Fall is perfect slow cooker weather. And one of my favorite recipes to make in the slow cooker is Italian roast beef. This classic meal is always a big hit with the family. And thanks to gluten free rolls, I can now enjoy delicious gluten free Italian beef any time I want! Keep reading to see how to make this easy weeknight dinner.
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These easy recipe for gluten free Italian beef is so simple! In addition to being easy to throw together, you only need a few simple ingredients to make Italian roast beef. To make your own slow cooker Italian beef, you’ll need:
- Chuck roast
- Beef broth
- Herbs and spices
- Banana peppers (or pepperocini peppers)
One of my favorite things about this recipe for slow cooker Italian roast beef is that the meat is always gluten free and low-carb. It’s great when eaten alone, but so much better as a sandwich. Luckily, I was able to find Schar Gluten Free Ciabatta bread at Wal-Mart (you can also purchase it on Amazon). These rolls are perfect for making gluten free Italian beef sandwiches!
Now that you’ve found the perfect bread for your Italian roast beef sandwiches, let’s get the meat ready! Here is how to make slow cooker Italian beef.
Make Your Own Italian Roast Beef
Start by preparing your meat by placing your chuck roast in the bowl of your slow cooker and covering it with beef broth. I used a two pound chuck roast and got around five servings from my cut of meat.
Season with my own homemade Italian beef seasoning — a blend of Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and parsley. Mix all the herbs and spices together in a small bowl, then sprinkle the mixture over the top of the meat. Rub the seasoning into the meat to ensure it sticks as it cooks.
Then, top the meat with your favorite peppers. I love the sweet and tangy flavor banana peppers give my Italian roast beef. Another popular pepper choice for Italian beef are pepperocini peppers. Whichever pepper you choose, place them on top of the meat, along with juice from the jar to add some extra flavoring to the au jus.
Depending on how much time you have to cook your meat, set your slow cooker to low or high. If you plan to cook your meat all day, opt for the low setting — it takes around six hours for the meet to cook through on low. For a quicker cook time, set the slow cooker on high. It will cook in three to four hours on high.
When the meat is finished cooking, remove it from the slow cooker and shred the meat with a fork. Remove any fat from the meat as you shred, then place the shredded meat back into the slow cooker and stir to combine the meat with the juices.
These slow cooker Italian beef sandwiches taste great when topped with provolone cheese and a few extra banana peppers for an extra kick. And don’t forget to fill a dipping cup with a little bit of au jus to add some extra flavor to each bite!
- 2 pounds chuck roast
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- ½ tablespoon parsley
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 1 can beef broth
- 1 cup sliced banana peppers with juice
- Hard rolls, gluten free (optional)
- Provolone cheese
- Place the chuck roast in the bowl of the crock pot. Season with salt, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, parsley, and Italian seasoning.
- Pour beef broth around the meat.
- Top meat with banana peppers and juice.
- Cook on high for 3 to 4 hours or low for six hours.
- Shred the meat with a fork and then return the meat to the pot and stir to combine it with the juices.
- Serve on a gluten free roll topped with provolone cheese and additional banana peppers (optional).
Nutrition Information:Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 508Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 155mgSodium: 997mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 2gSugar: 6gProtein: 48g
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