Slow Cooker Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches

Slow Cooker Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches that are so tender and flavorful you’ll feel like you’re in Philly. Perfect for a crowd!

Slow Cooker Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches that are so tender and flavorful you'll feel like you're in Philly. Perfect for a crowd!

Slow Cooker Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches are the answer to all your Philly Cheese Steak dreams. We’ve made this recipe three times in the last two weeks and I think I’ve enjoyed so many I’ve already matched my 2016 beef consumption in just that time.

The beef is super tender, the liquid left behind is magic (I actually froze what liquid I didn’t add to a little bowl for dunking – I know like a cross between a french dip and a Philly cheesesteak but the liquid was SO good). The bell peppers, onions and mushrooms add a delicious flavor to the beef, the liquid and the sandwich. 

Slow Cooker Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches that are so tender and flavorful you'll feel like you're in Philly. Perfect for a crowd!

I’m by no means a purist when it comes to cheese steaks, I will take them any way I can get them I love them so much, so these Slow Cooker Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches were right up my ally. We made them for the superbowl party we had and they were such a hit we just haven’t stopped.

I will say the most authentic thing about these Slow Cooker Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches that people from Philadelphia won’t be upset with me for is the Cheez Whiz that I add to them. It melts and acts like a delicious sandwich glue that you’re going to love. 

Slow Cooker Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches that are so tender and flavorful you'll feel like you're in Philly. Perfect for a crowd!

The blog has been slow cooker obsessed these last few weeks. I think it has to do with the terrible weather we’ve been having, but seeing a slow cooker slowly bubbling away on the counter just makes me so happy these days.

Looking for more Cheese Steak recipes? Look no further!

Slow Cooker Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches that are so tender and flavorful you'll feel like you're in Philly. Perfect for a crowd!

Some quick tips on these Slow Cooker Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches:

  • I brown the beef for a good five minutes on each side before putting it in the slow cooker. I mean look at that crust in the sandwich photos!
  • I add the veggies in the last hour, if you add them into the pot in the beginning they’ll melt into nothing. If you forget/arent home in time you can also sauté them quickly with canola oil, kosher salt and pepper on medium high heat, then just add them on top or even stir them into the slow cooker  just before serving to get some of the cooking liquid on them.
  • This isn’t a sandwich you have to dip to enjoy, and I would say about 50/50 were pro-dip vs no-dip, but the liquid left behind is amazing, don’t toss it.
  • Consider Cheez Whiz, but if you’re anti-processed cheese I highly suggest Provolone, thats what my husband puts on his and it is also awesome. To give his cheese a better melt I dunk the provolone slices in the liquid with some tongs for a few seconds before putting them onto his sandwich.
  • Consider buttering very lightly and then toasting your hoagie rolls. It takes the bread to another dimension.
  • Enjoy and please come back and tell me your thoughts! 

Slow Cooker Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches that are so tender and flavorful you'll feel like you're in Philly. Perfect for a crowd!

Tools Used in the making of these Slow Cooker Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches:
Slow Cooker: Love this slow cooker and how programmable it is, it has been a workhorse for me… until…
My New Slow Cooker: This recipe was made in this slow cooker. For larger roasts I also brown the meat in the insert and not lose a bunch of the flavor by transferring the meat and leaving the browned bits behind. If you’re thinking of a new slow cooker, consider it if your budget is open.
Worcestershire Sauce: I have been using this brand most of my life and when my husband came home with the store brand one day and I figured “eh no biggie” I could immediately taste the difference. Stick with the original.
Cheez Whiz: I know what you are thinking, Cheez Whiz? YES, but I really only use Cheez Whiz when it comes to cheese steaks. Sometimes you have to go with the authentic ingredient and push the thought of “processed cheese product” out of your mind. Alternately feel free to use provolone which is also delicious.
Strand Brewing Company Beer: Love their beer, if you are in California you can even buy it at Costco. No sponsorship here but just lots of delicious beer.

