Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches

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Looking for an easy meal? Try these Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches. They’re simple, delicious, and make-ahead and can be adapted for Whole 30.

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It seems that the fall and winter are always busy months for me on the homefront. Our school days are full as are our outside activities. My work load tends to be heavier, and, well, as Calvin and Hobbes say, “The days are just packed.”

That’s when it’s so nice to have an easy, make-ahead meal that I can throw in the crockpot to have ready at dinner time. I get bonus points when I can double (or triple) the recipe and have a few extras to stash in the freezer.

So it goes with this Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches recipe.

French Dip is one of my husband’s favorite foods to eat at a restaurant — as long as the jus is served on the side. No soggy bread lovers here.

This version cooks in the slow cooker, meaning that the beef has a slightly different texture than your traditional French Dip sandwich filling. Slow cooker meats tend to shred more than slice, and such is the case here.

One thing that I love to add into the mix, however, is a combination of sauteed mushrooms and onions. I cook these on the side, so that I don’t throw pearls to swine. I mean, so that the kids who don’t like onions and mushrooms don’t worry about picking it out and wasting it. Ahem.

More for me, people.

But, you can add them to the crock as well. Your choice.

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches | Good Cheap Eats

If you’re eating low-carb, paleo, Whole 30, or gluten-free, this luscious, meat-mushroom-and-onion filling is great on lettuce wraps. Add a few tomatoes to give it a little extra color and pizazz.

One of the perks of this recipe is that you can easily make a bulk batch of the shredded beef and veggies to stash in the freezer, making for an easy lettuce wrap filling whenever you want.

If you prefer the traditional sandwich, make a mega batch of garlic rolls and freeze those. Then bake up as many as you want, reheat the filling, and you’re golden.

So is the garlic bread. Yum.

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches | Good Cheap Eats

How to make this good and cheap:

Here are some of the strategies you can use to make this recipe more economical:

  • Stock up on ingredients when they are on sale. For instance, when I see a great price on chuck roast, onions and rolls, I snatch them up and plan my meals around them.
  • Compare prices. Currently, I’m able to find chuck roast for about $3.99/pound.

How I make this recipe easy:

Having the right kitchen tools can really make your time in the kitchen more enjoyable. Over time, I’ve honed my collection so that they are perfect for my needs. Here are the tools that I use for this recipe:

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches | Good Cheap Eats

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  1. Alice E says

    Hooray for cooked meat in the freezer!! It does make life so much easier.

    I hear you about crock-pot meats shredding better than slicing. However, I have found that if I lift out the meat carefully with my big round perforated spoon (?) and let it set briefly I can get thick slices. Then if I chill it and slice it the next day while cold it will slice. With only two of us this works well for leftovers in sandwiches. With your larger family you would probably use a whole roast at a time easily and not have leftovers. However if you just cooked the meat up ahead to freeze you could try chilling and slicing it to see if it worked for you. Chuck probably isn’t a good cut to slice but I have had good luck with arm and rump roasts.

    • Interesting…. I’ve had good luck with rump roasts and arm roasts when I dry roast them in the oven, but not in the slow cooker. They seem to get too tough in the slow cooker.

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