This is my favorite Italian beef recipe, handed down to me from an old neighbor in Illinois. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does. Serve with French rolls and pepperoncinis.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
8 hrs
total:
8 hrs 10 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine roast, water, basil, oregano, salt, garlic powder, parsley flakes, bay leaves, red pepper flakes, and black pepper together in a slow cooker.

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  • Cook in the slow cooker set to Low for 8 to 10 hours. Remove bay leaves and shred meat using two forks.

Nutrition Facts

315 calories; protein 39.3g; carbohydrates 1.3g; fat 15.8g; cholesterol 99.7mg; sodium 668.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2014
I make this recipe but I add a jar of pepperoncinis to the pot with about half of their liquid. Top sandwiches with mozzarella or provolone. One of my family's favorites. Read More
(14)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/24/2014
Au jus is missing..... that may help......I heard Al from Als beef say he cooks his pot roast a day in advance and store it at 35 degrees over night. The next day he slices and reheats....he even makes his own peppers(carrots crushed peepers celery) just a suggestion for a REAL BEEF Read More
(10)
13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2014
I make this recipe but I add a jar of pepperoncinis to the pot with about half of their liquid. Top sandwiches with mozzarella or provolone. One of my family's favorites. Read More
(14)
Rating: 3 stars
07/24/2014
Au jus is missing..... that may help......I heard Al from Als beef say he cooks his pot roast a day in advance and store it at 35 degrees over night. The next day he slices and reheats....he even makes his own peppers(carrots crushed peepers celery) just a suggestion for a REAL BEEF Read More
(10)
Rating: 4 stars
12/27/2014
Meat is getting very expensive. Save the rump for a special dinner. I use a chuck roast cans of beef broth or ajus & fresh garlic to taste & 2 or 3 Bay leaves. Also add a jar of pepperocini I trim the stems with juice. Sometimes I add thick slices of onion. If I have time I brown the roast before I put it in the crock pot. Pour a can of broth in the pan & scrape bottom to pick up the extra bits of flavor from the browning & add it to the crock pot. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/03/2014
This was not quite the proper Chicago Italian beef we were hoping for (I honestly couldn't tell you what it's missing though) but it was certainly good in its own right and curbed our family's craving for the much-missed Johnny's on Chestnut and State. I recommend slicing up the meat when it still has an hour or two to go and returning it to the broth. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2017
I like the recipe because I don't ever have italian seasoning packets in my pantry but I have the spices. It is wonderful! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/15/2014
Delicious everyone liked it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2017
Meraviglioso ! Been dying to try homemade Italian Beef. Found 2 beef bottom round roasts total wt 4.96 lb. Tried changes already suggested. Substituted a 1 qt box of low sodium beef broth for the 3 C water. Browned meat in skillet with olive oil about 30 sec on each surface before putting into slow-cooker. Added 16 ounce jar Mezzetta brand Deli-Sliced Golden Greek Peperoncini (drained). 10 hours on Low. Shredded in a 9x13 cake pan to minimize mess. Back into slow-cooker for 2 hr on the keep-warm setting. Bake-at-Home Baguette and Provolone cheese. MMMM...delicious ! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/17/2017
This was great. Used a chuck roast and added a jar of sliced Greek peperoncini's per other reviews. Made for my husband's deer hunting week with a bunch of guys and they ate it up. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/05/2018
Favorite! Neighbors request for every party! Read More
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