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Cooked low and slow these Crock Pot French Dip Sandwiches are an easy and delicious recipe that is amped up and served on garlic bread. The perfect family meal that everyone will enjoy!

Overhead with crock pot french dip sandwiches on white plate with au jus and chips.

When it comes to dinner time, I love when I can do the least amount of work as possible but still have an amazing recipe in the end. That is exactly what you will get with these Crock Pot French Dip Sandwiches.

So much flavor from the meat and the garlic bread and then the au jus.

I love how this recipe makes its own au jus, it just makes it so much easier and time-saving when you have all that flavor from cooking and not have to resort to a packet mix.

All that melty cheese ties it all together! Making this stuff homemade is better than anything you’ll get from the grocery store. Yay for slow cooker recipes!

I have always loved French Dips, we grew up on them, and have always been a family favorite recipe that has continued in our household.

The meat turns out super tender, and paired with the garlic bread you have a crusty outside with a delicious garlic butter flavor, the two are a match made in heaven.

If you are like me and want a fun and easy recipe that is perfect for any time of the week and doesn’t require much effort, then these are the crock pot French dip sandwiches you need.

Some of our other favorite sandwiches we have on our site include: Crock Pot Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches and Easy Muffuletta Sandwiches

Finished crock pot french dip sandwiches up close on plate showing melted cheese.

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS:

  1. Super easy ingredients help these crockpot French dip sandwiches come together in no time.
  2. You can double it to serve more people.
  3. You can swap out the garlic bread for another crusty bread!

INGREDIENTS NEEDED (SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST FOR THE FULL RECIPE CARD):

  • Chuck roast or beef roast of your choice
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Montreal Steak Seasoning
  • Dried oregano
  • Bay leaves
  • Garlic
  • Beef stock or beef broth
  • Water
  • Garlic bread, or crusty bread
  • Provolone cheese
  • Pepper
Ingredients to make crock pot french dip sandwiches

HOW TO MAKE CROCK POT FRENCH DIP SANDWICHES:

  1. Cut roast into smaller chunks and rub it with the onion powder, garlic powder, steak seasoning and oregano.
  2. Place the seasoned meat into the crockpot and add all the bay leaves and garlic cloves.
  3. Add the stock and just enough water to cover the meat.
  4. Cover and place on low heat for 7-8 hours or high 3-4 hours. You want it to cook until it is fall-apart tender. Take out the meat and slice it as thin as you can.
  5. Make sure you take out the bay leaf and throw that away. Smash the garlic in the pot.
  6. Add the meat back to the post and put it on the warm setting.
  7. Cook frozen garlic bread to the directions on the package.
  8. Cut garlic bread into four equal pieces and pile on the meat, adding two slices of provolone cheese. Place the sandwiches on a sheet tray and pop it back in the oven, just long enough to melt the cheese.
  9. Serve with the remaining au jus from the crockpot for dipping! Save any leftover meat for more sandwiches or another meal.
Step by step photos on how to make crock pot french dip sandwiches

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS RECIPE:

Normally a French Dip is made with either a chuck or rump roast.

We like to use a chuck roast for this recipe as it has great marbling that will help it get super tender.

It is made to be cooked in the crockpot and always has great results, and is perfect when cooked at a slow temperature but you can also cook this on high.

So chuck roast has and will always be our go-to for this recipe.

Absolutely not! You can use any other smaller crusty bread or sub rolls for this recipe.

We like the taste of the garlic bread because it gives that garlic and butter which is an extra bonus.

But do not feel obligated that that is your only choice.

You will want a great bread that will nicely soak up the au jus but still be intact and not soggy.

While we love provolone on these sandwiches, you may not.

There are other great cheeses that pair with this Crock Pot French Dip, mozzarella, parmesan, gruyere, etc.

You can essentially use your favorite cheese, we like slices as it is easier to layer on the sandwich itself, but if need be you can use shredded cheese as well.

Cut in two crock pot french dip sandwiches showing shredded meat.

I like to melt a little cheese into the hoagie rolls sometimes. More cheese is always better, right?

  • Caramelized onions: Adding a layer on top of the tender roast beef enhances the classic French dip sandwich with a sweet depth.
  • Sauteed mushrooms: A savory addition that complements the mouth-tender beef perfectly.
  • Horseradish sauce: Spread a thin layer on the crusty roll for a sharp, zesty contrast to the juicy beef.
  • Green bell peppers: Sautéed until just tender, these add a fresh crunch to the hot sandwich, perfect for those who enjoy a bit of texture.
  • A splash of Worcestershire sauce: Elevate the flavor of the au jus, making it even more savory and rich, a trick for the best French dip sandwich recipe.
  • A bit of soy sauce: Incorporating this into the au jus can intensify the umami flavor, making every dip irresistible.
  • Arugula: For a peppery bite, sprinkle some fresh arugula on the tender meat before closing the sandwich.
  • Sun-dried tomatoes: These can add a tangy, intense tomato flavor that pairs well with the melty provolone cheese.
  • Hot pepper rings: For an extra kick, add a few rings to your sandwich, balancing the savory au jus with a bit of spice.

From the beef to the dipping sauce, you can change all kinds of things here.

