Crock Pot French Dip Sandwiches are the perfect low and slow, simmer all day meal. The drippings to dip the sandwich in are extremely flavorful. Find out why everyone loves this recipe!
If you’re looking to follow the best French dip sandwich recipe, you’re going to want to try these slow cooker French dip sandwiches! With just 4 simple ingredients and some time in the crockpot, you can have a tasty sandwich full of flavorful shredded beef. This means that you can have a pretty effortless meal, which is perfect for lazy days!
This is a simple twist on the classic French dip recipe because this recipe uses premade mixes, which is a time saving hack I’m sure you can appreciate. I know I do. This slow cooker French dip with onion soup mix is delicious and simple. It could easily win an award for being the easiest slow cooker French dip recipe ever.
With the meat and juices from this slow cooker French dip recipe, you can make several traditionally sized sandwiches on a submarine style bread. You can even make some incredible French Dip Sliders if you want to try something new! There’s a ton of options out there for shredded beef, so if you don’t finish all of this meat in one meal, don’t worry.
If you have an Instant Pot, get the Instant Pot instructions over on my Instant Pot French Dip Sandwich Recipe.
What’s In Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches
- Chuck Roast: you can use other cuts of beef, just know that it may take a bit more time to achieve that melt in your mouth, fork tenderness we look for with French dip sandwiches.
- Beef Broth: You can use canned, homemade or even bullion cubes! All are equally delicious.
- Au Jus Seasoning: I use the packet for convenience but if you’d rather not, there are lots of great recipes for homemade au jus seasoning out there.
- Lipton Onion Soup Mix: The same goes for this mix as with the au jus seasoning. I use the packet, but you could definitely make your own if you’d rather.
How to Make Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches
- Place all of your ingredients inside of your slow cooker.
- Let it cook on high for 5-7 hours or on low for 8 to 10 hours.
- Continue cooking until the meat is fork tender and shredded apart to the touch.
- Use your shredded beef as needed and reserve some of the juices in your slow cooker for dipping your sandwiches in.
What Can I Do With The Leftovers?
You can make French dip sliders!! (they are a favorite at my house.) Use the beef in beef enchiladas, shredded beef tacos, nachos.. or you could reuse the drippings and shredded beef to make a stew by adding cooked potatoes and thickening the gravy.
If you have leftover meat and juice and can’t finish it before it spoils, I have good news. They are both freezable! Store your leftover meat and juice (preferably separately) inside airtight containers in your freezer for a future meal. You can thaw them out in the fridge for 24 hours in advance and then simply heat them on the stove until they are warmed through.
What Type Of Bread To Use For French Dip Sandwiches
A true French dip sandwich uses hard crusty French bread that is fairly dense. This helps it to hold up to the constant dunking in the Au Jus juice without becoming overly soggy like other fluffier breads. My personal favorite is a Ciabatta Roll. I personally like to broil the rolls with a little butter and garlic before building my sandwich. 😉
Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches
- 3 lb chuck roast
- 14.5 oz can beef broth
- 1 pkg au jus seasoning
- 1 pkg lipton onion soup mix
- Place all ingredients in the slow cooker (no need to brown the roast).
- Cook on high for 5-7 hours or on low for 8-12 hours or until fork tender.
- Shred the meat and return it to the juices until ready to serve.
- Serve on a crusty roll with cheese, dipped into the drippings before eating.