Instant Pot French Dip sandwiches are super easy to make! The beef is pull-apart tender and full of flavor, and these sandwiches are a dream when they’re topped with melted cheese and dripping with au jus!
It only takes a handful of ingredients to create these incredible Instant Pot French Dip sandwiches, and this recipe is sure to become a family favorite!
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This is one of those recipes that I’ve been making for probably about a decade now, although I used to make it in my slow cooker. You know, one of those tried and true family favorite recipes that you know by heart.
Since I’ve started converting my favorite slow cooker recipes into pressure cooker recipes, I knew it was time to make the swap with this one, too.
Not because it’s hard to use a slow cooker, but because it’s so much faster to use the Instant Pot!
I’ll never forget the first time I made these sandwiches for my dad, many years ago. Since he passed away almost four years ago, I am realizing just how many of my memories of him surround different foods.
He and my mom had made the trip from Florida to visit us in Nashville, and I always made it my mission to prepare yummy food for them while they were staying with us.
One day on this visit, I made my Crock Pot version of these French Dip sandwiches. He literally could not stop talking about how good they were. It was sort of like the corn on the cob scene from What About Bob, where the reaction is so over the top that you wonder if it’s fake.
But no, he just REALLY loved these sandwiches.
And for good reason! They’re delicious. No two ways about it.
Aside from being insanely good, they’re also ridiculously easy to make.
And now, I’m making it my mission to share this delectable recipe with you, so that you can impress your family, too! 🙂
How to Make Instant Pot French Dip Sandwiches
You’ll start with a chuck roast, cut into 3 pieces of fairly equal size. Pop those into the insert pot of your Instant Pot.
Next, add in some beef broth, a packet of au jus mix, a packet of onion soup mix, some garlic powder, and black pepper.
Mix that up well and twist the lid into place.
Select a cook time of 60 minutes at high pressure.
After the cook time is complete, allow a natural pressure release. This will help keep the beef nice and tender.
While the pressure is releasing, go ahead and slice some hoagie rolls and toast them in the oven for a few minutes (I put them in at 400F for about 5-7 minutes, just until they start to turn golden on top).
Once the pressure has released and the valve has dropped, carefully open the lid. Remove the chunks of beef to a plate and use a couple of forks to shred the beef.
Assembling and Serving Instant Pot French Dip Sandwiches
Top the bottom halves of each hoagie with plenty of shredded beef, then top with sliced provolone cheese.
Return the open-faced hoagies to the oven for a couple of minutes to allow the cheese to melt, then remove from the oven. Place the top of each hoagie onto the melted cheese.
Remember all of that liquid in the Instant Pot? That’s your au jus for dipping these bad boys. Ladle some out into small bowls.
Serve warm and enjoy!
Don’t Have a Pressure Cooker?
If you don’t have an Instant Pot yet (what are you waiting for?), you can definitely make these in the slow cooker as well.
While it takes quite a bit longer in the Crock Pot, you’ll still end up with delicious, tender beef for your sandwiches.
To make these in the slow cooker, simply add the beef (no need to cut it into thirds), onion soup mix, au jus packet, broth, garlic powder, and pepper to the slow cooker, stirring well.
Cook on low for 6-8 hours, until the beef is pull-apart tender, and proceed with the instructions for assembling and serving the sandwiches.
More Instant Pot Beef Dinners You’ll Love:
- 2-3 lb chuck roast, cut into 3 fairly equal size pieces
- 1 quart (4 cups) beef broth
- 1 packet au jus mix
- 1 packet onion soup mix
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 6 hoagie rolls, sliced
- 12 slices of provolone cheese
- In the insert pot of the Instant Pot, add all ingredients, stirring well to combine.
- Use the Manual/Pressure Cook button to select a cook time of 60 minutes at high pressure.
- Once the cook time is complete, allow a natural release of pressure.
- While the pressure is releasing, toast the sliced hoagie rolls on a baking sheet in the oven (I put them in for about 5-7 minutes at 400F), then remove from oven.
- After the pressure has released and the valve has dropped, carefully open the lid. Remove the chunks of beef to a plate and use two forks to shred.
- Add shredded beef to the bottom halves of the sliced hoagies, then top each one with two slices of provolone cheese.
- Return the open-faced sandwiches to the oven just long enough to melt the cheese, then remove from oven and place the top half of the hoagie onto the melted cheese.
- Ladle the au jus from the insert pot into small bowls for dipping.
If you don't have an Instant Pot, you can also make these in a slow cooker. Simply combine the beef (no need to cut it), broth, onion soup mix, au jus packet, garlic powder, and black pepper in the slow cooker. Mix well. Cook on Low for 6-8 hours, until beef is pull-apart tender. Assemble as directed above.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1398 Total Fat: 89g Saturated Fat: 40g Trans Fat: 4g Unsaturated Fat: 43g Cholesterol: 425mg Sodium: 2242mg Carbohydrates: 17g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 3g Protein: 132g
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