Crock Pot Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich

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How to make the most delicious Crock Pot Philly cheesesteak sandwich. Easy slow cooker recipe with tips for the best meat, vegetables, bread, and cheese.

Whether you've been to Philly or not, you likely know the city's famous for its cheesesteak sandwiches. I've only been to Philly a couple of times, but I specifically remember my first cheesesteak.

My guys being meat lovers, they love it when I make our favorite stovetop Philly cheesesteak sandwich. And now I love making it even more because I can make it easier with this CrockPot Philly cheesesteak.

Crock Pot Philly cheesesteak on gray plate with Cheetohs and Cheez Whiz

I can load everything into the slow cooker, turn it on for a few hours, and when it's done, everyone makes their own sandwiches. It makes dinner easy and more enjoyable.

I'm telling you, the flavors in this sandwich and the ease with which you can make it, besides chopping up a few vegetables… There's nothing quite like slow cooker Philly cheesesteak sandwiches for dinner.

My favorite part, of course, is the cheese. My guys would say the meat.

If you've got a house full of carnivores like I do, this Crock Pot Philly cheesesteak sandwich is a great recipe for dinnertime. And if you need an appetizer, cheese steak sliders, brushed with garlic butter and seasoned with smoked paprika, are ‘da bomb.

WHERE CAN I FIND THE ACTUAL RECIPE CARD?

If you’d rather skip all of my slow cooking tips, important cooking info for this recipe, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to the recipe – just scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll find a printable recipe card.

WHAT ACTUALLY IS A PHILLY CHEESE STEAK?

In case you've never been to Philly or just really have no clue what I'm even talking about…

A Philly cheese steak sandwich is basically a sandwich made on a hoagie roll with smaller, thinner pieces of beefsteak and cheese. What cheese goes on a Philly cheese steak depends; it can be provolone, American, or Cheez Whiz.

Crock Pot Philly cheesesteak sandwich filled with cheesesteak, provolone cheese, green bell peppers, and Cheez Whiz on gray plate with white Cheetohs

Two of the most famous places people go to buy a Philly cheesesteak sandwich are in Philadelphia, and they sit directly across from each other, Pat's King of Steaks and Geno's Steaks.

Originally a hot dog stall, Pat's was founded in 1930 by two brothers, Pat and Harry Olivieri. They are the ones who actually invented the famous cheesesteak in 1933.

INGREDIENTS YOU'LL NEED:

Remember, all of the ingredient amounts you’ll need are in the printable recipe card below.

KITCHEN TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT YOU'LL NEED:

Ninja Food Chopper Express or Cutting Board and Chef’s Knife

Slow Cooker – I use a Crock Pot 6-qt. slow cooker or my Instant Pot with its slow cooker function. You can also use a Ninja Foodi.

Whisk and Glass Measuring Cup

Baking Sheet or Griddle

Tongs – Tongs are handy for lifting the meat and vegetables out onto your hoagie rolls when serving.

HOW TO MAKE PHILLY CHEESE STEAK IN A CROCK POT

Your first steps are to thinly slice the steak and prepare the garlic, onion, mushrooms, and bell peppers. You'll also need to spray the inside of your slow cooker with cooking spray.

bowls of green bell peppers, yellow onion, garlic, and minced mushrooms for CrockPot Philly Cheesesteak

HOW TO SLICE PHILLY CHEESE STEAK MEAT

Slice against the grain when slicing the sirloin, in order to retain the tenderness of the meat.

Try to slice the meat as thin as possible, slicing it into thin strips for cooking. You'll need a good knife for this.

how to slice Philly cheese steak meat on wooden cutting board with chef's knife

Also, be sure to leave as much of the fat as possible on the meat. Fat gives meat flavor, especially during the cooking process.

FILLING UP YOUR SLOW COOKER

  1. Add the thinly sliced steak to the slow cooker.
  2. Next add in the minced garlic, sliced onion, minced mushrooms, and sliced bell peppers.
  3. Whisk together the beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper.
  4. Pour the beef broth over the meat and vegetables, and give everything a good stir.
how to make Philly cheese steak in a black Crock pot by layering steak, vegetables, whisking up broth, and pouring over the vegetables and meat

Then just cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, or on high for 3 to 4 hours.

cooking meat for Philly cheesesteaks in black Crock Pot slow cooker on low heat

MAKING YOUR SANDWICHES

When your meat is fully cooked, you're ready to make and layer your sandwiches.

  1. Dab a light layer of bacon grease on the inside of your hoagie bun (optional but adds great flavor), and add a slice of provolone cheese, tearing it in half and lining one side of the bun with it. Lightly toast the hoagie buns and cheese on either a griddle or in the oven on a cookie sheet.
  2. Spread mayo on each bun.
  3. Using tongs, add the meat mixture to each bun.
  4. Top with a spoonful or two of heated Cheez Whiz.
making Philly cheesesteak sandwich with hoagie rolls, provolone cheese, mayo, sirloin steak and vegetables, and Cheez Whiz

And that's it. Your sandwiches are ready to serve.

