French dip sandwiches paired with a mouthwatering Au Jus! These Crockpot French Dip Sandwiches are slow cooked and produce a tender and flavorful beef. By using chuck roast, you’ll get a delicious, full of flavor sandwich every time.
French Dip Sandwiches
I am a lover of all kinds of sandwiches, but a hearty French Dip Sandwich holds a special place in my heart. Comfort food at its finest, these sandwiches are a family favorite. Warm and comforting french dip sandwiches are easy to make because the crockpot does all the hard work. By slow cooking the chuck roast, you’ll get the most tender, fall apart beef that’s perfect for making sandwiches. These make for the perfect easy dinner recipe and are also great the next day for lunches.
What Are French Dip Sandwiches?
Simply put, it’s a roast beef sandwich.
But it’s so much more than that!
It’s a hot sandwich made with incredibly tender roast beef that is stuffed into a crusty piece of french bread then dipped into a mouthwatering Au Jus. The Au Jus soaks into the french roll and makes for an amazing moist sandwich.
Where The French Dip Sandwich Was Invented
There’s a lot of mystery around the origin of the French Dip Sandwich. It involves two restaurants based in Southern California where both owners claim to be the inventor of this delicious sandwich. Here’s the first claim. In 1918, restaurant owner Philippe Mathieu was making a sandwich for a police officer. He accidentally dropped a sliced french roll in a pan filled with the roasting juices (au jus). The police officer didn’t mind and told Philippe that he’d take the sandwich anyway. The next day the police officer returned with his friends and asked Philippe to make more dipped sandwiches.
The second claim involves Cole’s Pacific Electric Buffet. Henry Cole, who is the owner of the restaurant, claims the sandwich was first made when a customer who had recently had dental work done complained that the bread was too hard for him to chew. So Henry Cole had his chef dipped the french bread in the juices from the roasting pan in order to make it softer.
Voilà – the French Dip Sandwich was invented. Regardless of which claim is true, it resulted in one of the best hot sandwiches. And it’s absolutely a recipe worth repeating.
Only 5 simple ingredients are needed for this recipe:
- Chuck Roast – is a tender cut a beef that has layers of marbling throughout. It’s cut from the shoulder and neck region of the cow. Use 2-3 lbs of chuck roast.
- Beef Consommé – is not the same as beef broth. Consommé has a “meatier” taste and is a full-bodied soup made from brown beef stock and seasonings. Use a 10.5 ounce can of beef consommé.
- Beef Bouillon Cube – intensifies the beef flavor of this dish. Add in 1 teaspoon of beef bouillon granules or 1 beef bouillon cube.
- French Onion Soup – is typically made with caramelized onions, dry white wine, fresh thyme, and beef broth. While you can use a homemade French Onion Soup, it’s easier to use a 10.5 ounce can.
- Beef Broth – make your own or use a 10.5 ounce can beef broth.
- French Rolls – use 6-8 loaves.
How To Make A Crockpot Version of the French Dip Sandwich
These steps are so simple and should only take 5 minutes to throw together.
- First, place the chuck roast in a crockpot.
- Pour in the beef consommé, french onion soup, beef broth, and bouillon cube.
- Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.
- Once done, remove the meat and shred with two forks, making sure to discard any fat.
- Grab the french rolls and cut them down the middle lengthwise, ensuring you don’t cut the roll in half.
- Stuff the french rolls with the shredded beef and dip in a small bowl of au jus with every bite.
Can French Dip Sandwiches Have Cheese?
Absolutely! And I highly recommend it! Sprinkle on shredded mozzarella cheese or a slice of Provolone cheese. If you want to add a bit of spice, use pepper jack cheese. Simply add the cheese on top of the sandwich and place it in the oven or toaster oven until the cheese has slightly melted.
Can You Freeze French Dip Sandwiches?
Yes. After cooking the beef and shredding the beef, let it completely cool. From there, place the shredded beef in a gallon size Ziplock bag and place flat in the freezer. Don’t let the au jus go to waste! It can be frozen, as well. Grab a freezer safe container or a smaller Ziplock baggie and pour in the cooled juice. Both the meat and juice will stay good in the freezer for 3-4 months. When you’re ready to pull these out of the freezer to eat, let the beef and au jus thaw in the refrigerator. Once thawed, toss the meat and juice back into the crockpot and heat them on low for 1-2 hours. Or if you’re in a hurry, you can microwave both the meat and juice.
What Other Cuts Of Meat Can I Use?
The following are some other meat alternatives you can use:
- Beef Brisket
- Prime Rib
- Deli Roast Beef
- Use a 2-3 lb chuck roast for the best results. When more than 3 lbs is used, it starts to taste too much like a typical roast beef you eat for dinner.
- While you can buy chuck roast at your local grocery store, I typically get mine either at the butcher or at Costco. Costco has an amazing variety of good quality meats and they are not overly expensive. By using a good quality chuck roast, the roast beef will melt in your mouth.
- French bread is the best for these sandwiches. These are also really good on Hawaiian Sweet Rolls. You can also serve these on a hamburger bun.
- Slightly toast the bun before you add in the shredded beef. If you’re adding cheese on top, sprinkle it on and then toast in the oven again until the cheese is just starting to melt.
- This recipe was created as an easy method for making French Dip Sandwiches. While you can make your own beef broths, consommé, and french onion soup, using condensed soups for this recipe makes things quick, easy, and no-hassle.
What Goes With French Dip Sandwiches
These are the perfect pairings for these full-flavoured sandwiches:
French dip sandwiches paired with a mouthwatering Au Jus! These crockpot French Dip Sandwiches are slow cooked and produce a tender and flavorful beef. By using chuck roast, you'll get a delicious, full of flavor sandwich.
Place the chuck roast in a crockpot.
Pour in the beef consommé, french onion soup, beef broth, and bouillon cube.
Place the lid on the crockpot and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.
Once done, remove the meat from the crockpot and place in a pan.
Shred the beef with two forks, making sure to discard any fat.
Grab the french rolls and cut them down the middle lengthwise, ensuring you don't cut the roll in half.
Stuff each french roll with the shredded beef and dip in a bowl of au jus.
This post appeared first on Recipes Worth Repeating. It was originally published in May of 2015, but was republished with new photos, step-by-step instructions, and tips in January of 2020.