Easy Slow Cooker French Dip

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  • Prep Time
    10 Mins
  • Cook Time
    8 Hours
  • Serving
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This Easy Slow Cooker French Dip is a savory and tender beef sandwich served with a flavorful au jus for dipping. Perfect for a comforting meal, this recipe requires minimal effort thanks to the slow cooker, making it an ideal choice for busy days.



Per Serving: 

  • Daily Value*
  • Calories:  500
  • Total Fat:  22g
  • Saturated Fat:  10g
  • Trans Fat:  0g
  • Cholesterol:  125mg
  • Protein:  45g 
  • Sodium:  1500mg
  • Total Carbohydrates:  30g
  • Dietary Fiber:  2g
  • Sugars:  3g

Tips and Recommendations

  • For a richer flavor:  Sear the beef chuck roast in a hot skillet before placing it in the slow cooker.
  • Cheese options:  Swiss or mozzarella cheese can be used instead of provolone.
  • Bread options:  Ciabatta rolls or sturdy sandwich rolls can be used in place of hoagie rolls.
  • Leftovers:  Shredded beef can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 3 months.
  • Serving suggestions:  Pair with a side of coleslaw, potato chips, or a simple green salad.


1. Can I use a different cut of beef? 

Yes, you can use beef brisket or bottom round roast, but cooking times may vary.

2. Do I need to sear the beef before slow cooking? 

Searing is optional but recommended for added depth of flavor.

3. Can I use low-sodium broth? 

Yes, using low-sodium beef broth allows you to better control the saltiness of the dish.

4. How do I store and reheat leftovers? 

Store leftover shredded beef and au jus separately in airtight containers. Reheat the beef in the microwave or on the stovetop, and warm the au jus in a saucepan.

5. Can I make this recipe in an Instant Pot? 

Yes, you can cook the beef in an Instant Pot on the pressure cook setting for about 60 minutes, then shred and assemble the sandwiches as directed.

6. What can I do with leftover au jus? 

Leftover au jus can be used as a base for beef soups or stews, or frozen for future use.

7. Is it possible to make this recipe gluten-free? 

Yes, use gluten-free rolls and ensure that the soy sauce and other condiments are gluten-free.

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  • 1. Prepare the Slow Cooker: Place the thinly sliced onion and minced garlic in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  • 2. Season the Beef: Season the beef chuck roast with salt and black pepper. Place the roast on top of the onions and garlic.
  • 3. Add Liquid Ingredients: In a medium bowl, combine the beef broth, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, dried thyme, dried rosemary, and bay leaf. Pour this mixture over the beef in the slow cooker.
  • 4. Slow Cook: Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or until the beef is tender and easily shreds with a fork.
  • 5. Shred the Beef: Remove the beef from the slow cooker and place it on a cutting board. Use two forks to shred the meat. Discard any excess fat.
  • 6. Prepare the Au Jus: Strain the liquid from the slow cooker into a medium saucepan. Bring the liquid to a simmer over medium heat, adjusting the seasoning if necessary.

Assemble the Sandwiches:

  • 1. Preheat the oven to broil. Place the hoagie rolls or French baguettes on a baking sheet.
  • 2. Divide the shredded beef among the rolls. Top each sandwich with 1-2 slices of provolone cheese.
  • 3. Broil for 2-3 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.


  • 1. Serve the sandwiches hot with a small bowl of the au jus on the side for dipping.
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