Beef Tips and Gravy

Beef Tips and Gravy is a classic comfort food style meal, made with chunks of tender beef in a decadent brown gravy. Serve over mashed potatoes, rice, or egg noodles.

beef tips and gravy in a black pot with wooden spoon

If you’re looking for a comforting, satisfying meal to add to your menu, this beef tips and gravy recipe is a sure winner! We like them over Mashed Potatoes, Buttered Noodles, or rice. Add a green salad or some Roasted Broccoli for a complete meal.

Beef tips are inexpensive, making this beef tips and gravy recipe a great budget-friendly option. The meat comes out so tender, it just melts in your mouth. Plus it’s really easy to make! A majority of the 45 minute cooking time is letting the meat simmer. The gravy is made and thickened as the meat cooks – one pot for easy clean up!

What Cut of Meat are Beef Tips?

Beef tips are the smaller scraps leftover after a larger piece of meat, like sirloin or tenderloin roast, is broken down. Sirloin and tenderloin are the best cuts for beef tips and gravy because they don’t require a long time to break down and become tender.

beef tips in gravy, over mashed potatoes on a plate.

How To Make Beef Tips and Gravy

Brown the meat. Heat a large pot over medium heat, add oil and the meat. Season with salt and pepper and brown the meat on all sides. Use a slotted spoon to remove the meat from the pot and transfer to a plate.

collage image of beef tips in black skillet

Cook the onions and garlic. Melt some butter in the pot and cook some chopped onion and garlic. Sprinkle on some flour, which will thicken the sauce into gravy as it cooks, then whisk in beef broth.

onions and garlic with flour

Add remaining ingredients and simmer. Add the meat back to the pot, along with some Worcestershire sauce, thyme, and a bay leaf. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer (uncovered) for about half an hour. The liquid will reduce and the flour will help it to thicken into a gravy.

pots of beef tips cooking in a gravy

Add butter, salt, and pepper. I like to melt some extra butter for richness, then give it a taste and add salt and pepper as needed.

Serving Suggestions

This recipe makes a perfect topping for your favorite mashed potatoes recipe. They are also great with Garlic Mashed Potatoes or Cheesy Mashed Potatoes, and they are quite tasty served inside a Baked Potato.

If potatoes aren’t your thing, you can serve with some egg noodles. The gravy is so rich and delicious and coats the noodles perfectly. Rice is also a perfectly tasty option.

For side dishes, we usually go with Honey Roasted Carrots, Frozen Vegetables, or a crisp Wedge Salad.

beef tips with gravy over mashed potatoes

Expert Tips and FAQ’s

  • Be careful not to overcrowd the pan which will result in the meat steaming instead of browning. If needed, brown the meat in batches to avoid the pieces being too close together.
  • Sometimes I’ll add sliced mushroom with the onions because they add a delicious flavor to the brown gravy.
  • To make the gravy even richer, add a splash of heavy cream.
  • If you can’t find tips, stew meat will generally work, but often is made from chuck which isn’t as tender.
  • Storage: Keep leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Reheating: I recommend reheating in a saucepan on the stovetop, but the microwave works too.
Can I freeze beef tips?

Yes! Pour the tips and gravy into freezer bags and press out as much air as possible. Freeze for up to 3 months.

Can I prep beef tips in advance?

I recommend cooking this dish fresh, but yes you can prep a little in advance, by browning the meat on all sides, then storing until ready to finish cooking.

gravy and beef in a skillet with wooden spoon

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Beef Tips and Gravy

Beef Tips and Gravy is classic comfort food, with chunks of tender beef in a rich brown gravy. Serve over mashed potatoes, rice or noodles.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 328kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pounds beef tips or cubed beef sirloin roast
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon pepper or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter divided
  • 1 small white onion finely diced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme leaves or 2-3 fresh springs
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon parsley freshly chopped

Instructions
 

  • Heat a 5 quart dutch oven over medium heat. Add oil and cubed meat. Season with salt and pepper and brown on all sides; about 3-4 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
  • Melt 2 tablespoons butter in the pot. Add onion and cook until translucent; about 3-4 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds to a minute.
  • Sprinkle in the flour and stir to coat. Cook for 2 minutes.
  • Whisk in the beef broth until well combined.
  • Add cubed beef, Worcestershire sauce, thyme leaves and bay leaf to the pot. Stir to combine and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer uncovered for 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally until gravy is thickened and beef is tender. Stir in remaining tablespoon of butter until melted. Taste and add salt and pepper as desired.
  • Remove bay leaf and serve over mashed potatoes, egg noodles or rice, garnished with fresh minced parsley.

Notes

  • Be careful not to overcrowd the pan which will result in the meat steaming instead of browning. If needed, brown the meat in batches to avoid the pieces being too close together.
  • For added flavor add sliced mushroom with the onions. 
  • For a richer gravy, add a splash of heavy cream.
  • Storage: Keep leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Reheating: I recommend reheating in a saucepan on the stovetop, but the microwave works too.

Nutrition

Calories: 328kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 36gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 109mgSodium: 1174mgPotassium: 693mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 186IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 57mgIron: 4mg
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Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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