Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches

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Slow cooker recipes have to meet two criteria for me: 1) they have to be dump and go, and 2) they have to be able to hang out for 8 hours. Working outside my house means most days I can’t turn the slow cooker on at lunch time.

This one checks both those boxes, plus it’s a delicious way to get a better bang for your buck on a roast. My husband loves this recipe. I serve it with fruit or a quick side salad and supper can be on the table in 15 minutes!

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches

  • 4-5 lb beef roast (I usually go with a bottom round roast, but chuck roast works too)
  • 2 tablespoons steak seasoning
  • 1 packet onion soup mix
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme or Italian seasoning
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • Mayo
  • Spicy Brown Mustard
  • French bread or sturdy rolls
  • Sliced provolone cheese

Spray your slow cooker with non-stick spray or use a slow cooker liner. Place the roast in the slow cooker and sprinkle steak seasoning, dry onion soup mix, Worcestershire sauce and thyme on top.

Pour in the beef broth, making sure the liquid comes up at least half way on your roast. Add more liquid if needed. Cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours, until beef is tender and falls apart without a knife.

Remove the meat from the slow cooker and slice or shred for serving.

Slice the french bread into sub rolls. Spread mayo and mustard on both sides of the bread, place a slice of cheese on one side. Toast under the broiler for a few minutes until lightly golden.

Strain the remaining liquid in the slow cooker, discarding the onions if desired. Serve the warm au jus sauce with the subs for dipping.


  • Don’t use hot dog buns with this recipe – they are too soft and will become soggy really quickly. Sub rolls or French bread work best.
  • I buy my steak seasoning and onion soup mix at Dollar Tree. You can actually find all the ingredients (except for the beef, bread and cheese) at Dollar Tree!

This recipe originally came from the Cooking with Paula Deen magazine, but I can’t find it online anywhere. I modified the ingredients to work with things I usually have on hand, so this is my twist on her recipe. I hope she doesn’t mind. 🙂 In my mind, Paula and I are friends.

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7 thoughts on “Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches

  1. This looks so tasty! What a great recipe for busy days. I think my hubby would enjoy this too. Thanks for a new recipe!


  2. This looks great!! I bet it would be yummy for game days or dinners. I tend to use my crockpot more in the fall and winter so thanks for the new recipe!


  3. This looks delicious! You don’t say in your instructions what to do with the onion soup mix – I am assuming you sprinkle it on top of the roast with the seasonings and Worcestershire sauce before you cook it? Thanks!


    1. Good question, Kathi! I didn’t realize I left that part out, thanks for letting me know. You’re correct that the onion soup goes in with the other seasonings. I updated the recipe so it should make sense now. Thanks! 🙂


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