what meat do you use for italian beef

Ingredients for Italian Beef Sandwiches

Look for roasts in the meat section of your grocery store. Be sure to get a chuck roast. They are the queen of roasts. The dressing mix and seasonings combine with the zippy, and tangy pepperoncini for a must try taste.

Last week I asked my Facebook and Twitter friends if they’d like to see a crock pot recipe on the blog this week. There were so many exclamation marks in the comments, which I took to mean, ‘heck yes!’ that I immediately started brainstorming.

Everyone knows crock pot recipes are a busy person’s best friend but many of them can be heavy and unappealing at times. While brainstorming a new and interesting crock pot combo I decided the recipe would have to meet the following criteria:

With the aforementioned criteria in mind, I settled on Crock Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches. A mouthwatering, 5-ingredient flavor combo that has just the right amount of zip and zing!

What Cut of Beef is Used for Italian Beef

The cut of beef used for Italian beef is typically chuck roast. However, top sirloin, top round, or bottom round would also work well.

  • Giardiniera. A delicious blend of pickled vegetables that adds that wonderful, classic flavor to Italian beef.

Giardiniera is typically sold in a jar and can be found in the grocery store aisle with the other pickled vegetables.

Depending on how spicy you like your Italian beef, you can use either mild or spicy giardiniera.

  • Pepperoncini. Pickled sweet chili peppers that add scrumptious flavor to the beef. A classic! (You’ll also love it in this Italian Chopped Salad.)
  • Seasoning. A blend of Italian seasoning, sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, and dried thyme give this classic Italian beef flavor. No need for the dressing mix.
  • Provolone. No Italian beef sandwich is complete without a melty cheese. Provolone has a slight smokiness that I think pairs wonderfully with the beef.
  • Hoagie Buns. The ideal vessel for all the drippy, flavor-packed beef goodness.
  • Let the meat rest at room temperature. Salt the beef.

what meat do you use for italian beef

  • Sear the beef, then transfer it to the slow cooker.

what meat do you use for italian beef

  • Deglaze the pan with beef broth, then add the liquid to the slow cooker.

what meat do you use for italian beef

  • Stir the seasoning ingredients together, then sprinkle them over the beef.

what meat do you use for italian beef

  • Add the peppers and giardiniera.
  • Cook on LOW for 8 to 10 hours. Shred the beef. Cook for another 30 minutes.

what meat do you use for italian beef

  • Toast the buns at 350 degrees F for 5 to 7 minutes. Top the buns with the beef, cheese, and additional pepperoncini and giardiniera. DIG IN!

Browning the beef on the stove, then deglazing the pan and adding those tasty brown bits to the slow cooker along with it builds deeper, more complex flavor. It makes this the best homemade Italian beef you’ll ever taste!

what meat do you use for italian beef

Meal Plan Tip

Mix the seasoning ingredients together up to 1 day in advance. Cover and store at room temperature.

what meat do you use for italian beef

What to Serve with Italian Beef

  • Slow Cooker. The key to our slow-cooked beef.
  • Dutch Oven. Ideal for searing the meat.
  • Extra Large Cutting Board. You’ll love all the extra space!

what meat do you use for italian beef

Ingredients for Italian Beef Sandwiches Look for roasts in the meat section of your grocery store. Be sure to get a chuck roast. They are the queen of roasts. The dressing mix and seasonings combine with the zippy, and tangy pepperoncini for a must try taste.

FAQ

What cut of meat is Italian beef?

The cut of beef used for Italian beef is typically chuck roast. However, top sirloin, top round, or bottom round would also work well.

What kind of Italian beef does Portillo’s use?

Portillo’s uses thinly-sliced bottom round roast beef, which is the tougher of the two (top and bottom) back-end round cuts.

What is the best cut of beef for roast beef sandwiches?

Roast beef sandwiches work better made from a leaner cut, preferably one with a mineral, earthy taste and a nice chew. A top loin roast is ideal. It’s got plenty of brawny flavor, and all of the fat is on the surface, which you can easily trim off after the meat is cooked.

Is Italian beef deli meat?

Use Deli Roast Beef with jalapeno pepper, vegetables, garlic, and Italian bread rolls for a delicious Roast beef sandwich.

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