Beef Tips and Gravy Recipe


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This from scratch beef tips and gravy is a super quick and easy recipe. Tender beef cubes that are smothered in a delicious brown gravy make the ultimate comfort food. Serve it over mashed potatoes, egg noodles, or rice for a dinner that your whole family will love!

Beef Tips And Gravy

This homemade beef tips and gravy recipe is full of flavor and super delicious. It’s cooked to fork tender in just 30 minutes in a gorgeous thick gravy. It’s really just the perfect combination.

I love that it uses ingredients I always keep in my pantry and that it’s on the table in about 45 minutes. Since so much of that time is hands-off time, it feels like a super easy dish to put together.

Try pairing it with some Southern green beans and some creamy garlic mashed potatoes for a perfect dinner.

We have a couple of other beef tips recipes, so be sure to check out beef tips and rice and Instant Pot beef tips while you’re here!


Beef Tips: Look for beef tips that are cut from sirloin or tenderloin that are 1”-1.5” cubes. If you use stew meat (cut from the chuck or rump roast), the beef will need to cook for a lot longer in order to become tender.

Flour: We’re using all-purpose flour both to coat the beef and to create a flavorful roux that will thicken the gravy.

Oil: Oil’s the best fat to saute the beef tips in because it helps prevent the beef from sticking to the bottom of the pan and burning.

Butter: Butter’s the best fat to make the gravy with because it adds tons more flavor than oil would. You need a fat to stick to the flour to make a roux so that you can thicken the gravy, and butter makes a much more flavorful and savory gravy than oil does.

Broth: Cooking the beef tips in beef broth instead of water gives you a chance to season the beef from the inside out. It also adds tons of beef flavor to the gravy.

Onion and Garlic: Sauteed onions add a subtle sweetness to the gravy, and garlic adds an umami flavor that enhances the overall taste of this dish.

Using both fresh onion and garlic in addition to the powdered forms allows you to disperse the flavor evenly throughout the dish. It also allows you to capitalize on the sweeter form of the flavor when it’s sauteed from fresh in addition to getting the stronger flavor from the powdered forms.

Spices and Herbs: A combination of fine sea salt, ground black pepper, dried rosemary, onion powder, garlic powder, and dried parsley seasons the beef and gravy perfectly.

The labeled ingredients for beef tips and gravy.

How To Make Beef Tips And Gravy

Add the beef tips to a large mixing bowl, then pat them dry with a paper towel. Sprinkle the salt, pepper, rosemary, onion powder, and garlic powder over the beef, then toss to coat. (See the recipe card below for the full printable instructions.)

Drying the beef tips with a paper towel in a large mixing bowl then sprinkling the seasonings on top.

Sprinkle the flour over the seasoned beef, then toss to coat.

Sprinkling flour over the seasoned beef tips and tossing to coat.

Add oil to a heated Dutch oven, then sear the beef on all sides until golden brown. Transfer the beef tips to a clean plate.

Adding oil to a hot dutch oven and searing the beef tips

Deglaze the bottom of the pot with a bit of the beef broth, then turn the heat down a bit, and add the butter to the Dutch oven. Once the butter has melted, add in the diced onion.

Deglazing the dutch oven with beef broth then adding in butter and onion.

Saute until the onions are tender and translucent, then add in the garlic and dried parsley. Mix and saute until aromatic. Sprinkle in the flour.

Sautéing until the onions are translucent then adding garlic and dried parsley to the dutch oven.

Stir until the flour has mixed with the melted butter to make a roux. Stir frequently while the roux continues to cook for a few minutes. Slowly pour in the remaining beef broth while whisking constantly. Continue whisking until there are no clumps of flour.

Stirring until the flour and butter have mixed together and then adding the remaining broth to the dutch oven.

Add the beef tips and juices from the plate back to the pot, and stir to mix.

Adding the seared beef tips with their juices to the gravy mixture and stirring together.

Cover the Dutch oven with the lid (leaving the lid cracked to allow steam to escape), turn the heat down a bit, and simmer until the beef tips are fork tender and the gravy has thickened. See the recipe card below for the full written instructions, including ingredient amounts, cooking times, and helpful tips, etc.

Turning down the heat and adding a lid to the dutch oven and simmering on low until the beef tips are fork tender.

How Do You Get Beef Tips Tender?

