Want a simple dinner with only 3 ingredients? Instant Pot Italian beef sandwiches.
Or some may call, Pepperoncini Beef. Literally all you need is a good beef roast and a bottle of pepperoncinis. I personally like to add in an onion (and so do our commenters!) Top it on a nice crusty bread roll and its perfect. If you're from the west you'll likely also top it with cheese but understand that is NOT how the Italians do it haha.
How to make Instant Pot Italian beef sandwiches
You can make italian beef sandwiches in either
- Instant Pot
- Slow-cooker method
I've included both cooking instructions in the recipe card, but I prefer to cook instant pot style. It's quick, easy and never dried out juicy. Either way you want to have tender pull-apart beef.
What type of beef roast do I buy?
Because stores often have different cuts that look better than other at different times I don't always buy one specific cut of roast. I look for a roast that is lean (does not have large slabs of fat) but has nice white marbling throughout. If you have a favorite cut use that!
How large of a roast do you buy?
With this recipe you can buy large or small deepening on the size of your family or group you are feeding. I like to buy 3-4 lbs roast.
Do I sear the roast?
The beautiful thing about this recipe is that it IS 100% a dump and go recipe. You do not have to sear the meat. HOWEVER, searing your roast does help seal in the juices and boost the beef flavor. I love to sear the roast when I have time. In a saute pan, or on sauté setting in your instant pot, on high heat, heat the oil and cook roast on all side until they are a dark brown. Because of the high heat + oil this should not take more than 5 minutes on each side.
These are the star of this dish. Basically they are what make this sandwich shine. They give this Instant Pot Italian beef a rich tang that couples perfectly with a crusty bread. You can find the jar's of pepperoncinis right by the pickles in the condiments isle of your grocery store. They come in hot and mild- choose whatever you prefer.
If you really love the flavor of pickled veggies, and want a true Italian beef sandwich top them with the pickled garden veggies (which are also found next to the bottles of pepperoni beef) they are so good!!
.... as a side note.. Pepperoncini is really hard to type.
Instant Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches
- 1 Beef Roast see notes
- 1 bottle of cut Pepperoncinis
- 1 onion, sliced
Instant Pot Instructions
- In instant pot add beef roast, onions and bottle of pepperoncini's. Cook on high for 45 minutes. Natural release completely. Shred and serve over crusty bread.
Slow Cooker Instructions
- Place beef roast in a slow cooker.
- Placed sliced onions on roast. Pour entire bottle of pepperoncini's and juice over top. If you can not find pre-cut pepperoncinis then just take the tops off the whole ones and tear into small pieces. Be sure to add all the juices to the slow-cooker.
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
- Shred and serve with juice on toasted buns.