Crockpot Beef Tips and Gravy
Crockpot Beef Tips and Gravy is the perfect winter time comfort food and talk about flavor! This recipe is so easy and results in fork tender bites of beef and carrots in a rich creamy gravy. Serve them over freshly whipped creamy mashed potatoes for a delicious and satisfying meal.
When you make Beef Tips and Gravy, it’s important for the recipe to result in fork-tender bites of beef and a rich full-flavored creamy gravy. It’s so much easier than you might think to have both!! You just need to follow three easy tips in this recipe!
Sometimes I’m not in the mood for a regular pot roast with potatoes and carrots. I want some kind of rich gravy with meat over mashed potatoes. That’s when I make this super easy Crockpot Beef Tips & Gravy recipe. There’s nothing more satisfying than having a big ladle of these tender beef bites with gravy poured over a pile of hot mashed potatoes
Today, Im going to share my three easy tips with you to ensure you have fork-tender bites of meat and a rich creamy gravy too.
Tips 1 & 2 (for tender bites of meat)
- Start with a lean cut of meat such as a chuck roast. I try to pick one that doesn’t have too much marbling throughout. Cut the meat into small bite size pieces.
- Brown the meat on all sides before adding it to the crockpot.
Tip 3 (for a rich gravy)
3. Use seasonings that will give your gravy a rich flavor.
What is Kitchen Bouquet?
Let’s talk about seasoning. If you’re younger than 50, you might not know what Kitchen Bouquet is. However, if you’re old like me, you probably do know what it is.
Kitchen Bouquet is a browning & seasoning sauce that’s been around for well over 100 years, and I can tell you that your grandma probably used it, maybe your mom too. I know my mom did, and I’ve been using it for years.
It’s not the type of sauce to use on the dinner table to shake over your meat. I can tell you it wouldn’t taste very good that way. It’s mostly used in gravy, or for brining or marinating meat.
The main ingredients in Kitchen Bouquet are simple, a small amount of caramel coloring and a vegetable base made up of various vegetables. It also contains Sodium benzoate, a food preservative.
I use Kitchen Bouquet when I want to make a rich gravy. It adds both a rich dark color and flavor to the gravy. You can find it in any grocery store and a little goes a long way.
How To Serve
I serve these delicious beef tips and gravy over hot creamy mashed potatoes. They are the perfect finish to this recipe. Simply make your favorite mashed potatoes and ladle the beef tips & gravy over them.
I added carrots to this recipe. Feel free to omit them if you prefer beef tips only.
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This recipe is loaded with fork-tender bites of beef and carrots coated in a rich creamy gravy. A satisfying and filling meal.
- 2–pound chuck pot roast
- 2 teaspoons canola oil, or trimmed fat from roast
- 1 32–ounce carton beef broth, divided
- 2 beef bouillon cubes
- 1 cup frozen pearl onions
- 1 16–ounce bag mini carrots
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon Kitchen Bouquet
- Cutting the meat: Cut the roast into long skinny strips, then cut the strips into bite-size pieces. This is the only step that takes a few minutes to do. If your roast has quite a bit of marbling in it, feel free to remove some of the fat while your cutting the meat into small pieces. You can also use a tiny bit of the fat in place of the canola oil in the skillet.
- Browning the meat: Add the oil or fat to a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the meat. Brown the meat on all sides and transfer it to a large crockpot. Note, that we’re not searing or braising the meat here, just slightly browning it.
- Cooking: Add 2 cups of the beef broth, bouillon cubes, pearl onions, carrots, garlic, salt & pepper, and 1 cup of water to the crockpot. Cover and cook on high for 5 hours.
- Making the gravy: Add the flour, kitchen bouquet, and the remaining beef broth to a large measuring cup. Whisk vigorously with a fork until the flour is dissolved and the mixture is smooth. Add the mixture to a medium size skillet over medium heat. Whisk for about 2 minutes until the mixture has begun to thicken and the raw flour has time to cook. Remove 2 cups of broth from the crockpot and add it to the skillet. Continue whisking until the gravy is smooth and thickened. Transfer the gravy to the crockpot and turn crockpot to low. Cook for 30 minutes and turn off. Taste and add additional salt & pepper to taste.
- Serve over freshly whipped hot mashed potatoes.
- Refrigerate leftovers.
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