Crock Pot or Stovetop Beef Tips and Gravy

Beef tips with rice crock pot

​The Spruce / Katarina Zunic

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 2 hrs
Total: 2 hrs 20 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
519 Calories
15g Fat
52g Carbs
43g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 519
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 112mg 37%
Sodium 281mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 43g
Vitamin C 2mg 12%
Calcium 43mg 3%
Iron 6mg 32%
Potassium 568mg 12%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

As delicious as beef tips are, the concept of beef tips is not fully popular in all areas of the United States. And that's a great loss to many people because these chunks of meat are simply delicious. In short, beef tips are the leftover pieces that you get when breaking down primal cuts or loin. Not a cut per se, but the scraps of other cuts, these tasty pieces make wonderful stews, soups, and the classic and beloved beef tips with gravy. So now that you know what to ask for next time there's confusion, it's time to make one of the most succulent preparations in which beef tips are included.

If your butcher doesn't sell beef tips, simply ask for one pound of stewing beef from the chuck. Our recipe includes both the stovetop and crock pot methods for you to decide what works best for your available time. The beef tips simmer to perfection in a rich and wonderful beef gravy. Mushrooms and onions add a lot of flavor and texture.

This is a gluten-free recipe as long as the broth you are using is free of wheat ingredients and that you choose cornstarch and not flour to thicken the gravy. This dish is great for people with low-carb preferences; serve with mashed cauliflower, zucchini noodles, or cauliflower rice. For a classic meal, go with cooked rice, potatoes, or butter noodles.


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  • 1 pound stewing beef, or beef chuck

  • 4 ounces mushrooms

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided

  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste

  • 1 pinch black pepper, or to taste

  • 1 medium onion, peeled and diced

  • 1 cup unsalted or low-sodium beef stock

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch, or all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons cold water

For Serving:

  • 3 to 4 cups cooked rice, or noodles, or mashed potatoes

Steps to Make It

Stovetop Method

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for beef tips

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  2. Cut the stewing beef into bite-sized pieces.

    Cut beef

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  3. Lightly rinse the mushrooms and pat dry with paper towels. Cut the mushrooms into 1/4-inch slices. 

    Cut mushrooms

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  4. Heat 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil in a Dutch oven or large skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot and shimmering, add the stewing beef and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.

    Heat vegetable oil

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  5. Cook until the stewing beef is browned, turning frequently. Remove the beef to a plate and set aside.

    Cook until beef is browned

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  6. Heat the remaining vegetable oil in the same pan over medium heat. Add the diced onion and sliced mushrooms.

    Onions and mushrooms

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  7. Cook until the onion is translucent, and the mushrooms are golden brown.

    Cook onions

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  8. Add the beef back to the pan along with the beef stock.

    Add beef

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  9. Cover the pan and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for about 2 hours, or until the meat is fork-tender. About 20 minutes before the beef tips are ready, prepare the rice, noodles, or mashed potatoes, and any other side dishes you are serving.

    Cover the pan and simmer

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  10. In a small bowl or cup, combine the cornstarch or all-purpose flour with the cold water and stir until smooth.

    Combine cornstarch and flour

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  11. Stir the slurry into the simmering liquids.

    Stir cornstarch and flour

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  12. Cook, stirring, for a few more minutes, or until the gravy has thickened. Taste and adjust the seasonings.

    Cook stirring

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  13. Serve the beef and its gravy with rice, potatoes, or noodles. Enjoy!

    Serve beef with rice

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Slow Cooker Method

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for beef tips with rice

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  2. Combine the stewing beef, mushrooms, onion, salt and pepper, and 1 cup of beef stock in the slow cooker.

    Cut beef

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  3. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours—or about 3 hours on high—or until the beef is very tender.

    Put in crock pot

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  4. Strain the liquids into a saucepan.


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  5. Place it over medium heat and bring to a simmer.

    Bring to simmer

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  6. Combine the cornstarch and water to form a smooth mixture.

    Combine cornstarch and water

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  7. Stir the cornstarch mixture into the liquids and cook, stirring, until thickened. Add the sauce back to the beef tips, stir well, and serve.

    Let boil

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  8. Enjoy!

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