor soaked into beef. Used 2 instead of 3 dressing mixes (from the advice of others). Brushed the hoagies very lightly with olive oil, spinkled a bit of garlic powder & salt on them, toasted then added shredded meat and provolone & broiled until melted--(toasting the hoagies helped prevent them from getting too soggie when juice was poured over them) . Put the hoagies in a bowl, added pepperoncinis to taste and laddled the unbelievable great juice over it. Excellent!!! I did go to great lengths after the meat was done to pull it out and shred it to make sure all the fat was removed and this took a LONG time. But this is not necessary just my preference.

Jun 10, 2011

WOW - so simple and so delicious! This has to be one of the easiest and tastiest crock pot recipes ever! What's great about it too is it's very inexpensive and makes a lot. I added about 2 tsp. of minced garlic from the jar and used only 2 (1 ounce) packed of Good Seasons Italian dressing mix. Instead of a whole cup of water I used about 1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar to cut heat from the peppers and to cover more of the roast. I also added two vidalia onions that I quarted and added half way through cooking. I cooked this on low for 8 hours and the smell was heavenly. We served this on toasted hoagie rolls with provolone cheese. Everyone loved it! Thanks Randi for a great recipe!

Jun 27, 2007

Really Good! I used all 3 of the Italian seasoning packets, which were .68 oz each, and it was perfect for us. I used a cup of beer instead of the water. I don't like real spicy food, so I added about 1/3 of the jar of peppers and a couple tablespoons of the juice. This was just right for our tastes- a little kick at the end, but mellow enough for the kids. Club rolls suited the beef perfectly. I'll be making this again for sure.

Sep 27, 2006

This recipe really rocks - it was so good that we made it twice in one week. 3 packs of dressing mix seems like a lot, but do yourself a favor and just follow the recipe - it turns out great. The 2nd time we made this, we did as some reviewers suggest and added the pepperoncini right at the beginning. It was not as good, so we will follow Randi's recipe as it is written going forward. Try it on top of baked potatoes too. Very Good!

Jan 05, 2008

My mom found this recipie on here a couple of years ago. We do it a bit diffrently and have amazing results. In a crock pot place the roast cover with 1 pkg of Italian dressing mix 1cup beef broth and add the peppers juice and all. Cover and slow cook all day.

Aug 11, 2006

I used 2 packets of italian dressing seasoning and it came out strongly (but perfectly) flavored. 3 would have been an overkill! Made this for my husband and his friends. After it was done, I broiled the hoagie buns, topped with this beef, and then a slice of provolone, and then put it back under the broiler till it was bubbly and done. Yum.


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  • Calories
  • 557 kcal
  • 28%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 38.4 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 103 mg
  • 34%
  • Fat
  • 28.8 g
  • 44%
  • Fiber
  • 2.2 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 31.9 g
  • 64%
  • Sodium
  • 4233 mg
  • 169%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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