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shredded beef topped with peperoncini peppers on a hoagie bun. Salad in background on a white plate.

Slow cooker Italian beef

Tender Italian shredded beef made in the slow cooker. Perfect for sandwiches or on its own.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Italian beef, slow cooker
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Servings 8
Author Tara Buss


  • 3 lb beef chuck roast
  • 2 tsp sea salt I love Redmond real salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 4 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 c. water


  • Place chuck roast in slow cooker along with water and seasonings.
  • Cover with lid and cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 5 hours.
  • After elapsed time, shred beef with forks and remove any fat.
  • Serve by itself or on a toasted hoagie bun with provolone cheese and peperoncini peppers.


This produces fairly salty beef, but if you are concerned that it will be overly salty, start with 1 ½ tsp and add more after tasting at the end.