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Slow Cooker French Dip

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Slow cooker french dip sandwiches come together quickly with just a few ingredients, then cook all day in the slow cooker for super tender and flavorful beef. Place into a crusty bun with cheese for the most delicious sandwich, perfect for a simple dinner any day of the week.

dipping a shredded beef sandwich into au jus
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French Dip Sandwiches

This is a recipe that requires minimal input but delivers maximum results! A French Dip Sandwich has a feel of class that you can enjoy while you cozy up with your favorite people around the table after a busy day.

Serve with a simple vegetable side dish for a complete meal!

We love this easy, slow cooker french dip sandwich recipe because it is such a warm, comforting meal to end the day on a delicious note.

It is so easy to throw all of the ingredients into the Crockpot at the start of the day, and then have dinner ready in just a few minutes at dinnertime.

shredded beef in toasted buns topped with melted cheese
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How to Make French Dip in a Slow Cooker

It just takes a few simple steps to get this recipe going. Let’s walk through how to make french dip sandwiches in a slow cooker.

First, we are going to to start with a 2-3 pound chuck roast and sear it to lock in the natural juices and guarantee a flavorful and tender result. Season the roast liberally on both sides with salt and black pepper.

browned chuck roast in a cast iron pan
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Next, add some oil to a hot skillet over medium high heat and sear the roast on both sides for about 2-3 minutes, just until it is browned.

sliced onions on top of a chuck roast in the pot of a slow cooker
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After searing, move the roast to a crockpot and pour in the beef broth. Sprinkle the onion soup mix and Worcestershire sauce on top.

Next, place the sliced onions on top and around the sides of the roast in the slow cooker.

Finally, cover the crock pot and set it at low for 7-8 hours or high for 3-5 hours. Cooking this recipe in a crockpot on low for 7-8 hours will yield the best results as the longer cooking period allows for the breaking down of the connective tissues in the meat for a richer, juicier taste.

This beef will easily shred and feel like it melts in your mouth.

shredded beef topped with cooked onions in cut hoagie buns
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How to Serve French Dip Sandwiches

After the beef is done cooking, remove the roast from the slow cooker and shred the beef into small shreds, removing any fat as needed.

Place the shredded beef into split buns and top with the cooked onions. Top the sandwiches with provolone or even Swiss cheese, put them under the broiler for 1-2 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

au jus in a gravy separator
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French Dip Au Jus

Au Jus is the delicious, flavorful beef broth that is used to dip these french dip sandwiches in, this takes these to a whole new level!

For the au jus in the slow cooker french dip recipe, after the beef is removed from the slow cooker, drain the juice into a gravy separator.

Using a gravy separator makes it easy to divide the juice from the fat. If you don’t own a gravy separator, you can strain out the juices and wait for the grease to float to the top. Dab with paper towels to remove as much grease as you can.

Pour some of the Au Jus into small bowls to allow your fam or friends to dip before every bite!

dipping a shredded beef sandwich into some au jus
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Tips for Making French Dip Sandwiches

  • if you are super short on time, you can skip the step where you brown the roast on each side and just start with the roast in the slow cooker
  • the roast can be cooked on low heat for 6-8 hours, or on high for 4-5 hours
  • additional vegetables that work great in this recipe are: mushrooms, green peppers or purple onions

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Slow Cooker French Dip

Slow cooker french dip sandwiches come together quickly with just a few ingredients, then cook all day in the slow cooker for super tender and flavorful beef.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time8 hours
Total Time8 hours 10 minutes
Course: Beef, Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Beef Recipes, Comfort Food, Slow Cooker
Keyword: Slow Cooker French Dip
Servings: 8
Calories: 549kcal

Ingredients

  • 2-3 pound beef chuck roast
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 package onion soup mix
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 8 Hoagie rolls
  • 16 slices Provolone or Swiss cheese

Instructions

  • Season the roast on both sides with salt and black pepper
  • Pour olive oil into skillet over medium high heat and then sear the roast on both sides for 2-3 minutes per side.
  • Place the roast in the slow cooker, pour in the beef broth.
  • Add in the onion soup mix and Worchestershire sauce.
  • Place sliced onions around the roast.
  • Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or high 3-5 hours, until tender
  • Remove the beef and shred with 2 forks, removing any fat as needed
  • Strain the liquid from the crockpot into a gravy strainer
  • Slice open hoagie buns, add shredded beef, onions and top each with two slices of cheese.
  • Place under the broiler for 1-2 minutes to toast the bun and melt the cheese.
  • Serve with a side of sauce for dipping.

Notes

  • Nutrition facts are just an estimate

Nutrition

Calories: 549kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 1389mg | Potassium: 480mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 351IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 320mg | Iron: 13mg
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Slow cooker french dip sandwiches come together quickly with just a few ingredients, then cook all day in the slow cooker for super tender and flavorful beef.

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