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Shredded Italian Beef Sandwiches

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This Italian Beef is so delicious and full flavor and it’s so easy to make in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker! Wonderfully juicy, it’s perfect to add to sandwiches and then dip in that yummy jus!

Italian beef on a baking sheet and in a sandwich

I fell in love with Italian Beef Sandwiches on a visit to Chicago while in college. Since then, I couldn’t stop myself from learning how to make one at home in Carolina. This sandwich takes a lot of love, time, and effort but thanks to my Instant Pot, I can make it much quicker. It’s so easy and the au jus for dipping is so flavorful!

If you, too, are a sandwich lover, be sure to check out my Nashville Style Hot Chicken Tenders and Air Fryer Turkey Burgers.

How To Make Instant Pot Italian Beef

  • Season roast with salt and pepper. Set Pressure Cooker to High sauté.
Beef on a white chopping board
  • Once Hot, add olive oil and the beef, browning each side about 3 mins per side. Remove beef pieces and set aside.
Browning the beef in the Instant Pot
  • Deglaze pot by adding ¼ cup of beef broth and use a wooden spoon to remove brown bits from the bottom. This is where the flavor lives!
Deglazing the instant pot
  • Add onions and sauté until softened, about 5 mins. Add garlic cloves and sauté for 30 seconds more.
Onions in the Instant Pot
  • Add remaining beef broth, pepperoncini juice, Italian seasoning, paprika, fennel seeds, red pepper flakes, pepperoncini peppers.
pepperocini added to the instant pot
  • Add the beef to Pressure Cooker. Press Cancel on the pressure cooker, cover and cook on high pressure for 52 mins, then natural release for 20 mins, and then quickly release any remaining pressure.
Beef added to the Instant Pot

More liquid will produce in the pressure cooker while it’s cooking.

The beef after being cooked
  • Remove meat to a baking sheet and use two forks to shred the meat.
  • Pour some of the liquid over the beef until moistened. Reserve the remaining sauce for dipping. Enjoy as a sandwich or any way you prefer your Italian Beef.
Shredded Italian beef on a baking sheet

All done.

Italian beef in a roll with toppings

Can you make shredded beef ahead of time?

Yes, this Italian beef is a great make ahead recipe! Cook and shred the beef and then you can keep it in the fridge for 3 days or freeze it for up to 3 months.

You can cook the meat from chilled or frozen on the stovetop until heated through.

How do you serve Italian Beef?

I love to serve the shredded meat in a roll and topped with some pepperoncini and other pickles. Be sure to serve some of that jus in a bowl on the side for dipping!

You can also serve the beef as part of a main with your favorite sides like Southern candied sweet potatoes and sauteed beet greens. Hey, you can even pop it into some tacos if you like!

Italian beef in a sandwich being dipped in jus

What’s the best beef to use?

I like to use beef shoulder or rump roast for this recipe. They are tough cuts of beef that have a great flavor and the high fat content prevents it from drying out during cooking. Look for cuts that are well marbled.

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • These Italian beef sandwiches are delicious when topped with Giardiniera. You can purchase this in many grocery store chains. I also like to top mine with a spicy pepper mix.
  • For less spicy beef, use fewer pepperoncini.
  • Serve the au jus sauce on the side for dipping if you like a wet sandwich.

More Easy Beef Recipes

Italian Beef

This Italian Beef is so delicious and full flavor and it's so easy to make in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker! Wonderfully juicy, it's perfect to add to sandwiches and then dip in that yummy jus!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword beef with jus, Instant Pot Italian beef, pressure cooker beef recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 52 minutes
Rise to Pressure and Release time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 32 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 377kcal
Author Tanya

Ingredients

  • 3.25 lb beef shoulder or rump roast cut into 4 large chunks
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion sliced
  • 6 garlic cloves crushed
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • ¾ tsp fennel seeds
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup beef broth separated
  • 8 mild pepperoncini and ¼ cup pepperoncini juice
  • Salt to taste*

Instructions

  • Season roast with salt and pepper. Set Pressure Cooker to High sauté. Once Hot, add olive oil and the beef, browning each side about 3 mins per side. Remove beef pieces and set aside.
  • Deglaze pot by adding ¼ cup of beef broth and use a wooden spoon to remove brown bits from the bottom.
  • Add onions and sauté until softened, about 5 mins. Add garlic cloves and sauté for 30 seconds more.
  • Add remaining beef broth, pepperoncini juice, Italian seasoning, paprika, fennel seeds, red pepper flakes, pepperoncini peppers, and beef to Pressure Cooker. Press Cancel on the pressure cooker, cover and cook on high pressure for 52 mins, then natural release for 20 mins, and then quickly release any remaining pressure.
  • Remove meat to a baking sheet and use two forks to shred the meat. Pour some of the liquid over the beef until moistened. Reserve the remaining sauce for dipping. Enjoy as a sandwich or any way you prefer your Italian Beef.

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Notes

  • These Italian beef sandwiches are delicious when topped with Giardiniera. You can purchase this in many grocery store chains. I also like to top mine with a spicy pepper mix.
  • For less spicy beef, use fewer pepperoncini.
  • Serve the au jus sauce on the side for dipping if you like a wet sandwich.

Nutrition

Calories: 377kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 54g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 149mg | Sodium: 535mg | Potassium: 775mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 351IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 6mg
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