These Philly shredded beef sandwiches use a go-to shredded beef recipe that is quick and easy to prepare. Let it cook in the crockpot and then divide it into 2-cup portions to freeze for use in other meals. These Philly steak sandwiches use a portion of that shredded beef that is loaded with peppers, onions and cheese and served on toasted sourdough bread, rather than hoagie rolls. They're so delicious, you might think you've died and gone to Philadelphia!

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Recipe Summary

55 mins
6 hrs 25 mins


Shredded Beef
Philly Beef Sandwich


Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare shredded beef: Trim fat from meat. If necessary, cut the roast to fit into a 4- to 5-quart slow cooker. Place onions and garlic in the cooker. Top with the roast. Combine broth, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, thyme, salt, and cayenne pepper in a medium bowl. Pour over everything in the cooker.

  • Cover and cook on Low for 11 to 12 hours or on High for 5 1/2 to 6 hours.

  • Remove the meat from the cooker; remove the onions with a slotted spoon, reserving the cooking liquid. Using two forks, shred the meat; discard fat. Skim the fat from liquid. Add the onions to the meat; add enough liquid to the meat to moisten.

  • To prepare sandwiches: In a large skillet, cook onion and garlic in hot oil over medium heat about 5 minutes or until tender. Add 2 cups shredded beef (reserve remaining beef for another use), broth, pepperoncini peppers oregano, paprika, black pepper and celery seed. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, about 5 minutes or until heated through and liquid nearly evaporates.

  • Place cheese slices on half of the bread slices. Spread mayonnaise on remaining bread slices. Spoon meat mixture over cheese slices. Top with remaining bread slices.

Make ahead

Place 2-cup portions of the beef in airtight containers; cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts

1 sandwich
454 calories; protein 39.3g; carbohydrates 37.2g; dietary fiber 2.6g; sugars 4.7g; fat 16.6g; saturated fat 6.2g; cholesterol 72.5mg; vitamin a iu 701.3IU; vitamin c 5.8mg; folate 142.1mcg; calcium 263.3mg; iron 4.5mg; magnesium 56.8mg; potassium 615.6mg; sodium 975.1mg.

4 lean protein, 2 1/2 starch, 1 1/2 fat