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!

58 comments :

Siggy Spice said...

YUM! Looks fabulous :)

ravienomnoms said...

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

Sandra said...

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!

Becky said...

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.

Nisa Homey said...

Hey this sounds nice....

Kate said...

Sounds and looks delicious!

Ang said...

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.

ceecee said...

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

My Life as the canning wife said...

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

Kim - Liv Life said...

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. =)

Kimberly said...

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!

dreamsofcakes said...

Easy and delicious! Thanks for the recipe.

Lizzy said...

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 :)

Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks said...

Yum! This looks delicious!

Katie@Cozydelicious said...

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

Kaitlin said...

My husband would go nuts over this dish!

Candace said...

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!

Annie said...

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 :)

happywhennothungry said...

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

blackbookkitchendiaries said...

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

Steph said...

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

Mary said...

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

Cakewhiz said...

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!

Patsyk said...

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?

thecountrycook said...

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!

Jennifer said...

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

Miz Helen said...

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!

cook beef tips said...

yeah its look delicious.

Ruth Sopata said...

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

The Country Cook said...

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

Sandy Struble said...

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

karie said...

Going to try this tomorrow!

Anonymous said...

Can you use frozen beef tips?

Anonymous said...

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!

MoraSue said...

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

Anonymous said...

Campbell's Beefy Mushroom also works very well

CHAD AHLERS said...

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

Miracle09 said...

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

Brandie S. said...

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?

C. Hughes said...

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!

Leanne said...

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.

Lauren said...

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

Kristen said...

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 :)

Brandie Skibinski said...

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!

Brandie Skibinski said...

Hope you loved it!

Brandie Skibinski said...

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

Anonymous said...

How are you doing the turkey breast?

Laurie Reed said...

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.

Anonymous said...

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.

juju said...

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

Kim Honeycutt said...

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

Wendy said...

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!

Melissa @ My Recent Favorite Books said...

This really looks and sounds delicious! Pinned! =)

David Blackwell said...

can you do it on high for say 4 hrs?

Anonymous said...

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

Rob

Christy Zornes said...

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!!!

SJerZGirl said...

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!

Anonymous said...

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!