Your family will love these easy French dip sandwiches featuring tender roast beef, caramelized onions, and melted cheese. The mouthwatering au jus dipping sauce adds so much flavor! The recipe in this post is effortless and perfect for a hassle-free meal.
Looking for more cozy recipes? Try my French Dip Sliders, French Onion Soup, French Onion Pot Roast with Cheesy Mashed Potatoes, or this French Onion Dip that I have literally been obsessed with since preschool!
You've Found the Best French Dip Sandwich Recipe!
I have been making these flavorful roast beef French dip sandwiches for almost a decade now!
As soon as summer is over my oven is put right to work, and that first week of cool weather is always reserved for these French dipped sandwiches. It fills my entire home with rich, beefy smells and I can't resist trying to grab a little piece of roast beef for myself before dinner as it cooks.
Judge me all you want until you try it and it happens to you, too!
We slather our chuck in a buttery garlic paste then slow braise the whole roast in the oven over sliced sweet onions in beef broth, which means that our roast beef create their own au jus for dipping! It's a mind-blowingly simple and easy recipe.
When the beef roast is all done, toast up your hoagie rolls in the oven with slices of your favorite cheese and pile that sandwich high with that juicy roast beef, then serve with the au jus on the side.
Like I said, my whole family loves these sandwiches. It's such an easy recipe that's so comforting and tasty, perfect for the cooler weather!
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- You've Found the Best French Dip Sandwich Recipe!
- Why You'll Love this Easy French Dip Recipe
- What is a French Dip?
- Ingredients for Homemade Beef Dip Sandwiches
- Beef Consomme vs Beef Stock
- How to Make this Easy French Dip Sandwiches Recipe
- Variations, Substitutions, and Tips
- What goes with a French Dip sandwich?
- Storing, Freezing, and Reheating these Easy French Dips
- Recipe FAQs
- More Sandwich Recipes
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Why You'll Love this Easy French Dip Recipe
- Tons of Flavor - a hot sandwich dipped into savory au jus with marbled beef and caramelized onions? It's nothing but flavorful!
- Makes a Fabulous Freezer Meal - split this big chuck roast into servings with the onions and au jus into separate freezer-safe containers for a yummy weeknight dinner anytime.
- Unbeatable Comfort Food - I mean, it's basically a pot roast sandwich. who's going to hate on that?!
What is a French Dip?
French dip sandwiches, which are also called beef dips, are sandwiches with origins in Los Angeles, California. It's a sandwich made with thinly sliced roast beef on a small French baguette.
French dips are served plain but more popularly served with Swiss cheese, onions, and an au jus sauce for dipping.
According to lore, the beef dip was invented at a sandwich shop when a cook accidentally dropped a French roll into a pan of meat drippings. The customer was in a rush and just asked for them to use it in their sandwich.
They liked it so much the restaurant kept it on menu!
- A Dutch Oven Pot or 9x13 inch Baking Dish- I use a Dutch oven any time I want to braise beef. It holds Though if you don't have one, a large baking dish (here I used an enamel cast iron baking dish) and some aluminum foil works!
- A Baking Sheet or Baking Dish- to get the bread nice and toasty and the cheesy melty.
- Small Bowls - serve your beefy au jus in small bowls for each person to dip their sandwich into.
Ingredients for Homemade Beef Dip Sandwiches
Full ingredients, measurements, and printable instructions are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- Chuck Roast - this is a cut of meat from the shoulder of the cow. It's tough and full of connective tissue and is well-marbled with fat, which allows for our roast beef to end up super tender with the connective tissue melting into the au jus and giving it a little bit of body and plenty of beef flavor, honey!
- Sliced Onions - sweet or yellow onions are the best for this recipe. They give flavor to the jus while absorbing it as well, becoming soft and golden and flavorful.
- Garlic - rub down the roast with garlic paste made in the food processor or by hand. We're using a lot of garlic, so if you're not a garlic lover, halve the garlic or only use garlic powder.
- Butter - the garlic paste gets mixed into butter, which gets spread onto the roast before braising. You can swap the butter for olive oil or another prefered fat.
- Beef Stock
- Salt and Pepper
- Crusty Rolls - hoagie rolls or french rolls are classic; you really want something that can handle being dipped into the jus. I grabbed some Sub rolls from one of my local grocery stores, it was perfectly crisp on the outside and fluffy inside.
- Slices of Cheese - Use your favorite melty cheese. The classic is Swiss but I am using provolone cheese in this recipe.
Beef Consomme vs Beef Stock
You've probably seen a lot of recipes use beef consomme in their French dips and wonder if you really need it...and what even is it?
Beef consomme is simply clarified beef broth that's been reduced a bit so the flavor is more concentrated. That's it!
