French Dip sandwiches made with tender (slow cooked) roast beef topped with melted cheese on a toasted hoagie and served with au jus. 

After a busy weekend, I’m back in meal planning mode! I turn to my crockpot at least once a week for easy slow cooker meals like slow cooker pork chops and slow cooker lasagna.

A french dip sandwich being dipped into a small bowl of au jus.

I love the simplicity and flavor of these Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches. They couldn’t be easier to throw together and the result is the most tender roast beef, melted provolone cheese and a toasted hoagie served with au jus that’s all made in the slow cooker!


Bread:  Good quality bread is key! Hoagies, sub rolls, baguette’s or any type of crusty bread will be great.  Avoid soft rolls or bread as they will soak up the liquid quickly and get very soggy, causing the sandwich to fall apart.

Beef:  Chuck roast, rump roast or other cheaper cuts of beef that cook well in the slow cooker. Trim any large excess pieces of fat from your roast. Allow the roast to come to room temperature a bit before searing it. I take mine out of the fridge for 15 minutes beforehand.

Cheese: Swiss or provolone is what I recommend but choose your favorite!

Au Jus: As the meat cooks int he slow cooker with the spices and liquid, a natural au jus dipping sauce will be made. Ladle the sauce from the bottom of the pot into small bowls for dipping the sandwiches.

How to Make French Dip Sandwiches:

1. Prep the roast:  Season all sides of the chuck roast with salt and pepper, oregano, and thyme. Sear the roast in a very hot skillet with a little bit of oil until browned on all sides.

A raw beef roast on a plate, next to another photo of the roast searing in a pan.

2. Cook on low: Add meat to slow cooker and pour all “slow cooker” ingredients on top. Cook on LOW for 4 hours and then remove meat to a cutting board. Thinly slice the meat and then return it to the slow cooker and continue to cook on LOW for one more hour.

Slow cooker with cooked beef roast in it, and a plate with sliced pieces of roast.

3. Strain Au jus: When ready to serve, remove the roast to a bowl. Strain the liquid through a fine mesh strainer and reserve it for dipping the sandwiches in.

4. Assemble and serve: Preheat oven to Broil. Slice rolls in half and lightly butter one side. Add a few slices of meat to the other side and two slices of cheese on top. Place in oven on High Broil until the cheese melted and bread is golden. Serve with reserved au jus.

A sheet pan with toasted french dip sandwiches on it.

Serve French Dip with:

Additional Variations:

  • Make it healthier: serve on a whole wheat bun and leave off the cheese.
  • Make it “Philly style”: add caramelized onions and bell peppers
  • Add some heat: jalapeños, yellow pepper, diced chilies, or crushed red pepper.

A French dip sandwich served on a plate with au jus sauce on the side.

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Prep 5 minutes
Cook 5 hours 5 minutes
Total 5 hours 10 minutes
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For serving:

  • 16 slices Swiss or provolone cheese or your favorite kind
  • 8 hoagies or sub rolls


  • Season all sides of the chuck roast with salt and pepper, oregano, and thyme.
  • Add olive oil to a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Add meat to the pan and sear on high heat for 30 seconds or so on all sides, just until lightly browned.
  • Place meat in the slow cooker and sprinkle with French onion soup mix and garlic. Pour broth, coke, soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce on top.
  • Cook on LOW for 4 hours and then remove meat to a cutting board. Thinly slice the meat and then return it to the slow cooker and continue to cook on LOW for one more hour.
  • When ready to serve, preheat oven to High broil. Slice rolls in half and lightly butter the top side. Add a few slices of meat to the bottom halves and top with two slices of cheese.
  • Broil for a few minutes, just until the cheese its melted and bread is golden. Ladle the au jus sauce from the slow cooker into small bowls for dipping. Enjoy.


  • Make it healthier: serve on a whole wheat bun and leave off the cheese.
  • Make it "Philly style": add caramelized onions and bell peppers
  • Add some heat: jalapeños, yellow pepper, diced chilies, or crushed red pepper.
Ideas to Serve with French Dip Sandwiches:


Calories: 779kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 59gFat: 41gSaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 175mgSodium: 1879mgPotassium: 841mgFiber: 1gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 520IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 481mgIron: 15.6mg

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I originally shared this recipe September 2016. Updated April 2020 with process photos and instructions.

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  1. 3 stars
    The flavor is really good but it doesn’t seem like near enough time for a chuck roast to get tender. I made it the first time and it was barely eatable it was so chewy. I’m giving it a second try and after an additional hour beyond what the recipe calls for, it’s only starting to get tender enough for a sandwich.

  2. 5 stars
    Made this and it was excellent!!!! I’ve tried other French dip recipes but they all lacked in flavor…this tastes restaurant quality! It’s a make again recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    This French dip recipe is delicious. The Au Jus is so flavorful. Easy Sunday, make the house smell good, comfort food recipe.

  4. 5 stars
    This is probably best meal I’ve ever made. And so easy! Adding sautéed onion and mushroom would take it over the top! Delicious. Thank you for the recipe.

