French Dip Sandwiches

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Used 6-quart slow cooker

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs
Temp Low

Super yummy to our tummies! We couldn't keep our hubbies out of the kitchen with this one! If you want a crowd pleaser, this is the sandwich for you! Perfect with a side of fruit and some extra crunchy chips.

Used 6-quart slow cooker

Ingredients

  • 2-3 Pounds Pot Roast
  • 1 Can Beef Broth (10.5 ounce)
  • 1 Can Beef Consume (10.5 ounce)
  • 1 Can French Onion Soup (10.5 ounce)
  • Rolls
  • Cheese of your choice

Directions

  1. Step One

    Cut the roast into big chunks.

  2. Step Two

    Put all ingredients in the slow cooker.

  3. Step Three

    Cook on LOW for 8–10 hours.

  4. Step Four

    After about 8 hours, use spoon to shred the meat.

  5. Step Five

    Spoon meat into rolls, top with cheese, and serve with beef juice.

  6. Step Six

    Make this into a Freezer Meal! Cube meat and add all ingredients to a gallon freezer bag. Make sure to squeeze all the excess air out of the bag before closing. Lay flat for easy storage. When you are ready for this meal, simply empty the bag into your slow cooker. Add an hour to the cooking time when you put it in frozen.

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  1. Aaron

    Aaron

    Super good. I used a larger roast so today for lunch I will use the extra meat for taquitos…

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  2. Heather

    So easy! I had my parents over and they had to have the recipe.

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  3. Dianna

    Sounds wonderful. Do you happen to have the nutritional values?

  4. InKentucky

    InKentucky

    Instead of beef consume use brown gravy and it’s wonderful. I always use it from the packs.

  5. Nikki P.

    Nikki P.

    Way back when I signed up with Crockin’ Girls this was the first recipe sent to me by email. It included the items to buy, then later in the week out came the recipe. I have probably made this recipe about five times and have found I have a lot more friends, especially hungry friends. These French Dip sandwiches are the best!

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  6. Bethany

    This was a good recipe, and I will probably make it again! I cooked the roast on low for 8 hours, but next time I will probably let it cook the whole 10 hours, as the meat could’ve been more tender. I also could not find the beef consume anywhere, so I used an extra can of beef broth. Next time, I am going to try the recipe with an extra can of french onion soup (instead of extra broth or consume), as I would’ve liked more of that flavor in the beef. Very easy and delicious!

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  7. JoAnne

    This is now my most-used crock recipe. The whole family loves it!

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  8. Erin C

    These were AMAZING! I created an account, just so I could rate these! : ) Will definitely make again, and like others, double the quantities so we have leftovers. Thanks for this recipe!

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  9. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    This is exactly why Jenna and Nicole started the Crockin’ Girls FB page. SO busy moms can help each other out sharing recipes that are yummy and easy. Who doesn’t want to get a great dinner on the table without a ton of work and clean-up :) So nice to hear that it’s helping you out Tabitha! Thanks for telling your girlfriends, too. Happy Crockin’ to ya! ~ dannette

  10. Tabitha

    New to the Crockin’ Girls website. This French dip recipe was the first one I tried and have to say it was a HUGE hit at my house. The kids loved it!!!!! I then told all my mom friends about this website!!! I went out and bought a 2nd slow cooker to rotate so I can try all these yummy recipes. Thank You Thank You from a busy mom of 3!!!!!

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  11. Christie

    This was so yummy. Looked everywhere for Beef Consume, but couldn’t find ( even on soup isle), so I just added 1/2 cup water. We ate with sweet potato tater tots. This was a light and yummy dinner, and we have lots of left overs. I will make this again!!!!!

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  12. Dawn

    Dawn

    Sarah…. Beef Consume is found in the soup area of your grocer (like the ones with the famous “C” name) it’s a rich beef type broth.

  13. Debbie C

    Great idea about the “HorseyMayo” Alysia! I already love this recipe and have it in the crock for tonight. It should be even better now with your idea! 2/8/13

  14. Alysia

    Very easy and tasty! I kicked ours up a notch and made a mayo spread with horseradish. The mayo spread along with the melted provolone and au jus was delicious :-) Use a crusty bread like french baguettes that do well soaking up the juice.

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  15. mindy

    Super good and super easy. I also added garlic, turned out delicious!!

