This is how to cook beef tips in a dutch oven, on the stovetop, in a Crockpot or an Instant Pot! Tender bite size flavorful pieces every time.
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We shared recipes using beef stew meat here. Now it’s on to the similar, but more tender, cuts. We have made it all sorts of ways. Why?? Because it is just so good and I want everyone to have a chance to experience it too.
If you don’t have a pressure cooker or slow cooker, NO problem. We will show you:
How to cook beef tips on the stove
This was the last and final version created. I use small kitchen appliances for almost everything but still wanted to share this method too if that is what you prefer over them all.
Beef Tips with Gravy
Each one is just a bit different as far as ingredients go. I mean if you have seasonings that are your go to then use those, I have suggestions of what was used here though too below.
- Beef tips
- stew meat, or you can cut up really any piece of steak or beef
- Olive oil
- Beef broth or stock
- could use 1 c broth and 1 cup water or wine
- Dry onion soup mix
- Worcestershire sauce
- Bay leaf
- Salt and pepper
- you don’t need a lot of seasonings because of the onion soup mix
- feel free to add more of your favorites though like garlic powder etc.
- Cornstarch to thicken gravy at the end
A dutch oven was used on the stovetop as you see here. A medium pot could be used instead if that is all you have.
With any of these methods you’ll want to brown your cubed meat first before you go any further. This step will keep the juices in and give the outsides a bit of texture you wouldn’t get if you skipped it.
You can really use anything you want. From cubing steak, to slicing a chuck roast it all works well. I often times use stew meat because it’s cheap and is already cut for me for a quicker prep time.
They are basically the same thing but tips can be a bit more tender vs. stew meat. Those are the leftovers and may not get as soft.
Low and slow on the stovetop or the Crockpot are great. Using a pressure cooker will get you the same great results in far less time though.
The sauce you use makes a big difference in the overall flavor, and tenderness too. It will soak into the meat so use what you like. Worcestershire is a common ingredient that offers a lot of taste.
Some like to add red wine to this marinade type mixture as well. Pure comfort food I tell you, we all love this recipe.
Here is a quick step by step of how to make this over medium high heat on your stove top. There is another printable version below with nutritional values such as calories and saturated fat listed as well.
Time needed: 35 minutes.
How to Cook Beef Tips
Place a dutch oven or large pot on stovetop over medium heat. Add 2 tbsp olive oil. Pat beef tips dry with paper towels and then season them with salt and pepper and/or any other seasonings you like.
Add meat and cook for about 5 minutes or until all sides are no longer pink.
- Add ingredients
Remove tips and add garlic and cook with diced onions. Cook until softened and scrape bottom of pot to remove stuck on pieces and flavors mix together.
Add tips into pot again with broth, onion soup mix, and bay leaves.
Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
- Thicken gravy mix
Scoop our 1/2 c of hot broth out of pot and whisk with cornstarch until it is smooth. Pour back into pot and increase heat to high.
Bring to a boil stirring again, then reduce heat and simmer until broth becomes thicker. Taste and adjust seasonings, remove bay leaves and serve.
It will come out nice and thick like you see here!
Beef tips recipe
So that is what you need to know as far as cooking beef tips on the stovetop. Now, there are 2 other methods we love as well. One takes less than 1/2 to 2 hours longer than this if you use a slow cooker, they all turn out amazing.
Choose the method you want depending on how much time you have and/or what appliance you have at home.
Beef Tips and Gravy Crockpot
Sometimes I just wanna’ use my “old fashioned” pot in the morning and let it cook all day long.
You really just throw it all in and enjoy it at the end of the day when you’re ready.
If you’re a good planner and are ready to get everything set early in the morning, Crockpot beef tips are fabulous.
Beef Tips Instant Pot
What if you aren’t that together before 9 a.m. (typically I am not, let’s be honest). Then pressure cooking beef is absolutely amazing, we make this one all the time.
In less than 20 minutes flat you can enjoy the same tenderness you’d get standing at the stove for close to 40 minutes. Under high pressure it is amazing the results that are created in such a short time.
Follow our Instant Pot beef tips recipe for full instructions using this quick cooking method.
Want to make something like this as an easy air fryer recipe though?? We have that too!
We have used cubed steak, stew meat and beef tips with our killer dry rub to make air fryer steak bites!! Any small bite sized pieces of beef will work y’all and it’s always a hit with my bunch.
Looking for other stew meat recipes you could try after you enjoy one or more of these? We have a few more favorites:
- Good old fashioned pressure cooker stew is always a winner for dinner. 😉
- You can use our steak dry rub recipe and make Instant Pot tri tip too. It goes well on just about any type of beef.
Our dutch oven stew with lots of potatoes and vegetables is quite popular too. With a similarly thick gravy it’s great at home or when camping.
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What should I serve with steak tips?
Our go to is a pot of Instant Pot white rice or slow cooker mashed potatoes. I mean if you want to skip the carbs you can but that’s not our style. It’s comfort food all the way when we make any of these.
How to make beef tips
How to Cook Beef Tips
- Place a dutch oven or large pot on stovetop over medium heat. Add 2 tbsp olive oil.
- Pat beef tips dry with paper towels and then season them with salt and pepper and/or any other seasonings you like.
- Sear beef in hot oil for about 5 minutes all sides so they're no longer pink.
- Remove tips and add diced onions. Cook until softened and scrape bottom of pot to remove stuck on pieces and flavors mix together.
- Add tips into pot again with broth, onion soup mix, and bay leaves.
- Simmer for 30 minutes.
- Scoop our 1/2 c of hot broth out of pot and whisk with cornstarch until it is smooth.
- Pour back into pot and increase heat to high. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until broth becomes thicker. Taste and adjust seasonings, remove bay leaves and serve.