French Dip Sandwich

Make this Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich Recipe for parties or meal prepping for the week! Tender beef in the most delicious au jus gravy!

When you really need a French Dip Sandwich fix but you don’t have time for the slow cooker, try these Quick French Dip Sandwiches that use a hack from your grocery store! Another favorite recipe of ours are these BBQ French Dip Sandwiches that have THE MOST AMAZING BBQ au jus!

French Dip Sandwich dipping into au jus

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich Recipe

Everyone needs an easy, but amazing tasting slow cooker recipe like this French Dip Sandwich! Super tender, flavorful beef piled onto sub rolls with melted provolone cheese. Dip these beef sandwiches into the most delicious au jus gravy that cooks itself right in your crock pot!

Everyone loves this recipe, we’ve been making it so long the kids know what’s cooking just by the smell in the kitchen. This French Dip Sandwich is perfect for serving at parties but we also love it for every day meals. Meal prepping with this slow cooker beef recipe is so easy, everyone can grab a sandwich when they want!

How To Make A Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich

Start by getting a good sear on your chuck roast. Season the chuck roast first with salt, pepper, garlic powder and steak seasoning then dust it in flour. The flour helps create a nice crust like you see here and also helps to slightly thicken the au jus gravy.

Seared chuck roast to make french dip sandwiches

Next place the seared chuck roast into your slow cooker with condensed french onion soup, water, fresh rosemary and a bay leaf. The fresh herbs really give the beef a delicious flavor, so don’t skip those ingredients!

Chuck roast, rosemary and bay leaf in gravy for slow cooker beef recipe

Set your crock pot on low for 8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours, depending on the size of your roast. A larger chuck roast will take a bit more time to get tender so just keep checking it to see if its done.

How To Serve French Dip Sandwiches

Once your beef is tender, use two forks to shred it into bite sized pieces and then place it back into your slow cooker with the juices. Toss the beef around in the juice and let it cook on high for 30 minutes uncovered.

This step will help combine the flavor of the au jus with the beef, and we really love the flavor if you have the extra 30 minutes. But it you’re short on time you can skip this step, just toss the beef in the au jus and pile onto your buns.

Shredded beef in gravy with onions in a crock pot

Open up your sub rolls and add a couple of slices of provolone cheese to each side of the bun. Place the buns with cheese into your oven on 400 degrees for about 5 minutes, just until the cheese melts.

Remove the rolls from the oven and pile on the shredded beef. Drain most of the au jus from the beef in this step, you’ll be using the rest for dipping.

Shredded beef on sub rolls with melted cheese

What Sides Can I Serve With These Beef Sandwiches?

There’s so many side dishes that can be served with these tender beef sandwiches, we hardly know where to start. Even just a bag of potato chips and a bowl of baby carrots have made it to our dinner table, but if you feel like going the extra step we have options!

French Dip Sandwich on a plate with french fries

Can You Make French Dip Sandwiches Ahead Of Time?

Absolutely! Make the beef in your crock pot and let it cool. Shred the beef and place it back into the au jus. Once the beef and gravy are cool enough, store it in a container that’s large enough to hold it all, or just cover the basin of your slow cooker with plastic wrap and store it in refrigerator.

When you’re ready, reheat the beef and au just on the stove top, in the microwave or right back in your slow cooker and follow the rest of the instructions for assembling the sandwiches.

You can also reheat already made sandwiches the next day! No need to waste uneaten subs, just wrap in foil and heat in the oven at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes until warmed through.

French Dip Sandwich dipping into au jus gravy

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French Dip Sandwich dipping into au jus gravy

French Dip Sandwich

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x

These French Dip Sandwiches are one of our favorite slow cooker beef recipes! Perfect party food or for meal prepping during the week!



  • 34 pound boneless chuck roast
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Kosher salt, black pepper, garlic powder, steak seasoning and flour for seasoning the beef
  • 2 (10.5 ounce) cans of condensed french onion soup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 fresh sprig of rosemary
  • 24 slices of provolone cheese (can substitute mozzarella if desired)
  • 6 sub rolls


  1. Add the oil and butter to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season the chuck roast generously on both sides with salt, pepper, garlic powder and steak seasoning. Dust the beef lightly in flour, tapping off any excess flour.
  2. Add the chuck roast to the skillet and sear for 4-5 minutes on both sides until a brown crust forms.
  3. Remove the chuck roast from the skillet and place it into the basin of your slow cooker. Pour in the french onion soup along with 1 cup of water. Add the rosemary and bay leaf and then cover the crock pot and turn on low for 8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours. This will depend in the size of your roast, a larger chuck roast will take a little longer to become tender.
  4. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  5. Remove the beef from the slow cooker onto a board to cool slightly. Shred the beef with two forks and return to the slow cooker with the juice. Set the slow cooker on high, uncovered for 30 minutes.
  6. Open up the sub rolls and add 2 slices of provolone cheese to each side. Place in the oven to lightly toast the rolls and melt the cheese, about 5-7 minutes.
  7. Remove the rolls from the oven and add the shredded beef to each roll. Drain most of the juice during this step, as the rest of the au jus will be used for serving.
  8. Serve the sandwiches with the au jus from the slow cooker on the side for dipping.
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: mantitlement, slow cooker beef, crock pot beef, french dip sandwich, sandwich recipes, party food, comfort food, meal prepping ideas, family dinners, make ahead meals

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