Slow Cooker Beef Tips and Gravy (No Cream Soup!) (Video!)

Slow Cooker Beef Tips and Gravy (with no “cream soup!” ) is wonderfully tender, richly satisfying, comforting and flavorful and the perfect make ahead meal for busy weeknights!

 Also known as Beef Tips and Rice and Beef Tips and Noodles, this Beef Tips recipe is about to become one of your favorite recipes! You will be blown away by the flavor and ease of this luxuriously, melt-in-your-mouth beef! I love serving this Beef Tips Recipe for special occasions or holidays because it is so easy, make ahead and simple to double/triple or I’ve even 10X for a crowd!

BEEF TIPS RECIPE VIDEO

up close of Beef Tips Recipe in crock pot with a wooden spoon scooping beef

Crockpot Beef Tips Recipe

And 10x this Slow Cooker 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, it’s that good.

Out of everything I could have planned and served (with my Perfect Pot Roast a close second but not as practical), I settled on this Beef Tips Recipe because it’s 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. 

We served these  Crock Pot Beef Tips alongside my Company Mashed Potatoes and Apple Cranberry Salad for a rave worthy feast!

The little work for this Beef Tips Recipe 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…

Showing how to make Crock Pot Beef Tips Recipe by adding seared meat, onions and gravy to slow cooker

Beef Tips and Gravy Ingredients

This slow cooker beef tips recipe requires surprisingly few ingredients to achieve such a rich, comforting flavor. Here’s everything you’ll need to make homemade beef tips and gravy:

  • Stew meat: You can also use beef chuck or sirloin. Cut into small pieces to make this dish easier to eat.
  • Onion: Gets added to the slow cooker to flavor the beef.
  • Garlic: I typically add 4 to 6 cloves of garlic to flavor the beef really well.
  • Vegetable oil: You need just a little vegetable or olive oil for searing the beef in a skillet.
  • Butter: The exact amount of butter will depend on how much juices/fat are left from searing your meat. 
  • All-purpose flour: I’m sure you could use a gluten-free flour blend here as well.
  • Beef broth: I prefer using low-sodium beef broth so I can control the amount of salt in the dish.
  • Soy sauce: I use reduced sodium soy sauce as well to prevent this meal from being too salty.
  • Dijon mustard: Adds a lovely punch of flavor without overwhelming the dish.
  • Beef bouillon: Just a few teaspoons of bouillon makes the gravy extra rich.
  • Sugar: Just a pinch of sugar balances out the meatiness of this dish.
  • Dried herbs and spices: Dried parsley, thyme, oregano, paprika, salt, and pepper adds lots of flavor to the beef tips and gravy.
Showing how to make Beef Tips Recipe by stirring meat and gravy together with a wood spoon in the crock pot

How to Make Beef Tips and Gravy

Although incredibly easy to make, this Slow Cooker Beef Tips and Noodles /Rice / Potatoes/ Gravy Recipe requires just a few extra steps than your mom’s dump and run slow cooker beef tips with cream of mushroom soup.  

That being said, my recipe really only is 15 minutes additional prep time after cutting your meat, if that, and sooooo worth it — or so say the reviews.

  1. Toss the meat with salt and pepper while sitting on the cutting board.
  2. Sear the beef in an oiled skillet.
  3. Add the seared beef, onion, and garlic to a slow cooker.
  4. To the same skillet the beef was seared in, add the butter and flour. Whisk in the flour until dissolved, then add remaining gravy ingredients.
  5. Pour the gravy mixture into the slow cooker.
  6. Cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours or on LOW for 5-7 hours. Beef is ready when it is melt in your mouth tender. 

How to Make Beef Tips Tender

Like I mentioned earlier, you can use top sirloin for this Crockpot beef tips 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 it’s drool worthy tender and begging to be ladled over rice, potatoes or pasta.

Tips for Making Crockpot Beef Tips

  • Sear the beef. Searing the meat first on the stovetop will seal in the juices and keep the meat from drying out. It will also add an additional depth of flavor because meat color always = flavor.
  • Thicken the gravy first. You want to whisk 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.
  • Add more or less butter as needed. The exact amount of butter you add to the skillet will depend on how much juices and fat are left from searing your meat. You want approximately ½ cup between the juices and the butter.
Beef Tips Recipe with gravy being served with a wood spoon onto potatoes in a green bowl

Recipe Variations to Try

  • Make a mushroom gravy. If you and your family are mushroom lovers, feel free to transform this gravy into mushroom gravy by adding mushrooms directly to the crock pot 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.
  • Serve with noodles, rice, or mashed potatoes. An easy way to switch up this recipe is to alternate the base you serve it on!
  • Use a different type of meat. You can use stew meat, beef chuck, or sirloin in this recipe. I’ve also had readers report success using venison!

