|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Servings: 6 to 8 servings|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 12g||15%|
|Saturated Fat 5g||23%|
|Total Carbohydrate 3g||1%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||3%|
|*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.|
The crock pot—or slow cooker—is the perfect choice for dishes that benefit from long, low-temperature cooking. These saucy, flavorful beef tips are an excellent example of what the slow cooker does best. Using only five ingredients tossed together in the morning, you'll have a frugal feast by dinnertime.
The secrets to the gravy are an envelope of onion soup mix and a can of golden mushroom soup. A small amount of inexpensive dry red wine flavors the gravy mixture nicely, but go ahead and omit it if you prefer to cook without alcohol. Some unsalted beef stock or water can replace the wine. The soup mix will provide plenty of salt for seasoning, plus the piquancy of onions. The last ingredient is canned mushrooms to increase the mushroom flavor and provide texture for the beef.
Steak tips, which usually come from the round or sirloin, are the easiest and best option for this recipe. If you can't find them, you can use a round steak or a package of lean stewing beef cut into cubes.
The beef tips and gravy are delicious over mashed potatoes, but feel free to serve them with baked or roasted potatoes, noodles, or rice. Add a salad or your family's favorite vegetables for a satisfying meal. Green beans, broccoli, and carrots are all good choices.
- 2 pounds steak or sirloin beef tips (or round steak or lean stew meat), cut into cubes
- 1 (1-ounce) packet onion soup mix
- 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can golden mushroom soup (undiluted)
- 1/2 cup dry red wine
- 1 (4-ounce) can mushrooms (drained)
Cut the sirloin tips or stew beef into bite-sized cubes.
Put the beef cubes in the slow cooker crockery insert.
In a bowl, combine the onion soup mix with the golden mushroom soup, wine, and drained mushrooms. Pour the mixture over the beef.
Cover and cook on low for 7 to 9 hours.
Serve the beef tips and gravy over rice, potatoes, or noodles.
Fresh mushrooms can increase the earthy flavor of this dish. Saute 6 to 8 ounces of fresh sliced mushrooms in a tablespoon of olive oil or butter until golden brown and tender. Add them to the slow cooker along with the soup mix, soup, and wine.
While browning the meat isn't necessary, the caramelization will enhance the flavor and texture of the dish, and it can even help reduce the fat content. If you have time, sear the cubed beef in a small amount of vegetable oil over medium-high heat. For even more intense flavor, deglaze the pan with the red wine or a small amount of stock or water and add it to the pot.