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Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich Recipe

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Slow cooker French dip sandwich recipe is made using a simple chuck roast cooked in beef broth and spices. Serve topped with cheese and a side of au jus straight out of the Crock Pot.

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches

Years ago I had a conversation with my neighbor about making French dip sandwiches at home. I love a good French dip so I was all ears. My neighbor made her sandwiches with deli roast beef and a packet of seasonings.  That sounded good, but a little more processed than I liked.

Chuck roast French dip

Somehow I decided to use a chuck roast instead of roast beef or prime rib. So maybe this is more of a poor man’s French dip. But it totally works!

Sear the roast – or don’t. I’ve made it both ways and it’s great either way.

Slow Cooker Au Jus

The roast cooks in a beef broth and red wine mixture all day long.  Simmering away to make an amazing au jus for dipping later.

I use garlic powder because it’s easy but fresh, minced garlic would be delicious, too.

Chuck Roast French Dips

When the meat is cooked, shred it up and put it on a bun. I’ve used hoagie rolls, leftover hamburger buns, hot dog buns and more. This recipe is great for using up leftover buns and red wine.

French dip with provolone cheese

Top each sandwich with cheese. My favorite is provolone, but again, take your pick and use your favorite cheese. Swiss or gruyere would be delicious.

Put the sandwiches under a broiler to melt the cheese. The green is parsley and it’s just to make the sandwiches look pretty.

Easy French Dip Sandwiches


Serve the sandwiches with a cup of the au jus (sauce) from the slow cooker for dipping. I like to dip the top of the bread in the au jus before placing it on the sandwich to eat. It adds a little flavor and moistness to the sandwich with out all the dripping.

Serve the sandwiches with a side of homemade potato chips for an even better meal!

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich Recipe

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches


  • 3-5 lb roast (I used a chuck roast)
  • 1/2 onion chopped, diced, or sliced (however you like it -- I diced mine)
  • 2.5 cups beef broth
  • 1/2 cup red wine (optional -- you can increase the water)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • pepper to taste
  • Crusty rolls
  • Cheese (provolone, swiss, mozzarella, white American)


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.
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.
Cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-5 hours or until meat is tender enough to shred.
Remove meat from slow cooker and shred.
Place shredded beef on rolls and top with cheese. Broil sandwiches, open faced, until cheese is melted and bubbly.
Dip top of rolls in to au jus in the slow cooker and place on top of the broiled bun.
Serve sandwiches with a small dish of au jus for dipping.




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  • Mother of 3
    July 20, 2016

    This sounds yummy! We always have leftover roast when we cook one and this would perfect with leftovers. Pinned.

  • Crystal Green
    July 18, 2016

    This looks like a delicious meal option. I’m going to have to try it one day. I make roast quite a bit, but haven’t turned it into something like this before.

    Thank you for sharing this with us on the #HomeMattersParty. We hope to see you again when we open our doors at 12 AM EST on Friday.

  • OddHogg
    July 18, 2016

    This looks so good! Ill definitely be trying it (visiting from the Get It Together linky)

  • Karly
    July 16, 2016

    YUM! Thanks for linkin’ up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  • michelle mink
    July 14, 2016

    I love french dips so i can’t wait to make this! Thanks for sharing on the #OMHGWW link up

  • Helen
    July 14, 2016

    I’ve never put cheese on a french dip – but I like the idea!! Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner Link up.

  • Charlotte
    July 11, 2016

    Looks scrumptious! Probably more cost-effective to use the roast vs deli meat besides healthier. I like this! Thanks for joining at Family Joy Blog linkup.

  • Cheryl Miller
    November 7, 2013

    How many French Dip sandwiches does this recipe make?

    • Camille
      November 7, 2013

      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.

  • Miz Helen
    July 3, 2013

    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

  • Susan
    June 30, 2013

    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.

  • polly
    June 29, 2013

    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

  • angie
    June 28, 2013

    love french dip sandwiches…so yummy!

  • Mike
    June 28, 2013

    French Dips are sooo good.

  • April
    June 27, 2013

    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!

  • Catherine
    June 27, 2013

    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

  • Diane Balch
    June 27, 2013

    I’ve always wanted to make French Dip Sandwich I remember them being out of this world. So glad to find your recipe.

