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Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches

Since I tempted you last post with 10 Family Friendly Slow Cooker Recipes, I thought I’d keep the ball rolling this week and share one more slow cooker recipe that your family will love you for:  Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches.

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches

But first, I must ask… are you into using your slow cooker?  I went through many years of telling myself how horrible slow cooker recipes were… and refused to believe that anything good  could ever come out of it.  When I began writing about food 7-years ago, I decided to give the slow cooker another chance.  Over the years, I’ve come across some dud recipes and I’ve discovered some that I really and truly enjoy.  As I began to endure a busy home life with a family, I came to appreciate what the slow cooker could do (make dinner for me on days that are crazy-busy).

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So let’s talk about these sandwiches.  They’re not super traditional… at least traditional in the world I grew up in.  My Mom made French Dip sandwiches as I was growing up, but we just stuffed sliced roast in a roll and dipped it in a rich broth.  You can certainly do that with this recipe, but I’ve kicked things up a notch by adding cheese, onions and peppers.  Picky eaters can choose to leave out what they wish- that’s where the family-friendly part of this recipe comes in.  Dunking your dinner also happens to be fun, so kids dig this one because of that.

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The beef in this recipe turns out so very tender.  It practically falls apart when you slice it for the sandwiches (that’s a good thing). So get that ‘ol slow cooker out and make some of this French Dip! The slow cooker does most of the work for you. Amen.

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 25min

Cook Time: 8 hours

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches


1 large sweet onion, sliced
One 2 1/2 to 3 pound beef brisket or boneless beef bottom round roast (fat trimmed)
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/4 cups low-sodium beef broth
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 medium red bell pepper, cored, seeded and sliced into strips
1 medium green bell pepper, cored, seeded and sliced into strips
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
6 thin sliced cheese (white American, Havarti or Provolone)
6 sandwich rolls, sliced in half (warmed slightly)


1. Place the onion slices in the bottom of your slow cooker.

2. In a small bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, garlic, Italian seasoning, pepper and salt. Rub the seasoning mixture onto all sides of the roast, then set the roast on top of the onions in the slow cooker. Add the broth, water and worcestershire sauce to the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 9 hours (if you have to speed things up, you can set it on high for 4 to 4 1/2 hours). I recommend slow cooking it, if time allows.

3. Toward the end of the slow cooking time, heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat, add the peppers to the pan and saute until the peppers are softened.

4. Remove the meat to a cutting board and slice against the grain. Pile the meat onto the sandwich rolls and top with cheese, onions from the slow cooker and sauteed peppers. Serve beef juice from the slow cooker on the side for dipping sandwiches.


28 Responses to “Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches”

  1. postedSep 5, 2013 4:16 AM

    Oh my this looks awesome! Your photos are gorgeous too, I want to reach right through the screen!

  2. postedSep 5, 2013 4:44 AM

    Mmmm…looks so good! Love these hearty, comforting, yet easy meals! Thanks, Lori! 🙂

  3. postedSep 5, 2013 4:58 AM

    I used to hate using my crockpot, but over the last year I have turned a corner. It just took finding some good recipes! This looks like one of those recipes! My family would LOVE these and the picky eater would be happy since they can leave those peppers off! Perfect for everyone and I love that!

  4. postedSep 5, 2013 5:13 AM

    I have a crock pot that doesn’t get much use. That is something I am going to fix this fall/winter. Meat isn’t something I eat much of, but your pictures make me want to grab one of those sandwiches right now!!!

  5. postedSep 5, 2013 5:51 AM

    I did not grow up eating slow cooker meals, I don’t think my family ever had one. It’s been a learning process for me, some meals I really do love slow cooked – especially ones that include brisket or pork or chicken…love the way it makes the meat so tender! My most recent preggo craving was a brisket french dip I had at a restaurant just last week – now I need to make this at home!! It looks amazing Lori!!

  6. postedSep 5, 2013 6:47 AM

    This looks like the perfect meal, hearty and fabulous!!!!

  7. postedSep 5, 2013 6:51 AM

    I agree that there are many “duds” out there. I’ve come across many recipes that I love and make again and again. I’m excited to try this one out, haven’t made French duo sandwiches before.

