This Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches recipe features chewy French rolls filled with tender juicy, shredded roast and are dipped into the pot roast au jus.
Many people think of making Crock Pot recipes in the winter, but I am more of a year-round slow cooker gal. I like that my Crock Pot doesn’t heat up my house in the summer like an oven does. Things are busy in all the seasons and it’s always nice to have a delicious meal that is already cooked when dinner time rolls around.
Vanessa came shopping with me when she was younger 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!”
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Put a 3-4 pound roast into a 6-quart slow cooker and sprinkle it with a packet of zesty Italian dressing mix . You can rub it into the roast if you want or just use a spoon or fork to spread it around. Then, flip the roast over and sprinkle the other side with the second packet of dressing mix. Pour the beef broth in around the roast, put the cover on and cook it on low for 6-8 hours, or until tender. Use two forks to shred the roast. Toast the French dinner rolls in the oven, cut them in half and fill with the shredded roast.
- Every slow cooker is different so cooking times will vary.
- If you can’t find the zesty Italian dressing mix, use the original Italian dressing mix instead.
- Add sliced onions and mushrooms if your family likes them on sandwiches.
- If you like the juice that you dip the sandwiches in thicker, follow the recipe in THIS POST for making pot roast gravy.
- If you don’t have enough juice left in the slow cooker for dipping, make a packet of gravy or au jus or warm up some beef broth.
- Top the sandwiches with slices of cheese for an extra special sandwich.
Divide the juice or pot roast drippings from the slow cooker into small bowls. Dip the French dip sandwiches into the drippings. These Slow Cooker French Dip sandwiches have chewy French rolls fill with tender, juicy shredded beef and are amazing when dipped into the pot roast au jus dip! This has been one of our favorite family recipe for many, many years.
- 3-4 pound beef roast top round, bottom round, or chuck
- 2 packets zesty Italian dressing mix or use original
- 1 cup beef broth
- 10 French dinner rolls
Put the roast in a 6-quart slow cooker. Sprinkle with one packet of zesty Italian dressing mix. Flip the roast over and sprinkle the other side with the second packet of dressing mix. Pour the beef broth in around the roast.
Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or until tender. Shred the roast with two forks.
Toast the French dinner rolls in the oven, cut them in half and fill with the shredded roast.
Divide the juice from the slow cooker into small bowls and dip the sandwiches in the pot roast au jus.
Remember slow cookers vary so your cooking time may vary. See blog post for additional tips and ideas.
Updated from the original recipe published June 2013.