Slow Cooker Italian Beef

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5 from 2 votes
Nothing reminds you more of Grandma's house for Sunday supper than Pot Roast but no one has time for that any more. Right? Wrong. My quick and easy Slow Cooker Italian Beef will make your family jump for joy and will only take you a few minutes to prepare.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 6 hours
Total: 6 hours 10 minutes
Slow cooker italian beef on a white plate with a checked napkin and silverware
Nothing reminds you more of Grandma’s house for Sunday supper than Pot Roast but no one has time for that anymore. Right? Wrong. My quick and easy Slow Cooker Italian Beef will make your family jump for joy and only has a few minutes of hands-on time.   Slow cooker italian beef on a white plate with a checked napkin and silverware

What Is Slow Cooker Italian Beef?

Pot Roast in a slow cooker is a no brainer. They are made to go together because the low and slow method of cooking is perfect way to make a tender delicious beef roast.  This fall-apart Slow Cooker Italian Beef is made with a rich, beefy sauce that is full of Italian spices and seasonings.  The beef is braised all day in the sauce and smothered with peppers and onions.

How to Make Slow Cooker Italian Beef – Step by Step

  •  Step One: Place your beef roast in the bottom of your slow cooker. (Photo 1 below)
  •  Step Two: Next place the diced peppers, garlic, and onions around your roast in the crock pot.  (Photo 2 below)
  • Step Three: Then in a mixing bowl place the brown gravy mix and Good Seasons Italian salad dressing mix.  (Photo 3 below)
Step by step instructions for making slow cooker Italian Beef
  • Step Four: Next add water to a the mixing bowl. (Photo 4 below)
  • Step Five: Add the wine to the bowl.  (Photo 5 below)
  • Step Six:  Then add the Worcestershire sauce.  (Photo 6 below)
  • Step Seven: Whisk all the ingredients together.  (Photo 7 below)
Step by step instructions for making slow cooker Italian Beef
  • Step Eight: Spread over the meat evenly. Cook on low for 7-8 hours.  (Photo 8 below)
  • Step Nine: Then remove meat and veggies from liquid (Photo 9 below)Step by step instructions for making slow cooker Italian Beef
  • Step Ten: Make a rue. (Photo 10 below)
  • Step Eleven: Finally, stir into hot liquid until thickened. Serve over meat. (Photo 11 below)
Step by step instructions for making slow cooker Italian Beef

What do I serve with this Italian Pot Roast?

The imagination is your only limit with this recipe. So whatever your family loves.  This Italian Beef goes perfectly over my Creamy Polenta or mashed potatoes. I like serving this pot roast meat with Sweet and Spicy Skillet Green Beans. You can always go the traditional route and cook potatoes and carrots with the meat in the crock pot. Slow cooker italian beef served over polenta with a napkin and fork

What type of Slow Cooker Should I use to make Pot Roast?

When it comes to slow cookers, there are many options available – from the basic to the ultra fancy. My favorite is the this one. I have had a number of slow cookers over the years and this is by far my favorite. It’s easy to use and program. It’s just the right size and it has handy clips that hold the lid on securely while you’re traveling. The Instant Pot is another great double duty devise to have in your kitchen because it can act as a slow cooker as well. You can easily make this recipe in an Instant Pot.  All you need to do is adjust the cook time. What type of Beef do I use for Pot Roast? For my crock pot beef roast I am using a chuck roast.  Honestly, the tougher the better. Beef with lots of connective tissue and little fat. Why? Because the high amount of collagen in tough cuts eventually breaks down into gelatin,  which tenderizes the meat. So the best pot roast meat can  be chuck, brisket or rump roasts. They will make a wonderful, flavorful pot roast just make sure you cook it on a low temperature for a longer period of time. This is why the slow cooker works so well. Slow cooker italian beef on a white plate

Expert Tips for Making the Best Crock Pot Beef Roast

  • Experiment with your Cooking Liquid:  Depending on your grandmas recipe, you can use anything from  cola to beef broth to vegetable juices.
  • Make a larger amount: This recipe freezes great, so make extra.
  • Brown your Meat: While not necessary, browning the meat caramelizes the proteins and will enhance the flavor.

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Slow cooker italian beef on a white plate with a checked napkin and silverware

Slow Cooker Italian Beef

5 from 2 votes
Nothing reminds you more of Grandma's house for Sunday supper than Pot Roast but no one has time for that any more. Right? Wrong. My quick and easy Slow Cooker Italian Beef will make your family jump for joy and will only take you a few minutes to prepare.
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Servings: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 pound boneless beef chuck roast
  • 1 .87 oz envelope brown gravy mix
  • 1 .7 oz envelope Good Seasons Italian salad dressing mix
  • ½ cup red wine
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 medium red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon cold water

Instructions

  • Place roast in slow cooker and top with peppers and onions.
  • In a bowl, combine the gravy mix, salad dressing, wine, Worcestershire sauce and water; stir to combine.
  • Pour sauce over beef.
  • Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours, or until meat is tender.
  • When meat has finished cooking, remove beef from slow cooker and transfer liquid to a sauce pan over medium high heat.
  • Stir together cornstarch and water to form a slurry.  
  • Pour slurry into saucepan and whisk until sauce thickens, about 2-3 minutes. 
  • Slice beef and serve with thickened sauce.

Expert Tips

  • Experiment with your Cooking Liquid: Depending on your grandmas recipe, you can use anything from cola to beef broth to vegetable juices.
  • Make a larger amount: This recipe freezes great, so make extra.
  • Brown your Meat: While not necessary, browning the meat caramelizes the proteins and will enhance the flavor.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 603kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 58g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 208mg | Sodium: 1194mg | Potassium: 1143mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 660IU | Vitamin C: 27.7mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 6.8mg

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27 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Italian Beef”

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  2. I <3 Good Seasons. It's been a staple here for years. This looks like a perfect Sunday dinner.

    Thanks for linking to Creative Juice! Hope to see you back this Thursday.

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    nicolette

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  3. This look amazing! I grew up on pot roast and am always looking for new ways to make it. Can’t wait to try this! Thanks for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party!

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  4. Oh that looks divine! I would add the carrots and potatoes too! YUMMY!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can’t wait to see what you have for next week!
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