Pressure Cooker | April 18, 2018

Instant Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches

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.

Instant Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches on plate with chips and peppers

How to make Instant Pot Italian beef sandwiches

You can make italian beef sandwiches in either

  1. Instant Pot
  2. 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.

Instant Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches on plate with peppers and chips

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.

Pepperoncinis

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.

Mezzetta brand Pepperoncinis in jar

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!!

Instant Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches on plate with chips and peppers on side.

…. as a side note.. Pepperoncini is really hard to type.

5 from 3 votes
Instant Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches by popular Los Angeles food blogger Oh So Delicioso
Instant Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

Instant pot Italian beef sandwiches are a meal my whole family loves! Simple and quick to prepare and a filling dish we love to make on a busy weeknight!

Course: dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: instant pot recipe, italian beef sandwiches
Servings: 10 Sandwiches
Calories: 468 kcal
Author: Aubrey
Ingredients
  • 1 Beef Roast see notes
  • 1 bottle of cut Pepperoncini's
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • Buns
Instructions
Instant Pot Instructions
  1. 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
  1. Place beef roast in a slow cooker.
  2. 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.

  3. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  4. Shred and serve with juice on toasted buns.
Recipe Notes

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? 

I love to sear the roast when I have time. In a saute pan, or on sauté setting in your instant pot,  sear the roast on all sides in some vegetable or olive oil. 

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches
Amount Per Serving (1 sandwich)
Calories 468
% Daily Value*
Sodium 2mg 0%
Potassium 16mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 0.3%
Iron 0.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

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    1. I didn’t know that rule! Being from the West we add cheese to whatever we like! hah! I actually make my Philly Cheesesteaks much differently as well. This just has more an Italian vibe with the peperroncinis. But good to know for my food culture :)

  1. GOOD HEAVENS! I SEE U NEVER LIVED IN CHICAGO , THEY WOULD RUN YOU OUT OF TOWN IF U SERVED THEM THAT , TRY LOUIS ITALIAN BEEF MIX ,WITH CHICKEN BROTH AND AN ONION AND DON’T USE HOT DOG ROLLS USE A FRENCH BREAD THAT WILL HOLD UP TO THE JUICE

    1. You can use whatever you need for the instant pot. I typically have a 3-4 lb roast. The pressure cooker will adjust the cooking time naturally for larger or smaller roasts.