The BEST French Dip Sandwich
This is one of those recipes that I got out of some old church cookbook a million years ago. Sure, everyone has a French Dip Recipe, but I am warning you, after trying this recipe you may never use that one again. If you are like me and love the flavor of french onion soup, you are going to love this sandwich.
Honestly, growing up, I wasn’t much of a sandwich girl. I was one of those kids that took a thermos of soup to school in my Snoopy lunch box. Yea, I was that kid. But when I met this sandwich, it changed my view of sandwiches. Not to mention my crockpot.
What is the Best Meat for French Dips?
I highly recommend using beef chuck roast for this recipe because you end up with meat that is incredibly tender and literally falls apart! Some people use sliced roast beef for their French dip sandwiches, but we prefer a shredded version.
Whether you’re enjoying these French onion French dip sandwiches for gamedays, parties, or simple weeknight dinners–you will fall in love with this easy recipe because it is fitting for any occasion. This recipe is the ultimate combination of savory, cheesy, and comforting.
Ingredients In French Dip Sandwiches
- Roast: Essential for meat that will fall apart perfectly, I like to use chuck roast because it absorbs the au jus really well, falls apart when cooked all day, and creates the perfect au jus.
- Dry Onion Soup Mix: One package of soup mix will work for this recipe! You can easily find this at most grocery stores in the soup section.
- Mushrooms: Optional for this Crock Pot French dip sandwich, but you can use either canned or freshly sliced mushrooms.
- Soy Sauce: I used low-sodium.
- Hoagie Rolls: Toast these hoagie rolls for an extra perfect sandwich! I like to use Rotella hoagie rolls.
- Cheese: My favorites are swiss or provolone. Mmm!
How to Make French Dips in the Crock Pot
I can’t wait for you to try this delicious recipe! I’ve been making this slow cooker recipe for years because all you do is dump everything in the CrockPot and walk away!
Place Roast in Crock Pot
First, place the roast in the Crock-Pot. Cover with onion soup, minced garlic, and sliced onions. If you’re using mushrooms, then this is where you will add them.
Next, pour the soy sauce and water over the top of the beef.
Cover and Cook
Cover the pot and slow cook on low all day. The meat will literally fall apart, and the Au Jus it makes is fantastic!
Next, remove the meat from the slow cooker and shred it. Return back to the slow cooker.
Toast and Assemble
Toast the hoagie rolls in the oven for three minutes. Place a slice or two of cheese on each hoagie rolls and top with meat.
Serve the sandwich with the homemade au jus on the side.
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Tips for Making the BEST French Dip Sandwiches
- Make sure the onions are in big slices.
- Be sure to use thick rolls for this recipe as you’ll want it to withstand the au jus dip.
- Toast the bread or rolls in the oven prior to assembling the sandwiches.
- Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days. Place the au jus in the container with the meat to keep the meat tender.
What is Good to Serve with This Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich?
This sandwich tastes amazing with almost anything! I like to serve this French dip recipe with my homemade double-fried French fries, homemade chips, zucchini chips, or sweet potato chips. The options are truly endless!
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- 3-4 pound beef chuck roast
- 1 package dry onion soup mix
- 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
- 5 cups water
- 1 large onion, sliced in 1/8ths (big slices!)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- Mushrooms, (optional) you can use canned or sliced fresh
- 8 Hoagie Rolls, toasted
- 8 slices of cheese (we use provolone or swiss)
- Place the roast in the crockpot, cover with onion soup, minced garlic, and sliced onions. (+ mushrooms if adding)
- Pour soy sauce and water over the top.
- Cover and slow cook on low all day. (6-8 hours) The meat will literally fall apart.
- Shred meat and place back in the slow cooker.
- I like to toast our hoagie rolls in the oven for about 3 minutes.
- Place a slice or two of cheese on each hoagie roll, top with meat.
- Serve with the au jus it made on the side for dipping.
I highly recommend using a chuck roast for this recipe to get that fall apart tender meat!
*If you are lucky enough to live where you can buy Rotella Hoagie rolls, toast them in the oven for about 3 minutes on 375 degrees. It makes them perfectly crusty! Mmmmm.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 747Total Fat: 48gSaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 225mgSodium: 1217mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 68g
Please note that nutrition is not guaranteed accurate.
I originally posted this recipe on October 11, 2011. It was one of the first recipes I ever posted on my blog. It’s been updated to improve user experience and reshared on August 27, 2021.