Pam's Slow Cooker Italian Beef

Shredded Beef With Gravy

The Spruce / Diana Rattray

  • Total: 8 hrs 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 8 hrs
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings

This is a favorite Italian beef recipe from Pam, made with a pot roast and Italian salad dressing. The pepperoncini adds extra flavor to the meat. 

Thicken the liquids to make a sauce for the beef or serve the shredded beef with some of the juices and prepared brown gravy.


  • 1 rump roast (or lean chuck, about 4 pounds)
  • 1 package dry Italian salad dressing mix
  • 3 tablespoons pepperoncini (chopped, mix with a little of the juice)
  • 1 cup beef stock (low sodium or unsalted)
  • Optional: 2 tablespoons flour (mixed with 1/4 cup water until smooth)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Place the rump roast in a slow cooker or crock pot. 

  3. Sprinkle the Italian salad dressing mix over the roast.

  4. Add the pepperoncini mixture and beef stock.

  5. Cover and cook on low for 7 to 9 hours, or until very tender.

  6. Remove the beef to a plate and shred it.

  7. If desired, stir the flour mixture into the juices to thicken.

  8. Turn the slow cooker to high and continue cooking for about 10 minutes, or until thickened. Add the meat to the gravy.

  9. Serve on toasted split rolls or as open-faced sandwiches on sliced bread or toast. Enjoy!

Recipe Variations

  • Serve the shredded beef on bread with some of the pepperoncini and juices along with brown gravy from a jar or a prepared mix. 
  • Add 1 large sliced onion to the slow cooker before you add the beef roast.