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

Serve this beef tip recipe over mashed potatoes or even rice or pasta for the perfect meal!

Beef Tips & Gravy with mashed potatoes

You Love These Beef Tips Because…

  • This recipe makes the beef extra tender and with a rich, flavorful brown gravy.
  • Slow roasting adds so much flavor.
  • This recipe is easy to prepare – little effort, big flavor!
  • Beef tips are relatively inexpensive compared to other cuts of beef.
  • Serve over rice, mashed potatoes, or pasta noodles.
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Ingredients for Tender Beef Tips

Beef Tips: Beef tips are usually the tender parts of the tenderloin top. They can also be sirloin tips that come from larger roasts often sold as ‘stew meat’ or, in this case, ‘beef tips.’ Cubed chuck roast is great in this recipe too.

Seasonings: The seasonings are simple, with onion, bay leaf, and Worcestershire sauce. If desired, you can add a couple of minced garlic cloves when cooking the onions.

Gravy: The beef tips are cooked in a combination of beef broth and onion soup. Once cooked, the mixture is thickened with a cornstarch slurry.

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How to Cook Beef Tips

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

  1. Season and sear the beef in a Dutch oven (recipe below). Add the onions and soften.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and simmer until beef is tender.
  3. Thicken gravy with cornstarch, add salt and pepper to taste.
Beef Tips & Gravy with mashed potatoes

What to Serve with Beef Tips

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

Leftovers and Storage

These beef tips make great leftovers! Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

  • 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 2 months.

More Beef Recipes

Beef tips or stewing beef are great in so many recipes. Here are a few of our favorites.

 Did you enjoy this Beef Tips & Gravy recipe? Be sure to leave a rating and a comment below!

Beef Tips & Gravy with mashed potatoes
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Beef Tips and Gravy

Tender chunks of beef are simmered until perfectly tender, then served over mashed potatoes.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 4 servings


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

To Thicken Gravy:

  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • cup water


  • Trim any fat from the beef and toss with ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat in large pot or Dutch oven. Add the seasoned beef and cook in small batches until browned. Transfer the beef to a bowl and set aside.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and add the remaining oil. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Add the beef, broth, condensed onion soup, Worcestershire sauce, and bay leaf to the pot. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to simmer. Simmer for 1 ½ to 2 hours or until beef is fork tender.
  • To thicken the gravy, combine cornstarch with ⅓ cup cold water. Pour into the beef mixture a little at a time while stirring until it reaches the desired consistency.
  • Taste and season with additional salt and pepper if desired. Discard bay leaf and serve over mashed potatoes.



The onion soup in this recipe is canned condensed soup. It can be found in the soup aisle at your local grocery store.
Serve over mashed potatoes, rice, or pasta noodles. 
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop until heated through. 
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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 Beef, Dinner, Entree
Cuisine American
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  1. Very tasty! It is definitely a keeper recipe and will make again. Served over brown rice to absorb gravy and it was perfect.5 stars

  2. The beef had the BEST flavor! Made with noodles. Think it would be better with mashed potatoes, which I’m going to make next time, because I absolutely love the flavor of the beef.5 stars

  3. Hello. Could you please suggest a substitute for the condensed French onion soup? I would love to make these beef tips for a group of people but we have some Gluten free folks. (Recipe does look amazing)
    Thank you!

    1. You could try a gluten free onion soup mix. I would mix the onion soup mix with additional beef broth or water and add it in place of the condensed soup. If you try it I would love to hear how it turns out DAB!

      1. I used french onion dry mix instead of the condensed soup and used maybe one tablespoon of it with another 10 or so ounces of beef broth. I left off the onions in the dish and used coconut aminos instead of the worcestershire sauce. I added some dried rosemary and thyme along with the bay leaf and salt/pepper. The meat was tender and had a great flavor, my whole family loved it. I served it with oven roasted carrots and crispy potatoes along with cheddar muffins. Definitely a repeat. Thanks for sharing the recipe!5 stars

  4. I made this tonight and it was so delish! I’m on a low sodium diet so I made condensed french onion without salt, it was incredible. I added Mrs Dash garlic and herb seasoning and extra garlic powder. I also used shaved beef and cooked in slow cooker for 1 1/2 hrs.5 stars

  5. This was so yummy. The only change I made was to add some garlic powder and a bit of Kitchen Banquet to give it a richer color after using the flour roux. A keeper in our rotation.5 stars

  6. Fantastic ! My fiancee flipped over it !! He said it was restaurant quality ! I followed the recipe exactly as is. I used sirloin steak and cut it up into bite sized pieces, everything else was what the recipe called for. A definite keeper! Thank you !5 stars

  7. I’m a recently widowed older person. and this made an excellent dinner. My supermarket butcher had beef round chunks, and I was busy putting up outdoor decorations today, so I made this in my handy Crockpot. wonderful outcome. definitely a “Keeper” recipe.
    Thank you!5 stars

  8. I made this and the flavor was perfect my question is how do you get t the beautiful deep brown color? mine tasted perfect but was a light grayish brown and just not a pretty to look at.

    1. Hi Rebecca, did you use cornstarch as a thickener or flour? If you used a flour roux then it will make it look not quite as bright.

    2. Rebecca, if you’re using a non stick pot or pan to brown your beef in, you’re going to miss out on the delicious fond that sticks to the sides and bottom of a stainless or cast iron pan when you brown the meat.. It helps with color and flavor. Additionally, add meat to a very hot skillet. It should sizzle. Don’t move it at all until you’re ready to turn it. Brown on all sides, throw a slab of white wine on the bottom of the pan and loosen the find from the bottom with a whisk.

  9. Delish!!!!! I added sautéed sliced Cremini to the onions after they were sautéed, and added fresh chopped Thyme & Rosemary had on hand).
    Hubby Loved it and the shell while cooking us Divine!!!! Will be making this again and again!!!!

    Never disappointed with a recipe from this website!!!!
    Thank you:-)

  10. This is delish. We get 1/8th of a cow and they alway include “stew meat” that I never know what to do with. This recipe is so good for those cuts of meat. We love it.5 stars

  11. This was so easy and delicious! Tysvm!! I did not have the can of onion soup. So, I used a packet of Lipton’s onion soup and added more beef broth. Very tasty, filling and Super easy to make.

  12. This was delish and so easy to make shared with the recipe with friends they all loved it. I would like to know can I make this recipe in a crock pot instead of a Dutch oven5 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. Let us know how that turns out for you!

  13. it would be helpful to say what other ingredients go in beef. Also, no instruction to make the gravy? is it water? if so how much water?

    1. You can find the full recipe by scrolling a little further or clicking the “jump to recipe” button at the top of the post.