  8. postedSep 5, 2013 6:57 AM

    My Hubby and I were just talking the other day about comfort food and beef sandwiches with French dip came up. I can’t wait to give this a try as I love using my slowcooker!

  9. postedSep 5, 2013 7:46 AM

    This is how we do French Dips! So good!!

  10. postedSep 5, 2013 8:46 AM

    This is such a great idea!! I’m making this soon, Lori!!

  11. postedSep 5, 2013 11:39 AM

    I love my slow cooker. Not for everything, but it really comes in handy when I’m going to be gone for a large portion of the day and I want a nice dinner ready when I get home. This meal is making my stomach rumble — that meat looks so flavorful! This would be great for Game Day or any day!

  12. postedSep 5, 2013 12:26 PM

    I have 3 slow cookers of varying sizes, and they all get a lot of work. I”m always looking for good slow cooker recipes, and I’ll definitely try this one!

  13. postedSep 5, 2013 12:58 PM

    I don’t currently own a slow cooker, but dang, I may have to it up after reading this and order one! These sandwiches look incredible!

  14. postedSep 5, 2013 4:22 PM
    Lisa Cornely

    I am not usually a fan of the slow cooker, but am definitely making this tomorrow. It loos and sounds delicious. Perfect for a weeknight dinner. I can’t wait to walk in the door tomorrow night to the smell of this wonderful dish.

  15. postedSep 5, 2013 4:32 PM

    Any way to cook this in the oven? I don’t have a slow cooker.

  16. postedSep 5, 2013 5:27 PM

    I’ve been trying to incorporate at least 1 slow cooker meal each week to give myself a night off from cooking. But, that said, since I’m away from the house for 9 hours, most recipes turn out dry & overcooked. I’m always up for a new recipe, and since you created it, I trust you! This recipe is going in the rotation! 🙂

  17. postedSep 5, 2013 7:03 PM

    Oh my, this sounds delicious! Bookmarked!

  18. postedSep 5, 2013 7:29 PM

    This looks awesome, I’ve never done this in the slow cooker, great idea!

  19. postedSep 6, 2013 8:49 AM

    I WISH we had tasteovision!!! Oh my gosh, that looks SO GOOD!

  20. postedSep 6, 2013 8:09 PM

    I am pretty picky with slow cooker recipes, but I have found some that I truly love! This one is going on the list to try – it looks amazing!

  21. postedSep 8, 2013 8:12 AM

    I never think to make French dip sandwiches, but this would be the perfect meal for an afternoon of football-watching.

  22. postedSep 8, 2013 9:08 PM
    Maegan @ The BakerMama

    Yum! These would be awesome for game day! I love the addition of cheese and peppers to make them extra tasty and the beef looks absolutely perfect! I’m a big fan of my slow cooker these days so thanks for the great recipe!

  23. postedSep 10, 2013 12:43 PM

    Oh this looks so tasty 🙂 I love french dip, this recipe looks especially delicious!

  24. postedSep 21, 2013 7:49 AM

    These look fantastic! I’m always looking for a new recipe to bring out the slow cooker, and this looks really flavorful. Can’t wait to make it, thanks for sharing!

  25. postedOct 25, 2013 7:50 AM

    This recipe is absolutely delicious. Second time in two weeks making it and the only change I made was that I had a boneless chuck roast. My kids went nuts over the sandwiches. Takes no time at all to put together (I did it before I went to work) and you come back to a fabulous tasting meal. Should follow the suggestion for the longer cooking time – I did and I feel that the flavors really got heightened not to mention the roast becoming more tender.

  26. postedNov 8, 2013 3:54 AM
    kat reddan

    Hi there,
    Just saw this & have ordered some brisket on the bone from my butcher,going to make this on Saturday.


  27. postedJan 14, 2014 12:09 AM

    Mix horseradish with mayo and a little Dijon; spread on bread slices. Give this an added flavor that melds well with the beef. Awesome recipe!

  28. postedJan 21, 2014 6:28 PM
    Dana P

    Just finished our sandwiches! Followed the directions exactly and my husband and I were thrilled with the results. We used provolone – perfect sandwich to be snowed in with!

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