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Slow Cooker Beef Tips

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This slow cooker beef tips recipe features tender beef simmered in flavorful gravy that the entire family will love. 
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  1. Slow Cooker Beef Tips Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Slow Cooker Beef Tips Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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This hearty slow cooker beef tips recipe will fill your home with the comforting aroma of a delicious meal simmering away. Tender beef and a savory rich gravy cooks slowly all day for a new comfort food family favorite. 

Slow cooker meals are where it’s at when life is crazy. Check out our creamy slow cooker butter chicken and our crockpot chicken and dumplings

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Slow Cooker Beef Tips Ingredients

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 You’ll need: 

  • 3 pounds top round London broil beef, cut into 2-inch cubes
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup yellow onion, diced
  • 1 cup white mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 packet onion mushroom dry soup mix (from a 1.8-ounce box) 
  • 1½ tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 large bay leaf (if they are small, use 2)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped (plus additional for garnish)
  • ¼ cup water, room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch

PRO TIP:

You can save time with your prep work by getting beef stew meat from your butcher counter. This is a tougher cut of beef, like the top round London broil, so it goes great with slow cooker meals because the meat has time to get tender. 

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

MUSHROOMS: You can omit the mushrooms in this slow cooker recipe if your family is not a fan of them, but I like the flavor they add to the beef. Beef and mushrooms go very well together. You can substitute baby portabella or your favorite variety of mushrooms in this recipe.

SOUP MIX: If you choose to omit the sliced mushrooms from your beef tips, you can also substitute the dry mushroom onion soup mix packet for a standard onion soup mix packet in this delicious recipe. I used the Lipton Recipe Secrets brand in this recipe. 

BROTH: If you use a low-sodium beef broth, you may want to add additional salt to taste to your slow cooker beef tips. You can substitute the beef broth with either a beef base or beef bouillon cubes, mixed with hot water according to the package directions to equal 4 cups total liquid. 

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How to Make This Slow Cooker Beef Tips Recipe

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

If you want to make your slow cooker beef tips and gravy in the morning before you start your day, you can set the slow cooker to LOW for 6-7 hours. When you are ready to add the cornstarch slurry to thicken up your broth and create a gravy, you will want to remove the lid and turn your slow cooker up to HIGH and allow the broth to thicken.

STEP ONE: In a large, heavy-duty skillet on high heat, add the olive oil and half of the cubed top round beef. Sear the beef on all sides for 2 to 3 minutes or just until browned. Remove from the skillet and place on a plate. Add the other half of the cubed beef to the hot skillet and sear the pieces, all on sides, for another 2 to 3 minutes. At this point, you are just looking to get a good sear on the beef cubes and not cook them all the way through. You will still have some pink to the meat. 

PRO TIP:

 If your slow cooker has a ‘sear’ setting on it, you can brown your meat directly in your slow cooker and skip the extra skillet. This would make your slow cooker beef tips a true one-pot meal. You can skip the step on searing your beef cubes; however, I highly suggest that you do not.

By searing/browning the beef cubes, you are locking in the juices and creating a great texture, and color, to your beef tips that do not happen if you just add the raw beef to the slow cooker.

beef tips being seared on a hot skillet of oil

STEP TWO: To the insert of your slow cooker, add the diced onions, sliced white mushrooms, and the browned top round beef cubes and their juices from the plate. There is a lot of great flavor in the juices from the seared beef. 

PRO TIP:

Using slow cooker liners to line your insert make clean up a snap once dinner is finished.

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STEP THREE: In a large bowl, add the beef broth, packet of onion mushroom dry soup mix, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaf, salt, black pepper, and fresh chopped parsley. Stir to combine. Add the liquid mixture to the slow cooker on top of the beef and vegetables. 

broth, soup mix, and seasonings added to the slow cooker

STEP FOUR: Set your slow cooker to HIGH heat for 3½ hours. Put the lid on your slow cooker and allow it to cook undisturbed.

STEP FIVE: After your slow cooker beef tips have cooked for 3½ hours, you will need to remove the bay leaf and make your cornstarch slurry to thicken the liquids and create a gravy.

cornstarch slurry being made in a measuring cup

STEP SIX: To a small bowl, add the room temperature water and cornstarch. Stir until the cornstarch has dissolved and you have created a slurry. Remove the lid to the slow cooker and stir in the slurry to the beef broth. Allow your beef tips to continue to cook for an additional 15 to 30 minutes or until your liquids have thickened into a gravy. 

