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An easy, tender beef roast recipe made in the slow cooker, then served on rolls with an easy Ranch Horseradish sauce.

Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches on Taste and Tell

I am a warm weather girl through and through. I can handle winter for about a month, and then I’m complaining of the cold and wishing for warm weather.

But my one problem with the warm weather is that I don’t know how to cook in the summer.

Yes – I know that produce is awesome, but I crave lasagna and soup and comforting chicken dishes year round. So the temperatures might be going up, and the farmer’s markets might be opening, but I’m stuck not even knowing what to make for dinner.

A couple of years ago, I spent weeks just making appetizer. Small bites, easy dinner. But this year, I think it might be the summer of sandwiches. Or slow cookers.

I’ve said it before, but I feel like so many people only pull out their slow cookers in the winter months. But me? I think they are perfect for the summer. No need to warm up your kitchen with the oven. And you can go out and play all day and not have to worry about spending a lot of time making dinner when you get home.

So today, I’m combining my two summer staples – sandwiches and slow cookers. Throw in some horseradish and ranch, and some banana peppers – you have a fabulous dinner that is super easy and packed with flavor. And if I could eat like this all summer, I’d be a happy girl. (Just don’t be surprised if I post a soup recipe in July.) 🙂

Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches

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Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches
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An easy, tender beef roast recipe made in the slow cooker, then served on rolls with an easy Ranch Horseradish sauce.
Serves: 6-8 servings
  • 1 2-3 lb beef roast
  • 2 tablespoons dry Italian seasoning mix
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • ½ cup pepperoncini juice
Ranch Horseradish Sauce
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon dry ranch dressing mix
  • 1 teaspoon horseradish
For serving
  • Hoagie rolls
  • Sliced provolone cheese
  • Pepperoncini peppers
  1. Place the beef roast in a large slow cooker. Sprinkle the Italian seasoning over the top, as well as the onion and green pepper. Pour the beef broth and the pepperoncini juice over the top, cover, and cook on low for 12 hours, or until the beef easily shreds.
  2. When the beef is done, remove from the slow cooker to a cutting board and shred. Return to the slow cooker and stir into the juices.
  3. Make the Ranch Horseradish Sauce: Stir together all of the ingredients.
  4. To make the sandwich: Turn the oven onto broil. Spread one side of the bun with the Ranch Horseradish sauce. Top with some of the shredded beef, then cover with provolone cheese. Put under the broiler until the cheese melts. Top with pepperoncini peppers.

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12 Responses to Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches

  1. This looks delicious! I love using my slow cooker year round, especially in the summer when I spend most of my time outdoors. It’s great having dinner going all day and after a day outdoors I can come in and dinner is ready to go! This will definitely be cookig in my slow cooker this summer! 🙂

  2. Debbie says:

    I, too, love my soups (and even chili!) year round! These sandwiches look just yummy and I’ll be trying them as soon as I get a roast and hoagie rolls. Thanks for a great sounding recipe!

  3. Catherine says:

    I still crave cold weather food too. I love comfort food and most of that means using the oven….This is a wonderful dish. Blessings, Catherine

  4. cheryl illinois says:

    I, too, love soup and all the stuff we cook only in the Winter. I will definitely try this beef recipe and I plan to try using the slow cooker instead of the oven for some of the things I cook in Winter. Love to eat outside no matter what I am eating.

  5. Those peppers on top. YESSS MAMA.

  6. Chels R. says:

    This looks yummmm-e! I love my slow-cooking. In fact, I’m using it right now 🙂 But I am more of a cooler weather kind of girl. The hubs is a complete opposite, lol!

  7. Nothing better to me than slow cooked beef. And on a sandwich like this, so great!

  8. I am with Matt—-well I probably like slow cooked pork THE best, but slow cooked beef is right on the heels. It makes wonderful sandwiches. Its fun to have a crock pot full of this and then let everyone make their own sandwich.

  9. Liz says:

    Nice recipe. Thanks so much and have a great weekend!

  10. Joanne says:

    It is definitely hard to figure out what to cook in the summer…because even all that produce often requires turning on the oven! Love the idea of a summer of sandwiches.

  11. Jessica says:

    This is delicious and so easy to prepare. I made it last night and we didn’t end up having it for dinner but I had to sneak a taste. I will make horseradish sauce today and serve it up to the family tonight. I used a grass-fed roast and herbs de Provence. I cooked it on high since I didn’t start it until afternoon, but switched to *warm* when I knew we weren’t going to be eating it right away. Let this roast cook as long as possible – it shreds beautifully and melts in your mouth.

    Also, I love the idea of using the crock pot in the summer. We do not have central a/c so I avoid turning the oven on at all costs. Thank you!

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