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  16. Annie

    This was great. Gave us enough for two nights. BUT – had to add garlic. It was completely bland without the garlic. Once that was done, then it was def a 4-star recipe.

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  17. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Cheaper cuts are best, Marnie. A chuck roast is always a good one to use!

  18. Marnie B.

    What is the best type of roast to use when you want it to shred?

  19. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    You can use stew meat for this recipe. You will still want to shred the meat when it is done so it is easy to eat on a sandwich.

  20. Chrissy

    Can you use stew beef or beef tips that are already cut?

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  21. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    It’s like a really rich beef broth, Sarah.

  22. Sarah

    Question: What is beef consume? not new to cooking, but not sure what this is. thanks for the help. want to make this sounds wonderful and easy!

  23. Hollie

    This is by far my favorite. Loved Loved this one. But careful dont put too much cheese because the meat flavor needs to have all its glory and the regular white cheese I used was too gooey when I melted under the broiler. Use thin cheese or no cheese.

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  24. Andria

    This meal was excellent. I first cut the hoagie rolls in half, buttered them with a little garlic powder added, and then toasted the rolls with the meet cheese in the oven for a couple minutes. This will be made again at our house. Thanks again for a quick, easy, and delicious meal.

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  25. Dawn

    Dawn

    LOVED IT!!!

    This is now on our crock pot meal rotation.

    The meat was tender and flavorful and we used the juice for dunking. I used french bread and then cut smaller sandwiches out of that (cheaper than buying hoagies or what not). I will do a larger roast maybe a 4-5 pound one to make sure there are lots more left overs for the next day!

    YUM YUM!!!

    Crockin’ it up!

    * recipe in my crock pot today…..Chicken Enchilada Stack, smells good!

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  26. Shannon

    Love love love this!!! And my family does too :) thanks for a simple dinner that is full of flavor.

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  27. ann

    The broth was a bit bland so I added some spices and it was amazing!

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  28. amanda

    Loved It! Made it for my family and everyone loved it. And it was so easy. Definitely making this again.

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  29. Debbie C

    This is a keeper! My husband and daughter have already asked to have this again.
    I used the left over meat and “au jus” to create a Vegetable Beef Noodle soup for a second meal in the same week.
    This site has me excited to crock again.
    Thank you soooo much!

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  30. Michelle V.

    Made this for an office potluck and it was a hit! Will definitely do it again soon :)

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  31. Jo

    So super easy and delicious. Made it last week and my husband said to double the roast size. So today I bought a 5.5 lb roast….maybe I’ll have some leftovers this time, but I’m doubtful

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  32. Beth R.

    Beth R.

    Made this for the family and even my picky son loved it!! A friend of mine and I have started cooking for our middle school coaches since they don’t really get a chance to eat anything decent on game day. Of course….they guys loved it. This is a keeper.

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  33. Alison L.

    Delicious…my family loved it, even my pickiest child. Served it with a side of chips and salad. Definitely a new family favourite!

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  34. Kimberly

    Kimberly

    My family gives this recipe a “10″ and said to keep it in my recipes. :)
    Very good – I used a chuck roast and it was delicious!
    Thank you for sharing your talents!

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  35. Crystal

    I loveeee this recipe.. the first time I made it, OH MY GOSH, it was amazing.. I made it again last friday night, but I think i used wrong meat because it tasted more like a pot roast than it did the first time as a french dip meat. I dont know where i went wrong, but i think it was the cut of meat I used this last time. But I will be making it again for sure!!!!!

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  36. EAS

    Very Good. It made the GREAT list!!

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  37. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Hey, Melissa! Welcome to crockin’, girl! We recommend you use the cut that’s on sale…really any that you mentioned would work. Cheaper cuts of meat actually taste better in the crock, thanks to the higher fat content and slow cookin’ is ideal in order to make it tender! Of course, if you’re not wanting the fat then you’ll be paying a little more $ for your meat.

    We used the can of french onion soup because that’s how we’ve always made it…lol! Idk, maybe that’s what I had on hand in the pantry. I think the can is also a little more convenient. Good luck!!!!

  38. Melissa

    I’m trying this for the first time.. and I’m a relatively new ‘crocker’… so looking forward to trying tons of your recipes as a workin mom.
    Coupla questions –
    1)what type of roast is best? I found a lot when shopping for the meat.. rump, round, etc (none said ‘pot roast’)… I think i chose the top round.
    2)do you need to cut it into chunks?
    3)i misread and bought the dry french onion mix vs. the soup in a can…? I added a can of water? any reason you used the canned soup vs. the mix?

    thank you!!!! looking forward to tasting it tonight.

