Slow Cooker Italian Sausage Grinders

Make hot Italian sausage subs for a crowd with this easy slow cooker sandwich recipe. This easy Italian sandwich recipe makes enough meat for 12 subs, so it's great for a party or potluck.

Slow Cooker Italian Sausage Grinders
Photo: Brie Passano
Prep Time:
20 mins
Slow Cook Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 20 mins
12 sandwiches (6 cups meat mixture)


  • 2 pound bulk hot or sweet Italian sausage

  • 1 ½ cup green sweet pepper strips

  • 1 cup sliced yellow onion

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 14.5 ounce can fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained

  • 1 14.5 ounce can crushed tomatoes

  • 1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning, crushed

  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

  • ¼ - ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 12 French-style rolls or hoagie buns, split and toasted

  • 1 ½ - 2 cup shredded provolone cheese (6 to 8 oz.)


  1. In a 12-inch skillet cook sausage, sweet pepper, onion, and garlic over medium heat until meat is browned; drain off fat.

  2. Transfer meat mixture to a 4- to 5-qt. slow cooker. Stir in next six ingredients (through salt). Cover and cook on low 4 hours or high 2 hours.

  3. After toting, keep warm, covered, on warm or low up to 2 hours if desired. Fill rolls with meat mixture and top with cheese.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

394 Calories
22g Fat
29g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 394
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 44mg 15%
Sodium 982mg 43%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 25mg 125%
Calcium 178mg 14%
Iron 2.7mg 15%
Potassium 405mg 9%
Folate, total 56.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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