Beef tips are tender cubes of beef, served in a rich and flavorful gravy to create a hearty yet inexpensive meal that the whole family will love. The best part about home-cooked beef tips is the smells that waft around the house and make everyone’s mouths water while you’re waiting for the beef to stew.
INGREDIENTS FOR BEEF TIPS
You will need:
- 3 tablespoons of olive oil, divided
- 2 pounds of cubed chuck or stew meat
- 1 medium white onion, diced
- 3 cups of beef broth, low sodium
- 1 envelope (55g) of dry onion soup mix
- 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of cracked black pepper
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
- 1/3 cup of water
- 1/2 tablespoon of freshly chopped parsley
SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS
CHUCK OR STEW MEAT: Depending on your budget, you could instead use sirloin or tenderloin steak.
BEEF BROTH: You can substitute the broth for beef stock or bouillon cubes if needed.
CORNSTARCH: If you don’t have cornstarch to hand you could use wheat flour, arrowroot, or tapioca.
MUSHROOMS: A cup of sliced cremini or button mushrooms would make a tasty addition to this beef tips recipe. Just add them alongside the onions.
HOW TO MAKE THIS BEEF TIPS RECIPE
STEP ONE: Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a large five-quart pot. Brown half of the cubed beef over medium-high heat for seven to nine minutes, until fully-cooked. Place in a bowl and set aside.
STEP TWO: Add another tablespoon of oil and repeat for the second half of the beef cubes. Set aside.
STEP THREE: Heat the third tablespoon of oil and add the onions. Saute for two or three minutes, until tender.
STEP FOUR: Place the beef cubes back into the pot. Add the beef broth, onion soup mix, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, and bay leaf. Stir, cover, and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for one and a half hours.
STEP FIVE: Remove the bay leaf.
STEP SIX: Mix the cornstarch and water in a separate small bowl until the cornstarch has dissolved.
STEP SEVEN: Pour the cornstarch mixture into the pot and stir for two minutes, until thickened.
STEP EIGHT: Sprinkled with parsley.
STEP NINE: Serve hot.
IN THE FRIDGE: Cooked beef tips in gravy can be stored in the fridge for up to three days in a sealed storage container. Reheat thoroughly before serving.
IN THE FREEZER: You can freeze cooked beef tips and gravy for up to three months in an airtight container. Defrost in the refrigerator before reheating.
The best recipe for beef tips requires chuck or stew meat to be cooked in gravy in a large pot on the stove. This recipe can easily be adapted for a Crockpot or an Instant pot, on the slow cooker setting, where you’re using a lower heat but for longer.
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- 3 tbsp olive oil divided
- 2 lb cubed chuck meat or stew meat
- 1 medium white onion diced
- 3 cups beef broth low sodium
- 1 envelope dry onion soup mix 55g
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 tbsp cornstarch
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/2 tbsp parsley freshly chopped
- Place 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large 5 QT pot. Add in half the cubed beef and brown over medium-high heat until fully cooked, about 7 to 9 minutes. Place cooked beef cubes in a separate bowl and set them aside for now.
- Repeat the steps by adding in the second tablespoon of olive oil and the other half of the beef cubes. Again, once cooked place these cooked cubes in a separate bowl with the rest of the cooked meat.
- Add the third tablespoon of olive oil into the same pot then add in onions and cook until tender, about 2-3 minutes.
- Add the beef cubes back in plus beef broth, onion soup mix, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, and bay leaf. Stir to mix. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 1 1/2 hours.
- Remove bay leaf.
- Mix cornstarch and water in a separate small bowl until cornstarch has melted.
- Pour the cornstarch mixture into the beef mixture and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes.
- Sprinkle with parsley before serving.
- Serve hot.