  5. 5 stars
    So yummy! I did 50 mins instant pot high pressure, natural release, then cut meat & let it simmer on warm & it was perfect. My tween daughter said, “Mom, this is the best sandwich I’ve eaten.” Three thumbs up from the husband. So so good. Thanks!

    1. I’d suggest another soda, like root beer or doctor pepper (not diet). The carbonation and sugar in the sodas add flavor and tenderize the meat.

  6. I followed the recipe exactly using a chuck roast but it was pretty dry. Maybe just a bad cut? Any ideas? I’d love to try this again just not sure how to change it up!

    1. 5 stars
      Couldve been a bad cut, on LOW should be alright though, was it 3 lbs 3.5lbs? If its bigger than tht I’d say cook it longer eap if its chewy like. Also cutting it then letting it cook on LOW another hr even made our deer meat super tender n juicy. Dont forget to search them in pil brown em on all sides, it locks in the moisture thts already there. But if you do cook on high you may end up boiling it… not good. Good luck!!

  7. Did everyone take their meat out after 4 hrs and cut it and put it back in for an hour? I would think that would make it drier. Thoughts?

    1. 5 stars
      That’s why the directions currently say and it’s absolutely delicious that way!! We used 1lb of deer meat and 2 chick roast pcs one was 2 lbs and 1 was 1.67 tender as all get out!!!! Madea ton no 8 servings we each had 2 rolls and was stuffed got enough for probably 2 more meals at least!!!. I signed for email love these recipes. This is the 3rd one I belive from better from scratch , they do NOT disappoint!!!

  8. 5 stars
    WOW!!! So all I could get was a 3lb bottom round, and I cooked it in the slow cooker for 6 hrs. Let it rest , sliced it while I was roasting my rolls and put it back in the pot, OMG!!! Absolutely melt in your mouth delicious!!!! I will absolutely be making this again!!!! Seriously just as good as the Pub!!!! Thank you!!!!

  9. 4 stars
    Awesome recipe! I did bake mine in the oven bc I am not a fan of the slow-cooker (personal preference). I also did not use coke as we do not keep soda in our house, therefore, I subbed dry red wine, but only 1/2 cup. Turned out great! Thanks so much for sharing. PS I also toasted Tuscan Rolls (Artisian Rolls from Costco) only bc they hold up better than the soft rolls when you dip in au jus.

  10. Can I make this in instant pot? How long to cook on what setting? Thanks!!

    I am lazy and was gonna brown meat in same pot on saute setting lol

  11. This sounds great! I have loved everything I’ve tried thus far from your site.
    Is there a way to substitute the Coke? No one in my house drinks soda and I don’t think I can buy just one cup. Not sure what I would do with the leftover Coke. I understand it might be a key ingredient, but just thought I’d ask. 🙂

    1. You could buy a can from the vending machine at Walmart or a convenience store. The carbonation in the soda tenderizes the meat.

  12. Can the roast be cooked in the instant pot i stead of slow cooker? If so what would the time estimate be? Thanks 😊

  13. We’re making this, this week! I saw under your notes that it says “Beef consommé can be found on the Campbells soup section in your grocery store, near the beef broth.” I don’t see beef consommé listed under ingredients or in the recipe. Should it be included?
    Excited to try this!

  14. 5 stars
    Hi Lauren! I made this today for my husband and he loved it! I like how your instructions add little tips for success because I’m not a super experienced cook and the more information about what to expect in a recipe help a lot. Thank you!!

  15. Hi, after it’s done cooking that last hour does it have to be removed from the crockpot right away? If I’m not ready to serve it yet can it still stay in there on low? And for how long? My husband sometimes works late but he doesn’t know til the end of the day so I’m just wondering about the timing if it will still be good and best way to reheat it. I’m a vegetarian and I’ve just started to try to cook meat since I got married so I’m just learning as I go. Thankyou. I’ve been pinning your recipes. So many good ideas here.

    1. Thanks Courtney! It could continue to cook on low for up to 8 hours–it will just get more and more tender and will be more like shredded beef, but will still taste great. Otherwise, if your crockpot has a “keep warm” setting you could just leave it there until ready to eat 🙂 Hope your husband loves these French dips!

  16. 5 stars
    This is a family favorite at our house. I make it for my brothers family when they were in town and now he makes it all the time at home. So so so good!! We use mini French rolls from Costco and Costco provolone.

  17. 5 stars
    Really yummy! This is great when time to make dinner is short — it cooks during the day, then there’s minimal prep to serve.

  18. I was so disappointed to find Coke and French Onion Soup Mix in this recipe. These are not “real” or “homemade” and I honestly expected better from a website called, “Tastes Better From Scratch.” With these ingredients, this is actually far more along the lines of “Processed and Semi-homemade.”

    1. 5 stars
      Recipe sounds legit, I will definitely report back once I am done this evening. Something tells me K has never made, nor understands the time consumption and magnitude of, French Onion Soup. the Coke will break down the roast and tenderize it, as well as add flavor to the broth. Maybe think before commenting snowflake? This is a solid recipe!