Can I Prep Crockpot Beef Tips in Advance?

Absolutely! You can make the recipe as written, then let it sit in your fridge until you’re ready to reheat it in the Crockpot and serve. I recommend serving the beef tips and gravy within 48 hours of making it for best results.

How to Store Beef Tips and Gravy

The slow cooker beef tips with gravy should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge. Leftovers will last up to 5 days.

side view of beef tips, mashed potatoes, and carrots in a green bowl with a fork

How to Reheat Beef Tips with Gravy

You can gently reheat individual portions in the microwave on 30-second intervals, or you can reheat larger portions in the Crockpot.

Can I Freeze Crockpot Beef Tips?

Yes, this beef tips recipe should freeze well since it’s a flour-based gravy rather than a cream-based gravy. If frozen correctly, leftovers will keep up to 3 months in the freezer.

What to Serve with Beef Tips and Gravy

These slow cooker beef tips pair well with so many comforting side dishes. Here are a few sides I love to serve with beef tips:

Top view of Best Beef Tips and noodles recipe with a silver fork in a green plate

Looking for More Slow Cooker Beef Recipes?

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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Ridiculously 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 it for special occasions or holidays because it is so easy, make ahead and super easy to double or triple the recipe!

Slow Cooker Beef Tips and Gravy

Slow Cooker Beef Tips and Gravy (with no “cream soup!” ) is is wonderfully tender, richly satisfying, comforting and flavorful and the perfect make ahead meal for busy weeknights! I also love serving these Beef Tips Recipe for special occasions or holidays because they are so easy, make ahead and simple to double/triple or I've even 10X the recipe!
Servings: 6 -8
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours

Ingredients

Beef Tips

  • 1 tablespoon Vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds stew meat, beef chuck or sirloin cut into large bite size pieces
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4-6 garlic cloves, minced

Gravy

  • 1-4 tablespoons butter (in directions)
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups low sodium beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons beef bouillon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • ½ tsp EACH dried parsley, paprika
  • 1/4 tsp EACH dried oregano, dried thyme

Instructions

  • While meat is still on the cutting board, toss it with 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add beef (work in 2 batches if needed) to the very hot skillet and let cook undisturbed for approximately 2 minutes, or until nicely seared on one side, then continue to cook while stirring until beef is browned all over but not cooked through. Remove beef to 6-quart (or larger) slow cooker and top with onions and garlic.
  • To the remaining juices left in the skillet, melt 1-4 tablespoons butter. The amount of butter will depend on how much juices/fat are left from searing your meat. You want approximately ½ cup between the juices and the butter. Whisk the flour into the butter until dissolved followed by all of the Gravy ingredients. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer until thickened to the consistency of thick gravy. Add to slow cooker and stir to combine.
  • Cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours or on LOW for 5-7 hours. Beef is ready when it is melt in your mouth tender. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste. Serve with potatoes, pasta or rice.

Notes

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157 Comments

  1. Rebecca Gilbert says

    TRY THIS AS WRITTEN EVERYONE! This recipe was SOOOO good as written! I cook a lot, we eat at home a lot, I’ve been married 26 years, my husband, who loves everything I cook, said “This is probably the best thing I’ve ever eaten.” And he meant it! I made it exactly as it was written. I found this recipe by searching “what to make with stew meat except stew slow cooker”. I didn’t have mushrooms on hand so I skipped lots of recipes that used mushrooms, found this one, and we finished eating about 30 minutes ago. My adult son also LOVED this. He said that he hoped we had it at least once a month. I served my husband’s and son’s serving over mashed potatoes, and mine over riced cauliflower. Thank you for this delicious recipe. We will have this regularly!

    • Jen says

      I apologize for my delayed response as I’ve been swamped for the holidays, but thank you SO much Rebecca for your awesome endorsement, you absolutely made my day! I’m honored your husband stated this is the best thing he’s eaten – wow! I can’t think of a better compliment! xo

  2. Lisa says

    THIS IS THE BEST RECIPE FOR BEEF TIPS EVER. You can stop looking at other recipes and just make this – save the recipe – and serve with mashed potatoes. LOVE LOVE LOVE

    • Jen says

      Thank you so much for your awesome comment Lisa! I’m thrilled these Beef Tips won you over!

      • Katy says

        Hi!! I’ll do it on Saturday, when you say high or low, are both in the slow cooker? I’m new in this and this will be my first time.

        • Jen says

          Hi Katy, yes your slow cooker will have both a high and low setting so you can one depending on your time constraints but low is ideal. Good luck!

  3. Cheri says

    Wow!!! My family loved it! I actually didn’t have time to crockpot it and did it on the stove top. Sooooo yummy!!!

