Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches

  • An easy recipe for Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches! These are filled with tender and flavorful beef, melty cheese and a beefy au jus for dipping!

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    A french dip sandwich with melted cheese on a baking sheet.

    *Originally published February 2017. Some text updated.*

    Super Easy Slow Cooker Meal!

    I have an insanely easy recipe for slow cooker french dip sandwiches that I have been making for years and thought it was high time I share it with you.  

    It’s a family favorite, all the kiddos love it and I think it has to do with the fact they get to dip their sandwich in the au jus.  Something about that just makes them smile.

    I love it because it is so stinkin’ easy thanks to my handy dandy crockpot!!  You just have to assemble the sandwiches and melt the cheese.  See nothing to it.  

    Oh, and straining the au jus is entirely up to you.  When we are just eating it ourselves I don’t usually strain it but if I make it for company then I do.

    Shredded beef and sliced onions in a crockpot.

    Easy Meal Full of Flavor!

    And since we are making this in the crockpot that au jus will be so flavorful and so will the meat.  The meat will also be super tender making it perfect for a sandwich!  

    I usually keep my french dip sandwiches pretty straight forward and simple.  I have used other spices and seasonings in the past but always come back to making it this way.

    Nothing super fancy just simple goodness with melted cheese and a crusty bun.  

    A french dip sandwich dipping into au jus.

    Tips and Suggestions:

    • To get this crazy tender I highly recommend cooking this low and slow for 8 hours.  I have cooked on high for 5 hours but it just doesn’t turn out quite the same.  I also choose to shred the meat instead of slice it.  It’s so tender at the end of 8 hours it is nearly impossible to slice it anyway.
    • If I’m not straining the au jus then I just shred the meat right in the slow cooker (less dishes that way)  Then when it’s time to assemble your sandwiches just give the meat a little squeeze to get rid of some of the liquid (that way the bottom of the bun doesn’t become too soggy) then layer on the cheese and place it under the broiler to melt away.  
    A french dip sandwich dipping into a bowl of au jus.

    What to Serve with French Dip Sandwiches

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    An easy recipe for Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches! These are filled with tender and flavorful beef, melty cheese and a beefy au jus for dipping! | www.countrysidecravings.com
    Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Cook Time
    8 hrs
    Total Time
    8 hrs 10 mins
     

    An easy recipe for Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches! These are filled with tender and flavorful beef, melty cheese and a beefy au jus for dipping!

    Course: Beef, Slow Cooker
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: easy french dip sandwich, French Dip
    Servings: 8
    Calories: 417 kcal
    Author: Malinda Linnebur
    Ingredients
    • 1 (3½ pound) (105kg) chuck roast, trimmed of excess fat
    • 3 cups (710ml) beef stock
    • 1 small to medium onion, thinly sliced
    • 6 cloves garlic, minced
    • tablespoon bouillon (I like better than bouillon brand) or 5 cubes beef bouillon
    • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
    • 8 french rolls or hoagie buns or something similar
    • 18-24 slices provolone cheese (I use 3 slices per sandwich)
    Instructions
    1. Place roast in bottom of slow cooker. Top with sliced onion and minced garlic. In a small bowl combine the stock, bullion and worcestershire sauce. Pour over beef. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours.

    2. If you choose not to strain the au jus you can just shred the meat right in the slow cooker otherwise remove meat and shred. Strain au jus then return shredded meat and strained au jus to the slow cooker to keep warm.
    3. When ready to assemble the sandwiches give the meat a little squeeze with your hands to drain off some of the liquid (that way the bottom of the sandwich doesn’t become to soggy before you’re ready to eat it) and place on your buns. Top each sandwich with 3 slices of cheese. Place sandwiches on a baking tray then broil until cheese is melted. Serve with au jus.
    Recipe Notes
    1. If I have time I like to sear the meat before placing in the slow cooker. It adds a lot of flavor! 
    2. I recommend only cooking this on low for the 8 hours to achieve really tender beef.
    3. Freezer Friendly: Place completely cooled meat into a freezer safe container and freeze for up to 6 months. Thaw overnight in the refirgerator and reheat as desired. 
    4. Nutrition Facts: Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate.
    Nutrition Facts
    Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches
    Amount Per Serving (1 sandwich)
    Calories 417 Calories from Fat 171
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 19g29%
    Saturated Fat 11g69%
    Cholesterol 44mg15%
    Sodium 1052mg46%
    Potassium 297mg8%
    Carbohydrates 37g12%
    Fiber 1g4%
    Sugar 6g7%
    Protein 24g48%
    Vitamin A 554IU11%
    Vitamin C 2mg2%
    Calcium 499mg50%
    Iron 11mg61%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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