Italian Beef Recipe- The Perfect Superbowl Sandwich


We have an easy delicious recipe for Italian Beef that my mom has made for years. We always made it for family gatherings…….this year, it was my turn to make it!  *Disclaimer- we have always called this Italian Beef, although we don’t top it with peppers or eat it on a crusty bun, like they are famous for in Chicago!- but it’s delicious just the same! {wink}

Italian Beef Sandwich Recipe at

This flavorful slow-cooked beef is a big hit with everyone and can be prepared ahead of time and put in a crock pot to finish cooking the day you’re going to serve. Perfect for a super bowl party!

Italian Beef

*note – this recipe needs to be prepared a day ahead, then slow cooked the following day.  So plan accordingly.  I usually bake the roast the day before, then put it all in the slow cooker the following morning, so it’s ready to go when I’m ready to serve!

Italian Beef

Italian Beef

Summary: *note – this recipe needs to be prepared a day ahead, then slow cooked the following day. So plan accordingly. I usually bake the roast the day before, then put it all in the slow cooker the following morning, so it’s ready to go when I’m ready to serve!


  • 6 pound rolled rump roast (should feed 12-15)
  • 2 packets Lipton® Dried Onion Soup Mix
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 2 teaspoons sweet basil
  • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 4 cups water


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix onion soup packets, spices and garlic with water in roasting pan. Add roast (I cut my roast in half for quicker cooking) . Roll roast around in pan to cover with seasonings.
  3. Cover with lid or foil and bake for one hour. *we will be under cooking because we will finish cooking in the slow cooker.
  4. Remove roast from oven. Cool completely.
  5. Remove roast and juices from pan. Wrap roast in foil and pour juices into a container, place both in the refrigerator over night (or a minimum of several hours)
  6. The following day, remove roast from refrigerator and slice paper thin with a meat slicer (if you don’t have a meat slicer, you can take your roast back to the store where you bought it and ask them to slice it for you – we have done that several years). *it’s important to slice the roast cold and firm
  7. Slice the meat against the grain as thin as possible.
  8. Place sliced meat in slow cooker (I use and LOVE my Nesco Roaster)
  9. Pour juices over sliced meat and add another 2 cups of water.
  10. Slow cook on low for 4-6 hours
  11. Let the magic happen - 4 to 6 hours later


Ready to serve with your favorite buns and cheese if you’d like.

Be sure to dunk your bun in the juices! – makes it messy but SO worth it!

Italian Beef Recipe


More Super Bowl recipes we enjoy:

Beer Cheese Dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Mini Ham & Swiss Rolls

Spicy Tortilla Rollups

Ranch Oyster Crackers

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31 Responses to “Italian Beef Recipe- The Perfect Superbowl Sandwich”

  1. Rhondi posted on January 6, 2011 at 8:29 am (#)

    Oh my gosh! My family would LOVE this sandwich.

  2. bridget {bake at 350} posted on January 6, 2011 at 8:32 am (#)

    wow… I want this beef AND a meat slicer! I wonder if they sell those on amazon? 😉 (and where would I put it?)

  3. SMITH BITES posted on January 6, 2011 at 8:50 am (#)

    Cheryl, my SIL makes this sammie almost every Christmas Eve – in fact, that’s what she made the very first year The Professor invited me to spend Christmas Eve with his family – I might just have to make this soon!

  4. My family would LOVE this! I’m bookmarking this to try… and now thinking I need a Meat Slicer. :-) Thanks for sharing.

  5. Mrs. Jen B posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:23 am (#)

    Look at all that meat! *licking lips* I would be too tempted not to eat it right out of the slicer! Looks deeeelicious.

  6. brandy posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:29 am (#)

    mmmmmmmm this looks so good. A definite superbowl must this year! Thanks for sharing. 😀

  7. Estela @ Weekly Bite posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:56 am (#)

    My husband would LOVE this sandwich!! You’re right, its perfect for a football game!

  8. Shaina posted on January 6, 2011 at 10:01 am (#)

    Oh, I definitely need to get a meat slicer. It looks just lovely!

  9. Amanda posted on January 6, 2011 at 10:07 am (#)

    Looks amazing Cheryl! My hubby would love, love me to make this. Saving it to OneNote!

  10. Paula posted on January 6, 2011 at 10:12 am (#)

    What a great recipe and sandwich idea! I’m anxious to make this, not only because it looks delicious either. I don’t own a meat slicer and I’m really curious to see if the store would actually slice a cooked roast up for me or just look at me like I had roasted my brain along with the meat!

  11. Kami posted on January 6, 2011 at 10:13 am (#)

    Looks so good Cheryl!

    I love that you have a professional meat slicer, that is awesome!

  12. Cookbook Queen posted on January 6, 2011 at 11:02 am (#)

    I want this and I want it now.

    A meat slicer?! I want one of those sooo bad now!! (I love my meat sliced extra thin, so it would be the perfect kitchen tool for me!!)

  13. naomi posted on January 6, 2011 at 11:06 am (#)

    Super Bowl perfection! Wow-wish I was coming to your place for the Super Bowl party. But then I would be that “person” that ate everything. :)

  14. Kristen posted on January 6, 2011 at 10:23 pm (#)

    Oh you have a meat slicer. I’ve been totally thinking I need one of those. Do you use it alot?
    This looks like the perfect sandwich for my husband!

  15. shelly (cookies and cups) posted on January 7, 2011 at 11:54 am (#)

    Love this recipe! And I have some eat slicer envy…didn’t realize I needed one of those until right now!!!!

  16. Jamie | My Baking Addiction posted on January 8, 2011 at 3:23 pm (#)

    These look so incredibly delicious!

  17. marla posted on January 8, 2011 at 4:14 pm (#)

    These sandwiches look great Cheryl – for any time at all!

  18. Mique posted on January 8, 2011 at 11:00 pm (#)

    My husband (and friends) will loooove this! Yum!
    Thanks for linking up to my Pity Party.

  19. John Snediker posted on December 21, 2011 at 9:23 am (#)

    Amazing, my wife and my boys are big fans of Italian Beef sandwiches! Great recipe that I will be trying next week! Thanks for sharing your knowledge and love for food!

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