Update 6/2012: This recipe has been around since the beginning of time (ok, so maybe just since the beginning of this here blog – over three years ago but you know what I mean), and let me tell you, it is one of my very favorite ways to cook up beef in the slow cooker.
It is perfectly seasoned, melt-in-your-mouth tender and absolutely heavenly served on crusty rolls (I love to use this roll recipe, in fact) with provolone cheese.
I’ve adapted the recipe by tossing the prepackaged seasoning mix and upping the everyday spices that probably reside in your pantry right now. This one is definitely a keeper!
Slow Cooker Italian Beef
- 1 1/2 cups low-sodium beef broth
- 1 cup water
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 2 teaspoons dried basil
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 2 teaspoons dried parsley
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 bay leaves
- 5 pounds chuck roast
- In a liquid measuring cup or bowl, combine water and beef broth with salt, ground black pepper, oregano, basil, onion salt, parsley, garlic powder, and bay leaves. Whisk to combine.
- Place roast in slow cooker and pour seasoning mixture over the meat. Cover, and cook on low for 9-10 hours or on high for 5-6 hours. When done, remove bay leaf, and shred meat with a fork (keep the shredded meat in the slow cooker with the juices). Serve on crusty rolls with cheese, if desired.
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Recipe Source: adapted from allrecipes.com