Yesterday I was in the mood for beef. And something spicy. And something substantial. And something that I could toss in the crock pot, set on “Low” and not worry about it. I was having a hankering for veggies too like carrots, bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, garlic and tomatoes. So voila . . . Italian Beef.

As with many crock pot recipes, prep time for this Italian Beef Recipe is under 15 minutes. Then it’s low and slow for about 8 hours. We served the meat and veggies over pasta, but it can easily be served plain or over rice, or shredded and enveloped by a hoagie bun. Try it out and let me know how you like it!

Italian Beef Recipe

3-4 pound beef roast
4 carrots, cut into large chunks
1 orange bell pepper, chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
2 yellow onions, chopped
8 oz mushrooms, chopped
6 cloves garlic, chopped
1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
3-4 tablespoons Italian seasonings (blend of oregano, thyme, basil, parsley and rosemary)
2-3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
Kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste

*olives and pepperoncini for garnish

Place vegetables in crock pot first. Then set meat on top of vegetables. Cover with tomatoes, Italian seasonings and Worcestershire sauce. Set on “Low” for 8 hours. Vegetables will be very tender, and the meat will pull apart easily. Plate over pasta, rice or plain and garnish with olives and mild pepperoncini. Yum!