Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 7 reviews

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches are incredibly juicy, tender and so flavorful. Perfect for a delicious dinner and the best quick and easy party food. Watch the recipe video tutorial below and see how easy this is!

If you love easy slow cooker recipes check out Slow Cooker Corned BeefSlow Cooker Asian Short Ribs, and Slow Cooker Garlic Sesame Chicken. For a tender and juicy beef meal, check this Slow Cooker Beef Teriyaki recipe.

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches Recipe

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches

Slow Cooker Sandwiches are easy to make, taste amazing, and can feed a crowd. The meat is tender and juicy from soaking all the flavors and cooking for so long in a nice mixture of onion soup, beef consommé, herbs, and spices. The sauce is very good for dipping the sandwiches in or even to eat it like soup!

The Crockpot Sandwiches are perfect to make for a quick night dinner or to entertain a company. You add everything to the Slow Cooker and forget about it until ready to serve.

Topped with melted Swiss cheese on fluffy white bread, these Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches are a must-try!

Why You’ll Love This Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches Recipe:

  • Very easy to make with minimal prep work.
  • A hearty and delicious meal that can be served as a weeknight dinner.
  • Perfect party food, with minimal prep work so you can entertain more and cook less.
  • You will have delicious leftovers the next day.

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches

Tips to make the perfect Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches:

  • Use high-quality meat. I recommend grass-fed, organic meat if possible, as it tends to be extra tender, which is perfect in this recipe.
  • You can use a chuck roast or round roast. The chuck roast has more fat, so it will be more tender and juicy. If you prefer less fat, I recommend using round roast beef. The round roast will be a little drier, so you will have to shred the meat and let it in the slow cooker for another hour to absorb all the juices.
  • Brown the beef – it will improve the texture and taste and also will lock in all the delicious flavors.
  • The beer can be replaced with non-alcoholic beer or beef broth.
  • If you can’t find beef consommé you can replace it with low sodium beef broth.

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Best Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches

Can you refrigerate the beef from the slow cooker?

Yes. After cooking the meat, store it in a large airtight container in the fridge. Make sure that the beef is at least partially covered by the sauce so it doesn’t dry out. Store for up to 3-4 days.

Tools/ingredients that I used to make the Best Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches:

  • Crockpot – very reasonably prices and definitely a kitchen must have if you are busy.
  • Dried Thyme – I like to have dried thyme on hand for many recipes, including different rubs and marinades, it adds a nice flavor.
  • Garlic Powder – no recipe in my house is made without garlic, unless we are talking about cake. Garlic powder is versatile and it will add a lot of flavor to your main dishes.
  • Onion Powder – great to have on hand to season main dishes and also to make meat rubs.
  • Dried Oregano – I love this organic brand, it’s perfect to use in rubs and adds a nice flavor to meat centered dishes.
  • Bay Leaves – I like using bay leaves in my recipes, they add a nice flavor, I always use them in soups and stews.
  • Beef Consommé – great for cooking condensed soup, can be used in a lot of recipes, adds a very nice flavor.
  • French Onion Soup – so great in this recipe, it has actual pieces of onions that add so much flavor.
  • Worcestershire Sauce – definitely a specialty ingredient that it’s great to have on hand for beef recipes.
  • Beef Broth – I always use organic in recipes, it also adds a tone of flavor, you can replace the beef consommé with beef broth if you don’t have any on hand.

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5 from 7 reviews
Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 8 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 8 hours Total time: 8 hrs 15 mins



  • 3 lb  beef chuck roast trimmed of excess fat  (or round beef roast)
  • 1 tablespoon  olive oil 


  • 1 10.5 oz  cans beef consommé 
  • 2 10.5 oz  cans french onion soup 
  • 1 12 oz  bottle of beer  (you can use non alcoholic too)
  • 10 cloves  garlic  (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon  dark molasses 
  • ½ tablespoon  Worcestershire sauce 
  • 1½ tablespoon  onion powder 
  • 1 tablespoon  garlic powder 
  • 1 teaspoon  dried oregano 
  • 1 teaspoon  dried thyme 
  • ½ teaspoon  salt 
  • ½ teaspoon  pepper 
  • 3  bay leaves 