There are a couple of tricks that can help you get the most tender beef tips. First, slice against the grain. Second, you can physically tenderize the meat with a meat mallet before you slice it. Third, continue cooking the beef tips low and slow until they’re fork tender. Finally, don’t skip the salt. Salt not only adds and enhances flavor, it also helps make the beef melt in your mouth tender.

Delicious beef tips and gravy garnished with fresh parsley served on a blue plate.

Is Beef Stew Meat The Same As Beef Tips?

Stew meat and beef tips are different cuts of meat. Beef stew meat is typically a tougher cut of meat that tastes best when it’s cooked low and slow (like a chuck roast or a rump toast). Beef tips are normally from a sirloin or tenderloin, which is a more tender cut of meat. That difference is what allows you to cook this more quickly.

You can make beef tips with stew meat, but they’ll taste better if you cook them at a low temperature for a longer period of time (either in the slow cooker or for longer on the stovetop).

A close up image of a serving spoon inside of a dutch oven scooping out beef tips and gravy.

What Cut Of Meat Is Beef Tips?

Beef tips are most commonly cut from the sirloin or tenderloin. They can be cut from any part of the cow though. It’s important to know which cut of meat your beef tips were cut from so that you know how long the meat will need to cook in order for it to be tender.

An overhead shot of a blue plate with beef tips and gravy over a bed of creamy mashed potatoes.

What To Serve With Beef Tips And Gravy

Side dishes are one of my favorite types of recipes to make. I really believe that serving the right sides with your dinner elevates the meal to a whole new level. In addition to the classic mashed potatoes, egg noodles, and rice, some of my favorite recipes that would taste great with this meal are:

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Yield: 4 servings

BEST Beef Tips and Gravy Recipe

The best beef tips and gravy recipe.

From scratch beef tips and gravy is a quick and easy recipe. Tender beef cubes smothered in a brown gravy makes the ultimate comfort food.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


Beef Tips:

  • 1 1/2 pounds sirloin tips, cubed chuck, or stew meat (cut into 1”-1.5” cubes)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil


  • 2 1/2 cups beef broth (divided)
  • 1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick)
  • 1 medium onion (finely diced, about 1 cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • Diced fresh parsley (optional, for garnish)


  1. To a large mixing bowl, add the beef cubes. Pat thoroughly with a paper towel until the beef cubes are dry. Sprinkle the beef with salt, pepper, rosemary, onion, and garlic powder. Use a wooden spatula to stir to evenly coat the beef. Sprinkle the flour over the seasoned beef cubes, and toss to evenly coat the beef in the flour. (You may need to break some of the pieces of beef. They tend to stick together and you want to make sure all the sides of the cubes are coated.)
  2. Heat a large lidded Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add in the oil and swirl to coat the bottom of the pot. Once the oil is hot, add in the beef and cook for about 1-2 minutes before moving it around. Continue to sear on all sides until golden brown. Remove the browned beef pieces from the pot and transfer to a clean plate. 
  3. Slowly pour in 1/4 cup of the beef broth while using the wooden spoon to gently scrape the bottom of the pot to deglaze it. Once the bottom of the pot is clean and the broth has reduced, turn the heat down to medium.
  4. Add in the butter and let it melt. Once melted, add the onions. Saute until the onions are translucent (about 5 minutes). Add in the garlic and dried parsley and mix. Saute until aromatic (about 1 minute).
  5. Sprinkle in the flour and mix with the melted butter, creating a roux. Cook the roux, while stirring frequently, until it’s a dark golden brown (about 3-5 minutes). (Cooking the roux removes the raw flour taste and creates a much deeper flavor.) 
  6. Slowly pour the remaining 2 cups of beef broth into the roux while whisking constantly. Continue whisking until there are no more clumps of flour and the liquid and roux have fully and evenly combined. Add the beef tips and any juices on the plate back to the pot. Cover the pot with a lid, leaving a small crack to allow steam to escape, and turn heat down to medium-low. Simmer until fork tender, about 25-30 minutes. 
  7. While the beef is simmering, prepare your mashed potatoes. Serve beef tips and gravy with mashed potatoes. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 542Total Fat: 29.8gCarbohydrates: 14.7gFiber: 1.2gSugar: 1.3gProtein: 54.7g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.


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  1. I made this tonight and it was wonderful! I’m always looking for tender meat recipes that my husband can eat and this met the expectation! I will definitely make this again!


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