  • Rump roast: A fantastic substitute for beef chuck roast if you’re looking for a slightly different texture or flavor in your French dip sliders.
  • Whole wheat baguette or hoagie buns: A healthier bread option that doesn’t compromise on the classic French dip sandwich experience.
  • Swiss cheese: An excellent alternative to melted provolone cheese, offering a milder, nutty flavor that melts beautifully over the hot sandwich.
  • Italian seasoning: A versatile swap for Montreal Steak Seasoning, adding a different herbaceous note to the tender roast beef.
  • Olive oil brushed on good bread: For a simpler, less indulgent option than garlic bread, brushing olive oil on a crusty roll or French roll provides a lighter but still delicious base for the sandwich.

HOW TO STORE:

If you do not assemble your sandwiches, you can store your meat with some of the au jus in an airtight container in the refrigerator, which will keep it for up to 5 days.

You can assemble the sandwiches, and I like to wrap them in foil and bake them at 400 degrees F for about 10 minutes until heated through with melted cheese.

DANA’S TIPS AND TRICKS:

  • Chuck and rump roast are best for this, chuck is our go-to.
  • This can be doubled, just place in a larger crock pot.
  • You can substitute the garlic bread with other breads if you like, something sturdy and crusty is best.
  • If you are not a fan of provolone, see my tips above on other cheeses you can use.
  • This can be cooked on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
crock pot french dip sandwiches being dipped into au jus.

If you want a delicious meal that you can fix and forget, you cannot go wrong with these Crock Pot French Dip Sandwiches!

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5 from 2 votes

Crock Pot French Dip Sandwiches

Author Dana at ThisSillyGirlsKitchen.com
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 8 hours
Total: 8 hours 10 minutes
Cooked low and slow these Crock Pot French Dip Sandwiches are an easy and delicious recipe that is amped up and served on garlic bread. The perfect family meal that everyone will enjoy!
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

Instructions

  • Cut roast into smaller chunks and rub it with the onion powder, garlic powder, steak seasoning, oregano, and pepper.
    2 ½ pounds chuck roast, 1 tablespoon onion powder, 1 tablespoon garlic powder, 1 tablespoon Montreal Steak Seasoning, 2 teaspoon dried oregano, Fresh cracked pepper to taste
  • Place the seasoned meat into the crockpot and add all the bay leaves and garlic cloves.
    2 bay leaves, 3 garlic cloves
  • Add the stock and just enough water to cover the meat.
    32 ounces beef stock, Water
  • Cover and place on low heat for 7-8 hours or high 3-4 hours. You want it to cook until it is fall-apart tender. Take out the meat and slice it as thin as you can.
  • Make sure you take out the bay leaf and throw that away. Smash the garlic in the pot.
  • Add the meat back to the post and put it on the warm setting.
  • Cook frozen garlic bread to the directions on the package.
    1 large frozen loaf of garlic bread
  • Cut garlic bread into four equal pieces and pile on the meat, adding two slices of provolone cheese. Place the sandwiches on a sheet tray and pop it back in the oven, just long enough to melt the cheese.
    8 slices provolone cheese
  • Serve with the remaining au jus from the crockpot for dipping! Save any leftover meat for more sandwiches or another meal.

Notes

  1. Chuck and rump roast are best for this, chuck is our go-to.
  2. This can be doubled, just place in a larger crock pot.
  3. You can substitute the garlic bread with other breads if you like, something sturdy and crusty is best.
  4. If you are not a fan of provolone, see my tips above on other cheeses you can use.
  5. This can be cooked on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.

Nutrition

Calories: 967kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 80g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 20g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 222mg | Sodium: 1560mg | Potassium: 1600mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 418IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 444mg | Iron: 12mg
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Course Main Course
Cuisine American

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35 Comments

  1. YUMMY! I loved french dips when I was a kid. I can’t even remember the last time I had one.

  2. Visiting from Wednesday Whatsits.
    Great idea to make french dip sandwiches with garlic bread!

  3. Sparkling74 says:

    I always laugh when I see French dip because the first time my sister ordered it, we thought it was high class eating. Now that I know a lot about France and French food, I can’t, for the life of me, picture French people eating it!

  4. Haha, I know what you mean! But, they are still freaking delicious.

  5. Oh, my husband absolutely adores a good French dip, but I’ve never been able to get the meat tender enough. I’ll definitely give this method a try. Thank you for sharing!

  6. That sounds sooo good. I’m gonna try that recipe out as soon as I get another roast. We go to Arbys now and just buy from the dollar menu and ask for au jus sauce all the time now. They will give it to you free. New follower from the How to linkup.

    Julie
    http://icreatepurtythangs.blogspot.com

  7. Looks very tasty! I need to get a crock pot so I can try making it. πŸ™‚

  8. Oh, how I wish someone would deliver this to my door RIGHT NOW! Looks fantastic-pinning πŸ™‚

    Jeanette @ Creating A Life

  9. My husband would go crazy over this! Thank you for Sharing!

  10. I can sure see why your getting so many views this is mouth watering deliciousness!

  11. Great recipe! I love French Dip sandwiches! Thanks for sharing this at What’s In The Gunny Sack!

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