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Tangy Italian Beef Sandwiches

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Cindy Barr
Hands-on time 15 mins
Total time 8 hrs, 15 mins
Yield Serves 8 (serving size: 1 sandwich and about 2 tablespoons sauce)
Here's an example where the slow cooker excels: The beef slowly braises until it prac­tically falls to shreds. We like the mixture on sandwiches, but it's also delicious over a baked potato and topped with sour cream.

Ingredients

  • 3 banana peppers
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 7 bottled pepperoncini peppers, chopped
  • 2 1/4 pounds chuck roast, trimmed and halved
  • 8 (1 1/2-ounce) sandwich rolls, toasted

Nutrition Information

  • calories 356
  • fat 15.9 g
  • satfat 6 g
  • monofat 6.4 g
  • polyfat 1.3 g
  • protein 26.2 g
  • carbohydrate 24.7 g
  • fiber 1.9 g
  • cholesterol 86 mg
  • iron 3.5 mg
  • sodium 588 mg
  • calcium 94 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat broiler.

  2. Arrange peppers on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Broil 6 minutes or until blackened in spots, turning occasionally. Place peppers in a 6-quart electric slow cooker. Add vinegar, onion powder, garlic powder, and red pepper; stir to combine. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon salt, black pepper, and chopped pepperoncini.

  3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add beef; cook 5 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Place beef in slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours or until beef is very tender. Remove beef from cooker; shred with 2 forks. Stir beef and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt into cooking liquid. Divide beef mixture evenly among sandwich rolls, spooning out with a slotted spoon. Serve any extra sauce for dipping.

Cook's Notes

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