Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich Recipe

As a Good Cook Kitchen Expert, I have been asked to share a  favorite sandwich recipe.   Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich  is one of the easiest, yet tastiest, recipes in my recipe box. Cook a roast in the slow cooker all day, add cheese, toast and serve with the juices from the slow cooker.  This is one of the easiest sandwich recipes you’ll ever make.

Sandwich Recipe

This recipe was born of a conversation I had with my neighbor about French dip sandwiches.  She makes her sandwiches with lunch meat roast beef and a packet of seasonings.  I decided that I could do better with less processed ingredients and this recipe was born.  It’s absolutely delicious and as easy as a recipe can get.  I just made these the other day without searing the roast first (pure laziness) and it turned out just fine.  The best part about these is that you can put them on in the morning and not worry about dinner!

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches
  • 3-5 lb roast (I used a chuck roast)
  • ½ onion chopped, diced, or sliced (however you like it -- I diced mine)
  • 2.5 cups beef broth
  • ½ cup red wine (optional -- you can increase the water)
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon celery salt
  • pepper to taste
  • Crusty rolls
  • Cheese (provolone, swiss, mozzarella, white American)
  1. Trim fat from roast. Heat oil in a large skillet. Season roast with salt and pepper. Sear roast in pan on both sides until browned.
  2. Put roast in slow cooker. Add onions and then all liquids (broth, wine, water). Add onion powder, garlic powder, pepper and celery salt and stir to dissolve.
  3. Cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-5 hours or until meat is tender enough to shred.
  4. Remove meat from slow cooker and shred.
  5. Place shredded beef on rolls and top with cheese. Broil sandwiches, open faced, until cheese is melted and bubbly.
  6. Dip top of rolls in to au jus in the slow cooker and place on top of the broiled bun.
  7. Serve sandwiches with a small dish of au jus for dipping.







    • says

      I usually make a 3-5 pound roast with this. So if you figure about 1/4 to 1/2 pound per person, depending on size, then around 6-10. Ours are usually pretty big on large hamburger rolls and two of us have it for dinner and lunch at the very least.

  1. says

    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you have a great 4th of July and enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen

  2. says

    Mmmmmm, I love French Dip sandwiches but always just order them out. Now I can make my own! Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday.

  3. polly says

    Thanks for the recipe…this is one of my favorite sandwiches I order when I go out for lunch! Now I have a yummy looking recipe to try at home

  4. says

    French Dip sandwiches are one of my favourite comfort foods. I agree, starting with a fresh, quality piece of beef really makes a difference. Slow cooking is a wonderful way to prepare this classic dish, and your French Dip Sandwiches look delicious!

  5. says

    Dear Camille, This sandwich looks hearty and delicious. I would love to have this for lunch! I have a tendency to do the same thing, always looking for the freshest way to prepare a delicious meal. I found your site through Full Plate Thursday. Glad I found your site…please stop by soon. Blessings, Catherine

  6. Renee H. says

    OMG, this looks sooo good and I love a good crockpot recipe! Thank you, definitely have to try this.

  7. Robin Wilson says

    I adore slow cooker recipes, esp in the summer when it is so very hot here and I don’t want to heat up the kitchen. Your recipe is wonderful ~ we love French Dip sandwiches! I have never made them before, but I think I can handle this recipe! Thanks so much!

  8. Christy Cummins says

    An open-faced tuna melt: tuna salad topped with alfalfa sprouts, topped with Muenster cheese and melted under the broiler.

  9. Cindy Van Meter says

    OMG This Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich Recipe looks so GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! making me want to go buy a roast now.

  10. SpaceyT says

    Holy Toledo, does that not looking freaking FANTASTIC! Going to try.. this week.
    I’m a French Dip Junkie, I admit it. I’m starving just thinking about it.

    YUM! Can’t wait to try it!!

  11. says

    Hubs and I love french dip sandwiches, but funny i don’t think I have ever made them! This recipe sounds good an easy so hopefully we can enjoy french dip at home and not at a drive through! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  12. says

    This looks great! I am going to try it for football dinner tomorrow. I think my husband may be eternally grateful to you. This is his favorite and I’ve never made it, not intentionally, I just never realized it. LOL. Thanks for sharing.
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  13. says

    My husband and I were just saying that what we used to eat at restaurants and haven’t eaten in ages because they stopped being good were the french dips!! I am going to try to get the roast and then I am making this meal! I saved this one for then!! Thanks!


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