    • Jen says

      Thanks Cheri! I’m so pleased you were able to adapt it to the stove and that the whole family loved it!

  4. Angie says

    I made this recipe for the first time tonight, and it is SO good! I served it over noodles, which won the family vote over rice or mashed potatoes, and also spooned the gravy on a piece of bread…MmMmm!!!

    • Jen says

      Yesss! Thanks so much Angie, I’m thrilled this Beef Tips and Gravy was a hit with the entire family!

  5. Donna says

    Yum! I’ve just put it in the crockpot but I tasted the meat and gravy together because i couldn’t wait and it’s great. I only had red onion so I didn’t use as much sugar but I can tell it’s going to be lovely already! I added some Worcestershire sauce. I didn’t have a beef bouillon cube or dried parsley but I had garlic salt with dried parsley. Great recipe with no modifications required!

    • Jen says

      Thanks so much Donna! I’m excited for you to reap the rewards in a few hours!

  6. Lynita says

    I tried your site looking for a recipe that would use and tenderize round steak. I followed the recipe in a cast iron skillet on the stove and left the sugar out. It was VERY tasty and the meat was tender. The quantity was enough that 5 adults have eaten it and I can make a pot pie from leftovers by adding some vegetables. I appreciate your site as most of the recipes use ingredients I have on-hand and they are tasty even on the first try. Thank YOU.
    L. Carol

    • Jen says

      You’re so welcome Lynita! I’m so pleased you enjoyed these beef tips and your leftover pot pie sounds fantastic! I’m so pleased my site is a helpful resource especially during this crazy time!

  7. Malllory says

    This recipe is perfect! It was a favorite for everyone!

    • Jen says

      I love hearing that, thanks Mallory!

  8. Marcy says

    Not fond of Dijon mustard so I will never purchase . Can I use regular mustard ? For the crockpot beef tips recipe .

    • Jen says

      I would use less regular mustard or you can use 1/3 the amount of ground mustard. Enjoy!

  9. MARILYN says

    I made the Slow Cooker Beef Tips today and it is absolutely wonderful! Just made a few changes to it. I left out the Dijon mustard and sugar and only added a few sprinkles of dried garlic to it and some Gravy Master to darken the gravy. Other than that, I followed the recipe. Making the gravy separately was a good idea because otherwise the gravy is always lumpy with lumps of flour and not smooth. At the end, I did add some Wondra Flour and water slurry to thicken the gravy more. The taste of the beef tips was absolutely delicious.. I had been buying beef tips and gravy pre-packaged and I was so glad to find this make from scratch recipe for beef tips in a crockpot. Absolutely delicious!!!

    • Jen says

      Thank you so much for your awesome comment Marilyn, I’m so pleased this from scratch Beef Tips and gravy did not disappoint!

  10. lisa engles says

    This looks delicious! Have you frozen after cooking? I’m thinking as long as I have the slow cooker out, maybe make a double batch and freeze one. Think it will ruin the texture or the gravy?

    • Jen says

      Hi Lisa, I have never frozen this after cooking but it should freeze well for up to three months because it is a flour based gravy vs. a cream based gravy. Enjoy!

  11. sandy says

    Does anyone know the macros for this dish?

  12. Linda says

    Is it possible to make this recipe with a dutch oven? I don’t have a crock pot 🙁

    • Jen says

      Hi Linda, I can’t give you an exact time because I haven’t personally tried it, but I would try baking 300 degrees F for 60-90 minutes OR until tender. Good luck!

  13. Carmen S says

    This was excellent! Very flavourful! I adapted it for the pressure cooker and it turned out great. The gravy is so good you will want to eat it with a spoon.

    • Jen says

      Thank you for the awesome review Carmen, I’m so pleased it was a hit!

  14. Tammi says

    Haven’t tried the finished dish, as it is still in the crockpot. But I am already in love with this recipe. Last minute decision to make it, and I had all ingredients on hand. (a plus) Was skeptical if it was worth the extra time to make gravy, rather than open can of cream soup. Answer is YES! It really doesn’t take that long, but the result is outstanding. Couldn’t resist the urg tried some over a slice of bread before adding to the meat. Reminded me of my mom’s gravy. Pretty sure this will be my new “go to” recipe for gravy and can hardly wait for dinner tonight. I made this EXACTLY as recipe states, and I wouldn’t change a thing.

    • Jen says

      Thank you so much for your wonderful comment/review Tammi! I’m so pleased was worth the effort to make from scratch!

  15. Mary says

    Thanks so much for for the easy recipe. I use pot roast cut off most of visual fat and brown. I don’t use any salt since open soup mix has a lot of salt already. Put on high 4 high turns out great. Nice to know don’t have to use canned soup any more

    • Jen says

      Thanks Mary, I’m so happy you enjoyed it!

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