French Dip with Au Jus

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French dip with au jus

Here is a recipe inspired by mom’s french dip with au jus recipe! My mom loves making this recipe whenever we have family or friends in from out of town. 

Its absolutely amazing and feels extremely luxurious. You will love it! 

The beef comes out super tender and juicy. Top off your buns of dietary preference with some shredded beef, cheese and dijon mustard and then dip it in the incredible au jus right out of your slow cooker.

This french dip with au jus recipe is easy to make and the perfect freezer meal to have on hand. 

Many classic french dip recipes call for a packet of onion soup seasoning. But because of the different ingredients put into those I love to create my own seasoning blend. 

Unfortunately many pre-packaged seasoning blends tend to have alot of inedible ingredients which is why I love using whole organic natural spices for all my recipes. 

Why you will love this french dip with au jus recipe. 

  • 10 Minutes to Prep
  • Super Easy
  • Extremely Tasty
  • Healthy (Soy Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Preservative Free)
  • Family Friendly
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How do you make au jus sauce from scratch?

There is no extra work in this recipe to make a homemade au jus sauce for your french dip sandwich. Just place your ingredients into the slow cooker and when you remove and shred your beef the delicious sauce left behind is your au jus. Making this the perfect recipe to impress all your family and friends.

Ingredients you will need for this french dip with au jus recipe. 

  • beef chuck roast
  • garlic powder
  • dried onion flakes
  • dried rosemary
  • celery seed
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • broth of preference

What is french dip sauce made of?

French dip sauce is called an au jus dipping sauce. It is made from the juices and fat of the meat cooked for the french dip sandwich. Au jus sauce in the slow cooker is as simple as scooping it into a bowl to dip your sandwich in after cooking. There is broth, spices, and flavor slowly cooked together for 8 hours as the beef cooks to give an amazing amount of flavor.

Can I use beef broth instead of au jus?

Beef broth, especially canned beef broth, will not be nearly as flavorful as an au jus sauce. Plus the au jus sauce cooks with your beef and requires no extra work. Save the leftover homemade au jus if you have an leftovers and use with your leftover french dip or as a broth base to any recipe.

How to make this sloppy joe recipe in the slow cooker?

Just throw everything into a slow cooker and let it cook for you. No mess, no fuss and a delicious home-cooked dinner!


What kind of meat can I use?

Beef chuck roast works really well because of the amount of fat in that cut. You can also use any other type of stew beef you may have on hand. 

What to serve with this savory classic french dip recipe?

Serve with any of your favorite bbq sides. I love serving with a potato salad and fresh slaw. You can even top of your sandwich with the slaw to get a little crunch. 

How to store this original french dip recipe?

After cooking store in fridge in an airtight container for 3-5 days.

Do I need a slow cooker for this recipe?

You can use a slow cooker or crock pot for this recipe. It is designed to be fast and easy so you do not have to take the time to cook all night.

Can I use an instant pot instead?

Of course! If you are tight on time or a last minute cook then throw everything in the instant post and adjust cook time. For slow cooker to instant pot conversion times click here to get a simple instant pot cheat sheet. You will never have to guess or research an instant pot cook time again!

*See FAQ’s and specific tips following recipe below. (so you don’t have to scroll for a million years to find the food 😉 ).

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French Dip with Au Jus

Easy homemade French dip with au jus recipe.This freezer meal can be thrown into the slow cooker and cooks for you.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time8 hours
Total Time8 hours 5 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: classic french dip recipe, french dip with au jus recipe, homemade au jus
Servings: 8


  • Slow Cooker


  • 3 lbs beef chuck roast
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 8 tsp dried onion flakes
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1/4 tsp celery seed
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 cups water or broth of preference I prefer chicken broth but beef or veggie broth works well too.


  • Add all main ingredients into slow cooker.
  • Cook on low 8-10 hours.
  • Remove beef, shred and serve with sauce from slow cooker on the side. Enjoy in a sandwich with dipping sauce!

Freezer directions:

  • Label Freezer bag with recipe name, cooking from frozen directions and expiration date (todays date plus three months).
  • Step 2: Add all ingredients to labeled gallon freezer bag.
  • Step 3: Store in freezer for up to three months.

Cooking from frozen directons:

  • Thaw overnight in fridge or in the morning in water (meal may not be 100% thawed but that is ok).
  • Dump contents of gallon freezer bag into slow cooker.
  • Cook on low 8-10 hours.
  • Remove beef, shred and serve with sauce from the slow cooker on the side. Enjoy a sandwich with dipping sauce!

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Only spend one hour in the kitchen for a whole week of dinners. Day of, throw your freezer meal in the slow cooker or instant pot and enjoy dinner!

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Frequently asked questions

No problem! Just throw the freezer meal in your slow cooker and you’re all set. If it doesn’t fit thaw it for a few minutes in warm water. (You may need to add an extra 30 minutes cook time if completely frozen when cooking).

You can skip the seasoning in the recipe card above and use 1-2 packets of onion soup mix. However I love to use my own organic spices because then I know exactly what is in my food. Seasoning packets tend to have a-lot of fillers and preservatives that shouldn’t be consumed. 

The best part about this french dip with au jus recipe is the homemade au jus mix. It takes no extra effort and is your juices that comes from the slow cooker after your meet is fully cooked. You will love it, just set it and forget it. 

Au jus tends to be a very thin gravy whereas a brown gravy mix may have many of the same flavors but it a much more dense texture. A thin au jus is the perfect consistency for dipping your homemade french dip sandwich. 

Absolutely. You may have to play around with cook times. If you’re interested in an instant pot cheat sheet for cook times click here!

Yes! This homemade au jus mix will go well with prime rib or any other meat you will be enjoying for dinner. 

Au jus speaks of a thin gravy that is commonly used as a dipping sauce for meat or a french dip sandwich to bring flavor and juiciness into the sandwich. 

An au jus base can also be a delicious base for a soup or recipe requiring broth. 

A great substitute for au jus seasoning is the seasoning blend in the recipe card above. I love using my own spices to be sure that I am getting whole and healthy ingredients in my food. 

The french dip originated in Los Angelus and has since gone on to become a very luxurious and delicious sandwich served all over the US.

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  1. 5 stars
    This turned out wonderfully and was so easy to throw together! My husband loved it too and I will definitely be adding this into our rotation of dinners that I regularly make. Thanks for a great meal! 😀

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