how do you make beef tips tender

Pour 2 cups water, soy sauce, and Worcestershire sauce into the skillet. Stir in garlic powder, salt, and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer until meat is tender, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Homemade beef tips with mushroom gravy — as always with NO canned soups! My beef tips are ridiculously tender and easy to make in your slow cooker or instant pot. Serve beef tips over cauliflower mash, mashed potatoes, egg noodles, or rice!

Today I’m bringing on another round of homemade comfort food, loaded into a bowl over a fluffy cloud of creamy mashed potatoes.

When things are going a hundred miles per hour over here on weeknights, I need to get dinner on the table without having to babysit it. So I make a round of beef tips with mushroom gravy and serve it over a bed of fluffy, garlicky mashed potatoes and somehow, with every bite the troubles of the day slowly dissipate.

Hubby is happy because it’s man-food and I’m elated because fewer dishes! Although to be fair, hubby does dinner dishes. So my happiness stems more from the fact that this recipe requires minimum prep but produces maximum flavor?

How to Cook Beef Tips

These are so easy to cook, and cleanup is a breeze too, with only one pot!

  • Brown beef with oil and add onions.
  • Add remaining ingredients and simmer until beef is tender.
  • Thicken gravy with cornstarch, add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve atop a bed of mashed potatoes, with rice or over egg noodles. Perfection!

There are so many delicious sides to pair with beef, but these are some favorites!

Beef tips with gravy make for great leftovers!

  • Keep refrigerated in an airtight container until ready to reheat.
  • Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop and refresh the flavor with a dash of salt and pepper.

Beef tips with gravy are also great to freeze in zippered bags, be sure to label with the date on them. They should keep for about two months.

Did you enjoy this Beef Tips & Gravy recipe? Be sure to leave a rating and a comment below!

how do you make beef tips tender

Why We Love this Recipe

There are so many reasons to love this recipe. It’s an inexpensive way to feed your family, it’s easy to prepare, and is hearty and delicious. This recipe is sure to become a family favorite in no time!

The meat is extra tender and the gravy is so rich and flavorful.

With endless additions and ways to serve this recipe, it is also easy to stretch! Toss in leftover veggies and serve with leftover rice, potatoes, or pasta noodles and a side of garlic bread for an easy meal!

BEEF TIPSBeef tips are usually the tender parts of the tenderloin top. Or they can be sirloin tips that come from larger roasts often sold as ‘stew meat’ or, in this case, the more appetizing-sounding ‘beef tips.’

GRAVYThis gravy is made by thickening a beef broth and onion soup mixture with a cornstarch mixture. You can also thicken this gravy using a flour-based roux as well.

Making easy crock pot beef tips (or instant pot)

  • Start by getting in that free flavor. Season the meat with flour, salt, and black pepper. Heat the butter in the instant pot directly if you’re pressure cooking. If you’re using the slow cooker or crock pot, you’ll want to do this in a large skillet over medium high heat. Sear the beef in batches and then remove to a plate. Add the onions and use a wooden spoon to scratch and pick up the fond layer that the beef left behind.
  • Let it cook. Transfer the meat to a slow cooker at this point, and add all the ingredients except the cornstarch, and let the pressure cooker or slow cooker run.
  • Make a slurry. Grab some of the liquid from the instant pot or slow cooker when it’s nearly done and whisk it together with the cornstarch (or you can also use water.) pour and stir this into the gravy and let the slow cooker or instant pot simmer the beef tips a little longer until the gravy thickens.
  • Serve this up – any way you like it! You can serve these beef tips over mashed potatoes (try my cheddar cheese variety) or you can use rice, mashed cauliflower or even egg noodles!

how do you make beef tips tender

Pour 2 cups water, soy sauce, and Worcestershire sauce into the skillet. Stir in garlic powder, salt, and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer until meat is tender, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.


Why are my beef tips tough?

There are a few reasons why beef stew meat might turn out tough. One common reason is that the meat may not have been cooked for long enough. Tough cuts of meat, such as chuck or round, require slow, moist cooking methods to break down their connective tissues and become tender.

How to cook beef cubes so they are tender?

The key to tender beef cubes is letting them cook and simmer on the stove for over an hour. On the other hand, if you want to take it one step further, you can always let it cook inside the slow cooker. So, if you choose this method, you must leave the beef for six to eight hours.

What to do with tough beef tips?

One way to rescue an overcooked, tough beef roast is to slice it thinly and then simmer it in a flavorful broth or sauce to help tenderize the meat. You can also consider cutting it into smaller pieces and using it in a stew or soup where the prolonged cooking time can help break down the toughness.

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