Chicago style Italian Beef Sandwiches

Chicago Style Italian Beef Sandwiches Recipe

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linda lu


Growing up in Chicago, these sandwiches were like PB&J, only better.... Finally found a recipe that really works well to recreate these. Enjoy!


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10 sandwiches
20 Min
10 Hr
Slow Cooker Crock Pot


  • 5-6 lb
    boneless chuck roast, trimmed of fat
  • 5
    onions, yellow, medium, peeled and sliced
  • 3 c
    low sodium beef broth
  • 2 pkg
    dry zesty italian salad dressing
  • 2
    bay leaves
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    garlic powder (or 3 chopped garlic cloves)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    italian seasoning
  • 1/2 c
    chopped pepperoncini w/liquid

How to Make Chicago style Italian Beef Sandwiches


  1. Put everything in a crock pot on LOW for 8 hours.
  2. At the end of 8 hours, remove and shred the beef. Put back in crock pot for another 1.5-2 hours.
  3. Taste broth and correct for salt/seasonings. (There is a lot of salt in the dry dressing). Looking for very savory flavor. If desired, add an additional 2 sliced onions (gives good texture to the sandwich)at this step.
  4. After a full 10 hours, get your toasted buns and roasted red peppers and/or hot peppers and build the best Chicago style Italian beef sandwich this side of the Mississippi (am on the East Coast).
  5. Some people like to put this on sub rolls, top w/provolone and run under the broiler... oh yeah, its that good. Enjoy!

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About Chicago style Italian Beef Sandwiches

Course/Dish: Sandwiches
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Hashtags: #savory, #easy, #chuck-roast

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