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French Dip Sandwiches in the Slow Cooker

French Dip Sandwiches in the Slow Cooker is a set it and forget it kind of meal. Great flavor with minimal work. 


French Dip Sandwiches traditionally use sliced roast beef. These French dip sandwiches are a little different. This sandwich has shredded beef. 

Growing up I had many French Dip sandwiches. They are one of my favorites. It wasn’t until I was an adult in Texas that I had a French Dip sandwich with cheese on it. I wasn’t sure about it at first. But I love provolone on these. Because the meat is shredded the cheese helps hold it together and on the roll.

Did you know that French Dip sandwiches were invented by accident. Philippe Mathieu owned a deli. While making a sandwich, he dropped the French roll in the meat drippings. The customer loved it and came back the next day for another.  That was in 1918 and we’ve been eating it ever since.

I love when things are made by accident. Did you know chocolate chips cookies (1930), popsicles (1905), potato chips (1953), and ice cream cones (1904) were all made by accident.  I can’t imagine a world without chocolate chip cookies. We love them so much here at Coffee With Us 3 that we have 5 recipes for them. Cowboy cookies, Jamie’s favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, double chocolate cookies, and quick and easy chocolate chip cookies.

Ok back to the French Dip Sandwiches. These sandwiches are so easy to make and take very little prep. It’s a set it and forget it kind of meal. The only con is that if you are home while the beef is cooking, it will make you hungry.

French Dip Sandwich in the Slow Cooker

French Dip Sandwich in the Slow Cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 20 minutes



  1. Add olive oil to large skillet and heat on high.
  2. Season roast with salt & pepper.
  3. Once oil is hot, add roast to skillet.
  4. Sear all sides.
  5. Place roast in slow cooker.
  6. Pour onion soup mix, beef stock & water over roast.
  7. Set on low and cook for 6-8 hours.
  8. Remove roast from slow cooker and shred.
  9. Cut rolls in half. Place shredded roast on top of bottom half of the roll.
  10. Cover with provolone cheese.
  11. Place under broiler until cheese is melted.
  12. The liquid in the slow cooker is the au jus.
  13. Cover with top of roll and serve with au jus.


My onion soup mix recipe has turmeric in it. It is very good for your health. However, if the au jus containing the turmeric is spilled, it will stain.

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