Hot Italian Beef Sandwich Recipe

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

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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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About Jessica Fisher

I believe great meals don't have to be complicated or expensive. There's a better way, and it won't take all afternoon.

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  1. Jen says

    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. Lee says

    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. Lee says

    Ummm…meant to say *like it too

  4. Jen says

    I use this recipe, with less salt and no dried celery:

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