French Dip Sandwich, or French Dip Au Jus, is a delicious and easy way to enjoy crockpot beef! We create a Beef Au Jus sandwich with tender beef, provolone cheese, toasty bread, and of course the dipping sauce. Such a simple crockpot french dip recipe that the entire family will love. This French Dip Sandwich Recipe is a winner!
What’s in a Crockpot French Dip Sandwich?
French Dip Sandwiches are so good! They definitely hit the spot when I’m craving comfort food. The tender roast beef, the melted cheese, and that amazing au jus. Yum!
- Roast Beef: A top or bottom round roast (aka: boneless chuck roast) works best. The long cook time will help to make tougher cuts more tender.
- Au Jus Sauce Mix: 2 packets of this flavorful mix enhance the flavor of the beef and the dipping sauce.
- Italian Dressing Mix: 2 packets of this flavorful spice blend add a deeper flavor to the meat and broth.
- Beef Broth: The braising liquid fo the beef. Helps keep the beef tender and moist, and creates the base for the dipping sauce.
- Provolone Cheese: The perfect melting cheese for these sandwiches.
- Hoagie Buns: Also know as sub rolls, these are the perfect size for these beefy sandwiches.
Pro Tip: You can use homemade Italian seasoning in place of the dressing mix if you prefer.
Variations on French Dip in the Crockpot
This simple recipe is pretty much perfect as is. For a lighter au jus, you could swap the beef broth for vegetable broth. For a lower sodium option, you can skip the au jus sauce mix and add homemade Italian seasoning instead of Italian dressing mix.
Feel free to swap the Provolone for mozzarella if you prefer. Try adding some caramelized onions or roasted mushrooms to your sandwiches to take them up a notch!
Because it’s traditionally served on a French roll. That was easy…huh? We like it on a hoagie because you can really hold on while you dip in that amazing sauce.
For this French Dip recipe, you want a creamy white cheese such as mozzarella, Provolone, or if you live in St. Louis like me, Provel is an awesome option!
The au jus sauce will automatically be made in the slow cooker as the beef cooks. If you need more sauce you can always prepare extra according to package instructions on an au jus packet. But you should have plenty of sauce made in your crockpot as your beef cooks.
We use a top or bottom round roast (boneless chuck roast) for this French Dip Au Jus Recipe. It’s okay to use a tougher cut for this recipe because it will get super tender in the crockpot.
How to Store and Reheat Crockpot French Dip Sandwiches
I recommend storing the meat, cheese, au jus, and buns separately until ready to reheat. Store the French dip beef and au jus sauce in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Follow step 8 in the recipe to reheat.
How to Freeze Slow Cooked French Dip
You can freeze the French dip meat and au jus separately in airtight containers for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight before reheating.
What to Serve with Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches (Beef Au Jus)
Serve these delicious French dip sandwiches with homemade french fries or air fryer potato wedges to sop up all of that delicious au jus. Sandwich shop sides like coleslaw and potato chips would be just the perfect complement.
Why not serve yours with a side of veggies, like crispy zucchini fries, air fryer broccoli, or honey glazed carrots? Or how about some pickle chips? There are so many great sides!
Your recipes are always awesome but I would love to see you rejig it with less pre-packaged ingredients. :) I try to stay away from packaged foods as much as possible. That being said, I’m now craving French dip!
Hi Lisa, it just depends on the recipe! Some of my recipes are made-from-scratch and others utilize pre-packaged ingredients so that they are more accessible to a wider audience. I hope you’ll check out some of my other recipes!
If I use a smaller roast (i.e. 2 1/2-3 lbs), should I use only 1 packet of au jus and 1 packet of Italian dressing mix with 16 oz of beef broth? Or should I just go ahead and use the 2 packets of au jus/2 packets Italian dressing/32 oz beef broth?
You want enough broth to cover the roast, so use your best judgment!
This is my 5th time making this recipe. It is perfect every single time!!
Thanks for stopping by and sharing, Paige!
Insanely easy recipe and delicious! Perfect hearty meal for group parties and I cut the hoagie rolls in half so my guests could eat it with one hand while holding their plates. Highly recommend this one!
Thanks for stopping by and sharing with us, Jim!
What kind of Au jus mix do you use? Haven’t tried the recipe yet.
Any mix works, whatever is in stock at your store!
What size crockpot do you use?
A large crock pot. One that will fit the roast.
I’m glad you loved it!
I haven’t tried this yet, but I’ll be making it tomorrow, and cannot wait to taste the yumminess! French Dips au jus have been a favorite of mine for as long as I can recall and when a friend of mine sent me this link today, I said to my husband, “French Dips for dinner tomorrow!!” (to which he replied, “WOOHOOOO!!!”)
We love it too! Thanks River :)
Very nice… you always give the newest food recipes every day .. this really helps my wife to cook,,, thank you so much dear..
What kind of beef roast are you using here?. I am so happy to have found your iced butter cookie recipe going to make those tomorrow.
Thanks so much, and HappyHolidays !!
We use lean top or bottom roast. Since it cooks so long in the crock pot a tougher roast can be used. We always buy one that has the fat trimmed. Hope that helps, and enjoy the cookies! Happy holidays:)
do you use a top or bottom round roast?