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The greatest comfort food! Slowly cooked in the Crock Pot or braised in a Dutch oven, this rich, flavorful, and tender Beef Tips and Gravy recipe is an easy dinner for cozy nights. Serve the meat, mushrooms, and onions over noodles, rice, or mashed potatoes for a hearty meal that the whole family will love!

Two bowls of mashed potatoes with crockpot beef tips and gravy on a dinner table.

Crockpot Beef Tips and Gravy

Some evenings we just need a simple, satisfying supper that we don’t have to fuss with. This quick and easy beef tips recipe only requires a few minutes of hands-on time in the morning, and then you can let it simmer in your Crock Pot all day long. When you walk in the door 8 hours later, you’ll be greeted by tender, flavorful beef tips and gravy to serve over a bowl of buttery mashed potatoes, noodles, or rice. Heck, you can even just offer a loaf of crusty bread on the side to soak up all of that extra gravy!

What kind of meat is used for Beef Tips?

Are beef tips and stew meat the same? This recipe calls for cubed beef stew meat, but you can use a variety of meat to make beef tips and gravy.

I like the shortcut of store-bought cubed beef that’s usually labeled as “stew meat,” but you can also purchase beef and cube it on your own at home. If you prefer to cut your meat at home rather than purchasing cubed stew meat, try using chuck roast or round steak in this recipe. Since the recipe calls for a low, slow cooking time, you can get away with these tougher (more affordable) cuts that become tender after many hours in the Crock Pot. When grilling beef tips quickly over high heat, you need a more tender (and expensive) cut, such as tenderloin or sirloin tips.

Hands using a fork to eat crockpot beef tips and gravy with a side of mashed potatoes.

How do you cook beef tips so they are tender?

If you’re using stew meat or another tough, affordable cut of beef, the key is to cook the meat slowly over low heat for a longer period of time. The tough connective tissue breaks down during the cooking process, so the end result is succulent, tender, and juicy beef tips. You can use the Crock Pot or a Dutch oven for this low-and-slow cooking method.

Browning chunks of beef stew meat in a Dutch oven.

Ingredients

This is a quick overview of the ingredients that you’ll need for my easy beef tips and gravy. As always, specific measurements and complete step-by-step cooking instructions are included in the printable recipe box at the bottom of the post.

  • Vegetable oil: to brown the meat.
  • Beef tips: I purchase “stew beef” or “stew meat” that has already been cut into cubes for a shortcut. Stew meat is made from cuts of beef with lots of tough connective tissue, typically chuck (which comes from the front shoulder) or round (the rear muscle). When you slowly braise these tough cuts in a liquid, the connective tissue breaks down and becomes melt-in-your-mouth tender. That’s why it’s traditionally simmered in stock and turned into beef stew or pot roast. If you can’t find this prepared stew beef, you can purchase a whole chuck and dice it into 1-2 inch cubes at home.
  • Mushrooms: I like sliced Baby Bella mushrooms, but you can use white button mushrooms, too.
  • Onion and garlic: add sweet and savory flavor to the dish.
  • Brown gravy mix: I like McCormick brand. This packet includes seasoning, as well as thickening agents (similar to cornstarch or flour). These ingredients help to make the thick, rich gravy in the slow cooker.
  • Beef broth: the liquid that braises the meat and thins the gravy.
  • Red wine: pick a dry red wine, such as cabernet sauvignon, merlot, or pinot noir. For an alcohol-free dish, substitute additional beef broth for the red wine.
  • Worcestershire sauce: adds salty umami flavor, which pairs really well with the beef.
Pouring beef broth into a slow cooker.

How to Make Beef Tips and Gravy

I’ll show you how to make these easy crockpot beef tips, but the oven instructions are also included below. Pick whichever method works best for your kitchen.

  1. Brown the seasoned beef in hot oil in a skillet or Dutch oven on the stove. Work in batches so that you don’t overcrowd the pan.
  2. Place the mushrooms, onion, and garlic in the slow cooker.
  3. Add the browned beef on top of the vegetables.
  4. Pour in the dry gravy mix, beef broth, red wine, and Worcestershire sauce.
  5. Cover the pot with a lid. Cook on LOW for 6-8 hours or on HIGH for 3-4 hours, or until the meat is tender. We love beef tips and mashed potatoes, but beef tips and noodles with brown gravy or beef tips over rice are also great options! Don’t forget to garnish with fresh parsley!
Overhead shot of a fork in a bowl of beef tips and gravy.

Serving Suggestions

Serve the slow cooker beef tips and gravy on top of sour cream and chive mashed potatoes, or alongside au gratin potatoestwice baked potatoes, or Aunt Bee’s 3-ingredient cheesy potato casserole. Alternatively, try pairing the meat and red wine sauce with egg noodles, a crusty loaf of breadflaky biscuits or skillet cornbread.

For a lighter vegetable to round out the meal, I recommend a simple green salad with red wine vinaigrette, a classic Caesar saladroasted root vegetablesParmesan roasted cauliflower, or sautéed asparagus.

Make Ahead

Prepare the meat and gravy up to 3 days in advance. Let the meat cool in the sauce, then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat over low heat.

Storage

Cooked beef tips and gravy will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Side shot of slow cooker beef tips and gravy over mashed potatoes on a dinner table with a glass of red wine and a loaf of bread.

Recipe Variations

  • For a non-alcoholic option, replace the red wine with extra beef broth.
  • I purchase “stew beef” that has already been cut into cubes for a shortcut. If you can’t find this prepared stew beef, you can dice chuck steak or brisket.
  • Give the meat and delicious gravy even more flavor by adding fresh herbs like thyme or rosemary. A bay leaf would also be delicious.
  • Add diced carrots or celery at the same time that you add the mushrooms and onions.

