Slow Cooker Beef Tips Are Fall-Apart Tender

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This Slow Cooker Beef Tips with gravy is a busy person’s dream, a family-pleaser, and just downright delicious. Imagine coming home after a long day to the inviting aroma of tender beef tips smothered in rich, savory gravy. That’s the magic of slow cooking for you!

It turns tough cuts into melt-in-your-mouth tender beef while infusing every bite with deep, robust flavors. This beef tips recipe is a classic comfort family favorite meal with a rich, flavorful French onion soup gravy.

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And in my family, anything involving gravy is an instant hit at the dinner table. If you can dump ingredients into a slow cooker, you can make this meal. But despite how easy it is, it tastes like a gourmet creation.

In this post, we’ll cover everything you need to know to make this delicious meal in your Crock Pot, from the ingredients, to the step by step directions, to tips and tricks. So keep reading and simplify your dinner routine.

Looking for more slow cooker favorites? Try my recipes for Buffalo Chicken Chili, Slow Cooker Creamed Corn, Cheddar Broccoli Soup, Asian spare ribs, and Slow Cooker Chuck Roast.

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🥩Ingredient Notes

For exact amounts needed see the recipe card below

  • Beef tips: Beef tips aren’t a specific cut of meat, they are the small pieces of meat leftover from larger cuts. You can also use beef chuck or stew meat. Slow cooking is idea; for this meat and it will turn it into tender, melt-in-your-mouth beef tips.
  • Beef broth
  • Canned French onion soup: This is my secret weapon – it adds a layer of flavor that can’t be beaten. You can substitute cream of mushroom soup for a slightly different flavor.
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Garlic
  • Brown gravy mix
  • Ketchup
  • Cornstarch
A slow cooker beef stew with tender beef tips simmering in a flavorful combination of ingredients.

🥣How to Make Slow Cooker Beef Tips

  1. Dump the beef, broth, soup, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, gravy mix, and ketchup into the slow cooker. Stir, then cover and let it do its thing.
  2. Cook it on low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours.
  3. When it’s almost time to eat, whisk together the cornstarch and cold water. Stir it into the beef tips. Then cover and let it cook for a 10-15 minutes to thicken into a rich, velvety gravy.
A crock pot filled with ingredients for crock pot ribs.
Add the ingredients
A crock pot filled with meat and sauce.
After slow cooking
A crock pot full of beef tips.
After thickening

🍴Serving Up Your Slow Cooker Beef Tips

These juicy beef tips are versatile and can be paired with various sides. My personal favorite is serving them over a bed of buttery mashed potatoes. The beefy gravy seeping into the soft potatoes? Yum!

Or, if you’re anything like my daughters, who would eat anything if it’s draped over pasta, you should try serving these fork-tender beef tips over a plate of egg noodles. It’s a comfort food match made in heaven.

And if you’re aiming for a lighter option, a side of steamed green beans, roasted carrots, or a crisp salad does the trick, too. This is the beauty of this beef tip recipe. It’s like the popular kid in school – it gets along with everyone!

A spoonful of beef tips in a crock pot.

💭How to Store

Transfer the beef tips and any leftover gravy into an airtight container. They will happily chill in your fridge for about 3-4 days.

These beef tips also freeze like a dream. Just ensure they’re completely cooled before popping them into freezer-safe containers. They can stay frozen for up to 3 months.

You can thaw them overnight in the fridge and then warm them on the stove to reheat. You can reheat them directly from frozen if you’re in a rush. Just do it slowly over a low heat to maintain their tenderness.

A fork with mashed potatoes, beef and brussels sprouts on it.

⭐Expert Tips

Be sure to check out the step by step instructions

  • If you want to jazz up this slow cooker meal, add some fresh onion or mushrooms. Just throw them in with the rest of the ingredients and let them slowly cook with the beef.
  • I think the flavor is richer and deeper when you use French onion soup. But if you can’t find it substitute a can of cream of mushroom soup instead.
  • Slow cooker recipes are all about patience—I know, I know, not my strong suit either! But when it comes to these beef tips, low and slow is the way to go. Cooking them on high might be tempting if you’re in a rush, but you’ll end up with tougher meat. Stick to the low setting and give these babies the time to become mouthwateringly tender.
  • One last tip – make a double batch. Your future self will thank you when you come home after a long day, and dinner is ready to be heated up in an instant. Or when unexpected guests show up, you can whip out a gourmet meal from your freezer. Life’s full of surprises, so why not be prepared with tasty beef tips?
Beef tips with mashed potatoes and brussels sprouts.


Can I use frozen beef?

You should thaw your beef before slow cooking. Cooking frozen in the crock pot is not safe due to food safety.

What if I don’t have a slow cooker?

You can make this recipe in the oven, too. Just cook the beef tips in a covered Dutch oven at 325°F for about 2-3 hours or until they’re fall-apart tender. Remember to check on them occasionally and add more liquid if needed.

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Slow Cooker Beef Tips Recipe

Published By Anne
Make tender Slow Cooker Beef Tips with gravy. This hearty dish is the ultimate in comfort food, and with your Crock Pot, it practically cooks itself.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time6 hours
Total Time6 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 6
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  • 2-3 pounds beef tips chuck roast or stew meat
  • 1 ½ cups beef broth
  • 1 can French Onion Soup 10.5 ounces
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 envelope brown gravy mix
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons cold water


  • Make sure the meat is diced into bite-size beef cubes. Add the beef tips, broth, French onion soup, Worcestershire sauce, minced garlic, brown gravy mix, and ketchup to your slow cooker.
    2-3 pounds beef tips, 1 ½ cups beef broth, 1 can French Onion Soup, 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, 2 cloves garlic minced, 1 envelope brown gravy mix, 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • Stir everything together and cover.
  • Cook on low for 5-6 hours.
  • Before serving, whisk together the cornstarch and cold water into a slurry. Stir it into the cooked beef tips to thicken the gravy mixture. Let it cook for 5-10 minutes to thicken slightly.
    3 tablespoons cornstarch, 3 tablespoons cold water


  • Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • You can cook on high for 4 hours if you prefer, although I think it comes out more tender on low.
  • Add fresh onion or mushrooms when you add the beef if you like.
  • Serve this over rice, mashed potatoes, or egg noodles.
  • Use beef chuck, beef stew meat, or other inexpensive cuts of meat.

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 319kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 106mg | Sodium: 721mg | Potassium: 814mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition facts are estimates.

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