  39. Bethany

    Bethany

    I am not a big fan of onions, and my daughter is not a fan of roast beef…and we both agree this sandwich was amazing… Thank God for Crockin’ Girls!!!

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  40. Claire

    We had these last night for dinner and they were GREAT! The hubby and kiddos both gave me the thumbs up : ) Thanks

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  41. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Sure thang, Jess!

  42. Jess

    Could I possibly use flank steak for this? I have a bunch in the freezer to use up. Thanks!

  43. Michelle

    I’m a fan. Talk about easy! The meat was tender, and the au jus was tasty and not too salty. Thanks!

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  44. Marie

    Also first time making a recipe from the site and what a hit it was! Even my oldest (major picky eater) asked me to make it again–which I am this week already! First thing my husband said was, “When are we having this again.” It was so yummy and so simple. I need to get a bigger roast next time, because it was all gone–I’m sure it is even better the next day warmed up. Thank you and I’m so excited to be trying a bunch of new recipes!

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  45. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Awe…love to hear a “well done, babe!” :) cROCKin’ Roll!!

  46. Jade

    This was sooo good my husband loved it….he is a cook/manger at a restaurant and is a picky eater too. But he said “Well done babe”.

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  47. Chloe

    This was the first recipe I made from the site and it was a hit!! Definitely will be making this dish again :)

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  48. Krista

    My family LOVED these sandwiches! There was a lot of “au-jus” left at the bottom of the crock though, not sure if there’s much that can be done about that. My family is really picky and I was so excited – this was a big hit!

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  49. Jack

    My family loved this! I used a rump roast which made it a bit dry. It was so easy!

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  50. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Sure thing, Shauna! When you’re ready to reheat it, just take it out of the freezer and stick it in the fridge the night before (if you remember…lol!). In the morning, just crock it on LOW for several hours. Hope this helps!

  51. Shauna

    Just wondering if anyone has tried freezing the leftovers for this? I made way to much for us to eat at once and would love to know if it freezes okay.

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  52. Sarah

    Super yummy and super easy! Definately will make this again. I used low sodium beef broth to make sure it wasn’t too salty and it was wonderful. This will certainly go into the dinner rotation on a regular basis. Thanks Crockin’ Girls!

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  53. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Krista,
    You will want to cut the time in half. It will be 4 hours on high.

  54. Elizabeth

    Super easy and super delicious!! My son even asked for them at the next meal.

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  55. Krista

    Oops on high* what would it be?

  56. Krista

    could you do the French dip sandwiches on low? What time?

  57. Nicole P.

    I’m not usually a huge fan of these type of sandwiches but let me tell you…these are SOOO good. I’ve made them a few times already and had nothing but positive feedback and I can’t help but tell everyone about this recipe and how simple and yummy it is!

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  58. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Love Love Love this recipe. I sometimes dream about these sandwiches…lol

  59. Lori

    Lori

    Making this again tonight. It has been a while since I’ve made it. I can’t wait to eat dinner! This is an awesome recipe!!!

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  60. Jana

    The men in my house love this. I made this for my husband and three teenage sons and they devoured it. I followed recipe and one spooned beef onto rolls topped with provolone cheese and stuck under the broiler for a couple minutes to toast….AMAZING :)

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  61. Mary

    I made this yesterday and my husband could not stop raving about it. He loved it so much and insisted I make it regularly from now on. Highly recommend! It is so yummy!

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  62. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Just a regular old beef roast, Gina. Make sure you’re not crockin’ more than 3lbs of meat. Also, beef consume is a type of soup…some have been confused with that ingredient. Sorry :/

  63. GINA

    what kind of meat do you use? I used top round and it was very dry.

  64. Andrea

    I made this last week for my family and we loved it and will make it again and again. So glad I found your site, I’m def a crockin girl :)

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  65. Megan

    We loved this recipe. my son and husband ate it up! I tried to use all low sodium broths but could not find low sodium french onion or Consume. Did anyone else find those in low sodium? It definitely didn’t taste too salty, but for health reasons I’d feel better if it was lower sodium ingredients.