Tips for the Best Beef Tips and Gravy Recipe

  • Brown the meat. This is an extra step, but it’s worth the effort. The caramelized surface gives the beef extra flavor and locks in juices.
  • When the beef is done braising, it should be fall-apart tender. It’s important to cook the beef long enough to break down the tough connective tissue and fibers. If your meat is still tough at the end of cooking, continue simmering for a little bit longer.
  • Use a dry red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Burgundy, or Cotes du Rhone. Nothing too sweet!
  • Garnish with fresh parsley! It adds bright color and flavor to the dish.
Overhead shot of hands holding a bowl of beef tips and gravy over mashed potatoes.

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Two bowls of mashed potatoes with crockpot beef tips and gravy on a dinner table.

Beef Tips and Gravy

5 from 3 votes
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 6 hours
Total: 6 hours 20 minutes
Servings 4 – 6 people
Calories 235 kcal
The greatest comfort food! In the Crock Pot or in the oven, these beef tips and gravy are an easy dinner for cozy nights at home.

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 lbs. cubed beef stew meat
  • 8 ounces sliced mushrooms (I like Baby Bella mushrooms, but white button mushrooms work well too)
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced or pressed (about 2 teaspoons)
  • 1 (0.87 oz) packet brown gravy mix (such as McCormick brand)
  • ¾ cup beef broth
  • ¼ cup dry red wine (or substitute with extra beef broth)
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • For serving: egg noodles, rice, or mashed potatoes; chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

SLOW COOKER METHOD:

  • Place mushrooms, onion, and garlic in a slow cooker.
  • Pat beef dry and season with salt and pepper.
  • In a large skillet or Dutch oven, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. When the oil shimmers, add about half of the meat and cook until browned on all sides, about 10 minutes total. Transfer browned beef to the slow cooker. Repeat with remaining meat, adding additional oil as needed. Transfer the remaining browned meat to the slow cooker.
  • Add gravy mix, beef broth, red wine, and Worcestershire sauce to the slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours or on HIGH for 3-4 hours, or until the meat is tender.
  • Serve with noodles, rice, or mashed potatoes. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley, if desired.

OVEN METHOD:

  • Preheat oven to 275°F.
  • Pat beef dry and season with salt and pepper.
  • In a Dutch oven, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. When the oil shimmers, add about half of the meat and cook until browned on all sides, about 10 minutes total. Remove meat to a plate. Repeat with remaining meat, adding additional oil as needed.
  • Return all of the browned meat to the Dutch oven. Add mushrooms, onion, garlic, gravy mix, beef broth, red wine, and Worcestershire sauce.
  • Cover the pot and bake for about 4 hours, or until the beef is tender.
  • Serve with noodles, rice, or mashed potatoes. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley, if desired.

Notes

  • Brown the meat. This is an extra step, but it’s worth the effort. The caramelized surface gives the beef extra flavor and locks in juices.
  • When the beef is done braising, it should be fall-apart tender. It’s important to cook the beef long enough to break down the tough connective tissue and fibers. If your meat is still tough at the end of cooking, continue simmering for a little bit longer.
  • Use a dry red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Burgundy, or Cotes du Rhone. Nothing too sweet!
  • Garnish with fresh parsley! It adds bright color and flavor to the dish.
  • For a non-alcoholic option, replace the red wine with extra beef broth.
  • I purchase “stew beef” that has already been cut into cubes for a shortcut. If you can’t find this prepared stew beef, you can dice chuck steak or brisket.
  • Give the meat and delicious gravy even more flavor by adding fresh herbs like thyme or rosemary. A bay leaf would also be delicious.
  • Add diced carrots or celery at the same time that you add the mushrooms and onions.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/6 of the beef and gravyCalories: 235kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 35gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 93mgSodium: 291mgPotassium: 729mgSugar: 2gVitamin C: 3.1mgCalcium: 44mgIron: 3.8mg
Keyword: beef tips, beef tips and gravy, beef tips recipe, crock pot beef tips, crockpot beef tips and gravy
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Author: Blair Lonergan

This recipe was originally published in March, 2019. The photos were updated in February, 2022.

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  1. I will try this! I dislike stew meat / round steak, but I’m fortunate to have several supermarket chains that routinely have choice sirloin steak on sale. At most, it costs the same as stew meat or chuck roast (often it’s cheaper). I use it for recipes like this or beef stroganoff etc. Sirloin has more flavor than stew meat & unlike chuck roast, can be cooked quickly.

  2. 5 stars
    Loved this delicious and easy to prepare comfort food recipe! I am shopping for a new slow cooker/crock pot and would like to know what brand and size you have that is shown in photo? Thank you!

    1. Hi, PJ! I’m so glad that you enjoyed this meal! The slow cooker shown in the photos is made by All-Clad, it’s a 7-quart capacity, and I love it! I bought it from Williams-Sonoma years ago (here’s the link: https://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/all-clad-gourmet-slow-cooker-with-all-in-one-browning/ ). It looks like it’s not currently available at Williams-Sonoma, but I believe this is the same one at Bed Bath and Beyond: https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/all-clad-gourmet-7-qt-slow-cooker-with-aluminum-insert-in-silver/5558921 I hope that helps!

  3. 5 stars
    The beef tips and gravy were delicious. Crazy how simple the recipe is to taste so succulent. Thank you…it’s now one of our favourite recipes. The wine I HAD to buy to make this was a bonus also!

    Thank You!