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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


  • 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)


  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.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 2595kcal Calories from fat 877
% Daily Value
Total Fat 97g 149%
Saturated Fat 39g 195%
Transfat 4g
Cholesterol 1161mg 387%
Sodium 2548mg 106%
Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 7g
Protein 397g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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61 comments on “Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich Recipe

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

  2. 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.

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

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

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. How many French Dip sandwiches does this recipe make?

    • 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.

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  10. Congratulations!
    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

  11. 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.

  12. polly on said:

    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

  13. angie on said:

    love french dip sandwiches…so yummy!

  14. Mike on said:

    French Dips are sooo good.

  15. 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!

  16. 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

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

  18. Pam H on said:

    This looks amazing

  19. Renee H. on said:

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

  20. sara on said:

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

  21. Danielle Murgia on said:

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

  22. Dianna on said:

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

  23. Robin Wilson on said:

    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!

  24. Sarah L on said:

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

  25. Lisa Brown on said:

    I like liverwurst

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

  27. Done on said:

    This is my fav. Thanks for sharing!

  28. Christy Cummins on said:

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

  29. rochelle haynes on said:


  30. Cindy Van Meter on said:

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

  31. rochelle haynes on said:


  32. SpaceyT on said:

    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!!

  33. Sarah L on said:

    Grilled cheese sandwich with pickles
    Thanks for the contest.

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

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

    -Kayla 🙂

  38. Looks mighty tasty! Thanks for sharing at Foodtastic Friday!

  39. 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!! 🙂

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

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

  42. PS – following you on Linky!

  43. 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!

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

  45. 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.

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

  47. 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.

  48. 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!

  49. 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!

  50. 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 🙂

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

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