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Slow Cooker Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches

Slow Cooker Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches that are so tender and flavorful you’ll feel like you’re in Philly. Perfect for a crowd!
Yield 10 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes
Course Sandwich
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder

Ingredients
 

  • 4-5 pounds chuck roast
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 can (10.5 oz) condensed French onion soup
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup beer we like Strand Brewing Company - any dark beer will work though
  • 1 yellow onion sliced into 1/4" slices
  • 8 ounces crimini mushrooms sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper sliced into 1/4" slices
  • 10 hoagie rolls
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • Cheez Whiz or Provolone Cheese

Instructions

  • Season the chuck roast with the Kosher salt and pepper (if you are sensitive to sodium, adjust to your taste or you can even leave the salt out altogether since you’re adding broth and soup).
  • Heat your pan (or if you can brown in your slow cooker, do it in that insert) to medium high.
  • Add the canola oil and when it ripples and is hot add in the roast and brown, deeply, for 4-5 minutes on each side.
  • In your slow cooker add the beef, the beef broth, the french onion soup, Worcestershire sauce, and the beer. Enjoy drinking the second half of that beer!
  • Cook on low for 8 hours.
  • Add in the onion, mushrooms, and bell pepper in the last hour of cooking.
  • To serve, toast your hoagie rolls with a bit of butter spread onto the cut sides.
  • With a very sharp knife cut your beef against the grain.
  • Add you cheese of choice, some of the meat and top with the cooked veggies.
  • I like to have a bit of the liquid (with the fat skimmed off on the side,) but it is totally optional.

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Nutrition

Calories: 400kcal | Protein: 35g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 137mg | Sodium: 526mg | Potassium: 628mg | Vitamin A: 165IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 3.9mg
Keyword: Slow Cooker Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches
Slow Cooker Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches that are so tender and flavorful you'll feel like you're in Philly. Perfect for a crowd!
Slow Cooker Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches that are so tender and flavorful you'll feel like you're in Philly. Perfect for a crowd!

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. If you are going to call it a Philly cheesesteak then don’t put GREEN PEPPER in it. Never ever does Philly use green pepper. Call it something else

    1. I believe food is very much up to interpretation, meaning anything can go into a recipe that wouldn’t be in it originally. In my personal opinion, I thought that the bell peppers, onions, and mushrooms added a delicious flavor to the beef. There is always room for substitutions as well. If you make this recipe, feel free to take things out or put other things in.

  2. Hi Sabrina, I love in Dubai and you can never find decent Philly cheese steak sandwiches here so I’m making your recipe.
    I’m cooking this with topside roast as that’s all I could find. I hope that’s OK. And I’m cooking with 2 pounds of topside.
    Also provolone cheese is very expensive here so I’m trying gouda cheese.. In addition I will use a little bit of mayonnaise on the bread..
    Will let you know how it turns out.
    Is it OK to slow cook for 7 hours and then wait for 2-3 hours and then add the veggies and slow cook again for an hour?

    1. I’m so glad you able to give this recipe a try. When you mention waiting for 2-3 hours, do you mean the slow cooker is on the warm setting or off? If so, I think it might just be better to make the veggies separate. Good luck!

  3. Made this tonight. Essentially, it’s a pot roast sandwich. Nothing close to a steak and cheese flavor. Won’t make again.

  4. If I’m ever down in south philly and hungry enough to order a cheesesteak
    From pats or geno’s

    I always make sure I say
    with as straight a face as possible:

    Oh Yo Bro
    No Whiz On My Cheeseteak

  5. I made these last night and they turned out Amazing. I followed the directions to a tee. Such an easy recipe, but yet great flavor. I used a Stone IPA, good choice I believe. I also used toasted Artesano sausage rolls. Perfect match. I did take the topping for each sandwich topped with provolone and heated it up the skillet to melt the cheese. Family loved them. Will definitely make a them again.

  6. Hello there, I am from New Zealand and we can’t get cans of french onion soup here. What could I use as an alternative? I would love to try this recipe, it looks & sounds so good!

  7. This looks like my kind of recipe – EASY!!! But I have some questions.
    I plan to serve this at our April Camping Club Pot Luck, there will be about 20 people to feed. I have cooked two chuck roasts (6-8 lbs) in my 9×13 crockpot before (Mississippi Pot Roast) to serve this group of seniors. My question is should I just double the broth and French Onion Soup (hope it fits)? Is there any other adjustments, I should make?
    Also, this is a Church group – can I use broth instead of the beer?

    1. You can definitely use broth instead of beer, no problem. As long as you’re not overcrowding the slow cooker, you’ll be fine. Enjoy!

    1. I’ve not tried it with that kind before but I think I saw another commenter say they used it and it worked. Good luck!

  8. We made this for dinner tonight and it was AMAZING! It was my first time making Philly cheese steaks and this was SO easy and SO delicious! Thank you so much for this great recipe. We write all our favorite recipes in a small journal/notebook, and whenever we try a new recipe, we always talk about if it’s “book-worthy.” Well, this one is definitely book-worthy and will be in regular rotation at our house!

