WHY THIS SLOW COOKER BEEF TIPS AND GRAVY RECIPE IS SO AMAZING?
This Slow Cooker Beef Tips and Gravy recipe is truly amazing for so many reasons! First and foremost, it’s incredibly easy to make – simply sear the beef, whisk together the gravy, and let it cook in the slow cooker until it’s melt-in-your-mouth tender. The beef is seasoned with salt and pepper, giving it the perfect amount of flavor. The gravy is made with beef broth, soy sauce, Dijon mustard, beef bouillon, and a blend of dried herbs, creating a rich and savory sauce that’s perfect for pouring over potatoes, pasta, or rice. And the best part? This recipe yields plenty of leftovers, so you can enjoy it for lunch or dinner throughout the week.
1 tablespoon vegetable oil (15 mL)
1 1/2 pounds beef chuck roast or sirloin, trimmed of excess fat, cut into large bite-size pieces (680 g)
1 teaspoon salt (5 g)
1/2 teaspoon pepper (2.5 g)
1 onion, chopped (may substitute 1 teaspoon onion powder) (120 g)
4-6 garlic cloves, minced (may substitute 1 teaspoon garlic powder) (20 g)
1-4 tablespoons unsalted butter (in directions) (14-56 g)
1/2 cup all-purpose flour (60 g)
4 cups low-sodium beef broth (960 mL)
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce (15 mL)
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard (5 g)
1 1/2 teaspoons beef bouillon (7.5 g)
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley (1 g)
1/2 teaspoon paprika (1 g)
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano (0.5 g)
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme (0.5 g)
Start by seasoning the beef tips with 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper while it’s still on the cutting board.
Heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the beef to the skillet and sear each side for about 2 minutes per side until browned. Work in 2 batches if needed.
Once the beef is seared, transfer it to a lightly greased 6-quart or larger slow cooker. Add chopped onions and minced garlic on top of the beef.
In the same skillet with remaining juices and fat from the beef, melt 1-4 tablespoons of unsalted butter. The amount of butter depends on how much juice and fat are left. You want around 1/2 cup of total liquid between the juices and butter.
Whisk in 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour into the butter and cook for 2 minutes over medium heat.
Gradually whisk in 4 cups of low-sodium beef broth, 1 tablespoon of low-sodium soy sauce, 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard, 1 1/2 teaspoons of beef bouillon, 1/2 teaspoon of dried parsley, 1/2 teaspoon of paprika, 1/4 teaspoon of dried oregano, and 1/4 teaspoon of dried thyme.
Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook until the gravy thickens to the consistency of thick gravy. The gravy will thin once it is cooked with the beef.
Pour the gravy into the slow cooker and stir to combine it with the beef, onions, and garlic.
Cover and cook the beef on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 5-7 hours, or until it is tender and falls apart easily.
Once the beef is cooked, season with additional salt and pepper to taste. Serve with potatoes, pasta, or rice.
For a deeper flavor, you can add some red wine to the gravy mixture.
To make the dish even richer, you can substitute half of the beef broth with heavy cream or sour cream.
Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
In conclusion, this Slow Cooker Beef Tips and Gravy recipe is the perfect meal for any occasion. It’s simple to make, yet packed with flavor and tenderness that will have your family and friends coming back for seconds. The combination of seared beef, savory gravy, and aromatic spices creates a mouthwatering dish that is sure to impress. Plus, the convenience of using a slow cooker means you can prepare this meal with minimal effort and have it ready to serve at any time of the day. Whether you’re looking for a cozy family dinner or an impressive holiday meal, this recipe is a must-try. So grab your ingredients and slow cooker and get ready to enjoy this delicious comfort food!