Chicago Style Italian Beef Sandwiches (Crock Pot Version)

Total Time
8hrs 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 8 hrs

Chicago style Italian beef sandwiches. A real favorite among Chicagoan locals. This is one of the best sandwiches that you can eat in Chicago...especially with the giardinara or sweet peppers.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a crock pot combine all of your ingredients (except for the rolls and giardinara) and let it cook on low for 8 hours until the meat is tender and falling apart.
  2. Remove the meat from the au jus and shred it with a fork until it is finely shred.
  3. Return the meat to the crock pot full of au jus to get warm for 20 minutes.
  4. After the meat is warmed, fill the buns with meat, ladle or dip the sandwiches with au jus.
  5. For Chicago authenticity, add hot or mild giardiniera to the sandwiches or the sweet green bell peppers.
Most Helpful

Oh very yum! I made this today when I didn't want the same old pot roast. I wasn't sure what garlic juice was, so I looked it up. Maaan that stuff is potent. There are tons of uses for it, even bass fishing! I made as directed. I thought the olive oil was a little much, but went along with it. It turned out to be perfect. There was lots of good au jus leftover. My kids even liked this! I sweated some onions, green peppers and mushrooms under some tin foil in my skillet for about 10 minutes. This was perfect. This really couldn't be more simple. Thank you for a great dinner! :)

LilPinkieJ December 17, 2008