French Dip Sandwich Recipe {Crockpot or Instant Pot}

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A classic French Dip Sandwich is one of my favorite comfort foods. These French Dips are the absolute best, and super easy to make in the Crockpot or Instant Pot! The combination of slow-cooked roast beef, a rich au jus, and crunchy toasted bread is a mouthwatering meal all by itself! This simple slow cooker recipe is a great addition to your weeknight menu.

Serve these sandwiches with a side of Instant Pot Mexican Corn for a delicious meal anyone would love.

French Dip Sandwich Recipe

If you are looking for the perfect treat for dinner, you have to make these french dip sandwiches. The slow cook time in your Crock Pot makes the meat fall apart tender. This recipe is a perfect way to use a tougher cut of meat and is ideal for adding variety to your menu.  A classic pot roast can easily be turned into this amazing sandwich.
Both crockpot and instant pot cooking methods deliver the same, flavorful beef.  Both are equally tender.

A roast beef sandwich cut in half on a cutting board



French dip sandwiches ready to eat and laying on a wooden cutting board

Ingredients you will need:

  • Beef chuck roast
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Oregano
  • Olive oil
  • Yellow onions
  • Garlic
  • Thyme
  • Beef broth
  • Worchestershire sauce
  • Soy sauce
  • Beer
  • Provolone sliced cheese
  • Hoagie rolls
  • Butter
  • Flour

Overhead picture of a french dip sandwiches ready to be served

How to Make Crockpot French Dip Sandwiches

To begin, you will need to gather and prepare your ingredients.  I like to begin with everything on hand so I am not running around the kitchen trying to find it later.

Season the beef as directed, then sear briefly in a hot pan.  Using tongs, you will make sure all sides are seared (top, bottom, and around each side).  This helps to add extra flavor and seal in moisture during cooking.

When you remove the beef from the skillet, don’t turn off the heat.  Instead, you will then saute the onion, garlic, and some of the herbs.

Place the beef in the slow cooker, and then top with your sauteed onions and garlic.

Up close image of a french dip sandwich with melted cheese

Add the remaining ingredients for the beef into the slow cooker and stir well coating the beef.  You will not be using the flour or butter at this time.

Slow Cooker French Dip Beef Sandwiches

Set your appropriate heat and cook time, cover, and let the beef cook as directed.

Once the beef has cooked down, you will remove it from your slow cooker and shred with forks.

Before placing the beef back into the slow cooker to keep warm, you will pour the juices out and through a strainer into a bowl or saucepan.  If you plan to thicken it, follow the instructions for doing so.  If not, save to use for dipping your sandwiches.

Shredded beef in slow cooker for making french dip sandwiches

I like to put a bit of the juice back into the slow cooker once strained, and then pour my shredded beef in and stir to make sure it is coated well and stays moist.

To prepare sandwiches, you will toast buns, place shredded meat on them, and then top with cheese or any other toppings you prefer.

How to serve French Dip Sandwiches?

Serve with a side of au jus for dipping (recipe below).

Overhead picture of a roast beef sandwich on hoagie bun

Questions and Tips:

What is the Best Beef for French Dip?

I am using a whole chuck roast for making these. When cooked in the slow cooker the beef becomes tender and gets to the point it practically melts in your mouth. You want beef that will become tender and delicious as it is cooked in the slow cooker.

What is the Best Bread for Beef Sandwiches?

When making these beef sandwiches, you want to make sure you are using a sturdy bread that won’t fall apart when dipped into the au jus.  I find that most hoagie or sub rolls work well, but I prefer a nice French bread when possible.  It has that tender soft bread inside and a crunchier crust that allows for a strong base for the sandwich that won’t fall apart easily when dipped.

Should I Add Cheese to My French Dip Sandwich?

Traditionally, when making a french dip sandwich the cheese to use is provolone. I think it gives the best flavor and I love the texture it gives as it melts on the sandwich. If you have a cheese you prefer, you can change it to the one you like best. You want to make sure it is a cheese that melts well so that it gets ooey-gooey on the roll.

Other cheeses that are popular on a French dip sandwich are swiss, pepper jack, and the classic Cheez-Wiz that you find in select restaurants.

