Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Crock Pot Beef Tips and Gravy

 The slow cooker (a.k.a. "Crock Pot") is the busy person's best friend.  You can get a good meal on the table for yourself and your family. Also, who needs all the dirty dishes cluttering their sinks on work days?   I have enough to worry about and I actually want to spend time with my family rather than cooking and cleaning for the few hours a day we all have together.  So dust off your Crock Pots and make a hearty meal  and feel good that you did a good days work and managed to put food on the table for the people you love.
Ingredients:
1 1/2 lbs. beef chuck roast 
1 1/2 tbsp. lemon pepper seasoning (optional)
1 package of dry onion soup mix
1 can of cream of mushroom soup (lower sodium)
1 (14 oz.) can of beef broth (low sodium)

Note: I am using a Flat Iron cut of Beef Chuck Roast. Any chuck roast will work. I got a great deal at Kroger on this so that's why I went with this particular cut. Also, you can purchase pre-cut stew meat (like the picture below) to save on time. 
Directions:
In your 5 quart slow cooker, combine dry onion soup mix, cream of mushroom soup and beef broth.  Whisk to combine (don't worry if there are lumps, they will come out as it cooks).
Cut beef into about 1 1/2-inch cubes. Sprinkle lemon pepper seasoning on beef.
 
Add meat to crock pot and give it all a good stir.
 Cover and cook on low for at least 6-8 hours. 
Once it's ready, you can work on the gravy. Now, you can serve this up just as it is when it is ready. But I know some folks like a thicker gravy and it couldn't be easier to make. In a medium pot, melt two tablespoons of butter. Once it is melted, add in about 3 heaping tablespoons of flour. Whisk it together until smooth. In French cooking terminology, this is called a "roux" (pronounced "roo".)
Then pour in 2 cups of the beef broth mixture into the butter/flour mixture. What I like to do is scoop all the beef tips out of the crock pot and put them in a bowl or on a plate. Then pour 2 cups of the beef broth mixture into a measuring cup.
Whisk it together until smooth, then bring the heat up to high (while whisking briskly the whole time.) It should quickly begin to thicken. Once it gets to your desired thickness, take it off the heat and pour it back into your crock pot. Then add the beef tips back in and stir well.
Then serve over rice, mashed potatoes or egg noodles!
Cook’s note: If you don’t have cream of mushroom soup, you can substitute cream of chicken.  But I will tell you that neither my husband and I enjoy mushrooms and we enjoy this. You don't taste any mushrooms as an ingredient in this. 
Also, you can usually find the packs of onion soup mix in the aisle where all the other canned soups are located in your grocery store.

Enjoy!

65 comments :

  1. What a great meal! I am sure this is just so nice on a cold night

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  2. I love, love beef and gravy..and if you incorporate mushrooms even better. I love this recipe, and it totally looks awesome on the photo!

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  3. I have a turkey breast, potatoes, carrots, and onions cooking away in my slow cooker, as I type:)
    slow cookers are great for hearty winter meals.

    Your beef tips look very good. We do use low sodium, everything, broth, soy sauce, soup, etc.

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    1. How are you doing the turkey breast?

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  4. I don't think the picture looks bad at all. Gives me a little hint of that goodness. Pot roast is so warming and brings back in most of us fun childhood memories.

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  5. I love slow cooker recipes - makes a busy life a litle bit easier. I will definitely try this!
    -eecee

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  6. This looks great!! I love a good roast:) And yes the slow cooker is a dear friend of mine!!

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  7. I really do need to get my slow cooker out!! This would be a family pleaser in my house. My husband laughs as I take pics of his food and says he's getting used to eating cold food. =)

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  8. Yum! I love crock-pot meals! There is something so wonderful about throwing something together so fast and easily, and getting to relax or getting other work done! Looks fantastic!

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  9. Easy and delicious! Thanks for the recipe.

