Crock Pot French Dip Sandwiches

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These are the best Crock Pot French Onion French Dip Sandwiches you’ll ever eat! This recipe is such a classic and incredibly easy to make. Perfect for whenever you’re wanting to keep things easy but flavorful in the kitchen! This slow cooker sandwich changed my life! 
top view of french onion french dip sandwiches on wooden cutting board
When I say you’re going to love this recipe, I mean you’re REALLY going to love this Crock Pot French dip! Tender and satisfying roast beef and melty provolone cheese layered atop crispy hoagie rolls dunked in its own au jus it made while cooking–so yummy! If you’re a fan of French dips, you just have to try this recipe. 

two french onion french dip sandwiches

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.

I wish I could give credit to the church lady that submitted this…but church lady, where ever you are… Thank YOU!!
two french onion french dip sandwiches with onion
In the mood for something low maintenance and super simple, that will have the whole family begging for more? Make sure you make enough of this original French dip recipe to go around because, I guarantee you, you will want seconds. What’s better than a hearty sandwich dipped in warm an au jus sauce made from French onion soup mix? Not many things are better than such combinations. 
The best part about this recipe is the fact that you don’t have to make au jus in a separate pan. The meat in the slow cooker makes its own au jus! 

top view of raw meat on cutting board

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. 


meat, mushrooms, soy sauce, garlic, seasoning

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! 

ingredients in Crockpot

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. 

broth in bowl

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! 


meat on cutting board

Next, remove the meat from the slow cooker and shred it. Return back to the slow cooker. 


buns with cheese

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. 

sandwich with meawt

Serve the sandwich with the homemade au jus on the side.


graphic for french dip sandwiches


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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. 


Top view of homemade double fried French fries on white plate with ketchup and salt

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!

Other great options include my potato salad, mashed potatoes, marinated vegetables,  or pea salad with cauliflower.


Beef & Noodles in a white bowl

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French dips on cutting board
Let’s get to this family favorite recipe for making the BEST French Dip Sandwiches in the slow cooker!  M.
top view of four french dip sandwiches
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Crock Pot French Dip Sandwiches

These are the best Crock Pot French Dip Sandwiches you'll ever eat! This recipe is such a classic and incredibly easy to make. Perfectly tender and satisfying, Homemade au jus, melty provolone cheese, layered on top of the tender beef sandwiched between crispy hoagie rolls. This slow cooker sandwich changed my life! 
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time8 hours
Total Time8 hours 5 minutes
Course: Sandwiches
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chuck roast, Crock Pot French Onion French Dip Sandwiches, french dip sandwich recipe, French Onion Soup, mushrooms, onions, Rotella rolls
Servings: 8 sandwiches
Calories: 747kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel


  • 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.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 747kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 68g | Fat: 48g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 23g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 225mg | Sodium: 1217mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g

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. 

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  1. This is one of my favorite all time recipes you have shared with me.

    I had my brother’s old metal Fat Albert lunch box. How’s that for taking your lunch in? I don’t have mine either. Bummer.

  2. These sound amazing. I love when you can take advantage of your slow cooker and still not lose any extra goodness.

  3. This sounds absolutely delicious, I havent come across a recipe like this before but I am interested in trying it!

  4. My family is going to love this sandwich. We enjoy anything that’s French onion! Thanks for a new dinner idea.

  5. Love French Dip and need to use up some chuck roasts before my quarter of beef is ready in November! Looks like I need to make this (poor me 😉 ) Your photos are gorgeous BTW!

  6. I’m not sure why this is a sandwich I never try at most restaurants, yet alone at home. It sounds so comforting and hearty! Maybe this is the year I give it a try…especially now that the weather will be cooling down soon!

  7. Such a great recipe for game day! Crockpots are perfect for keeping everything ready to go and keep you out of the kitchen and cheering on your team with friends and family!

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