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Creamed Chipped Beef

Creamed Chipped Beef is a comforting, classic, hearty meal with creamy sauce and dried beef. An affordable meal ready in only 15 minutes and perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

A NOSTALGIC, COMFORT FOOD RECIPE

Creamed Chipped Beef is one of my absolute favorite comfort foods, along with my version of S.O.S. (more on that later) because it’s such a simple meal. It’s so filling, tastes so good, and just fills your belly right up. I can whip this up so fast, pop some toast in the toaster, and then lunch or dinner is done in no time!

Looking down on a few slices of toast covered in Creamed Chip Beef on a plate.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ’S):

Isn’t this actually called S.O.S.?

Some people call it S.O.S. (Sh*t on a Shingle) – it’s a military thing. But, to me, it’s Creamed Chipped Beef. In my family, we do have an S.O.S. recipe that has been passed down for several generations, but it’s a slightly different recipe than this chipped beef recipe. My Grandpa was an Army cook in World War II and always made it for his guys with ground beef and my retired Navy Veteran Dad also made S.O.S. with ground beef but if you make it with dried beef, that’s great too.
So, it doesn’t matter if you call this S.O.S or Creamed Chipped Beef, it’s gonna make you smile and keep your belly full! And if you’ve never made this, you are in for a treat!

How can I cut down on the salt?

Dried beef is cured and preserved with salt so it can be pretty salty. If you want to cut back on the saltiness, I recommend soaking the dried beef in water for about 10 minutes then rinse it well then pat it dry with paper towels. In addition, please make sure you are using unsalted butter so you aren’t adding additional salt.

What are some alternatives to the jarred dried beef?

If you can’t find the dried beef (or just want something different) you can use country ham. I am able to find country ham easily where I live and it can often be much cheaper here than the jars of dried beef. And, just like with the dried beef, because it is cured in salt, you have to soak it for a bit before adding it so it doesn’t end up being too salty. Additionally, you can also use Buddig brand beef in place of dried beef. I also think this is delicious with leftover corned beef. Note: You will use the same amounts, just look at the ounces on the packaging to equal (as close to) the ounces used here (10 ounces.)

How do you serve Creamed Chipped Beef?

Serve over toast, biscuits, southern fried potatoes, hash browns, rice, noodles, mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, English muffins – the possibilities are endless. If you think it will go good with the cream sauce then go for it!

How to store leftovers?

Keep leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can freeze it for up to 3 months too.
To reheat, add another splash of milk to loosen it up, as it cools it will thicken more and more.

A few slices of Toast lathered in Creamed Chip Beef.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (SEE RECIPE CARD BELOW FOR THE FULL RECIPE)

  • unsalted butter – it’s crucial that you use unsalted butter and not salted butter. The dried beef is already salty enough and using salted butter can overwhelm this dish.
  • all-purpose flour – this is going to be used to thicken up your cream sauce.
  • whole milk – we prefer whole milk as it adds a lot of creaminess but you could use 2%. Just don’t use skim milk.
  • dried beef – it can be found in jars in the canned meat aisle of your grocery store. Hormel and Armour both make dried beef. You can also used Buddig beef (found near the other luncheon meat.)
  • fresh black pepper – to me, this is crucial. The pepper may seem basic but it really adds more to this recipe than you think. Using fresh cracked pepper is even better!
  • salt – to taste. I can’t stress enough how important it is to taste this recipe before you add salt. The dried beef can be quite salty so test it out before adding any extra salt. See my FAQ above for more details on this.
  • toast – toast is usually my go-to for this type of recipe but there are so many options. See my FAQ above for more ideas!
Toast, whole milk, chopped beef, unsalted butter, salt, pepper, and flour.

HOW TO MAKE CREAMED CHIPPED BEEF

In a large skillet over medium heat, add the butter and let it melt. Once melted, whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Slowly stream in the milk while whisking constantly. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until thickened.

collage of three photos: melted butter in a skillet; flour and pepper added to melted butter; milk added to skillet.

Add the chopped beef and pepper, stir to combine, and cook for an additional 2 minutes until warmed through. Taste and add salt if desired.

collage of two photos: chopped dried beef added on top of creamy sauce in a skillet; fully cooked creamed chipped beef in skillet.

Serve immediately over toast.

A plate with some Creamed Chip Beef on toast.

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Closely looking at Creamed Chip Beef on some toast.

Creamed Chipped Beef

A simple creamy sauce with bits of dried beef served over toast.
5 from 12 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 4 (2.5 ounce) jars dried beef, chopped (see notes below)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh black pepper
  • salt, to taste (see note below)
  • toast, for serving

Instructions

  • In a large skillet over medium heat, add the butter and let it melt.
    Melted butter in a saucepan.
  • Once melted, whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute.
    A skillet with pepper, melted butter, and flour in it.
  • Slowly stream in the milk while whisking constantly. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until thickened.
    Melted butter, salt, pepper, and flour making a thick sauce in a saucepan.
  • Add the chopped beef and pepper, stir to combine, and cook for an additional 2 minutes until warmed through.
    Chopped beef added on top of creamy sauce in a skillet.
  • Taste and add salt if desired (see my notes below.)
    A serving utensil stirring some Creamed Chip Beef in a saucepan.
  • Serve immediately over toast.
    A plate with some Creamed Chip Beef on toast.

Notes

  • Please refer to my FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions) and ingredient list above for other substitutions or for the answers to the most common questions.
  • Note: dried beef is cured and preserved with salt. So please taste this dish before adding any more salt as you may find it well seasoned enough already. To make it less salty, youcan soak the dried beef in some water for 10 minutes then rinse it off to remove any excess salt. Be sure to pat it dry with a paper towel then continue with the recipe as written. 
  • For a cheaper alternative to the dried beef, try Buddig beef luncheon meat. You will use about the same amount (10 ounces.) Just look at the ounces on the packaging to get as close to that amount. It doesn’t need to be exact. You can use as little or as much as you like with this recipe. 
Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 290kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 15g | Sodium: 204mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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10 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    It turned out delicious and was loved by the kids and bigs. For myself I layered it with some caramelised onions and generous sprinkling of parsley but everyone else loved it just the way it is.

  2. I love chipped beef! When I was a kid, my mother would make the gravy and we would put it on homemade pancakes. Delicious!

  3. 5 stars
    My mom used to fix this for breakfast frequently. She ran water over the beef to get rid of some of the salt before adding it to the gravy. She also would sometimes stir in slices of hardboiled eggs. YUM!