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  10. I've forgotten about this recipe! I used to make it a lot as a newlywed...mine included a slosh of sherry. I'm going to have to dust off my crockpot...it will make a happy hubby :)

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  11. This looks awesome! I need to break out the slow cooker more often. My husband would love this dish.

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  12. My husband would go nuts over this dish!

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  13. ok, I am seriously going to have to try beef tips. They keep appearing in my life and looking so yummy! I have never eaten them before but that will soon change. This is how I make my roasts though and it's fabulous, always. Thank you!

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  14. Yummy! I make my pot roast very similar to this. I am going to try it this way next time! You are my slow cooker bff :)

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  15. This looks and sounds delicious! I love making meals in the slow cooker... it's great to come home and have dinner all ready!

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  16. slow cooker meals are the best! thanks for sharing this post.. have a great day.

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  17. I've never made beef tips before, but this recipe sounds great! And I can use my slow cooker!!

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  18. What a nice recipe. I adore beef tips so this recipe has my name written all over it. This sounds delicious. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  19. I only make lentil soups in my slow cooker. I really need to broaden my horizons and try some meat dishes like this beef one you shared. It truly does look like a hearty meal!

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  20. I see the recipe says it can cook for 6-8 hours... can it go longer? I tend to favor recipes that can go for 9-10 hours since I need to factor in travel time to/from work. Do you think the additional time would negatively affect the dish?

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  21. Patsy - I really don't think it will be a problem. I will say that I haven't ever let it go that long but I just can't see how it would hurt. If your beef tips are fairly small to begin with, they will tend to shrink up quite a bit during the cooking process. You may just want to put in a tad more beef broth. Also, just give it a good stir when you get home, before serving. Hope this helps, let me know how it goes!

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  22. This is one of my favorite things to cook in my slow cooker. Actually I don't have all that many recipes that I make in my slow cooker so I am always on the lookout for good ones. Slow cookers sure do make life easier on those busy weeknights.
    Thanks for sharing your recipe. I've been looking through some of your recent posts and am enjoying the recipes. Glad I found your blog today. I'm adding myself to your list of followers :)
    Til Next Time,
    Jenn

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  23. Oh my goodness girl...I just love beef tips and gravy. Your recipe looks delicious. Thank you so much for sharing it with us here at Full Plate Thursday!

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  24. I just finished up dinner and I used this recipe. To describe it in one word...WOW. one of the best slow cooker beef roast recipes I have ever made!! I used sirloin tip roast meat.
    I did make one little adjustment: before putting roast into slow cooker, sprinkle both sides with some salt, pepper and garlic powder and rub into meat with your hand.
    I served with red skin mashed potatoes, peas and dinner rolls. Finished off with strawberry pound cake.
    DELICIOUS

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  25. Hi Ruth! So happy this was a winner for ya! Thank you so much for coming back to let me know how it turned out. This is definitely a regular favorite in our house. Good idea about seasoning the meat too! :) ~Brandie

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  26. Thank so much for the recipe. I doubled the recipe and and it was gone! Came out perfect! Will be making this again.

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  27. Going to try this tomorrow!

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  28. Can you use frozen beef tips?

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  29. NOT a fan of mushrooms - do you think I could sub cream of celery or another type of cream soup? This looks soooo good, I want to try it! Thanks for any suggestions!

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  30. We had this a few weeks ago and now we are having it again. It is so easy and delicious! Thank you!

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  31. Campbell's Beefy Mushroom also works very well

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  32. Has anyone used the cream of chicken soup? If you have, how did it turn out?

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  33. What size cans of beef broth and cream of mushroom should I use?

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    1. Sorry I didn't include that. Just use the standard size can sizes (not the larger ones). I believe they are a 10 or 11 oz?

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  34. I used the cream of chicken tonight since we're not big on mushrooms. I also used beefy onion lipton soup mix. It is AWESOME! Definitely a keeper for a regular dinner option! Thanks so much!