To Serve:

  • 6  French rolls or hoagie buns 
  • 12 slices  provolone cheese 
  • 2 tablespoons  freshly parsley  (chopped)
  •  French fried onions  (optional)


  1. Add olive oil to a large nonstick skillet and heat over medium heat.
  2. Sear beef on all sides until lightly golden - brown. For about 1-2 minutes per side.
  3. Using tongs, carefully transfer beef to the slow cooker and top with all SAUCE ingredients. Gently stir everything to combine.

Cooking tips if you are using a round beef roast:

  1. Cook beef on low for 8 hours. After 8 hours shred the beef and continue cooking for another 1 hour on low.
  2. TIP: For best results, after 4 hours of cooking, turn beef on the other side for the rest of the cooking. After 8 hours of cooking, shred beef into the sauce and cook on low for one more hour.

Cooking tips if you are using a chuck roast:

  1. Cook beef on low for 8 hours. Once ready, transfer roast to a cutting board and thinly slice it across the grain, or you can shred the beef.

  2. OR: cook roast on low for 5 hours, transfer roast to a cutting board and thinly slice it across the grain. Place sliced meat back in the slow cooker and cook on low for another 2 hours.


  1. Any remaining beef should be added to an airtight container and topped with the remaining sauce so it does not dry out. Store in the fridge for 4-6 days.


  1. When ready to serve, remove beef from slow cooker, using a ladle and a fine mesh, strain the sauce into a large container.
  2. Preheat oven to 350F.
  3. Split french rolls and line them open face up on a baking tray. Top each half with beef and top beef with 2 slices of swiss cheese.
  4. Bake for 5-7 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  5. Remove from oven, sprinkle with freshly chopped parsley and add French fried onions if desired. Close the sandwiches.

  6. Serve with the strained sauce for dipping.
  7. Serve immediately.
  8. Enjoy!
Calories: 659 Carbohydrates: 32 Protein: 49 Fat: 35 Saturated Fat: 16 Cholesterol: 148 Sodium: 1189 Potassium: 986 Fiber: 1 Sugar: 7 Vitamin A: 475 Vitamin C: 1.8 Calcium: 378 Iron: 12.3
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Looks yummy!!!


Thank you :)


Sheila @ Life, Love, and Good Food

Definitely must try this — looks delicious and so easy, too!


Michelle @ The Complete Savorist

Looks like something just made my "must-try" list.... thank you for sharing, it sounds amazing!!



This is my favorite sandwich and I always order it when we go out to lunch! Looks like I'll be making it at home now :) Yum!!


Michelle | A Latte Food

These look amazing! French dip sandwiches are a major comfort food for me so I am all about this recipe! :-)


Erin @ Texanerin Baking

Those buns look so perfectly toasted! And the filling looks awesome, too. :D


Brandy | Nutmeg Nanny

Holy delicious! These look incredible! Who knew it could be so simple!?!


Jessica | Novice Chef

I need to make these soon! My husband would LOVE this!



Recipe calls for provolone, but the directions say Swiss. Is one better than the other for this sandwich?


oops its provolone :) you can use both, but provolone is really great in this recipe :)


Jacque Hastert

Adding to my list of must makes this fall :)


Melanie Bauer

Looks fabulous! I'm so excited to make this for dinner, so easy,tasty and flavorful!


Mahy Elamin deliciously does this look! This is really very tasty. I would love to try this!


Chrissie Baker

I think that the taste of this sandwich is incredible. Great recipe. I like all the ingredients in it. This is perfect for me. thank you.



Yum!! French dip sandwiches are a family favorite!


Allyson Zea

I love that you can make these in the slow cooker!


Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert

I know for sure these would be a huge hit in my house!



Adding this recipe to my meal prep! If we can’t get cans of French onion soup can we make it with the soup packets?


Yes!!! That will work just fine!!


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