Wonderfully tender, Homemade Slow Cooker Beef Tips and Gravy (without any “cream of” anything!) is richly satisfying, comforting and flavorful and the perfect make ahead meal for busy weeknights! I also love serving these Beef Tips for special occasions or holidays because they are so easy, make ahead and simple to double/triple or I’ve even 10X the recipe!
And 10x this beef tips recipe I did for our Church Woman’s RS Christmas Dinner in return for 10x the rave reviews, emails, texts, face-to-face begging for the recipe. Yes, its that good. Out of everything I could have planned and served, I settled on This Slow Cooker Beef Tips and Gravy because its wonderfully comforting AKA DELICIOUS, formal enough when using sirloin (you can use other meat for less formal/expense occasions), easy to make in mass quantity, a prep and forget it recipe, stays warm until ready to serve, and receives rave reviews every. single. time.
The little work was so worth the praise and the bonus of the savory aroma wafting through every corner of my home as I had 8 large crockpots scattered throughout my downstairs, plugged into different outlets from the kitchen, to the living room to the bedroom as to not blow a fuse. I was sorry to see all the crockpots of deliciousness go…
Although incredibly easy to make, this Slow Cooker Beef Tips and Gravy Recipe requires just a few extra steps than your mom’s dump and run beef tips and gravy with cream of mushroom soup. That being said, it really only is 15 minutes additional prep time after cutting your meat, if that. The extra steps are 1) searing the meat first on the stovetop to seal in the juices and keep the meat from drying out and to add an additional depth of flavor because meat color always = flavor.
2) The second step is whisking your Gravy ingredients together on the stovetop to thicken before adding to your slow cooker. This ensures your gravy is rich, luscious, and the ideal consistency instead of the unappetizing watery gravy that just can’t seem to thicken to perfection using a cornstarch slurry in a slow cooker. By thickening your gravy first, it emerges beautifully and you will be so happy you took the extra 5 minutes and one saucepan to ensure its perfection.
If you and your family are mushroom lovers, feel free to transform this gravy into mushroom gravy by adding mushrooms directly to the crockpot if you wish. If you like fall apart mushrooms that become one with the gravy, add them at the beginning of cooking. If you like firmer mushrooms, add them about half way through cooking.
Like I mentioned earlier, you can use top sirloin for this recipe or you can use stew meat or beef chuck – all will be delicious and crazy tender if cooked long enough. If your meat isn’t as tender as you would like, simply continue to cook away until its drool worthy tender and begging to be ladled over rice, potatoes or pasta. So now that you have 3 recipes in 1 – Beef Tips and Rice, Beef Tips and Noodles and Beef Tips with Potatoes all with plain Gravy or Mushroom Gravy, be prepared for dinner to become easier and more drool worthy delicious!
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