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Recipe: Italian Beef in Slow Cooker

This recipe is for a busy family who has no time to cook. Throw all ingredients into a slow cooker and let it cook over night or start the cooker in the morning and cook it all day. The house will be smelling great when you come home for dinner. Serve it over noodles or rice, and you have a great, filling, and tasty meal that is easy to make.

  • 2.5 lbs. Stewing beef
  • 1 16 oz. jar of Italian Giardiniera (Italian pickled vegetables)
  • 1/2 16 oz. jar of Pepperoncini
  • 1 packet of gluten-free Italian dressing powder, or home made Italian seasoning mix (recipe below)
  • 1 C warm water
Italian Seasoning mix
  • 1 TBSP Granulated onion
  • 1/2 TBSP Granulated garlic
  • 1 TBSP Sugar
  • 3 pinches Dried oregano
  • 2 pinches Dried parsley
  • 2 pinches Dried basil
  • 1 pinch Dried thyme
  • 1 pinch Celery seeds
  • 1/8 tsp Black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher salt
  1. For the best results, brown the beef in a skillet first. This will give the dish a nice, seared beef flavor. Omit this step if you are trying to cut the preparation time (but not recommended).
  2. Add the water to the slow cooker. Note: If you brown the beef, deglaze the pan with 1 cup of water after you finish browning the beef, and use it in place of plain water.
  3. Put the beef in the slow cooker and sprinkle the Italian seasoning mix evenly over the beef.
  4. Spread the vegetables on top of the beef.
  5. Pour about 1/2 of liquid from the jar of Italian Giardiniera.
  6. Cook it on low for 12 hours.

If you don't want the vegetables to become too soft, you can add the vegetables in the last 2 hours of cooking.

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Re: Italian Beef in Slow Cooker

Hi i just wanna ask is this a gluten and casein free? How u made those and where i could buy the recipe i am looking for gluten free and casein free recipe for my son! Hope this is ok for him thanks

Yes, this is Gluten and casein free!

All of our recipes on this site are gluten free, and most of my recipes are casein free as well. You can filter recipes by allergies to find gluten and casein free recipes (look for the "View filter options" button on Here is the quick link to gluten and dairy free recipes.

This particular beef dish is quite simple - there are only 6 steps. Please see the ingredients and directions above. All of our recipes are FREE! I make my own seasoning mix as packaged seasonings tend to upset my husband's stomach. Hope your son will enjoy it!

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