Up close picture of french dip sandwiches on a cutting board ready to serve
5 from 2 votes

French Dip Sandwich Recipe

A classic French Dip Sandwich is one of my favorite comfort foods. The combination of slow cooked roast beef, a rich au jus, and crunchy toasted bread is a mouthwatering meal all by itself! This simple slow cooker recipe is a great addition to your weeknight menu.
Servings: 10
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 8 hrs


  • 3 pounds whole beef chuck roast
  • ½ tablespoon salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 small yellow onions chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 1 cup low sodium beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons Worchestire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 cup beer
  • provolone sliced cheese
  • hoagie rolls

Thickened au jus-

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • au jus sauce


Crockpot Directions

  • Season beef with salt, pepper, and oregano.
  • Warm oil over medium high heat on a large plan.
  • Sear seasoned beef on both sides until a beautiful brown sear color occurs (about 3-4 minutes per side).
  • Remove beef and set aside.
  • Into the same pan, add onions and saute until softened, about 3 minutes. Add in garlic, and cook an additional 30 seconds.
  • Place onions and beef and remaining ingredients into a slow cooker. Close with lid and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8 hours.
  • Once beef is cooked, remove beef and set to the side. Drain sauce over a colander into a large bowl. The juice left over is the au jus that can be thickened. (Note below.)
  • Shred beef and return to the slow cooker with some of the au jus to keep moist.
  • To assemble sandwiches, place cheese into the inside of a hoagie roll and toast in the oven over 450 degrees for a few minutes, or until cheese melts.
  • Top hoagie rolls with shredded beef.
  • Serve with au jus to dip into.
  • Serves: 8-10 sandwiches

Au just can be served as is, or can be thickened by cooking a slurry and adding in the au jus.

  • Melt butter in a medium pot over medium high heat.
  • Add flour, whisk and cook for a minute and slowly whisk in the au jus.
  • Continue whisking and let it come to a boil.
  • Once it comes to a boil, lower to a simmer and cook for about 4-5 minutes.
  • Turn off heat, and the sauce will thicken a bit more once cooled down.

Instant Pot Directions

  • Season beef with salt, pepper, and oregano. Turn on pressure cooker to SAUTE HIGH and heat oil. Place seasoned beef in pot and sear for 5 minutes. Flip and sear for an additional 5 minutes. Remove from pot and set aside.
  • Add onions to the pot and saute until softened, about 3 minutes. Add in garlic, and cook an additional 30 seconds.
    Place onions and remaining ingredients into Instant pot. Stir. Add beef back to pot, nestling in the liquid. Place on lid and seal valve. Cook on HIGH pressure 45 minutes then allow pressure to naturally release 25 minutes. Let out any remaining pressure.
  • Proceed with crockpot directions above.
  • For sandwiches: Preheat oven to 375°F. Open up sliced hoagie buns and butter the insides. Place opened buns on a baking sheet and toast for 5 minutes. Remove from oven, add a slice of provolone cheese to each roll, and bake for 1 minute longer. Divide beef between buns and serve immediately serving with au jus for dipping.


Serving: 10g | Calories: 322.12kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 27.17g | Fat: 21.02g | Saturated Fat: 8.18g | Cholesterol: 96.9mg | Sodium: 601.69mg | Potassium: 567.63mg | Fiber: 0.58g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 68.98IU | Vitamin C: 2.17mg | Calcium: 39.88mg | Iron: 3.4mg


French Dip Sandwich {Instant Pot or Crockpot}

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6 comments on “French Dip Sandwich Recipe {Crockpot or Instant Pot}”

  1. Hi I want to make this but I don’t want to add the beer. Is there anything I can substitute or can I just leave it out?

  2. 5 stars
    I have made this recipe once already and it is DELICIOUS. Husband approved! I am having a small diner party and wanted to make this into sliders. Therefore, I need to double the recipe. Would I be able to put two roasts in the same crockpot?

    1. Thanks Ashley, I think it would depend on the size of the roasts and the crockpot. Make sure you have some room around the sides.

  3. 5 stars
    My mom made this for us for lunch last week and it was AMAZING!! I am gluten and dairy free so she had to make a few substitutions but it was soooooo yummy!!! I just printed the recipe so I could make if for my family. Thank you! 🙂

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