CrockPot Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches

Philly Cheesesteaks are a sandwich legend. Every city seems to have come up with their own version, but the variety eaten and sold in Philadelphia is the Original and Traditional -- and that is what everyone thinks of when they have a craving!

This simple recipe prepares the meat, onions, and peppers in the crockpot slow cooker to make an easy and delicious dinner that the whole family will love.

(Originally posted in 2008, during my Year of Slow Cooking.)

photo updated 2016 @bhofack2 via deposit photos

Day 37.

I've never been to Philadelphia. That means I've never had an authentic Philly Cheesesteak. 
I have ordered them in restaurants and every time I do, I seem to get a different variation. 

I made this recipe up with stuff we had around the house, and  it was tasty, well-received, and extremely easy.

The Ingredients:
serves 4
(use 1/2 pound of meat per person)

2 pounds sliced tri-tip or fajia meat
1/2 sliced onion
2 red, green, yellow or orange bell pepper, sliced
1/3 cup of white wine
2 tablespoons  Worcestershire sauce (not pictured)

--favorite cheese: American, Cheddar, Gruyere, Swiss, Provolone

The Directions:

If you are using 2 pounds of meat, use a 4-quart slow cooker.
--dump sliced meat into stoneware 
--put sliced pepper and onion in too
--add white wine and Worcestershire sauce

cover and cook on low for 8-9 hours or high for 4-6.

Spoon meat onto sliced french rolls or other favorite bread-item. 

Bake at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes, or until cheese is nice and melty.

 Adam and I chose pepper jack for our cheese and the kids chose cheddar. 

Traditionally, provolone is used, although some people actually use Cheese Whiz!!

Since we're gluten free, I made our own rolls using a bread mix from Whole Foods. The bread was delicious--I'd definitely recommend it to those with gluten allergies.

updated 2/2016 : this variety of bread mix is no longer available. 

That said, there are MANY MORE OPTIONS in the gluten free universe now than there were in 2008. 

I can find gluten free hoagie or ciabotta buns in the freezer section of many grocery stores. My current favorite brands are the Against the Grain and Scharr varieties.

If you are low carb, paleo, or keto, you might prefer making a Philly Cheesesteak Soup. I have a recipe for that, too! :-)

Make homemade philly cheesesteak sandwiches easily by cooking the meat in your crockpot slow cooker. This is a gluten free version -- top with your favorite cheese and serve in hoagie buns. YUM.

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Posted by: Stephanie O'Dea | A Year of Slow Cooking at February 06, 2017

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  1. Oh that looks really good, adding it to my shopping list for next week!

  2. I'm impressed. You crack me up with your "I feel meat should be brown" comment.

    I recommend Pamela's Amazing Bread Mix (gf), but have never tried the WF mix for comparison.

  3. dude. where do you get the gluten-free worshishire sauce? i can't find any ANYWHERE. i've been using sardine paste and extra salt instead or a mix of the sardine paste and wheat-free soy sauce.

    i haven't tried that bread, it requires dairy. we use the gluten-free pantry, make it gluten-free and allow the boys small amounts of it, since it still has eggs.

    whew. that's a long comment yo.

  4. Laura, Lea and Perrins is GF. I've read on a few GF message boards that some people react, but we have not. We have Lea and Perrins in all our grocery stores. It's owned by Heinz.

  5. I've missed so many yummy recipes....

    Think I'm feeling well enough again to eat. These look sooooo good!

  6. Stephanie, you have outdone yourself with this one. Thanks for planning tonights dinner for me!

  7. my husband thanks you.

    and even though we are not gluten free i may like to try that bread. it looks yummy

  8. kay, your husband is welcome!
    gluten free bread is something else. If you are going to try it, get some french rolls for backup. I don't think I would voluntarily eat it if I had the choice not too..

  9. I want to try this recipe! I just wanted to let you know that I featured you over on my blog today!

  10. this is my favorite sandwich! yummy!

  11. so how you doin' with this challenge? Think you'll seriously make 365 entries this year? Wowza!! You are so ambitious. And a little nutty if I might add. =) I did pulled pork in the crock the other day and we feasted on it for days. Juice from one orange and a bottle of BBQ sauce made it ever so yummy. Thanks for the inspitation, you nutter you!

  12. Another yummy recipe. I want to come to your house for dinner.

  13. Ah, thankyou. Just went and bought ingredients!

  14. Anonymous6/15/2008

    Thank you sooo much for all these gluten free recipe ideas. This looks so yummy. What is tri tip?

    P.s. you crack me up!!

  15. Anonymous2/07/2009

    Philly cheesesteaks require a lot of onions that are stringy with gooey Cheese Whiz. Nothing fancy!! The roll has to be a steak roll that is soft and squishy!

  16. In Philly we use frozen steak meat by the brand Steak-umms

    and it is a gluten free food!! Can't use your crock pot but you will get an authentic Philly Cheese Steak experience with them. BTW-Thank you so very much for this wonderful blog! I come here all of the time.

  17. Yes onions, skip the peppers and cheesewhiz. Use provolone and it's like Mama's on Belmont in Philly. Mmmmmmmm.

  18. Hmmmm. Maybe try some red wine in plase of the white. I always use red wine for red meat.

  19. Added mushrooms and large cracked pepper. Can't wait, it's cooking right now! I'm on a 30 day crock challenge and I love your recipes! There are so many that I don't think I can confine myself to only 30 days! Thanks!

  20. Anonymous3/05/2011

    I'm a low-carber, and I plan on dumping the crockpot mix in a casserole dish with cheese on top to bake. nom nom nom.

    Thanks for making cooking less scary! :)

  21. Ok, what is tri-tip???

  22. Hi Nicole! I really should update this recipe--- when I wrote it, I had no idea that tri-tip was a regional thing.
    wikipedia definition of tri-tip

    If you can't find it in your area, you can use steaks, or a hunk of meat---anything, really. The meat might shred more if it has a higher fat content, but unless you're doing a side by side comparison it'll be just fine.


  23. I'm excited about this recipe. Dominos Pizza has a Philly Cheese steak pizza now, and I am going to try to use your recipe for the topping, plus a low carb crust. I think it will be fabulous!

  24. Heather McDonald3/03/2023

    Ok I know I’m a thousand years late with this, but is there a substitute for the white wine? I don’t drink alcohol at all or have a reason to enter a liquor store, and it wouldn’t make sense to buy some to only use a tiny bit of the bottle.

  25. hi Heather! Go ahead and use some apple juice or white grape juice. :-) enjoy!