Slow Cooker French Dip

Make these Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches for parties or meal prepping for the week! Tender, shredded beef piled onto sub rolls with cheese, served in the au jus from the slow cooker.

When you really need a French Dip Sandwich fix but you don’t have time for the slow cooker, try these Hot Roast Beef Sandwiches that use a hack from your grocery store! For a twist on a classic French Dip, try these BBQ French Dip Sandwiches that have THE MOST AMAZING BBQ au jus!

french dip sandwich dipping in 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 Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches

These shredded beef sandwiches couldn’t be easier to make, your slow cooker does all the work for you! Because we’re making these hot sandwiches in a crock pot, it’s the perfect recipe for planning easy dinner nights and for serving at parties!

  1. Start by getting a good sear on your chuck roast. Season the chuck roast 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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 give it the fork test to see if it’s done.
  4. Open up sub rolls and lay out 2 slices of provolone cheese on each side. Place the rolls on a baking sheet and bake in the oven just for a few minutes to melt the cheese.
  5. Add the shredded beef to the sub rolls and serve with au jus on the side for dipping.

Why We LOVE This Recipe

We love these slow cooker French Dip Sandwiches for so many reasons. Not only are these shredded beef sandwiches unbelievably delicious, but they’re so easy to make and prep ahead for easy dinner nights or parties.

You can even make the beef the day before, shred it and place it back into the juice and refrigerate until the next day. Then pour everything back into your slow cooker, warm up and serve.

What Can I Serve With These Shredded Beef Sandwiches?

There’s so many side dishes that can be served with these shredded 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 in plate

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 assembled 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 with au jus

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French Dip Sandwich dipping into au jus gravy

Slow Cooker French Dip

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

These Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches turn out so tender and juicy, and the au jus makes itself! Pile the shredded beef onto sub rolls with melted provolone cheese and serve the au jus on the side for dipping.



  • 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 large 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.
  4. 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.
  5. While the beef is simmering, preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  6. Open 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

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