Beef Tips


Beef tips are slow-simmered in a flavorful sauce until tender. My husband loves these easy beef tips and gravy — they melt in your mouth! Serve over rice or egg noodles.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 55 mins

If you're looking for a filling and budget-friendly meal that'll please everyone at your table, you've come to the right place. This recipe for beef tips in gravy is not only easy to make with inexpensive ingredients, it's incredibly delicious and satisfying. You'll come back to this beef tips recipe again and again.

mid angle looking at a bowl of beef tips served on top of egg noodles
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What Are Beef Tips?

Technically, beef tips come from the tip cut of the tenderloin. However, many people use "beef tips" to refer to a dish that consists of cubed meat simmered slowly in a savory gravy until it's tender. Cubed stew meat is used in this recipe.

How to Cook Beef Tips

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You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's a brief overview of what you can expect when you make this beef tips recipe:

Saute onions in oil, then brown the stew meat on all sides. Add 2 cups of water, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to the skillet and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and continue cooking until the meat is tender. When the beef tips are nearly finished, add the gravy mix and remaining water. Bring to a boil and cook until the sauce is thickened.

How Long to Cook Beef Tips

You should cook the beef in the sauce until it's tender, about 90 minutes to two hours. When the beef tips are done, an instant read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat will read at least 145 degrees F.

What to Serve With Beef Tips

Beef tips are traditionally served over cooked egg noodles, rice, or even mashed potatoes. As far as sides go, add a little color to your plate by pairing this dish with a simple side salad or steamed vegetables, such as broccoli or asparagus.

How to Store Beef Tips

Store your leftover beef tips in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. Reheat gently on the stove, in the oven, or in the microwave.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"I tried this and thought it was wonderful," says one Allrecipes community member. "My beef tips always seemed to be lacking something, but this is what I have been looking for. Definitely a keeper!"

"This was super easy and tasted delicious over egg noodles," according to ALEXES. "The meat was SOO TENDER! Although this recipe is great as-is, next time I might add a little cream cheese or sour cream."

"I made this exactly as the recipe states and it was delicious," raves Niki Margeson. "I put it over homemade garlic toast. I think it would also be amazing as a base for stew and am going to try that next."

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 2 pounds cubed beef stew meat

  • 3 cups water, divided

  • ¼ cup soy sauce

  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 (.75 ounce) packet dry brown gravy mix


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add onion and saute until almost translucent, about 3 minutes. Add stew meat and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned on all sides; about 3 to 5 minutes.

  2. 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.

  3. When the meat is almost finished, mix remaining 1 cup water and gravy mix until thoroughly combined; stir into the meat mixture and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring frequently, until slightly thickened.

    mid angle looking at a bowl of beef tips served on top of egg noodles
    dotdash meredith food studios


Use low-sodium soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce if preferred.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

526 Calories
35g Fat
8g Carbs
43g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 526
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 35g 45%
Saturated Fat 12g 61%
Cholesterol 132mg 44%
Sodium 1368mg 59%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 43g
Vitamin C 3mg 13%
Calcium 42mg 3%
Iron 5mg 28%
Potassium 651mg 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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