I just use beef stock or broth, it's easy to find and easy to make yourself. I even add a spoonful of Better than Bouillon Beef Base for a more intensely beefy flavor since I always have it on hand.
How to Make this Easy French Dip Sandwiches Recipe
Step 1 | Put your sliced onions into your dutch oven or baking dish, season with salt, pepper, and a touch of sugar.
Step 2 | Mix together the pressed garlic, butter, salt, and pepper in a small mixing bowl. Rub the garlic butter all over the chuck and place it onto the sliced onions.
Step 3 | Add the beef stock into your pot, and give the chuck roast a little more salt and pepper if you think you need it.
Step 4 | Put it into your preheated oven, covered for 2 hours, then uncover and for another hour to 1.5 hours to really get those browned bits on top.
Step 5 | Shred the meat and strain the onions from the jus, if desired. Now you're ready to put the sandwiches together.
Step 6 | Turn your oven on to a low broil. Slice open the rolls, add a slice of provolone or swiss, top with the onions and shredded meat, and put into the oven for about 3-4 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
Step 7 | Serve your delicious french dip sandwich with its au jus on the side in a small bowl for dipping.
Variations, Substitutions, and Tips
- Slow cooker friendly - make weeknight dinners a breeze by doing this all in the slow cooker and cooking on low for 8-10 hours while you're at work!
- Add umami - adding some soy sauce or worcestershire sauce to the beef broth gives us even deeper, richer umami flavor in our au jus.
- Use leftover prime rib - this rich, beefy, well-marbled cut is often served for holidays and we always end up with leftovers! Thin slices of prime ribeye are so delicious in this sandwich, and we often have au jus already with it!
- A good french dip needs sturdy bread to hold everything in. Toast your bread for extra strength.
What goes with a French Dip sandwich?
With this type of hearty comfort food, simple sides work best. My favorites?
Or add some yummy, buttery mushrooms to the sandwich for extra deliciousness!
Storing, Freezing, and Reheating these Easy French Dips
Storage: keep the meat and onions in an airtight container and the jus in a separate container.
Freezing and Reheating: Place everything in one freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. Make sure to label and date it! To reheat, take it all out of the container or bag and put everything into a slow cooker on high for about an hour.
"Au jus" is a French term that translates to "with juice" or "with its own juice." In culinary terms, it refers to a flavorful sauce made from the natural juices of cooked meat, typically beef.
Yes you can. Sear the beef in a pan over medium-high heat on the stove, then cook everything in the slow cooker on low for 6-8 hours. Shred the meat, top bread with meat, and cheese, melt in the oven and enjoy!
Typically, French dips are served with Swiss cheese! I feel like most white cheeses like provolone, muenster, and havarti are also delicious additions.
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- 3 lbs chuck roast, excess fat trimmed
- 5 medium yellow onions, thinly sliced
- 6 cloves garlic, pressed
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 tablespoon kosher salt
- 2 tablespoon freshly cracked black pepper
- ½ teaspoon sugar
- 28 oz beef stock or beef consomme
- 6 hoagie rolls
- 12 slices of cheese, swiss, havarti, or provolone
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
- In a 9x13 baking dish or large dutch oven, layer the onion slices on the bottom of the dish. Season with the sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper and toss to coat onion slices in seasoning.
- In a small bowl, use a fork to mix the butter, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1 teaspoon black pepper with the pressed garlic to make a garlic paste. Use the rest of the salt and pepper to season the meat generously on each side, then rub the garlic paste over each side of the roast. Place the seasoned chuck on top of the seasoned onion slices in your baking dish or dutch oven.
- Pour in beef broth then put it into the oven, covered with aluminum foil or with oven-safe lid, for 2 hours. Remove the lid and cook for another hour until chuck roast is tender and barely holding together.
- Pull the roast out; slice and shred the meat on a cutting board. Use a fine mesh sieve to strain the onions from the jus; save both the au jus and onions separately.
- In the sandwich rolls, layer slices of cheese, onions, and meat. Place on baking sheets and put into the oven on a low broil. Melt the cheese for a few minutes, then remove from oven.
- Serve with the jus in small bowls on the side to dip into.
Variations, Tips, and Substitutions
Slow cooker friendly - make weeknight dinners a breeze by doing this all in the slow cooker and cooking on low for 8-10 hours while you're at work!
Add umami - adding some soy sauce or worcestershire sauce to the beef broth gives us even deeper, richer umami flavor in our au jus.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 481Total Fat: 57gSaturated Fat: 27gTrans Fat: 3gUnsaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 250mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 2gSugar: 6gProtein: 77g
Eden Westbrook is the recipe developer, writer, and photographer behind Sweet Tea and Thyme. A classically trained chef, Eden has inspired home cooks into the kitchen with cultural comfort foods, easy family-friendly eats and sweets, and glorious spreads for date night and entertaining since 2015.