Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Sandwiches

This shredded beef is an easy slow cooker recipe made with chuck roast, peppers, and onions that cook together until the beef is falling apart tender. Shred it, pile it on hoagie rolls, and top it with peppers and cheese for an easy weeknight dinner.

shredded beef sandwiches stacked on top of each other.

So it is at this time of year – also known as the post-holiday slump – that simple and easy dinners are not just a nice-to-have but a necessity. I mean, I don’t know about you, but it’s really easy to let time slip by in a blur of restaurant meals and take-out bags. 

ingredients for slow cooker shredded beef.

So let’s eat well. It will power us through cold days riddled with endless to-dos and help take the edge off that holiday hangover that, for at least me, persists all through January and into February.

photo collage showing the ingredients being added to the slow cooker.

How to Make Shredded Beef

So today, we have ridiculously easy, totally satisfying slow cooker shredded beef sandwiches – a quick prep, no pre-cooking anything, dump-and-go dinner hero that you can serve on buns or pile on rice, mashed potatoes, or pasta.

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Slow Cooker Shredded Beef

beef being shredded in the slow cooker.

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Easy slow cooker shredded beef is easy to prep and cooks all day for an easy dinner. Use it to make sandwiches or serve the shredded beef over mashed potatoes, noodles, or rice.

  • Author: April Anderson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 9 hours
  • Total Time: 9 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup chicken or beef stock
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3-pound boneless beef chuck roast
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

For Sandwiches

  • Sliced bell peppers
  • Sliced provolone cheese
  • Hoagie rolls


  1. Place the diced bell pepper and onion in the slow cooker. Pour the chicken stock over the top.
  2. Mix the seasonings together in a small bowl. Rub the seasoning on the beef, covering both sides. Place the beef in the slow cooker. Cook the beef on low for 9-10 hours.
  3. Shred the beef in the slow cooker using two forks. Add the Worcestershire sauce and check the seasoning. If needed, add additional salt, approximately 1/2 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon.
  4. Serve the beef on sandwiches (see note for details) or over mashed potatoes, buttered noodles, or pasta.


How to make sandwiches: Place the bottom half of each hoagie roll on a baking sheet. Top each with some shredded beef. sliced bell peppers, and cheese slices. Place the baking sheet under the broil until the cheese is melted, a couple of minutes should be enough. 

The nutrition estimate is only for the shredded beef.


  • Serving Size: 1 sandwich
  • Calories: 323
  • Sugar: 1.7g
  • Sodium: 640.6mg
  • Fat: 13.3g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.7g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 9.3g
  • Trans Fat: 0.8g
  • Carbohydrates: 4g
  • Fiber: 0.7g
  • Protein: 47.5g
  • Cholesterol: 168.3mg

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The nutrition is an estimate only. It was calculated using Nutrifox, an online nutrition calculator.

Recipe Tips

The beef will shred easily once it’s done. If it’s tough to shred, it needs more cooking time. The cooking time may vary depending on your slow cooker.

Leftover shredded beef will keep in the refrigerator for three to four days. You can freeze it, too, but I find it dries out when it’s frozen. So, you may want to add some beef broth or stock when you reheat it.

photo collage showing how to shred the beef and assemble the sandwiches.

More Ways to Serve It

I like to make Italian beef sandwiches with this recipe, but there are all kinds of other ways to use it up:

  • Top some buttered noodles with the shredded beef and sprinkle some grated Parmesan cheese over the top.
  • It’s delicious with cooked rice or cauliflower rice.
  • For a super comforting dinner, serve the shredded beef with creamy mashed potatoes.
  • Use it to make tacos, quesadillas, nachos, or beef enchiladas.
  • It also makes great sliders for parties – grab some Hawaiian rolls and cheese and toast them in the oven.
the sandwiches with melted cheese and peppers.
slow cooker beef sandwiches.

I hope you give this shredded beef recipe a try – I think you’ll love it ❤

Happy slow cooking,


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Post and photos updated from the archives. First published in December 2016.


  1. As a busy teacher with two high school boys to feed, I love slow cooker recipes that are easy and delish!

  2. perfect comfort food during this cold snap, smelled so yummy and cozy coming in from the frost. the 5 min prep time alone should make this a 6 star recipe. (tried a little horseradish on the second helping sammy. yum).

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