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Beef Tips and Gravy are the ultimate comfort food. Tender chunks of beef combined with onions, garlic, and savory seasonings are all slow-cooked in wine and beef broth to form a deliciously rich gravy.

This Beef Tips Recipe can be made on the stovetop, in the slow cooker, or even baked in the oven. You can also try a pressure cooker or Instant Pot Beef Tips version too!

Serve over rice, mashed potatoes, or even egg noodles to make the perfect dinner or Sunday supper the whole family will love.

A blue bowl filled with beef tips, gravy, and mashed potatoes.

Oh, how I loved this recipe! And there are so many reasons to love it. It is easy to make, pretty inexpensive when feeding a family, and a really hearty meal that’s scrumptious.

I am sure it will become a family favorite for you too! It sure is one of ours.

Growing up I can remember coming home on Sundays after church to Beef Tips and Rich Brown Gravy. It’s the perfect meal to simmer away all morning and you come home to a delicious dinner that’s the best comfort food you will bite into! Not to mention that aroma – it sure brings back memories of home.

It’s why I keep making this one to this day! Whether for Sunday super, for special occasions, or a weeknight meal it gets gobbled up every time!

Let’s get cooking – here’s what you will need!

Ingredient Notes:

  • Beef Tips: Sirlion Tips, Chuck Roast, or Stew Beef will work.
  • Salt & Black Pepper: Do this to taste. The seasoning and gravy packages will have some sodium so use salt to your liking.
  • Onion and Garlic: Dice some onion and mince fresh garlic. This packs some fresh flavor into the dish. You can also substitute ¾ teaspoon of each onion and garlic powder.
  • Olive Oil or Butter: (Not pictured below) But you will need a little of either or both to saute your beef tips and veggies.
  • Red Wine: A dry red wine works well. If you prefer not to use red wine replace it with additional beef broth.
  • Beef Broth: This helps tenderize the beef and create a delicious gravy.
  • Beefy Onion Soup & Brown Gravy Mix: Use one package of the dry mix for each. Both add so much richness and the best flavor.
Image of ingredients to make beef tips and gravy.

Equipment Used:

How to Cook Beef Tips and Gravy on the Stove:

Be sure to see the recipe card below for exact ingredients and full recipe instructions!

Step 1 | Sear Beef Tips

Heat a large pot over medium heat, and add oil and the meat. Season with salt and pepper and brown the meat on all sides. Use a slotted spoon to remove the meat from the pot and transfer it to a plate.

Two image collage showing adding in beef tips and searing until browned..

Step 2 | Saute Onion and Garlic

Melt some butter in the pot and cook the chopped onion and garlic.

Two image collage showing adding in diced onion and minced garlic and sauteing.

Step 3 | Add Wine, Beef Broth & Deglaze Pan

Stir in the red wine and beef broth scraping those brown bits off of the bottom (this is where so much flavor is) while adding in the liquids.

Two image collage showing deglazing pan and adding in onion soup mix, brown gravy mix, and cream of mushroom soup.

Step 3 | Stir in Onion Soup Mix, Brown Gravy Mix, Mushroom Soup & Cook

Next, pour in dry onion soup mix, dry brown gravy mix, and cans of cream of mushroom soup. Then stir to combine. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Cook for 1 ½ to 2 hours or until tender.

TIP: To further deepen the color of the gravy you can add a few drops of kitchen bouquet.

Garnish with fresh minced parsley to make it extra pretty and then dig in y’all!

A pot full of cooked beef tips and gravy.

This can also be cooked in the slow cooker or in the oven.

Slow Cooker Beef Tips and Gravy: 

After searing the beef tips and sauteing the onions and garlic, pour them into the slow cooker. Add in remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Cook for 7-8 hours on LOW or cook on HIGH for 5-6 hours. To further thicken, make a slurry from about one-fourth cup of water and 3 tablespoons of cornstarch or flour. Whisk together and pour into the crockpot. It should thicken pretty quickly, but let cook for 15 minutes to completely thicken.

