Beef Tips & Gravy

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This is pure comfort food. Flavorful Beef Tips & Gravy, served over fluffy mashed potatoes.  

Beef Tips & Gravy over mashed potatoes

This Beef Tips & Gravy Meal is one that my family loves.  It’s delicious, easy to prepare and cost effective, too.  


Beef Tips & Gravy verticle

Comfort food.  How do you define it? Some may say it’s a rich sugary dessert, some a hearty bowl of soup.  In my family, most times, it’s defined by mashed potatoes and gravy.  



Today, in September of 2019,  I am updating this post for Beef Tips & Gravy, originally posted in April of 2015.

We affectionately refer to them as “farm dinners.”  My husband grew up on a farm in a very small town in Iowa.  When we visit, we can almost guarantee that we will get our favorite farm dinner, roast, with potatoes, carrots, cabbage and gravy.  It’s just one of those meals that is comforting and feels like home.


Beef Tips & Gravy - An Affair from the Heart

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Growing up for me, it was my mom’s pork chops and mushroom gravy.  Still to this day one of my most favorite meals, and my whole family agrees.  Even the boyfriend (now the fiancé,) picks those pork chops and mashed potatoes for his birthday dinner every year.


Ingredients in Beef Tips & Gravy:

  • beef stew meat
  • butter
  • onion
  • mushrooms (optional)
  • garlic
  • flour
  • salt & pepper
  • oil
  • beef stock
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • ketchup
  • Kitchen bouquet


Beef Tips & Gravy ingredients prep

You can purchases stew meat at the store, or cut up a roast or a round steak if you have that on hand.  I LOVE adding mushrooms to this meal, but I know that not everyone else loves them like I do.  Feel free to omit them if they aren’t your thing.

I have a few recipes that call for Kitchen Bouquet.  I get more questions on it than any other ingredient I use.  I always find it by the gravy and seasoning packets in the store. 

What is Kitchen Bouquet?

Kitchen Bouquet is a browning and seasoning sauce primarily composed of caramel with vegetable flavorings. It has been used as a flavoring addition for gravies and other foods since approximately 1873.  Some say they are unable to find it in their stores, you can purchase it on Amazon, or Cooks Info has a Kitchen Bouquet Substitution recipe.  


Beef Tips & Gravy prep

Begin by sautéing your mushrooms, onion and garlic in butter.  


Beef Tips and Gravy Prep the mushrooms

Once they are cooked, remove from the pan and set aside.  Now it’s time to take your beef tips, and dredge them in flour and salt & pepper.  


Beef Tips & Gravy prep brown meat

Add oil to your skillet, and brown your beef tips.


Beef Tips & Gravy prep with sauce

You will add in all of your liquids, and continue to simmer on the stove top.  


Beef Tips & Gravy prep with gravy

As it cooks,  your gravy will thicken, and look like this!   If you prefer it to be even thicker, you can always add some cornstarch to thicken it up even more.  


Beef Tips & Gravy sq

Serve over a pile of fluffy mashed potatoes! 

Who doesn’t love mashed potatoes?! There are so many ways to make them, Mashed Potatoes in your Instant Pot, Mashed Potatoes in your Slow CookerStovetop Mashed Potatoes, fluffy mashed potatoes, and even a Rustic Mashed Potatoes

Take them to the next level and make these Loaded Mashed Potatoes, these Sour Cream, Bacon and Scallion Mashed Potatoes or make this yummy Mashed Potato Bake with cheese and french fried onions.   But maybe you are trying to lower your carb intake?  Then making Cauliflower Mash is certainly for you


Beef Tips with Gravy - An Affair from the Heart

If this photo brought you here, this was from my original post.  We have been enjoying this recipe for years now.  Have you made it already?  I would love to know what you think!

Next time you’re in the mood for a little comfort food, give this one a try! We served just like this, over potatoes, with sweet corn. (not pictured) Add a slice of bread to the bottom, top with mashed potatoes and the beef tips and gravy, and you have a good ‘ol fashioned hot beef sandwich!


Beef Tips & Gravy

Let’s get to this comforting recipe for Beef Tips & Gravy served over mashed potatoes.  




Beef Tips with Gravy over mashed potatoes on a white plate
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Beef Tips with Gravy

Beef tips and gravy over mashed potatoes. Pure comfort food.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time50 minutes
Total Time55 minutes
Course: Beef
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef gravy, Beef Tips, how to make beef tips with gravy, over mashed potatoes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 519kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel


  • 2 pounds beef stew meat
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 8 ounces mushrooms sliced (optional)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 Tablespoons oil
  • 32 ounces beef stock
  • 4 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons Kitchen bouquet


  • Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat, add onion, garlic and mushrooms. Saute for about 10 minutes. Remove from pan, set aside.
  • Dredge beef stew meat in flour/salt/pepper mixture.
  • Add oil to skillet, brown meat.
  • Add beef stock, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup and kitchen bouquet to skillet. Stir to combine, gravy will thicken as it heats. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes or so. (note: the longer you simmer the more tender your meat will be.) Add mushrooms back in. Simmer for 10 minutes or so more. If you prefer a thicker gravy, add a little cornstarch/water mixture to thicken even more.
  • Serve over mashed potatoes.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 519kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 54g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 170mg | Sodium: 668mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g



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  1. Thank you for this wonderful recipe!!! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to make a beefy mushroom gravy to pour on top of noodles, rice or mashed potatoes. None of them turned out.
    But this one is amazing!!! Turned out even better than I thought it would!
    Definitely add a bit of cornstarch to thicken and I even went a step further. (Since this was suppose to cure my craving for comfort food ) I added some heavy cream and stirred it up. YUM!!!

  2. This looks like the best weekend food ever! I love how delicious it sounds and it makes me want to dive right through the computer screen and try it out. Thanks for sharing, can’t wait to make it. Cheers!

  3. This turned out perfect! It was so good and everyone loved it. My oldest son had seconds. Very easy to make and super flavorful.

  4. I have a gravy cube to use up so all I have to do is brown the meat and add the gravy from the gravy cube. Easy!

    1. Shelby – When I make my Beef & Noodles recipe in the crockpot I just put it all in there at once – but with this Beef Tips and Gravy, the sauce is thicker, because it’s a gravy. I think I would still brown the meat before putting it in your crockpot. Alternatively, you could try preparing it like the beef & noodles and just thicken it at the end. I can’t guarantee the taste, as I haven’t made this in my crock pot — I should give it a try, too!

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