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Slow Cooker French Dip Au Jus

The classic recipe made easy! This Slow Cooker French Dip Au Jus takes just a few minutes to prepare, and is full of flavor. Grown-ups and kids will love this classic sandwich made at home!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time6 hrs
Total Time6 hrs 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Servings: 8
Calories: 676kcal
Author: Bernadette Martin


  • 3 ½ pounds beef chuck roast, trimmed of excess fat
  • 4 cups reduced sodium beef broth
  • ½ cup soy sauce or reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons dehydrated minced onions
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 8 ounces fontina cheese, shredded
  • 8 Onion Rolls (or your favorite rolls/buns)


  • Bring the beef chuck roast out of the refrigerator and let come to room temperature for about ½ hour. Trim of excess fat.
  • Place the roast in a large slow cooker. Pour in the beef broth and soy sauce; stir in the minced onions, rosemary, garlic powder, and thyme. Cover and cook on high for 5 hours, or on low for about 7 hours, until the beef will shred easily.
  • Remove the beef to a cutting board (don't drain the broth) and shred, removing any additional excess fat. Place the shredded beef back in the slow cooker and cook, covered, for one more hour.
  • Drain the au jus into a heat proof measuring cup or fat strainer. Place in the freezer for 10 minutes to let the fat rise to the top. Remove the fat with the back of a spoon.
  • To make the sandwiches: Broil sliced rolls for 1 minute to lightly toast. Place a scoop of beef on half of each roll and top with shredded cheese. Top the other half of the roll with additional cheese, and broil for 1-2 minutes more, or until the cheese is melted, watching carefully. Serve with the au jus for dipping.


Nutritional information provided via Meal Planner Pro. I have not confirmed this calculation.


Calories: 676kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 55g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 169mg | Sodium: 1513mg | Potassium: 970mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 285IU | Vitamin C: 0.9mg | Calcium: 264mg | Iron: 7mg