Recipe: Italian Beef

This version of Italian Beef is the best one I have ever had, it is the biggest crowd pleaser, too! I never get a complaint and hardly ever have leftovers, and not to toot my own horn but I have been told “I get so excited when you have us over for dinner, everything you make is so delicious!”  It always makes me feel great to make a meal that everyone loves and this one is it! The recipe came from my college roommate’s mother, she is a fantastic cook and so graciously has always given me her recipes! I remember the first time I had it, we were home and Big G had made it, the day before, it was in a plastic zip top bag and we all had forks digging in, it was cold and quickly became one of my favorites.  For some reason, I can never remember how easy it is, and don’t make it often enough but I made it last night and it was just as good as I remember!

What you need:

  • 3-4 pound chuck roast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of dried basil
  • 1 package of the onion soup mix (I use Lipton brand)
  • 2 packages of dry Italian dressing mix (find this next to the dressings)
  • 1/4 cup of white vinegar
  • 1 clove of roughly chopped garlic
  • 3/4 cup to 1 cup of water (I start with 3/4 cup and if it needs more liquid add more later)
  • 3/4 jar of banana peppers

How to make it:

Combine all ingredients except banana peppers in your slow cooker.  Cook on high 6 hours then low for 2 hours or low 10 hours and then add banana peppers for the last 2 hours.  Serve on hoagie rolls with some mayo!

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