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to come back and let me know how it turned out for ya!

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  35. I couldnt find sirloin tips after looking at two stores so I bought sirloin steaks and cut them up into pieces. This is one of my favorite recipes I've ever made. Just as delicious the next day.

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  36. In the slow cooker right now! Thanks again for dinner tonight! <3

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  37. I'm soooo happy I found this blog! I made these beef tips last night and they were fabulous! My husband hates mushrooms but I decided to sneak in cream of mushroom soup anyway. I held my breath for his first bite and he loved it!!! He still has no idea it has mushrooms! I'm making your chicken nuggets tonight!! Thank you :)

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    1. Kristen, my husband didn't know either until he saw the recipe posted later on this blog. Haaa! He does not like anything mushroom but he had no clue! Your comment made me giggle. So happy you loved this one! I hope you find lots more recipes that you love!

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  38. I made these tonight. I used 3 pounds of stew meat and browned it before adding it to the crock pot. I doubled everything else and it came out so delicious. I'm sending the leftovers over to my in-laws house in the morning, I'm sure they will love it, too.

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  39. Brandie -- This is going in my crock pot as we speak. I had the tail end of a London Broil that I cut up bite sized and used. The smell alone is enough to send anybody into hunger spasms. It smells wonderful. I think I'll serve over egg noodles, but potatoes sound good too.. At any rate, I'll let you know how Hubs likes it....Also there's a little joint down the road that serves beef tips and gravy with get this, Steak Fries.

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  40. Tried this a few weeks ago and my boyfriend asked for it again yesterday... Thank you for your awesome recepies :)

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  41. This is the type dish I love to make in the crock pot. Thanks! I pinned it!

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  42. Wonderful! Wonderful! I've made it with Chuck Roast, london broil and sirloin tips I think it was called. I'm going to make it ahead and freeze to take on an RV trip. I'll just make noodles fresh at the campsite and pull the beef out of the freezer! EASY! Thanks for sharing!

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  43. This really looks and sounds delicious! Pinned! =)

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  44. can you do it on high for say 4 hrs?

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  45. I use this same basic recipe with pork chops and venison. It would probably work with chicken too.

    Rob

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  46. I ran across this recipe yesterday and it is in my crock pot today! Thank you so much for your recipes! I have been looking for some good crock pot recipes since I work night shift and my husband works days. I can put dinner on when I get home in the morning and he can eat a good dinner when he gets home at night!! Thanks again for sharing!!!

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  47. I am not a fan of mushrooms at all, but this is one way I will use the soup. But, never in green bean casserole! Ick!

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  48. Just mix a heaping tsp of corn starch with just a little cold water. Pour in crock pot about an hr before serving, thickens right up. No need to take everything out and dirty a pan just to put everything back. I do this all the time to thicken stuff in the crock pot!

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  49. Looks so warm and inviting and delicious! Putting the ingredients on my shopping list right now! Thank you for sharing!

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  50. My husband hates onions of any form. Can you suggest a substitution for the onion soup mix??

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  51. This recipe looks delicious! Unfortunately, my son is allergic to dairy products. Anyone have a non-dairy replacement for cream of mushroom soup?

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  52. I have a kid who really does not like mushrooms. Not the taste - the texture. I ignored it for years but he's so good about eating other things, I decided it really was an aversion. I don't like some food stuffs either. I mixed the broth in the mushroom soup and strained it. It was easy. He loved the beef tips and was grateful I took the extra time.

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  53. Is it possible to put in potatoes and carrots to make a beef stew. It looks wonderful and I'm dying to try it.....

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  54. I bet you could, Janice. If you're only adding a few potatoes and carrots, it'll probably be fine. If you're adding a lot, maybe double the soupy ingredients to ensure you have enough gravy?

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  55. We love this recipe @ my house, but I didn't get a chance to put this in the crock pot before I left home this morning. Is there a way to cook this when I get home this afternoon without the crockpot?

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