This outrageously flavorful Slow Cooker Beef Tips and Gravy is easy to assemble on busy mornings or for advanced meal planning. The slow cooker does all the work to cook the beef to fall off-the-fork tenderness while creating a tasty gravy for you to serve over mashed potatoes, rice, or noodles.
This comfort food meal makes itself, thanks to your crock pot! All the ingredients simmer for hours to create a melt-in-your-mouth beefy meal that’s guaranteed to become a family favorite. For future meal planning, it’s a great meal to double up on to freeze for an easy dinner later!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- There’s hardly any prep work
- It’s economical
- It uses basic ingredients
- It can easily be doubled
- Is freezer friendly
- The beef tips come out amazingly tender
- The gravy is super flavorful and perfect over mashed potatoes, rice or noodles
Stew Beef – tougher (and more budget-friendly cuts) such as flank, tenderloin, rib eye, and sirloin work beautifully in the slow cooker and become tender the longer they cook.
Beef Broth – needed to flavor and cook the beef tip in and help make the gravy.
French Onion Soup – use canned. It helps flavor the beef and gravy.
Worcestershire Sauce – for flavor.
Minced Garlic – adds a punch of flavor.
Brown Gravy Mix – dried envelope mix. Use your favorite brand.
Ketchup – for flavor.
Cornstarch – needed to thicken the gravy.
Water – mix with the cornstarch to create the slurry for thickening the gravy.
How To Make Slow Cooker Beef Tips And Gravy
STEP 1: To your slow cooker add the stew beef, beef broth, french onion soup, Worcestershire sauce, minced garlic, brown gravy mix, and ketchup.
STEP 2: Stir everything together, cover, and cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours.
STEP 3: Right before serving, whisk together the cornstarch and cold water and stir it into the beef tips to thicken.
STEP 4: Serve over mashed potatoes, rice, or egg noodles.
Do I Need To Sear The Beef First?
Technically, no you don’t, since it will be cooking for hours in the slow cooker. That said, if you have a few extra minutes and would like to sear them in a little olive oil in a skillet on the stove and drain off the oil before putting it in the slow cooker, you certainly can.
What’s The Best Beef To Use?
Since I’m cooking this low and slow in my crockpot, stew beef works wonderfully and is also budget-friendly. Flank, rib eye, tenderloin, and sirloin are well-suited to slow cooking. You don’t need the most tender cuts of beef since the slow cooker will break down and tenderize the meat.
The most popular mix-in to add to this already luscious meal is to add freshly sliced mushrooms to the ingredient list. If you love onions, you can also add freshly sliced onions, as well. Keep in mind, that there’s already a can of onion soup on the ingredient list, so additional onions will make it extra flavorful on the onion scale. Sweet onions won’t pack as much of a punch if you’re looking for more texture with a less prominent flavor.
How To Serve Slow Cooker Beef Tips and Gravy
The most popular way to enjoy this meal is to serve the beef tips and gravy over a starch like mashed potatoes, rice, or egg noodles. Great sides to go with this meal would be my green bean casserole or my crunchy broccoli and bacon salad. Don’t forget bread, such as my tasty broccoli and cheddar cornbread or my cheesy garlic bread. Finish off this incredible meal with a sweet treat such as my easy no-bake Oreo cookie delight or a slice of my amazing sock-it-to-me cake.
Is This Meal Freezer Friendly?
Absolutely! Just make the beef tips and gravy and cool it completely before placing it in a freezer-safe airtight container. It will keep for up to 3 months. Be sure and leave some space in your container for expansion as it freezes.
To store in the refrigerator, place the cooled leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Reheat on the stovetop. For the freezer, place in a freezer-safe airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight before reheating on the stovetop.
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Stew meat slow cooks in a rich, flavorful gravy of French onion soup, beef broth, ketchup, and seasonings. The slow cooker does all the work to cook the beef to a fall-off-the-fork tenderness while creating a tasty gravy to serve over mashed potatoes, rice, or noodles.
- 2-3 pounds stew beef
- 1 ½ cups beef broth
- 10.5 ounces can French Onion Soup
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 envelope brown gravy mix
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 3 tablespoons cold water
- Gather all of the ingredients.
- In a slow cooker add the stew beef, beef broth, French onion soup, Worcestershire sauce, minced garlic, brown gravy mix, and ketchup.
- Stir everything together and cover.
- Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours.
- Right before serving, whisk together the cornstarch and cold water and stir into the beef tips to thicken.
Tips and Tricks
- Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days.
- You can add fresh onion or mushrooms if you like.
- Serve this over rice, mashed potatoes, or egg noodles!
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Amazon brand - Happy Belly Beef Broth, 32 Ounce
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Amount Per Serving Calories 547Total Fat 19gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 231mgSodium 795mgCarbohydrates 15gFiber 0gSugar 3gProtein 78g