  • Pam H
    June 25, 2013

    This looks amazing

  • Renee H.
    June 24, 2013

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

  • sara
    June 23, 2013

    this sounds awesome and I bet even picky eaters would like it!

  • Danielle Murgia
    June 23, 2013

    My favorite sandwich is ham and provolone on a whole wheat wrap with lots of raw veggies.

  • Dianna
    June 22, 2013

    That looks like a recipe I’ll have to try this week!

  • Robin Wilson
    June 22, 2013

    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!

  • Sarah L
    June 21, 2013

    I bet the meat is very tender for this french dip and the broth very flavorful.

  • Lisa Brown
    June 21, 2013

    I like liverwurst

  • Lisa aka
    June 20, 2013

    Good golly that looks amazing…. too late to put on for today, but I’m gonna try this out tomorrow. Nomnomnom

  • Done
    June 20, 2013

    This is my fav. Thanks for sharing!

  • Christy Cummins
    June 20, 2013

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

  • rochelle haynes
    June 20, 2013


  • Cindy Van Meter
    June 20, 2013

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

  • rochelle haynes
    June 20, 2013


  • SpaceyT
    June 20, 2013

    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!!

  • Sarah L
    June 19, 2013

    Grilled cheese sandwich with pickles
    Thanks for the contest.

  • Erin
    October 5, 2012

    Looks delicious! I need to make French Dip the next time I see roast on sale. It’s so good!

    • Camille
      October 6, 2012

      And EASY! LOL I hope you enjoy it.

  • Kayla
    September 16, 2012

    Yum, these sound really good! You’ve been featured at sunday round UP! Hope you have a great week :),

    -Kayla 🙂

  • Becky
    September 15, 2012

    Looks mighty tasty! Thanks for sharing at Foodtastic Friday!

  • Meredith
    September 15, 2012

    YUM! This sounds delicious (and looks easy enough to make)!

    Thank you so much for linking up with us at Keep Calm & Link Up this week! We love getting to see your new projects and ideas each week! Have an awesome weekend!! 🙂

  • Christina
    September 13, 2012

    I am always on the hunt for easy slow cooker recipes. This one looks like a keeper!

  • Jessica
    September 12, 2012

    That sounds so yummy! I’d love for you to share it on Wonderful Food Wednesday at

  • Cathy
    September 12, 2012

    PS – following you on Linky!

  • Cathy
    September 12, 2012

    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!

  • Barbara
    September 10, 2012

    Yummmm I’m always looking for good slow cooker recipes! Pinning this one! Thanks for sharing at Keep Calm and Link Up!

  • Carissa
    September 10, 2012

    I love French Dip Sandwiches. There is something so satisfying about dipping that meat into the au jus and stuffing it in your mouth. thanks for the scrumptious recipe.

    • Camille
      September 10, 2012

      Thanks for stopping by! I agree, they are just fun to eat!

  • Pam
    September 10, 2012

    This looks and sounds so amazing! I am pinning for a future dinner date. 🙂 Saw your post on Mix It Up Monday.

    • Camille
      September 10, 2012

      Don’t you love Mix It Up Monday?! One of my favorite linkys! Thanks for stopping by and pinning!

  • Aubrey
    September 8, 2012

    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.

    • Camille
      September 10, 2012

      Isn’t it funny the dishes you really like but just never think to make?! Hope they turned out well!

  • Brandie (
    September 7, 2012

    Looks delicious! I’ve never made French Dip sandwiches (not even sure I’ve had one before), but I love sandwiches so this is my type of thing!

  • Alison at NOVA Frugal Family
    September 6, 2012

    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!

    • Camille
      September 6, 2012

      I just found a small container of this leftover in the fridge and now I can’t wait for lunch! 🙂 Enjoy!

  • Ronni Keller
    September 5, 2012

    Every single time I pop in here, I find more and more things I have to add to my own recipe box! And every time I ask you to adopt me… I’m not giving up on that!!
    And now, I’m hungry 🙂

    • Camille
      September 5, 2012

      IF you’ll take me on fun pirate adventures, then I think we can work out a trade!

  • stefanie
    September 4, 2012

    Yum! those just made me hungry again, and I just ate dinner!!

  • Wendys Hat
    September 4, 2012

    Thanks for the recipe. Your seasonings in this one sound great!