Slow Cooker Pot Roast For French Dip Sandwiches

I made a slow cooker pot roast for French Dip Sandwiches. This easy Crock Pot recipe is a kid friendly dinner!

Slow Cooker Pot Roast French Dip SandwichesMany people think of making easy Crock Pot recipes in the winter, but I love using my slow cooker in the summer too. I like that my Crock Pot doesn’t heat up my house like an oven does. Also, our summer days are busy so it is really nice to have a kid friendly dinner that is already cooked by dinner time! Vanessa came shopping with me last week and while I was picking up a few groceries, she asked if I would make slow cooker pot roast for French Dip Sandwiches. Well, she couldn’t remember what they were called, but asked if I could make those “Really, really good sandwiches with that meat in a bun that you dip in that juicy stuff!” I knew what she meant and when I asked if  she was talking about French Dip Sandwiches, she said, “Yes! I LOVE them!”

Crock Pot Pot RoastIt was only going to be the two of us eating these delicious sandwiches because Christine was working and Zack was camping so I bought the smallest roast I could find. I put 1/4 cup of water into my Crock Pot and turned it on high. I plopped the roast into the slow cooker and sprinkled it with two packets of Good Seasons Italian dressing Mix making sure I got some on the bottom and sides of the roast.

The most important part of this recipe is to make sure that you turn the slow cooker on! A few summers ago, I was visiting with a young mom, I know about dinner ideas. I had made pork chops in my Crock Pot and I was telling her how well they turned out. She decided she would like to give them a try. So, she bought the ingredients and called me for the directions. Then, one morning when she knew she was going to be having a busy day, she put it all in her Crock Pot and headed out the door. When she walked in later that day, she was surprised that she couldn’t smell the pork cooking but didn’t investigate. Later, when they were ready to eat dinner, she went to get her meal out of the slow cooker and discovered that she had forgotten to turn the Crock Pot on!

Pot Roast Slow CookerI put the lid on the slow cooker and didn’t open it again until dinner time! The 2 lb roast cooked for 6 hours on high. If it had been a bigger roast, I would’ve given it 8 hours to cook. I know that seems like a long time, but I think the key to getting it really tender is to cook it for a long time. Some people prefer cooking it on slow but this is how it worked for me. I would recommend checking on the pot roast a few times by looking through the glass lid. If it looks like it is getting dry, you can add more water or some beef broth.

Slow Cooker Pot Roast Recipe

I used two forks to pull apart the meat and then returned it to the Crock Pot to stay warm and to soak up the remaining juices.

Slow Cooker Pot Roast

I baked store bought ciabatta rolls and while they were cooking I made some au jus gravy from a mix. (I used McCormick Au Jus gravy mix.) We filled the rolls with the slow cooker pot roast and dipped them into the au jus. They were everything Vanessa hoped they would be! Delicious!

Slow Cooker Pot Roast For French Dip Sandwiches
  • Pot Roast
  • 2 packets Italian seasoning mix
  • ¼ cup water
  1. Pour water into the slow cooker.
  2. Add pot roast.
  3. Sprinkle roast with Italian Season mix making sure to cover sides and bottom.
  4. Cook on high for 6-8 hours.

What are some of your favorite slow cooker recipes?

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  1. kristin says

    What is the Italian Seasoning Packet that you use? Is it the Italian salad dressing packets?
    Thank you for the idea. It sounds delicious!

  2. April Smith says

    Are you sure about cooking it on High for 6-8hrs? Don’t you mean on Low for 6-8hrs? Cooking it on high for that long will certainly over cook it and not to mention probably ruin your crockpot.

    • Tonia says

      Hi April,
      Thanks for stopping by! Yes, that is how I cook it. How do you make your roast in a slow cooker? Low for 6-8 hours? I would love to hear what you add to if for flavoring.

  3. says

    hi,,kindli could u tel me what is: “Pot Roast”
    is it: Pork or —,sori,tis is my first time cook,
    how u can share pls,,thanks,–shim–sg

    • Tonia says

      Hi Shim,
      It is roast beef but this same technique also works with pork roast if you prefer that.

  4. Kymi a says

    Oh wow this looks so good my mouth is watering lol thank u for sharing I know what’s for dinner tomorrow 🙂 Love crockpot cooking.

  5. says

    Being that my husband raised cattle for many years, we ALWAYS have a freezer full of beef. I finding new ways to use it, and your recipe looks delicious! I’m totally craving pot roast now! Thanks for sharing Tonia : )

  6. says

    Two of my kids are teens and they will ONLY eat beef if it’s in a French Dip! (Lucky we all like them!). I usually use leftover roast, but this is a great idea to use the crock pot. Plus, the crockpot is great for summer. Especially on rainy hot days when you have to use the kitchen. I will pin this! Thank you!

  7. says

    I need to use my slow cooker more and had not thought about it for Summer but you’re right. Perfect for hot days and not heating up the house. These look fabulous!

  8. says

    I like to take slow cooker pot roast and pile it in a kaiser roll or sub sandwich roll add cheddar cheese, wrap it it foil and bake it till the cheese is all melty and thr roll is nice and crispy on the outside, it is delicious, and my family really love it this way!

  9. Anna says

    I have to show this recipe to my daughter as she loves Roast Beef & she likes using her slow cooker when ever possible..
    Plus it does look real good.

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