Chicago’s Italian Style Beef Sandwich

Feb 19, 2021 122

BY: Dena Fenza & Lisa DeFalco

Chicago Style Italian beef sandwich is an Italian American recipe that originated in Chicago in the 1930’s. It is classic Chicago Street food, composed of beef simmered in an au jus. The beef is put on crusty bread, dipped in the broth and topped with roasted sweet peppers and giardiniera (Italian style pickled vegetables). This sandwich has become a city and statewide food staple.

There are some conflicting stories as to where this sandwich originated. One account states that it was created by Italian immigrants who worked for Chicago’s old union stockyards. They would often bring home the less desirable cuts of beef that could not be sold. They would slow cook it in Italian spices for hours, to make it more edible.

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