Savory Beef With Onions and Mushrooms

Beef Tips With Mushrooms.

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  • Total: 105 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 90 mins
  • Servings: 6 servings

This easy skillet recipe uses beef tips or lean stew beef. The beef is browned then simmered with onions and seasonings and served over rice.

If your family doesn't care for mushrooms, you may leave them out. Serve the beef with rice or noodles for a filling meal.


  • 3 tablespoons shortening (or vegetable oil)
  • 2 large sweet or yellow onions (quartered and sliced)
  • 1 (8-ounce) can sliced mushrooms
  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds beef tips (or lean stew beef, cut into bite-size cubes)
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried leaf thyme (crumbled)
  • 2 cups low-sodium beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 3 cups hot cooked rice

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Heat the shortening or oil in a large skillet over medium heat; add onions and cook, stirring, for 3 to 4 minutes, or until softened. Add the mushrooms and continue to cook for about 8 minutes, or until the mushrooms are tender and the onions are lightly browned. Remove to a plate and set aside.

  3. Add the beef to the skillet and turn heat to medium-high. Cook for about 8 to 10 minutes, turning to brown all sides.

  4. Mix the flour with the salt, pepper, and thyme; sprinkle over the beef. Add the onions and mushrooms back to the skillet along with the beef broth, vinegar, and ketchup. Stir to blend ingredients. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about 1 1/2 hours, or until meat is tender. Tenderness depends on the cut of meat used. 

  5. Serve with hot cooked rice.

The Mysterious Beef Tip Cut

You won't find a specific cut of beef labeled "tip" on a diagram of a cow. Beef tips are nothing more than beef cut into cubes (or trimmings) which can come from any part of the animal—tenderloin, sirloin, round, chuck—it all depends on how much you want to pay.

Beef cubes or tips from the chuck or round are excellent for stew, as in this recipe, because they are simmered low and slow to break down the connective tissue in the meat.

Tenderloin or sirloin, on the other hand, would be used for any recipe calling for meat that doesn't need to be cooked for hours, like beef stroganoff.

More Ways to Use Beef Tips

This versatile, and sometimes economical, cut of beef can be used in multiple ways. Take this sirloin tip recipe slow cooked with mushrooms or these easy beef tips slow-cooked or oven-cooked and served with rice. A classic combo is sirloin tips with canned mushroom soup and onion soup mix served with mashed potatoes or noodles.