French Dip Sandwich Recipe


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!

side view of a hand dipping a crockpot french dip sandwich into a side of au jus.

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!

step by step photos for how to make crockpot french dip.
Why do they call it French Dip?

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.

What kind of cheese is on a French Dip Sandwich?

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!

How do you make Au Jus for French Dip Sandwiches?

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.

What kind of beef is best for roast beef au jus?

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.

an assembled crockpot french dip sandwich on a white plate next to a crockpot french dip sandwich without any cheese.

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!

overhead view of 3 crockpot french dip sandwiches on a white oval serving tray.
featured crockpot french dip.

Crockpot French Dip Sandwiches

These Crockpot French Dip Sandwiches are an easy recipe the whole family will love!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings 8 sandwiches
Calories 789kcal
Author Becky Hardin


  • 5 pounds top or bottom round beef roast (aka: boneless chuck roast)
  • 2 ounces au jus mix (2 packages)
  • 1.4 ounces Italian dressing mix (2 packages)
  • 32 ounces beef broth (1 Tetra Pak)
  • 8 hoagie buns
  • 8 slices Provolone cheese


  • Spray the crockpot with nonstick spray
  • Place the beef roast into the crockpot.
    5 pounds top or bottom round beef roast
  • Sprinkle the au jus mix and Itailian dressing mix onto the beef roast.
    1.4 ounces Italian dressing mix, 2 ounces au jus mix
    dressing mixes poured over beef in a crockpot.
  • Pour the beef broth over the roast.
    32 ounces beef broth
    crockpot french dip in a crockpot.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until beef is fork tender.
  • After cooking, remove roast and strain broth into a bowl. Broth can be used for french dip sandwiches or for open faced roast been sandwiches.
  • Slice roast beef in this slices.
  • Place roast beef and provolone on hoagie buns. Wrap sandwiches and warm in oven for 10 minutes at 400°F.
    8 hoagie buns, 8 slices Provolone cheese
    an assembled crockpot french dip sandwich being wrapped in aluminum foil.
  • Unwrap and enjoy! Use broth as dipping sauce.



  • You can use a tougher cut of beef since we are slow cooking it. It will come out tender!
  • For a lower-sodium option, skip the au jus packets and swap out the Italian dressing mix for a salt-free Italian seasoning.
Storage: Store crockpot French dip sandwich meat and au jus in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Assemble the sandwiches just prior to reheating.


Serving: 1sandwich | Calories: 789kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 67g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 18g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 209mg | Sodium: 1604mg | Potassium: 1118mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 325IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 318mg | Iron: 19mg

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