Hot Italian Beef Sandwich Recipe

Hot Italian Beef Sandwiches aren’t difficult to make. And they’re cheaper and better for you if you make them yourself.

Homemade White Whole Wheat Sub Rolls | Good Cheap Eats

Let’s make one thing clear. I’m not from Chicago. I’m not claiming that this is an authentic Chicago-style Italian Beef Sandwich.

What I do know is that this sandwich is tasty. And it beats, hands down, any sandwich I could buy in my neck of the woods, which happens to be Southern California. It’s fresh, it’s completely homemade, and it’s super duper tasty.

If I do say so myself.

Earlier this week, we established the idea that homemade sandwich or sub rolls are better than those bought at the store. I would follow up that assertion that homemade sub fillings are better than others as well.

Making a hot beef sandwich yourself

Making this bad boy was not difficult. In fact, it was a matter of throwing five ingredients in the slow cooker and walking away for a few hours. Later I sliced some mushrooms and peppers to saute, sliced the freshly baked sub rolls, and bit into a slice of heaven.

Man, these were good! I’m thrilled that I have another chuck roast on hand so I can make these again soon.

Making it cheaper

Speaking of chuck roast, I bought the chuck on sale for $2.99/lb. Slowly meat prices are creeping a bit higher. My target price used to be $2, but now I’d have to say I’m shooting for $3 when it comes to beef.

I used a 2-pound roast ($5.98), 1/2 an onion ($0.10) and some Last-Minute Pizza Sauce ($0.30). This brought my costs up to $6.38 for the meat filling. Add another $1 for the sauteed veg and another $2.10 for the rolls. The entire meal cost $9.48 for 8 sandwiches, or $1.19 each. There’s no way I could buy anything close for less than $5. So, homemade is clearly the winner.

Hot Italian Beef Sandwich

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  1. We just finished up the last of our Italian Beef last night. I also use a chuck roast, cut slits into it and place whole garlic cloves in the slots. I then sprinkle homemade Italian dressing mix all over the roast, and cook it on low in the slow cooker for around 8 hours. We eat it on homemade crusty buns with provolone cheese. My mom has been making this recipe for as long as I can remember.

  2. I’m curious about your homemade dressing mix too. Please share :). This looks so yummy. I think all of my people would it too, so, bonus!

  3. Ummm…meant to say *like it too

  4. I use this recipe, with less salt and no dried celery:
    http://www.food.com/recipe/italian-dressing-seasoning-dry-mix-63812

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