PRO TIP:

You can turn your slow cooker to the warm setting for up to 2 hours if needed to keep it warm.

cornstarch slurry mixed into the broth in the slow cooker

How To Serve

You can serve your delicious beef tips right away over your favorite creamy mashed potatoes, cooked and buttered egg noodles, or long-grain white rice and green beans with a garnish of some fresh chopped parsley. All these options are delicious hearty meals.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: You can store leftover crockpot beef tips in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days. 

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.

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With a delicious gravy and rich flavor, these steak tips are mouthwateringly good. Let them cook slowly all day in the slow cooker, ready to serve over mashed potatoes or noodles for the perfect comfort food meal. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I freeze leftover beef tips?

Crock pot beef tips and gravy can be frozen in an airtight container for up to three months. 

What is the best kind of meat for this recipe?

This easy recipe will work for any tougher cuts of meat such as stewing meat or London broil beef since it has plenty of time to cook in the slow cooker and become nice and tender. 

What can I serve with beef tips?

This great recipe is delicious over mashed potatoes or egg noodles with a vegetable of your choice on the side.

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Slow Cooker Beef Tips

5 from 2 votes
This slow cooker beef tips recipe features tender beef simmered in flavorful gravy that the entire family will love. 
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 3 pounds top round London broil beef, cut into 2-inch cubes
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup yellow onion, diced
  • 1 cup white mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 onion mushroom dry soup mix, from a 1.8 ounce box
  • tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 large bay leaf (use two if they are small)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped (plus additional for garnish)
  • ¼ cup water, room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch

Instructions
 

  • In a large, heavy-duty skillet on high heat add the olive oil and half of the cubed top round beef. Sear the beef on all sides for 2 to 3 minutes or just until browned. Remove from the skillet and place on a plate. Add the other half of the cubed beef to the hot skillet and sear the pieces, all on sides, for another 2 to 3 minutes. At this point, you are just looking to get a good sear on the beef cubes and not cook them all the way through. You will still have some pink to the meat.
  • To the insert of your slow cooker, add the diced onions, sliced white mushrooms, and the browned top round beef cubes and their juices from the plate. There is a lot of great flavor in the juices from the seared beef.
  • In a large bowl, add the beef broth, packet of onion mushroom dry soup mix, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaf, salt, black pepper, and fresh chopped parsley. Stir to combine. Add the liquid mixture to the slow cooker on top of the beef and vegetables.
  • Set your slow cooker to HIGH heat for 3½ hours. Put the lid on your slow cooker and allow it to cook undisturbed.
  • After your slow cooker beef tips have cooked for 3½ hours, you will need to remove the bay leaf and make your cornstarch slurry to thicken the liquids and create a gravy.
  • To a small bowl, add the room temperature water and cornstarch. Stir until the cornstarch has dissolved and you have created a slurry. Remove the lid to the slow cooker and stir in the slurry to the beef broth. Allow your beef tips to continue to cook for an additional 15 to 30 minutes or until your liquids have thickened into a gravy.

Notes

  • You can save time with your prep work by getting beef stew meat from your butcher counter. This is a tougher cut of beef, like the top round London broil, so it goes great with slow cooker meals because the meat has time to get tender.
  • If you want to make your slow cooker beef tips and gravy in the morning before you start your day, you can set the slow cooker to LOW for 6 to 7 hours. When you are ready to add the cornstarch slurry to thicken up your broth and create a gravy, you will want to remove the lid and turn your slow cooker up to HIGH and allow the broth to thicken.
  • If your slow cooker has a ‘sear’ setting on it, you can brown your meat directly in your slow cooker and skip the extra skillet. This would make your slow cooker beef tips a true one-pot meal. You can skip the step on searing your beef cubes; however, I highly suggest that you do not. By searing/browning the beef cubes, you are locking in the juices and creating a great texture, and color, to your beef tips that do not happen if you just add the raw beef to the slow cooker.
  • Using slow cooker liners to line your insert make clean up a snap once dinner is finished.
  • You can turn your slow cooker to the warm setting for up to 2 hours if needed to keep it warm.

Nutrition

Sodium: 1025mg | Calcium: 72mg | Vitamin C: 5mg | Vitamin A: 118IU | Sugar: 2g | Fiber: 1g | Potassium: 1052mg | Cholesterol: 138mg | Calories: 402kcal | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Fat: 15g | Protein: 55g | Carbohydrates: 9g | Iron: 5mg
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