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Beef tips are tender beef tips that are smothered in homemade brown gravy. Pair with mashed potatoes for the ultimate comfort food! Whip up this comfort food recipe tonight.

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Beef Tips

Tender chunks of beef, rich brown gravy, all on one easy recipe that will win over your family or a crowd.

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What Are Beef Tips

You will find beef tips come from a tender part of a beef tenderloin or sirloin top. Now, many will replace this cut with a stew meat, which is fine.

You will find that stew meat can be a bit chewier then tips, so just make note if you swap cuts of beef out.

🥩 Main Ingredients

ingredients to make gravy and tips

Beef Tips | Cubed beef tips, or if you can’t find that reach for stew meat as a replacement.

Beef Broth | Beef broth and onion soup mix along with some other spices are going to help give tons of flavor to this dish and make a gravy.

Cornstarch | Cornstarch is the thickening agent to help give you a thick and creamy brown gravy!

🍲How to Make

Full directions and recipe list is in the printable recipe card below.

beef searing in pot

In a Dutch oven or heavy pot, you will add oil in your pot, and turn to medium heat. Pat dry your beef and season with salt and pepper liberally.

You want to sear your beef until browned. It doesn’t have to be all the way cooked through, you just want to create a crust on the meat.

oinoins in pot sauting

Remove your beef and place on a platter and then add in your onions to saute to soften the onions. The onions will turn a little golden as they cook.

homemade beef tips

Now you will add in your beef broth, onion soup mix, bay leaves, Worcestershire sauce, and mix well. Stir in your beef, and simmer for 30 minutes.

Once you are done, remove bay leaves.

brown gravy beef tips

Now you will turn the heat up and mix your cold water and cornstarch in a bowl and whisk. Then stir until mixed, and then stir into the hot beef mixture.

The cornstarch will thicken making it a rich brown gravy mixture coating your beef.

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How to Make Beef Tips In Instant Pot

Step 1: Start by turning your Instant Pot to saute feature and add in your oil. Pat your beef with paper towel then season well with salt and pepper.

Step 2: Sear your beef until browned, and then remove and place on a plate. Add in your onions and saute as well until softened.

Step 3: Turn off Instant Pot saute feature. Then add in beef broth and use a wooden spoon to scrape down the bottom of pot to remove any stuck on pieces.

Add in your beef, bay leaves, Worcestershire, and onion soup mix. Stir well.

Step 4: Place pressure cooker lid on Instant Pot, and turn valve to sealing. Cook high pressure for 15 minutes with a quick release.

Step 5: Remove the bay leaves, and then turn saute feature back on. Then add cornstarch and water in a bowl mix well, and stir in. This will thicken your gravy.

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How to Make Crock Pot Beef Tips

Step 1: You will add oil to your skillet on the stove and sear your seasoned beef, just as you would the stovetop version. Then remove beef and place in crockpot.

Step 2: Saute your onions in the same pan for 3-4 minutes, then transfer to slow cooker.

Step 3: Add remaining ingredients (except cold water and cornstarch) to crock pot, and place lid on and cook 6-7 hours on low. Cooking on low allows the meat to get nice and tender.

Step 4: Now you will mix up your cornstarch and water, and pour it into the slow cooker and stir. Allow it to cook another 15 minutes to help thicken up the gravy mixture.

🍴 How To Serve

Not sure what to serve with your tender tips and gravy. I tend to do a mashed potato, but you could also do rice.

Consider adding a side of vegetables for color, or even a crisp salad. Also, consider making homemade rolls to help slather up the leftover sauce on your plate.

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Beef Tips and Gravy

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Beef tips and gravy is the ultimate comfort food dinner. Tender beef tips, rich brown gravy, that you can pile on mashed potatoes! This is the best beef tips recipe to make, it is a tried and true that works every time.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds beef tips (or diced beef or stew meat)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 Tablespoons oil
  • 1 yellow or white onion, diced
  • 24 oz beef broth
  • 3 Tablespoons onion soup mix
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 bay leaves

Cornstarch Slurry

  • 3 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons cold water

Instructions

  1. In a Dutch oven or sturdy pot add your oil over medium heat. Then pat dry your beef tips, and season with salt and pepper. Place beef in pot and sear all pieces. This takes around 5-8 minutes.
  2. Remove seared beef tips from pot, and add in your onions and stir for around 3-4 minutes.
  3. Now add in your beef, Worcestershire sauce, onion soup mix, bay leaves, and beef broth. Lower temperature to low and simmer for 30 minutes. Cover with a lid.
  4. Now after you are done cooking, turn the heat up to medium-high. Add cold water and cornstarch in a bowl and whisk. Pour into the boiling mixture and stir. This will thicken up to make a brown gravy.
  5. Once thickened, you can then spoon up your beef tips and gravy and pair with mashed potatoes, rice or however you want to serve your beef tips.

Notes

    How to Make Beef Tips In Instant Pot


Step 1: Start by turning your Instant Pot to saute feature and add in your oil. Pat your beef with paper towel then season well with salt and pepper.

Step 2: Sear your beef until browned, and then remove and place on a plate. Add in your onions and saute as well until softened.

Step 3: Turn off Instant Pot saute feature. Then add in beef broth and use a wooden spoon to scrape down the bottom of pot to remove any stuck on pieces.

Add in your beef, bay leaves, Worcestershire, and onion soup mix. Stir well.

Step 4: Place pressure cooker lid on Instant Pot, and turn valve to sealing. Cook high pressure for 15 minutes with a quick release.

Step 5: Remove the bay leaves, and then turn saute feature back on. Then add cornstarch and water in a bowl mix well, and stir in. This will thicken your gravy.

How to Make Crock Pot Beef Tips


Step 1: You will add oil to your skillet on the stove and sear your seasoned beef, just as you would the stovetop version. Then remove beef and place in crockpot.

Step 2: Saute your onions in the same pan for 3-4 minutes, then transfer to slow cooker.

Step 3: Add remaining ingredients (except cold water and cornstarch) to crock pot, and place lid on and cook 6-7 hours on low. Cooking on low allows the meat to get nice and tender.

Step 4: Now you will mix up your cornstarch and water, and pour it into the slow cooker and stir. Allow it to cook another 15 minutes to help thicken up the gravy mixture.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 298Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 1763mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 26g

This information is automatically calculated by third-party software, including but not limited to the Create or Bake Me Some Sugar. For accurate nutrition, I suggest running the ingredients in your own system to get a more accurate reading. Nutritional information is approximate and automatically calculated, and should only be viewed as an indication.

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Anne Hersch

Sunday 27th of September 2020

Would this recipe freeze well?

Kelsey

Sunday 27th of September 2020

I have not tried freezing leftovers, but I would assume yes you could freeze. Just store for up to three months in the freezer.

Cathy Williams

Sunday 27th of September 2020

Just one question...QR for beef? I always thought meats were NR.

Kelsey

Sunday 27th of September 2020

Because it is small pieces of meat it can be Quick Release instead of natural. If it was a whole size roast then yes it needs a natural release.

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