The Italian-American population has brought a lot of changes in the way they make food. These events gave birth to a number of delicious foods including this Italian beef recipe that is perfect for sandwiches and main course.

In this recipe, we’ll show you how to make Italian beef inspired by the recipe from Portillo. Its tender, flavorful, and absolutely filling. This will be the star of any picnic and party.

Now you no longer have to go out of the house and drive to the nearest Portillo to have that exquisite taste of Italian beef. Simply take out your pans and follow this recipe. You can now have Italian beef anytime. 

How To Make Copycat Portillo's Italian Beef

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30 mins
30 mins
1 hr


  • 5 lb. rump roast
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. onion salt
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 pkg. Italian salad dressing mix
  • 1 cube beef bullion
  • 1 sprig oregano
  • 1 sprig basil
  • 2 cloves garlic


  • In a saucepan over medium high heat, combine the water, salt, black pepper, oregano, basil, onion salt, garlic and salad dressing mix.
  • Stir well and bring to a boil.
  • Place roast in a slow cooker and pour mixture over the roast.
  • Cover and cook on low for 10 to 12 hours.
  • Shred meat with a fork.
  • Serve on rolls.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 267kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 117mg | Sodium: 436mg | Potassium: 650mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 9IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 4mg

Commonly Asked Questions

Which Cut of Meat Should I Use For Italian Beef?

You can always choose the cut of your choice in making Italian beef. The most common one used by restaurants, however, is the sirloin. It is also safe to ask your butcher if unsure of which cut to use. 


Main Dish


Italian Beef is great for lunch. You no longer have to wait in line to grab that filling dish. Prepare this in the comfort of your kitchen and you can bring it out to lunch and picnics!