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Instant Pot Italian Beef Sandwich

This juicy and delicious Instant Pot Italian beef sandwich is full of Italian seasonings, crunchy giardiniera, and melty provolone cheese served on a hoagie roll.

Instant Pot Italian Beef Sandwich served on toasted hoagie rolls.

Are you looking for a big, juicy, and delicious sandwich to feed your hungry crowd?

This Instant Pot Italian Beef Sandwich is full of juicy, fall-apart tender chuck roast, seasoned with Italian seasonings, savory garlic, and spicy pepperoncini, served on a toasted hoagie roll with melted provolone cheese, and crunchy giardiniera. 

The Instant Pot makes the beef fall-apart tender in a fraction of the time it would take to slow cook in the oven.

And you can easily adjust the amount for the number of guests you’re serving.

This sandwich is so satisfying and easy to put together, it can be served up as a mid-week dinner, or a weekend lunch!

Trust me, hungry bellies are no match for this Instant Pot Italian Beef Sandwich!

Shredded italian beef in a bowl.

Ingredients for Instant Pot Italian beef sandwich

  • Chuck roast – This cut of meat is perfect for these sandwiches because it has tons of flavor.
  • Garlic – A classic ingredient that will add earthiness to the dish.
  • Italian dressing mix – This can be found in the dressing aisle of the grocery store, and will add flavors of garlic, herbs, and other spices!
  • Pepperoncini – These will add a sharp vinegary bite, and a slight heat to our sandwiches.
  • Beef stock – Feel free to use homemade or your favorite store-bought variety.
  • Giardiniera – This will add a great crunch and slight spice to our sandwiches. 
  • Sliced provolone – Provolone melts perfectly on these sandwiches.
Instant Pot Italian Beef Sandwich topped with Giardiniera.

What is giardiniera?

Giardiniera is an Italian pickle relish, made from a blend of pickled vegetables such as cauliflower, carrots, celery, pearl onions, bell peppers, chiles, and olives. 

You can find giardiniera at most major grocery stores in the pickle aisle.

Some varieties will be spicier than others, and are often labeled “mild,” or “hot,” so feel free to choose your desired level of heat.

Other cheeses

If you’re not a fan of provolone, no worries! Here are some other cheeses that would work well on this Instant Pot Italian Beef Sandwich:

  • Mozzarella
  • Pepper jack 
  • Gouda
  • Fontina
Instant Pot Italian Beef Sandwich served with pickled vegetables and cheese.

What is an Instant Pot?

An Instant Pot is an electric multi-cooker that can be used to sauté, as a slow cooker, and of course, pressure cook.

There are a lot of horror stories about using old-fashioned stovetop pressure cookers but these are much safer and WAY easier to use.

They use high-pressurized steam to help cook meat and vegetables at a much quicker rate than traditional stovetop or slow cooker options.

Instant Pots are VERY easy to use and very safe. Don’t worry if you’re new to the electric pressure cooker world. You will absolutely LOVE it!

What is the difference between an Instant Pot and an electric pressure cooker?

Instant Pot is a brand name electric pressure cooker. Since most people recognize the name “Instant Pot” and think of an electric pressure cooker it’s often easier to just title a recipe with IP in the name.

I have also used the crockpot version electric pressure cooker with equally delicious results.

This is the same as most people calling a plastic bandage a Band-aid or a tissue a Kleenex. Over time the brand names become synonymous with a type of product.

Instant Pot Italian Beef Sandwich topped with pickled vegetables.

What is the difference between natural release and quick release?

When a recipe calls to let your Instant Pot “natural release” it means your pressure cooker will naturally (and very slowly) release the pressure.

Many recipes call for the pressure cooker to naturally release for a period of time because this helps the recipe cook just a little longer.

Since the pressure cooker will be slowly losing pressure you do not have to do anything; it will eventually lose all its pressure and the lid will unlock.

When a recipe calls for quick release, this means you will manually be letting the pressure out of the Instant Pot.

You will have to turn the vent to the “venting” position and a bunch of hot steam will come out of the vent. It is very important that you do not put your hand in the steam as it is VERY HOT.

This will then immediately unlock the lid and the food can be served.

Storage and leftovers

Any leftover Italian beef can be cooled and stored in an airtight container and kept in the fridge for up to 3 days.

To reheat, simply place in a microwave-safe container, covered loosely with a paper towel, and heat for 2-3 minutes or until heated thoroughly. 

Instant Pot Italian Beef Sandwich on a tray.

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Insant Pot Italian Beef Sandwich

Author: Brandy O’Neill – Nutmeg Nanny
This juicy and delicious Instant Pot Italian beef sandwich is full of Italian seasonings, crunchy giardiniera, and melty provolone cheese served on a hoagie roll.
4.50 from 2 votes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6 sandwiches


  • 1 3 pound chuck roast
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 0.7 ounce Italian dressing mix packet
  • 1 12 ounce jar sliced pepperoncini
  • 1/4 cup pepperoncini brine
  • 2 cup beef stock
  • 6 hoagie rolls
  • 12 slices provolone cheese
  • Giardiniera roughly chopped


  • To your Instant pot add chuck roast, garlic, an Italian seasoning packet, sliced pepperoncini, pepperoncini brine, and beef stock.
  • Attach the lid and ensure the valve is in the sealing position.
  • Cook on the Manual-High Pressure setting for 45 minutes.
  • Then allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes, vent the Instant Pot, take off the lid and shred the beef.
  • To serve, sliced your hoagie rolls open and toast them if desired.
  • Add 2 slices of cheese to the hoagie roll, add meat, and top with chopped giardiniera.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 1116mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g
Course Instant Pot
Cuisine American
Keyword instant pot italian beef, italian beef, italian beef sandwich, slow cooked italian beef, the bear italian beef sandwich
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