Dutch Oven Beef Tips and Gravy:

Complete all steps as directed, but cover and place the dutch oven in a preheated 275°F and cook for about 4 hours, or until the beef is tender.

Tips

  • When searing the beef tips, be careful not to overcrowd the pan. This can cause boiling the beef rather than getting that nice crisp browning. Browning gives tons of flavor, while boiling will be less flavorful and possibly tough.
  • Add more butter or olive oil as needed. The exact amount of butter you add to the skillet will depend on how much juice and fat are left from searing your meat. Either with your last batch of beef or after searing the beef, you will add the onions and garlic to saute. You will need about two tablespoons in total.
  • Cook time will vary depending on the cut of beef. If using tender cuts of meat, check at 45 minutes to 1 hour. If cooking a tougher cut, you may need 2 to 3 hours of low, slow cooking time.
  • To thicken the gravy even more, stir three tablespoons of cornstarch into cold water. Pour cornstarch slurry into cooked beef tips and stir until combined. Let simmer until thickened.
Overhead image of a bowl of beef tips and gravy.

Frequently Asked Questions

What cuts of beef should I use?

You can use more tender cuts of meat – like Sirloin, Ribeye, or Tenderloin that all require less cook time. If using tougher cuts of meat -like Chuck Roast, Rump Roast, Stew Meat, or Brisket it will require longer cook times and are best suited for low and slow cooking.
If the meat isn’t as tender as you would like, simply continue to cook away until its desired tenderness.

Can I make this without cream of mushroom soup?

Yes, you can skip the soup and use fresh mushrooms or omit it altogether. If adding fresh mushrooms, do so when sauteing the onions. For best gravy when not using the mushroom soup, you will want to add ¼ cup of flour after sauteing the onions and garlic (add 2 tablespoons of butter if there aren’t enough fat drippings from the beef. Sprinkle in the flour and stir to coat. Cook for 2 minutes. Then proceed with the recipe omitting the soup.

Are beef tips and stew meat the same thing?

Beef tips and stew meat are generally not the same, and sometimes it is hard to determine by the label on the stew meat. By purchasing meat (Beef Tips) that is directly labeled (sirloin or tenderloin), you will know specifically what the cut of meat is. Stew meat usually contains a tougher cut of meat, such as a chuck or rump roast, and can be a combination of meats.  Stew meat can also be used in this recipe and is also delicious; just know it will require more cook time.

Recipe Variations:

  • Mushroom Gravy: If your family loves mushrooms, I recommend sauteing some mushrooms with your onions and garlic. This adds even more flavor and is so delicious.
  • Add in veggies: If you want more of a pot roast flavor, add in some carrots and/or diced potatoes while cooking.
  • Want even more richness? Add in some Worcestershire or soy sauce.
A bowl full of mashed potatoes topped with beef tips and gravy.

Meal Prep, Storage, and Reheating:

Meal Prep:

If you need to prep ahead of time – sear beef tips, saute onions and garlic, and store until ready to use. You can also add in all your ingredients and then store them covered in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours in advance. Simply place the dutch oven on the stove and bring to a simmer or place it in an oven when ready to cook. You can also pour it into the crockpot to slow-cook all day.

Storage:

Cool completely, cover with foil or plastic wrap, or place in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Reheat:

To reheat individual servings, place desired amount on a microwave-safe dish and reheat. Reheat in 30-second intervals until heated to your liking.

You can also reheat it in the slow cooker or on the stovetop.

Freeze:

Yes, you can freeze this beef tip recipe. Once completely cooled, place in a freezer-safe zip bag and squeeze out as much air as possible. Then store for up to 3 months in the freezer.

Serving Suggestions:

This recipe is perfect for serving over mashed potatoes or alongside easy loaded mashed potatoes, or even on a baked potato!

Another delicious option is to serve with egg noodles or rice (This is my favorite way to eat it).

Add veggies to the menu by pairing them with southern green beans or baby lima beans. Or a simple 1905 Salad or cucumber and tomato salad!

