Slow Cooker French Dips have tender roast beef and a flavorful au jus, great for days that you don’t feel like cooking.
This recipe for Slow Cooker French Dips couldn’t get any easier. I love an easy slow cooker meal because I am always running late for work! And my family absolutely loves this meal for french dip sandwiches!
How to make French Dips in the Slow Cooker:
- Season the roast with salt and pepper. Add to the slow cooker.
- In a large skillet set to medium high heat add a enough cooking oil just to coat the bottom of the pan. Brown the meat on all sides. No need to cook through.
- Add the roast to the slow cooker and add an Au just packet and water.
- Cover and cook on LOW for 8-10 hours.
- Shred the meat and put on hoagie rolls. Put on swiss cheese and broil until melted (just takes a minute).
I serve these french dips on a quality French baguette from the bakery section of the store. And I also use real swiss cheese, not the American cheese type. You can switch out the swiss cheese for provolone if you prefer.
Can I use beer instead of water?
A can or bottle of beer can be used instead of water for this recipe or you can follow my Beer and Garlic French Dip Recipe.
More recipes that use chuck roast:
- Slow Cooker Copycat Chipotle Barbacoa
- Slow Cooker Amish Pot Roast
- Slow Cooker Mississippi Pot Roast
- Slow Cooker Beer and Ketchup Pot Roast
- Slow Cooker Pinto Bean and Beef
Slow Cooker French Dips
- Slow Cooker- 6 quart or larger
- 3 pounds chuck roast (or use bottom round for less fat)
- 1/4 salt
- 1/4 pepper
- 1/2 onion powder
- 2 Tbsp. cooking oil
- 1 oz. packet au jus gravy mix
- French bread baguette or hoagie rolls or buns
- Swiss cheese slices about 2 per sandwich (or provolone)
- Season the meat on both sides with salt, pepper, and onion powder.
- Set a large skillet over medium high heat. When the pan is hot add the oil. Brown the meat on all sides. Add the meat to the slow cooker
- Sprinkle over the au jus and pour over the water (just one cup).
- Cook on LOW for 8-10 hours.
- Shred the meat, discard any fat. I do this on a plate, then cover with foil until ready to serve. Degrease the au jus in the crockpot by laying a paper towel over the grease and removing quickly. Add more water to the au jus if you don't have enough for serving.
- Pile meat on buns, hoagie or french bread, add cheese.
- Melt the cheese under the broiler in the oven.
- Serve the french dips with the freshly prepared au jus