Tender, perfectly cooked steak bites with a rich, sumptuous gravy that tastes like it’s been slow cooking for hours, today’s Beef Tips and Gravy Recipe is a family favorite and the perfect easy recipe to wow guests.
Beef Tips and Gravy Recipe
My go-to recipe when I want a luxurious beef and gravy meal with amazing flavor is our Beef Bourguignon, but my daughter is not a huge fan of the red wine used in the gravy and it is a bit time-consuming to make (though well worth it).
Our happy compromise is this amazing beef tips and gravy recipe, with tender, perfectly seared beef tips simmered in a rich, perfectly balanced beef and onion gravy. It’s super simple to make, involves less than 20 minutes of active time in the kitchen, and results in a delicious meal the whole family will love.
There are a few different gravies that you traditionally see used in a beef tips and gravy recipe: brown gravy, mushroom gravy, or onion gravy. They are all delicious options and worthy of trying – today’s recipe uses a homemade onion gravy using our homemade onion soup mix in addition to freshly caramelized onions as a base before beef broth is added and slowly simmered into a thick, luscious and savory gravy.
The flavor is not overtly “onion”-tasting, but rather uses the sweetness of the caramelized onions and the tart, zesty flavor of the homemade onion mix to lend a scrumptious depth of flavor to an otherwise traditional beef gravy.
Are beef tips and stewing beef the same thing? Technically, these two types of “off cuts” are not the same, though they are sometimes labeled interchangeably. Stew meat is generally any off cut of meat left over from the butchering process and can be from tougher cuts like chuck roast, though at times it can be from more tender cuts. Meanwhile, beef tips are usually the smaller off cuts from tender cuts of meat, like sirloin or tenderloin.
Look for more descriptions on the label (for example, “sirloin tips”) or ask the meat counter at your grocery store if they know what kind of off cuts are in the packaged stew meat or beef tips.
You can use a tougher cut of meat to prepare this beef tips and gravy recipe, just note that you may want to simmer the beef for longer for it to reach that tender, buttery texture.
Can I freeze beef tips and gravy? Yes! This recipe freezes and reheats beautifully. Just freeze in airtight freezer bags or your favorite freezer containers. (This set of freezer containers is a crazy bargain.) Use within three months, allow to thaw completely before reheating.
Can you make beef tips and gravy in the crockpot? Yes! Check out this Crockpot Beef Tips and Gravy recipe on Carlsbad Cravings to see how to make a beef tips with brown gravy recipe in the crockpot. You can use my ingredients or hers, following her basic method.
What to Serve with Beef Tips and Gravy:
- Mashed Potatoes or Sweet Potatoes
- Buttermilk Biscuits
- Roasted Veggies
- Cauliflower Rice or Rice
- Buttered Carrots or Corn
- Brussels Sprouts Salad
Beef Tips and Gravy Ingredients
- Beef Tips
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Olive Oil
- Onion, diced
- Beef Broth
- Onion Soup Mix <– grab our recipe for homemade onion soup mix here
- Worcestershire Sauce
- Bay Leaves
Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.
Tip: you can add mushrooms, broccoli, carrots or other veggies to your beef tips and gravy, if desired. Add within the last 10 minutes of cooking.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Heavy stockpot or Dutch Oven <– highly recommended for even cooking and seamlessly transferring recipes from the stove to the oven
- Sharp Kitchen Knife
- Cutting Board
- Meat Tongs
- Clean Plate
- Wooden Spoon or Spatula <– I like these spatulas because they are one solid piece and don’t have removable heads for bacteria to get trapped underneath. Plus they are heat-resistant and have a lifetime warranty.
- Small Bowl
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
How to Make Beef Tips and Gravy
Place a dutch oven over medium heat and add 2 Tablespoons of the olive oil.
Pat the beef trips dry with paper towel and season with salt and pepper.
Sear the beef tips in the hot oil, about 4-6 minutes, until well browned. Pay attention to not overcrowd the beef, or they will not sear and brown nicely. You may need to work in a couple of batches, depending on the size of your stockpot or dutch oven.
Remove the beef tips to a clean plate and add the onion to the dutch oven.
Stir the onions well to pick up any pieces of the beef. Add additional oil, as needed.
Cook the onions until golden, about 4-5 minutes.
Add the beef tips back to the dutch oven, along with the beef broth, the onion soup mix, Worcestershire sauce and bay leaves.
Simmer for 30 minutes.
Remove 1/2 cup of the beef broth and whisk in the cornstarch until dissolved.
Pour the broth-cornstarch mixture into the dutch oven and increase heat to high.
Bring the beef broth to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer until the beef broth has thickened to a gravy.
Taste and adjust seasoning.
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Grab your free printable recipe card for our beef tips and gravy recipe:
- 2lb Beef Tips
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 2-4 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- 1 Onion, diced
- 24 oz Beef Broth
- 2 Tablespoons Onion Soup Mix
- 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
- 2 Bay Leaves
- 3 Tablespoons Cornstarch
- Place a dutch oven over medium heat and add 2 Tablespoons of the olive oil.
- Pat the beef trips dry with paper towel and season with salt and pepper.
- Sear the beef tips in the hot oil, about 4-6 minutes, until well browned. You may need to work in batches to prevent overcrowding the beef, which will cause it to braise but not brown.
- Remove the beef tips to a clean plate and add the onion to the dutch oven.
- Stir the onions well to pick up any pieces of the beef. Add additional oil, as needed.
- Cook the onions until golden, about 4-5 minutes.
- Add the beef tips back to the dutch oven, along with the beef broth, the onion soup mix, Worcestershire sauce and bay leaves.
- Simmer for 30 minutes.
- Remove 1/2 cup of the beef broth and whisk in the cornstarch until dissolved.
- Pour the broth-cornstarch mixture into the dutch oven and increase heat to high.
- Bring the beef broth to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer until the beef broth has thickened to a gravy.
- Taste and adjust seasoning.
You can add veggies like broccoli, mushrooms, carrots, etc, to your beef tips and gravy if desired. Add in during the last 10 minutes of cooking to prevent them from overcooking OR steam separately and stir in just before serving.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 467Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 105mgSodium: 2489mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 39g
Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.
I hope your family loves this easy beef tips and gravy recipe as much as mine does!
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