Don’t forget dessert! Finish off your meal with a slice of No-Bake Peanut Butter Cup Pie or a Caramel Apple Dump Cake!

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Beef Tips and Gravy

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Nikki Lee
Beef Tips and Gravy are the ultimate comfort food. Tender chunks of beef combined with onions, garlic, and savory seasonings all slow-cooked in wine and beef broth to form a deliciously rich gravy.
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Equipment

Ingredients 

  • 2.5 pounds beef tips, cubed
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil or butter
  • salt & black pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 2 cups beef broth or stock
  • 1 package beef onion soup mix, dry
  • 2 cans cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 package brown gravy mix

Instructions

  • In a large skillet or 5 to 6-quart Dutch oven, heat to medium-high heat. Add oil and cubed meat. Season with salt and pepper and sear (brown) on all sides; about 3-4 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
  • Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in the pot. Add onion and cook until translucent; about 3-4 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds to a minute (You can also do this when searing the last batch of beef tips).
  • Stir in the red wine and beef broth scraping bits off of the bottom while adding in. Then add beef tips back in.
  • Next, pour in dry onion soup mix, brown gravy mix, and cans of cream of mushroom soup. Then stir to combine. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Cook for 1 ½ to 2 hours or until tender.
  • Serve over mashed potatoes, egg noodles, or rice. Garnished with fresh minced parsley.

Notes

Slow Cooker Beef Tips and Gravy: 

After searing the beef tips and sauteing the onions and garlic, pour them into the slow cooker. Add in the remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Cook for 7-8 hours on LOW or cook on HIGH for 5-6 hours. To further thicken, make a slurry from about one-fourth cup of water and 3 tablespoons of cornstarch or flour. Whisk together and pour into the crockpot. It should thicken pretty quickly, but let it cook for 15 minutes to thicken completely.

Dutch Oven Beef Tips and Gravy:

Complete all steps as directed, but cover and place the dutch oven in a preheated 275°F and cook for about 4 hours, or until the beef is tender.
TIPS
  • When searing the beef tips, be careful not to overcrowd the pan. This can cause boiling the beef rather than getting that nice crisp browning. Browning gives tons of flavor, while boiling will be less flavorful and possibly tough.
  • Add more butter or olive oil as needed. The exact amount of butter you add to the skillet will depend on how much juices and fat are left from searing your meat. Either with your last batch of beef or after searing the beef you will add the onions and garlic to saute. You will need about 2 tablespoons total.
  • Cook time will vary depending on the cut of beef. If using tender cuts of meat check at 45 minutes to 1 hour. If cooking a tougher cut you may need 2 to 3 hours of low slow cooking time.
  • To further thicken the gravy, take 3 tablespoons of cornstarch and stir into cold water. Pour cornstarch slurry into cooked beef tips and stir until combined. Let simmer until thickened.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1serving Calories: 395kcal (20%) Carbohydrates: 14g (5%) Protein: 49g (98%) Fat: 12g (18%) Saturated Fat: 4g (25%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 117mg (39%) Sodium: 1889mg (82%) Potassium: 981mg (28%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 1g (1%) Vitamin A: 2IU Vitamin C: 1mg (1%) Calcium: 72mg (7%) Iron: 4mg (22%)

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Soulfully Made is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.

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7 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    My stomach started growling just reading this post, beef tips are one of my favorite meals! I’ll definitely be trying this recipe ASAP, thanks for sharing!

  2. 5 stars
    Fabulous comfort food that’s tender and flavorful. I served it over buttered noodles and the family loved it!

  3. I have not tried this recipe. There is no recommended temp. Other similar recipes can be cooked in the oven at 300 degrees for 2 and a half to 3 hours.

    1. Hi, Elaine! I hope you give it a try. I did have instructions in the post for even baked. Here is how I do them: Complete all steps as directed, but cover and place the dutch oven in a preheated 275°F and cook for about 4 hours, or until the beef is tender. I like to cook them low and slow.