  9. Hey, sounds great! I’m just wondering what you’d replace condensed French onion soup with – I couldn’t find it. Would the Lipton onion soup mix work, somehow?

  10. My sister has made this before for me and it was delicious so I am making it today at my house.

    Can you leave it on low for 10 hours (work schedule is getting in the way) ?

    1. I would suggest getting a slow cooker that automatically turns to a “warm” setting once the cook time is complete. You don’t want to risk drying out the meat from overcooking it. Enjoy!

  11. I made this tonight, except I used venison roast instead of beef and followed the directions exactly and added a tad of Dijon mustard just because. This was wonderful. Used the crockpot and cooked on high for 4 hours. Will make again! Yum.

  12. Our family loves cheesesteaks and we love potroast. Was beyond skeptical about this working, but with the great reviews and the possibility of easily creating great cheesesteaks at home, we went for it. Sadly, these taste nothing like a Philly Cheesesteak. The beef came out amazing…but it tastes like a french dip sandwich/pot roast tryng to pose as a cheesesteak. For us it was disappointing but shouldn’t have been. Reading the recipe should have told us exactly how this would taste and come out. If you are a true cheesesteak lover…this is 0 out of 5. 2 stars because the beef comes out perfect if you want to make French Onion Dip sandwiches. We didnt waste any…but these only look like philly cheesesteaks. Thanks to the author for posting. Happy for her that most people clearly arent discerning cheesesteak eaters 🙂

    1. It’s definitely as authentic as my Philly cheesesteak recipes or even better a Pat’s Philly cheesesteak 🙂 But I’m glad that you were able to enjoy 🙂

  13. I normally dont comment on these, but that looks delicious and cheese whiz is a must for an authentic philly…normally people use ribeye but I think this would be just fine, gonna make it for the family tonight, thanks

  14. Hello Sabrina,

    I would love to make this but I can only get eye of the round beef. Any tips on using it instead of chuck roast ?

    Making this for company tomorrow, so I would really appreciate if you could get back to me quickly.

    Thanks !

    1. I would substitute instead of omitting to keep the liquid ratio. I suggest beef broth, coke, or even apple cider, depending if you want to play with the flavors a bit.

  15. This recipe was DELICIOUS ?! My family loved it! We used Modelo Negra* beer & provolone cheese. Great recipe. Have already sent to several friends.

  16. Can you slice the roast prior to placing it in the crock pot? I am having a large birthday party, and would like to do the minimal amount of work during the actual party.

    1. You won’t want to slice it up before cooking it, sorry. After it’s finished you can leave it in the slow cooker and just shred it for your guests.

    1. I’ve only ever cooked it on low but I think you’ll be fine. Give it around 4-5 hours. Enjoy!

  17. Excellent. I see why you like eating it every day. It’s the best . Thank you for such a great recipe.

  18. Whether this is the ‘original’ recipe or not, it’s fantastic! Very flavorful, and it was enjoyed by all. We used Provolone, since it’s more ‘original’ than Cheese Whiz, since Cheese Whiz was not invented until around 1952. We loved the green peppers in it, since they add a lot of flavor. I’ll try using red bell peppers next time, or a combo of both. I used my homemade garlic butter to spread on the toasted hoagie buns. I’m definitely keeping this recipe in my arsenal of “Terrific Stuff”. Thanks 🙂

  19. My husband is going to love, love, love this recipe! I totally agree with you regarding the “Cheez Whiz”…need to keep this authentic. Thank you, l can feel the love in your recipes and cooking style.

  20. Hi! I used to be a vegetarian for years, so meat is still kind of fun for me to try in different recipes. So as not to sound to dumb, but needing to know- does it say Chuck roast right o the package? I’ve never cooked one! And is that the only type of meat that should be used? Thanks bunches!

  21. Hi Sabrina, is it ok to brown the meat the night before and then place it in the fridge? Mornings are a challenge, would love to simply turn my crockpot on in the morning. Thanks!

    1. Unfortunately you can’t. You never want to brown or partially cook beef to refrigerate and finish cooking later because any bacteria present wouldn’t have been destroyed. Sorry.

    2. My only complaint is that there was not much left over because it was so darn good! I opted for provolone although I’m sure the Cheez whiz would be tasty as well. We toasted the hoagie rolls before loading them up. Oh so good!

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