Slow Cooker Vegan Italian Beef

This recipe is a revision of my previous recipe for vegan Italian beef, and takes it to the next level. For this recipe, I combined shredded jackfruit and thin-sliced seitan to create an unforgettable texture. Together, they are magical. I also wanted to create a broth that was healthier. Last time, I used prepackaged broth, but this time, I made my own broth—loaded with red miso, reduced sodium soy sauce, onions, garlic, and Italian herbs and spices. I’m psyched for you to try it!

Traditionally, Italian beef is served with hot giardiniera on top. In the US, you can buy it at most grocery stores. To be fair, I have had a hard time finding hot giardiniera on the US’s West Coast. If push comes to shove, I would recommend going online to order it, or making your own from scratch.

If you don’t love hot spicy condiments, you can opt for mild giardiniera, which is much easier to find in the US, regardless of coast. I had no problem finding it at my local Kroger grocery store, Fred Meyer. Whether using hot or mild giardiniera, I prefer it packed in oil, rather than packed in water and vinegar, but either kind will work for this recipe.

If you aren’t into giardiniera, you can still make this recipe. Some people like Italian beef with pepperoncini. Other people don’t top it with anything at all. It’s all a matter of preference, but I am of the school that the condiment adds something to the mix.

So, load up a hoagie bun with vegan Italian beef, add an extra bit of broth, top it generously with giardiniera, and enjoy!

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Slow Cooker Vegan Italian Beef

1 medium onion, sliced into thin crescents

10 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped

Black pepper, to taste

2 Tbsp olive oil (or 2 Tbsp oil from the hot giardiniera)

¼ cup reduced sodium soy sauce

2 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp dried basil

1-2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

½ tsp garlic powder

½ tsp onion powder

3 cups water

1 ½ Tbsp red miso

1 14 ounce can of jackfruit packed in water, drained and shredded

1 lb of seitan OR two 8 ounce packages of seitan, thinly sliced

1 16 ounce jar of giardiniera (hot or mild) packed in oil (see note above)

8 hoagie buns

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1. In a large, heavy pot or dutch oven, add onions, garlic, black pepper, and oil. Sauté over medium-low heat until the onions are translucent or for ~7 minutes. Add reduced sodium soy sauce, oregano, basil, crushed red pepper flakes, garlic powder, and onion powder. Sauté for another 3 minutes.

Slow Cooker Vegan Italian Beef

2. Add water and red miso. Simmer for 3 minutes, and then, taste. Adjust seasonings, if necessary. Maybe more red pepper flakes? Maybe a little more soy sauce?

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3. Add jackfruit and seitan to the slow cooker. Pour of the entire contents of the pot or dutch oven over the jackfruit/seitan. Combine. Secure the lid on the slow cooker, and cook on HIGH for 4-5 hours. Serve on hoagie buns, and top with giardiniera.

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