Instant Pot Italian Beef is a flavorful shredded beef that you can use for Italian Beef Sandwiches, tacos, or have over potatoes or rice. Pressure cooker Italian Beef starts with a roast, and is cooked with tasty seasonings until very tender. Cook a beef roast in the Instant Pot with the best seasonings, then you will have flavorful shredded beef made in the Instant Pot!
Originally published 8/24/19
What is Italian Beef?
An Italian beef sandwich, which was invented in Chicago, has thin slices of seasoned roast beef (or shredded), simmered and served with au jus on a French Roll. Often topped with pickled vegetables.
The Best Instant Pot Italian Beef
Cooking a beef roast in the Instant Pot will make it tender and able to be shredded easily.
Making a beef roast using a pressure cooker is faster than roasting it in the oven.
The juices from the roast can be used for dipping, or thickened and made into a delicious gravy!
There are many kinds of shredded beef. Some of my favorites are Carnitas, Mississippi Pot Roast, and Beef Barbacoa. Basically super flavorful meat cooked until you can shred it.
Which Roast Works Best for Italian Beef?
I like using a Chuck Roast. They are well marbled with fat and become very tender and flavorful. You could also use a bottom round roast.
Just know that if a chuck roast isn’t tender enough after pressure cooking, it needs to cook longer to break down the tough connective tissue. Cutting the roast into 1-pound chunks before pressure cooking helps it cook faster and more evenly.
After the roast has been pressure cooked, defat the liquid with a fat separator or skim the fat off the top before shredding.
Give each person a small dish of the au jus to dip their sandwich into. So much flavor is in that liquid!
You could also remove half of the liquid and thicken it for a gravy. Then serve over mashed potatoes or rice.
What is Giardiniera?
- Giardiniera is a condiment made from pickled vegetables such as carrots, cauliflower, red peppers, pearl onions, and more.
- Giardiniera can be used on lots of different foods such as hot dogs, bratwurst, bruschetta, burgers, and sandwiches.
- Popular in Chicago, giardiniera is sometimes used as a topping on pizza, but most often as a topping for Italian beef sandwiches.
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Instant Pot Italian Beef is a flavorful shredded beef that you can use for Italian Beef Sandwiches, tacos, or have over potatoes or rice.
- 3-4 lb Chuck Roast, cut into 1-pound chunks
- 1 (1 oz) packet Zesty Italian Dressing Mix
- 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano
- 1 ½ teaspoon Dried Basil
- 4 cloves Garlic, minced
- ½ (16 oz) jar Mild Pepperoncinis
- ⅓ cup Pepperoncini Juice from the Jar
- ¼ cup Red Wine (optional)
- 1 (10.5 oz) can Beef Broth or Consommé
- 6 Hoagie Rolls
- 6-12 slices Provolone Cheese
- 1 (16 oz) jar Giardiniera (Italian pickled vegetables)
Add the meat to the pot. Sprinkle with the Italian dressing mix, oregano, and basil.
Mince the garlic and add to the pot.
Add the pepperoncinis to the pot, just use half of the 16 oz jar, and save the rest for garnish.
Add about ⅓ cup (or more to taste) of the juice from the pepperoncini jar to the pot.
Add the red wine, if using. Then pour the beef broth over everything and give it a good stir.
Close the lid and set the steam release knob to the Sealing position.
Press the Pressure Cook/Manual button or dial, then the +/- button or dial to select 60 minutes*. High Pressure. The pot will take several minutes to come to pressure.
When the cook cycle has finished, turn off the pot and let it sit undisturbed for 15 minutes (15 minute natural release). Then turn the steam release knob to the Venting position to release the remaining steam/pressure.
When the pin in the lid drops back down, open the lid and skim off some of the fat that is on top.
Shred the beef using two forks. You may need to remove it to a plate to do this. Then just add it right back into the pot.
Use a slotted spoon to put some of the shredded beef onto a hoagie roll, top with provolone cheese, then add some of the giardiniera and pepperoncinis on top.
You can use the au jus from the pot to dip the sandwiches in, if you like!
*If you don't cut the roast into 1-pound chunks, it will take longer to cook.
You can make an Italian Beef Sandwich, or serve this flavorful shredded beef over mashed potatoes or rice.
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Monica in WI
OMG this was easy and amazing! New to using the instant pot … and this Italian Beef had great flavor. I used a sirloin tip roast because that was on sale.
I appreciate your blog and am anxious to try many more of your instant pot and air fryer recipes!
Excellent! I followed this to a T (I always do first time trying a recipe) and it was easy and delicious. I’ve tried many recipes for Italian Beef in a crock pot, some better than others. This was my first time making it with the Instant Pot, so I googled “Instant Pot Italian Beef” and found your recipe. I’ll be using yours from now on, I loved the simple recipe and how great everything worked together.
This recipe is totally awesome. We are Bear fans and visit Chicago often for games and an Italian Beef is always our first stop. This recipe is the best one I have tried so far. Thanks and Go Bears, Packers suck!!
This is wonderful! If I double the recipe, do I need to increase the cooking time?
Only increase the cook time if your chunks of beef are really thick. You can have double the meat in pounds, but if cut into 1 pound chunks, the cook time is the same. It takes the same amount of time to cook 5 1-pound chunks as it is t o cook 2 1-pound chunks.
My family makes frequent trips to Chicago, as have extended family there and just generally love the city. This was a huge hit with both my husband and me, and I will definitely be making it again. I’ve already asked my Chicago-native mom if I can make this for her sometime.
Just made this for dinner and everyone loved it! Definitely a crowd-pleaser,
That’s awesome, Carrie! Thank you for your review!
Juicy, yummy and amazing! My husband made his own lunch so he could bring the leftovers!
Lol Sara! I’m happy you both liked it!