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  66. kate

    Made this tonight and it was awesome! Thanks. You were right I had a happy husband :)

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  67. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Kathryn, it’s a Campbell’s soup (in a can). Be sure to watch the video…maybe that will clear up any questions. Happy Crockin’!

  68. Kathryn

    I’m trying this recipe soon and was looking for French Onion soup. Is it with the canned soup? I have French Onion soup mix, but not canned soup.

    Thanks :)

  69. Tonya

    I have a recipe similar to this but instead of the consume you use a can of beer. My husband & in-laws rave about it.

  70. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Kathy, this is one of my husbands faves!

  71. Kathy

    My husband is not a roast person, so he was a little skeptical about this when I said I was making it. He loved it! Definitely a keeper!

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  72. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Lots of great tips, Beth! Thanks :) Sounds like y’all are eating this one up, too. Our hubbies can’t get enough either. It really is a great “man meal” :) Happy Crockin’, girl!

  73. Beth B.

    Beth B.

    Our family LOVES this! I make this about every two weeks as requested by the kids. My husband is Steward in his Mason’s lodge. He made this recipe frequently at Lodge for the guys. Had 3 crocks going and no leftovers. I add lots of garlic and Sea salt and use Horseradish cheese too. Leftovers are great too! Goes great with the Chocolate lava cake recipe too..Also, the beers can tweak the flavor a bit depending on whether its a robust ale or light beer.

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  74. momofgirls

    My entire family loved this recipe!!!!! This was delicious and tasted great as a leftover!!!!! Definitely trying this one again!

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  75. Josephine P.

    impressive meal for company….only raves!

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  76. Phyllis M.

    Can’t wait to make this one!

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  77. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Glad y’all are loving the recipe. Thanks for all the nice remarks.
    Kris, maybe we should make that a new recipe category:
    “So Easy a Dad Can Make It” …lol

  78. Jen S.

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. I made this for dinner tonight and it was a huge hit!

  79. Stephanie B.

    I have made this recipe a bunch of times and my family loves it! Thank you Crockin’ Girls!!

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  80. kris s.

    This is one of my top 5 crockin girls recipe!!! So easy even a dad can do it!!

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  81. Cyndy

    This is my first Crockin Girls recipe, and WOW! So delicious, easy, and the big eaters in my house loved it! Thank you for the wonderful recipe, can’t wait to try my next one tonight!

  82. Tabitha A.

    Made this tonight; was a great meal! Will definitely make this one again. I served em on whole wheat sub rolls with mozerella cheese. Thanks Crockin Girls, You’ve done it again!!!!!!

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  83. Heather T.

    We made this on Wednesday and everyone loved it. I added one bottle of Beer to the mix because your site was down that morning and hubby looked a similar recipe. It was DELICIOUS!!!! thanks girls!

  84. Nicole L.

    I used Carne Asada – it’s already sliced and it cooked wonderfully.

  85. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Top Sirloin would be just fine, Kim. cROCK on!!

  86. Kim B.

    I have a top sirloin roast, would this be good for this recipe or do u have a better recommendation for that cut?

  87. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    You can really use your favorite cut of meat. A chuck roast would work great!

  88. kaile p.

    I am trying this recipe today and was wondering what roast you used? Is Chuck roast okay?

  89. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    So glad your families liked this one, ladies! And great advice for Cheryl, too. I agree..any of the options mentioned would be good to try, Cheryl. Happy Crockin’ Y’all!

  90. Rebecca T.

    We made this last week and my husband said it was his favorite Crockin Girls receipt so far! Delicious!!

  91. stacey g.

    I made this last night and used just the French Onion and Consume’ , it was great.! I will be making this again & again.

  92. Beverly K.

    I did make this the other night, and even my picky little ones loved it….no left overs! I was going to use one big loaf of French bread like they did, but I found some really yummy rolls for the same price.

  93. Beverly K.

    Well, since most broths and stocks are made with onion…I’d probably say that this is a recipe not for you,unless you make your own w/o onion…..but if he can have the beef broth, you would probably be ok just substituting another can of broth or consumé.

  94. stacey g.

    Instead of the french onion soup use 2 cans of beef consume’ from Campbells.It is in the soup section.

  95. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Cheryl, you can try a can of golden mushroom soups. Mushrooms would be good with this.

  96. Nikki P.

    Nikki P.

    I made this the other night and it was fantastic. Yum!

  97. cheryl s.

    What if you have a husband that’s allergic to onions? Is there a substitute for the onion soup?

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