Easy Instant Pot Italian Beef (Whole30 Paleo Keto) – a traditional Italian Beef recipe made simple in the Instant Pot. Tender, juicy, and full of flavor! Whole30 compliant.
My husband grew up in the Chicago area and often reminisces about the Italian Beef sandwiches he enjoyed as a kid. Actually, he raves about them, in a semi obsessive way! I really wanted to recreate his favorite but struggled to find a “clean” recipe I felt good about serving my family. Most of the recipes I found used those Italian or gravy seasoning packets which contain lots of yucky hidden additives like sugar, soy, MSG, even wheat. So I created my own version of Italian Beef, keeping it Whole30 compliant, and it got the double thumbs up from my hubby!
To keep things quick and simple, I made this Italian Beef recipe in the Instant Pot. I love how the Instant Pot tenderizes large cuts of meat in a shorter amount of time than the slow cooker. I’ve used this method in the past with my Mexican Shredded Beef and the result is some super tender and flavorful meat!
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How to Make Italian Beef in the Instant Pot
Begin by preparing the ingredients – slice the onion and drain the pepperoncini, reserving the brine. Also make the Homemade Italian Seasoning Blend if needed. I always have my spice cabinet stocked with these Homemade Seasonings Blends because they are so convenient!
Combine 1/2 cup each of brine and broth. Add seasoning and salt and set aside.
Heat the oil in the Instant Pot on the Saute function. Add the beef and brown it on all sides.
Add onion and pepperoncini to the pot and pour broth mixture over top. Cook under pressure for 50 minutes on the Manual setting.
Gently shred the beef and return to the liquid if desired. I like to use just a small amount of the liquid to moisten the beef and add extra flavor.
Variations and Tips for Serving Instant Pot Italian Beef
Enjoy it the traditional Chicago way on a crusty roll (non Whole30/Paleo, obviously!)
Make a big Italian Beef salad with lettuce, additional peppers, and cheese (if desired)
Pack into Italian Beef Meal Prep Bowls – beef and cauli rice for Whole30
For a delicious Whole30 dinner, serve with a side of sweet potato fries or these Baked Rosemary Curly Fries
- Heat oil on the Saute function and add the beef, browning on all sides. Once the beef is browned on all sides, turn off the Saute function.
- Add onion and pepperoncini to the pot.
- In a separate bowl, stir together broth, brine, seasoning, and salt. Pour over the beef into the pot.
- Seal lid and set the Pot for 50 minutes on the Manual function. When cycle is complete, allow natural release for 10-15 minutes.
- Shred the beef.