Beef Tips & Gravy

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Beef Tips and gravy are the ultimate comfort food with tender chunks of beef in a rich brown gravy.

Serve these beef tips over mashed potatoes or even rice or pasta for the perfect meal!

Beef Tips & and rich brown Gravy

Why We Love this Recipe

There are so many reasons to love this recipe. It’s an inexpensive way to feed your family, it’s easy to prepare, and is hearty and delicious. This recipe is sure to become a family favorite in no time!

The meat is extra tender and the gravy is so rich and flavorful.

With endless additions and ways to serve this recipe, it is also easy to stretch! Toss in leftover veggies and serve with leftover rice, potatoes, or pasta noodles and a side of garlic bread for an easy meal!

Beef and onions for Beef Tips & Gravy


Beef tips are usually the tender parts of the tenderloin top. Or they can be sirloin tips that come from larger roasts often sold as ‘stew meat’ or, in this case, the more appetizing-sounding ‘beef tips.’

This gravy is made by thickening a beef broth and onion soup mixture with a cornstarch mixture. You can also thicken this gravy using a flour-based roux as well.

Beef Tips & Gravy in a pot

How to Cook Beef Tips

These are so easy to cook, and cleanup is a breeze too, with only one pot!

  1. Brown beef with oil and add onions.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and simmer until beef is tender.
  3. Thicken gravy with cornstarch, add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve atop a bed of mashed potatoes, with rice or over egg noodles. Perfection!

Beef Tips & Gravy with mashed potatoes

Great Sides

There are so many delicious sides to pair with beef, but these are some favorites!


Beef tips with gravy make for great leftovers!

  • Keep refrigerated in an airtight container until ready to reheat.
  • Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop and refresh the flavor with a dash of salt and pepper.

Beef tips with gravy are also great to freeze in zippered bags, be sure to label with the date on them. They should keep for about two months.

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Beef Tips & Gravy served over mashed potatoes
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Review Recipe

Beef Tips & Gravy

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Tender chunks of beef in a rich brown gravy. This meal is perfect over mashed potatoes.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 pounds cubed chuck or stew meat
  • 10 ½ ounces beef broth
  • 10 ½ ounces French onion soup condensed
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt & pepper to taste

To Thicken Gravy:

  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup water

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  • In a large pot or dutch oven, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat. Season beef with salt and pepper and brown in small batches. Remove beef from the pot and set aside.
  • Turn heat down to medium, add remaining oil and onion. Cook until softened, about 10 minutes.
  • Add beef, broth, soup, Worcestershire sauce and bay leaf to the pot. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to simmer 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until beef is fork tender.
  • To thicken gravy, combine cornstarch with 1/3 cup cold water. Pour into the beef a little at a time while stirring until it reaches desired consistency.
  • Taste and season with salt and pepper. Discard bay leaf and serve over mashed potatoes.

Recipe Notes

The onion soup in this recipe is a canned condensed soup found in the soup aisle at your local grocery store.
Serve over mashed potatoes, rice, or pasta noodles. 

Nutrition Information

Serving: 4g, Calories: 448, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 53g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 144mg, Sodium: 692mg, Potassium: 1327mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 66mg, Iron: 5mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Course Dinner
Cuisine American
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  1. For the 10.5 oz. of beef broth and onion soup, are these condensed? Like the Campbell’s Condensed Beef Broth Soup and Campbell’s Condensed Onion Soup or something different? Most non-condensed broths and soups cone in cans that are 14.5 oz. (or slightly bigger).

  2. The beef tips and gravy were excellent!! I made them for my Mom and Step Dad tonight and everyone loved it. We had mashed potatoes and broccoli with it. A must have any time. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. Ingredients for gravy calls for 1/3 C water, however printed instructions are for mixing cornstarch with 1 C water. Which is it?

  4. I added about half a dozen mushrooms sliced. The sodium level was kinda high, so instead of the two soups I substituted 22 ounces of water with a tablespoon of Beef Better than Bullion. And added a teaspoon of garlic powder, also.
    It was very good.4 stars

    1. Hi Theresa, while we haven’t tried this recipe in the slow cooker, I would still brown the beef before adding it and start with 8-10 hrs on low or 4-5 hours on high. Please let us know how that turns out for you!

  5. I didn’t have the canned onion soup or canned beef broth so I used a package of Lipton Onion Soup mix and used my box of beef broth – 3 cups. I also floured my beef tips. I didn’t use the slow cooker as I needed the dish sooner so followed the recipe. So good. Better the next day. I’m a widow so cooking for one means eating the same meal for 3 or 4 days. Great over mashed potatoes.5 stars

  6. Could you pl give me instructions on how to make this in a slow cooker? What duration should I cook it for on high or low as the cooking times would vary.

    1. Hi Shar, we have never made this recipe in the slow cooker but if you wanted to try I would still brown the beef before adding to the slow cooker and start with 8-10 hrs on low or 4-5 hours on high. Let us know how that turns out for you!

    1. Hi Tamara, Yes this onion soup is canned. You should be able to find it at your grocery store in the soup section :)

    1. Hi Oleh, we have never attempted this recipe in an instant pot. Maybe another reader can offer some insight. If you do try it, please let us know how it turns out!

  7. I am going to try this in my crock pot tomorrow. Seems like an easy way to get the flavors and tenderness.