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
Author Holly Nilsson
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.)

Keyword beef tips, easy beef tips recipe, how to make beef tips
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
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  1. Made this for dinner tonight following the recipe with no changes and my family loved it! Definitely a keeper recipe.5 stars

  2. This turned out great! I added about 2 tsps of minced garlic with the onions when I sautéed. I also only had 1.25 lbs of sirloin available, so I added about .75 lb. of ground beef with it. Also, I didn’t have condensed french onion soup, so just used a full packet of soup mix with beef broth. Served on top of egg noodles. :)

  3. Excellent recipe. The only thing I added was a cup of Merlot and served it over egg noodles. Hubby raved about it. Thanks so much for sharing.5 stars

  4. I’m confused now too! I saw beef broth, but now I see it is condensed beef broth. Can I use regular beef broth, as that is what I have on hand. I want it to come out perfect, so should I go get the condensed beef broth before Imake it this week?

    1. Regular beef broth will work in this recipe. The onion soup I purchase is usually condensed. Hope that helps!

  5. This is simmering right now. The smell reminds me of my grandmother’s house when she was cooking dinner!!! I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

  6. Very good. I added fresh mushrooms just because I like them, but the flavor was great. Thank you for the recipe.5 stars

  7. I like the recipes I have found and love the way I can up the servings and know exactly what I need. Thank you

  8. Most excellent! Best yet!
    I used a concentrated by half Lipton Onion Soup mix. Also add a can of Le SUEUR sweet pea juice at the end! Not the peas themselves, serve them later, just the juice. For some reason it intensifies the beefy flavor.
    I used a 6 qt Instant Pot. Saute the beef, add the onions then when they are translucent, set pot to HI pressure and 40 min. When done release pressure, whenever can you get to it. Set to saute and reduce liquid by 1/4. Add pea juice, simmer for 10 min, then thicken. Lovely.5 stars

    1. I haven’t tried this recipe in the slow cooker however some readers have had great success. I would suggest browning the beef before adding it and cook about 8 hrs on low or 4-5 hours on high. Please let us know how that turns out for you!

  9. This was so good now will be one of my go 2 meals. I’ve never thought about the onion soup ingredient. But im sure that’s where most the flavor came from which was prefect for me . Thank you5 stars

  10. SOOO good! This is a keeper! I am pleasantly surprised the beef was so tender simmering on the stove after a few hours vs hours in a crockpot. Could change my way of cooking! Will add fresh mushrooms next time. Thank you for sharing!5 stars

      1. That’s not a silly question at all! You can stir occasionally and check that it is simmering gently. Enjoy the recipe Erin!

  11. Do you think this recipe would be ok to add a bell pepper? I wasn’t sure if that would change the taste too much. I have one I need to use. :) Thank you!

  12. This is DEEEE-LISH!!!
    I followed this recipe AND I added about 1/4 soup can of red wine, and towards the end also added fresh mushrooms. It was amazing! We ate it over creamy polenta. I’m trying an easier twist tonight. I put all the ingredients together in the crock pot (without browning the meat).
    My son is coming home and I want our house to smell wonderful.
    Fingers crossed it’ll be excellent. I’ll let you know….5 stars

    1. So glad you love these beef tips and gravy! I love that homey cooking smell, and hope your son does too!

  13. Making this as we speak. I didn’t see the condensed onion soup so I bought the canned I onion soup. I have a feeling it’s going to be salty.

  14. I haven’t made this yet, but it’s on the list for dinner this Friday. I just wanted to point out that the onion soup part is very confusing. At first I thought you were referring to a packet of onion soup mix, then after reading the comments, I realized that you meant a can of onion soup. I bought condensed cream of onion soup, but then later watched the video (something I don’t normally do) and saw you used a condensed *french* onion soup. I would strongly consider clarifying that in your ingredients list because the “onion soup” is surprisingly vague. I can’t wait to try this!

    1. Thank you for your feedback, I could definitely see how that could be confusing. I have updated the recipe. Let us know how it goes for you!

    2. I agree! I made it last night and it was delish! I used Campbells beef broth and Campbells french onion soup. Later I read comments and it’s supposed to be condensed soups. I’ve never seen condensed broth or onion soup. However it was GREAT everyone loved it!! Hope this helps you friend! Have you made it yet? I also made her roasted sweet potatoes! Also YUMMY!

      1. Hi, I’m pretty sure that Campbell’s ( any canned soup is condensed, that’s why when heating soup you add can of water, when your eating as soup & crackers etc). There are also soups that tell you DO NOT ADD-WATER) they’re ready to eat. You just read the can. Hope this helps some. Sandy
        I can’t wait to try this recipe it looks & sounds soooo….. GOOD!

    3. I’m so happy to read this. I thought the same thing. I would have put a package of Onion Soup in. Thank you for catching this.

  15. Am planning to make this tonight but don’t have the canned onion soup. Any substitution suggestions or can it just be eliminated.5 stars

      1. I did make this last night after all. Used beef stock instead of broth, added about 2/3 cup ~ of Marsala wine and about 1/2 tsp of dried thyme. Also added 8oz of sliced portobello mushrooms. Cooked for just under 2 hrs on med low. Served with brown and wild rice mix. It was great! Meat was very tender and the gravy was delicious. I thicken it with the three tbs of corn starch in water was you suggested. Delicious! Next time I will add additional mushrooms. I don’t think the onion soup is necessary. Every recipe of yours that I’ve made has been delicious. Would love to see you on HGTV!5 stars

      2. Thank you so much for your kind words, I’m so glad you loved it Linda! Thank you for sharing your substitution, it sounds delicious.