Crispy and Quick, Guilt-free Air Fried Hot Italian Beef Sandwich

The hot Italian beef sandwich is a staple in Chicago, Illinois, where it is believed to have originated in the 1930s. It was created by Italian immigrants who worked in the city’s stockyards and wanted a hearty and affordable meal. The sandwich quickly became popular among blue-collar workers and was sold in local delis and sandwich shops. Today, it is a beloved dish in Chicago and can be found in various forms and variations throughout the city.

Air Fryer Hot Italian Beef Sandwich

Recipe by Tyson GregoryCourse: Main CourseCuisine: Italian
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A delicious and easy way to make a classic hot Italian beef sandwich using your air fryer. Tender slices of beef, tangy giardiniera, and melted mozzarella cheese all stuffed between crispy Italian bread.


  • 1 loaf Italian bread

  • 1/2 cup giardiniera

  • 1 pound hot Italian beef, thinly sliced

  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

  • 2 tablespoons melted butter

  • Au jus for dipping


  • Preheat your air fryer to 400°F.
  • Slice a loaf of Italian bread in half lengthwise and place it in the air fryer basket.
  • Spread a layer of giardiniera (pickled vegetables) on the bottom half of the bread.
  • Top with thinly sliced hot Italian beef.
  • Sprinkle with shredded mozzarella cheese.
  • Place the top half of the bread on top of the beef and cheese.
  • Brush the top of the bread with melted butter.
  • Place the sandwich in the air fryer and cook for 5-7 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the bread is crispy.
  • Remove from the air fryer and let it cool for a few minutes.
  • Slice and serve with a side of au jus for dipping.


  • Make sure to preheat your air fryer to ensure even cooking.
  • Feel free to use any type of bread you prefer for this sandwich.
  • Adjust the cooking time based on the thickness of your beef slices and your desired level of crispiness for the bread.

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