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.

Beef Tips & Gravy in a pot

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.

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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. Made this today and it turned out great!! Loved the flavors I added some portobello mushrooms in at step 3. Thanks for the recipe this is a keeper.5 stars

  2. Omg! I made beef tips for the very first time tonight and I googled recipes and there were so many of them. But I narrowed it down between this recipe with the one from “The Cozy Cook” website. They were both similar. But I chose this one because it was more simpler and easier and I like the ingredients better.

    And I must say this was absolutely delicious. I ate 2 servings and tried it both over mashed potatoes and white rice at the same time. It was so flavorful and the meat was Super Tender. I took the tip from “The Cozy Cook” and sprinkled flour on the beef tips after seasoning it before pan searing it. I will definitely be making this again.5 stars

      1. can this be made in a slow cooker? If yes. how long? 2 to 3 hours on low maybe? TIA5 stars

      2. 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 it turns out for you!

  3. Made this tonight and it turned out fantastic!! I personally always omit French onion soup because it’s just too strong for our family. Instead I added beefy mushroom soup (Campbell’s) along with the beef broth and a package of mushrooms. Cooked it for a little over 2 hours and my husband is still raving about how good it was. Definitely make it!5 stars

  4. What do you suggest as a substitute for the onion soup? I’m in Canada and can’t find any canned onion soup?

    1. Hi Michelle, many readers have substituted Lipton’s onion soup mix with a bit of water.

    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 it turns out for you!

  5. Gravy comes out very thin. Thickened with Womdra gravy flour. Gravy not nearly as dark as pictured. used Kitchen Bouquet to darker.. Otherwise a great recipe4 stars

  6. This is my husband’s favorite! I’ve made it several times! we like the gravy THICK! I serve it with mashed potatoes and buttermilk biscuits! Soooo yummy!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. Let us know how that turns out for you!

  7. I feel like this dish would have been perfect if I had omitted the bay leaf. I am not impressed with the flavor of the bay leaf at all. Other than that it was really good.

  8. Made exactly as written, but added mushrooms in step 3. It was so bland!! Added a ton of garlic salt to make it palatable, but the meat was very tender.3 stars

  9. My husband and I loved this! The meat was very tender and flavorful- I cooked it a full 2 hours.
    We ate it over mashed potatoes- pure comfort food!
    Thanks for sharing this easy and tasty recipe!5 stars

      1. Oh my goodness! Thank you so much for clarifying! It turned out perfect this time! I have been a long time follower and I absolutely love all of your recipes! They have truly helped my life out tremendously! Thank you Penny! Keep them coming!❤️5 stars

  10. Followed recipe exactly as written. Cooked for two hours and meat was very tender. Gravy did not turn out as pictured. The meat was good but was very rich and the taste of onion was too strong for my family. Next time I would only use the diced onion and would eliminate the condensed French onion soup.4 stars

  11. Made this last night for dinner, using a 13 ounce piece of top round London broil (only cooking for two) that I had in my freezer, but made a full recipe of the gravy. Used a 10.5 oz can of Campbell’s Beef Consomme that had been taking up space in my pantry for far too long (Thank you for that!). I sauteed about 10 ounces of sliced mushrooms with the onions and deglazed the pan with a little red wine. Made my kitchen smell divine and drove my husband crazy while it was cooking. Served over egg noodles. The 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce, however, was too much for our palates (I should have known better), so I will make a note of that for next time. Thanks for a great recipe using ingredients I always have available!5 stars

  12. Made this tonight! I deglazed the pot, after cooking the onions, with red wine. Then followed the recipe as is. It was so good and I’ll definitely be making this again!5 stars

  13. Could I bake this at a low temp and then finish it off with the addition of cornstarch on top of the stove?
    Love the recipe❤️5 stars

    1. I have only tried the recipe as written but other readers have had success in the oven. I would try cooking at 325°F and cook until fork tender. If you try it I would love to hear how it turns out!