While hoagie rolls complete the ensemble, you can make this recipe more low carb and even gluten-free (provided all your other ingredients are gluten-free) by eating the meat without the bun.

Maybe add your meat to a bed of lettuce or spinach, or pair it with these low carb dinner rolls or keto garlic cheese bread from my friend, Lynsey at Moscato Mom.

MORE DELICIOUS PHILLY CHEESESTEAK RECIPES:

WHAT'S THE BEST MEAT FOR PHILLY CHEESE STEAK?

Most people will recommend ribeye for cheesesteaks at home, but ribeye can be quite expensive. Others recommend top round steak.

For this recipe, at the recommendation of our butcher, I used a sirloin steak, sliced thinly. It had just enough fat to give the meat a lot of flavor and to make the meat quite tender when cooked.

The great thing about cooking meat in the slow cooker is that it will be very, very tender. So tender it'll almost fall apart in your mouth.

sirloin steak cooked in black Crock Pot slow cooker with onions, green bell peppers, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and beef broth

Two things to look for when buying Philly cheese steak meat…

  • You need to be able to slice it thinly.
  • It needs to be tender, not tough; and fat is a good thing for both flavor and tenderness.

BEST CHEESE ON A CROCK POT PHILLY CHEESE STEAK SANDWICH

Opinion really varies on what cheese to use. It really is a debate if you research it.

The traditional consensus says either Cheez Whiz or provolone. Some even say American cheese pairs well with the provolone.

We tried it with both, and while I love the provolone, the Cheez Whiz won my taste buds over. However, it's up for debate in our house too because a couple of my guys really love the provolone.

So I live on the wild side and use both. I melt provolone onto the bun when I toast it, and then add Cheez Whiz to the finished sandwich. Delicious!

close up CrockPot Philly cheesesteak sandwich on hoagie bun with sirloin steak, onion, green bell peppers, and provolone cheese topped with Cheez Whiz, on gray plate with white cheese puffs

WHAT TO SERVE WITH PHILLY CHEESE STEAKS

We usually eat cheese steaks with fresh veggies, chips, and/or fruit.

They pair really well with potato wedges or steak fries, French fries, pasta salad, broccoli cauliflower salad, this vegetable finger salad, and even corn on the cob.

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Yield: 6

Crock Pot Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich

Crock Pot Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich

How to make the most delicious Crock Pot Philly cheesesteak sandwich. Easy slow cooker recipe with tips for the best meat, vegetables, bread, and cheese.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Thinly slice the steak*, and prepare the garlic, onion, mushrooms, and bell peppers.
  2. Spray the inside of your slow cooker with cooking spray.
  3. Add the thinly sliced steak to the slow cooker.
  4. Next add in the minced garlic, sliced onion, minced mushrooms, and sliced bell peppers.
  5. Whisk together the beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper.
  6. Pour the beef broth over the meat and vegetables, and give everything a good stir.
  7. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, or on high for 3 to 4 hours.
  8. When your meat is fully cooked, you're ready to make and layer your sandwiches.*
  9. Optional step: Dab a light layer of bacon grease on the inside of your hoagie bun (adds great flavor).
  10. Then add a slice of provolone cheese, tearing it in half and lining one whole side of the bun with it. Lightly toast the hoagie buns and cheese on either a griddle or in the oven on a cookie sheet.
  11. Spread mayo on each bun.
  12. Using tongs, add the meat mixture to each bun.
  13. Top with a spoonful or two of heated Cheez Whiz.
  14. And that's it. Your sandwiches are ready to serve.

Notes

*Most people will recommend ribeye for cheesesteaks at home, but ribeye can be quite expensive. Others recommend top round steak. For this recipe, at the recommendation of our butcher, I used a sirloin steak, sliced thinly. It had just enough fat to give the meat a lot of flavor and to make the meat quite tender when cooked.

Two things to look for when buying Philly cheese steak meat…

  • You need to be able to slice it thinly.
  • It needs to be tender, not tough, and fat is a good thing for both flavor and tenderness.

**While I prefer fresh mushrooms, you can also use canned mushrooms.

1. HOW TO SLICE PHILLY CHEESE STEAK MEAT

Slice against the grain when slicing the sirloin, in order to retain the tenderness of the meat. Also, be sure to leave as much of the fat as possible on the meat. Fat gives meat flavor, especially during the cooking process.

Slice the meat as thin as possible, slicing it into thin strips for cooking. You'll need a good knife for this.

8. While hoagie rolls complete the ensemble, you can make this recipe more low carb and even gluten-free (provided all your other ingredients are gluten-free) by eating the meat without the bun. Maybe add your meat to a bed of lettuce or spinach, or pair it with these low carb dinner rolls or keto garlic cheese bread from my friend, Lynsey at Moscato Mom.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 793Total Fat: 53gSaturated Fat: 22gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 201mgSodium: 1786mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 2gSugar: 6gProtein: 58g

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