December 3rd, 2013

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches

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This is the time of year when simple slow cooker meals like these Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches are a real lifesaver. If you’ve ever had multiple holiday concerts at different schools on the same night, you know exactly what I’m talking about! 

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches


Those are the days when it’s so nice to have a home cooked meal ready that can be eaten as everyone comes and goes, which is why I love my slow cooker so much!

And it’s always a good idea to have some easy dinner ideas up your sleeve during the busy holiday season. This is one of our all-time favorite sandwiches, so I make it year-round.

There aren’t a lot of fancy ingredients, but the beef and dipping sauce are so flavorful. And then there’s the melted cheese–you can never go wrong with melted cheese!

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches

Not only is this one of the easiest meals in my repertoire, it’s one of the few meals that everyone in my family raves about. And it gets rave reviews from everyone who tries it too.

I always pour the au jus sauce through a fine mesh strainer before serving it with the sandwiches, but that’s just my personal preference. You can totally skip that step if you want to. I just have a thing about floaties in my au jus.

I love easy meals like this one that I know will satisfy the whole family. I hope you love these French Dip Sandwiches as much as we do!

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Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches


Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches

Beef roast is cooked until tender, shredded, and served on crusty sub buns with melted cheese and a side of au jus.


  • 1 (3-4 lb.) beef roast (chuck or rump roasts shred well)
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 1 envelope Au Jus gravy mix
  • 4 cups low sodium beef broth
  • 8 crusty sub buns
  • 8 slices Provolone or Swiss cheese


  1. Season roast with salt and pepper and place in a slow cooker.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine onion soup mix, au jus mix and beef broth. Pour over roast.
  3. Cook on low for 8-10 hours, or on high for 5-7 hours. Remove roast from slow cooker (reserve juices) and shred.
  4. Preheat broiler. Slice sub buns in half lengthwise and arrange on a large baking sheet.
  5. Top the bottom buns with shredded beef. Top with sliced cheese. Cook sandwiches under broiler until cheese is melted and buns are toasted, 2-3 minutes.
  6. Spoon the liquid from the slow cooker into bowls for dipping. If desired, you can strain the liquid through a fine mesh sieve before serving.

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  1. I love a good French Dip!

  2. You know what flashed through my mind as I read this post?

    The recipe serves 8.
    There are 5 in your family.
    Thus, there must be 3 leftover sandwiches.
    And if I start driving now, maybe I can make it to Fort Collins, show up on your doorstep, and claim one of those 3 before anyone else eats them.


  3. And I think I just found what we are eating for Christmas Eve!! Thank you….looks so good!

  4. Was this really salty?

  5. I made these tonight and it was delicious!! I don’t often use packaged things, but it came out really good. It was a little bit salty, but I love that. It was the perfect french dip! Something we’ll be having more often. Thanks!

  6. All 6 of our kids are coming home next week. Our daughter and hubby adopted a newborn girl 4 months ago. She is being sealed to them next week. It will be a great week at the Harris house. We will need plenty of food (kids are always hungry when they come home). This recipe looks like it could become a family favorite. I will try it!

  7. I love French Dip sandwiches – they are one of my go-to comfort foods and always makes me satisfied! Pinning!

  8. These look so good! I love using my slow cooker, too!
    Thanks for the fab recipe – pinning!

  9. This was so yummy. I made it tonight. It was a hit. Going to add this to my favorites

  10. I’m making this tonight for my family, but before I add cheese and pop them in the broiler I’m gonna top the sandwiches with a little bit of sauteed onions and mushrooms. So excited to try it. Thanks for the recipe!

  11. Danelle- I made this last night. My husband said it was Excellent! And my husband is pretty sparing with his praise. So just imagine he said it was OUTSTANDINGLY STUPENDOUS. Because it was! Thanks for posting the recipe. Definitely adding it to the rotation.

  12. I’ve made this receipe a few times and it is always well received. I make it for my boyfriend and his friends when they come over for football and hockey games. It feeds a crowd and is enjoyed by all. I use the low sodium broth as I agree, it can be a little salty.

  13. These were amazing! I couldn’t wait to have the leftovers today! My son even loved them and thanked me for making dinner, and he’s extremely picky!

  14. What do you use to dip the sandwiches in? The leftover juice in the crockpot?

  15. Does anyone know the nutritional values? Like calorie average?

  16. So would this be good if I froze the left overs? And if so, how would I do that?

  17. I made this tonight but used canned venison instead…it was amazing! Thanks for the recipe, it’s a keeper!

  18. I made this recipe and it was the bomb! Seriously was in love and will absolutely make it again! Thanks! 🙂

  19. Read this recipe this morning and went shopping immediately. In the crock pot now. Can’t wait till tonight! Thanks.

  20. If I double the recipe, how much time should the meat be in the slowcooker?

    • I would just go on the higher end of the cooking time, so at least 10 hours on low. You may have trouble fitting 6-8 pounds of roast in a slow cooker though. Maybe if you cut it into chunks first?


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