Beef in Onion Gravy Recipe
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Beef in Onion Gravy Recipe

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I double this super recipe to feed our family of four so I'm sure to have leftovers to send with my husband to work for lunch. His coworkers tell him he's lucky to have someone who fixes him such special meals. It's our secret that it's an easy slow-cooker dinner! —Denise Albers, Freeburg, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. + standing Cook: 6 hours
MAKES:3 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. + standing Cook: 6 hours
MAKES: 3 servings


  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 2 tablespoons onion soup mix
  • 2 tablespoons beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon quick-cooking tapioca
  • 1 pound beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Hot cooked noodles or mashed potatoes

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 326 calories, 15g fat (6g saturated fat), 98mg cholesterol, 1220mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 31g protein.


  1. In a 1-1/2-qt. slow cooker, combine the soup, soup mix, broth and tapioca; let stand for 15 minutes. Stir in the beef. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until meat is tender. Serve over noodles or mashed potatoes. Yield: 3 servings.
Originally published as Beef in Onion Gravy in Taste of Home April/May 2002, p39

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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Betsy.123 User ID: 8635911 238400
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2015

"I use cream of celery soup instead of the mushroom (taste preference). Always double the recipe - leftovers are wonderful.

Serve over cooked egg noodles - wonderful!"

Brenda2772 User ID: 2165447 216697
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2015

"Good flavor with basic, minimal ingredients."

MY REVIEW User ID: 6993142 104231
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2014

"My sons would eat an engine block if it was cooked in the crock pot! This recipe is simple and straightforward but very tasty and it uses a cheaper cut of meat. Very economical. You might very well already have the sauce ingredients in your pantry! Good for family on a chilly night or even to take to that someone who needs a meal due to illness, surgery, etc."

Arianamarie User ID: 6722003 41370
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2013

"Delicious creamy mushroom and beef goodness! I didn't have onion soup mix on hand so made my own and added some thyme because it sang out for some."

DonnaFuller1 User ID: 269001 34783
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2013

"We make this with mashed potatoes. All four members of the family love this meal (unusual) and it's incredibly easy to make."

misspooches User ID: 2582916 60537
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2013

"So easy and great for a cold night!"

M.Focker User ID: 5544667 60536
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2012

"Excellent, easy and delicious. A winner!"

Tparrishj User ID: 4029353 126327
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2012

"This is soooo good with my own tweaks. I added some brown gravy mix and some water because of it. It makes the gravy very rich and delicious with mashed potatoes. Also didn't add the tapioca."

cwbuff2 User ID: 5946195 92228
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2012

"I work from 1 to 9:30 pm, so I'm always looking for recipes that are easy for my husband to monitor for dinner for him and my 2 sons. This one got enthusiastic reviews, and will become a regular on our family rotation. Just remember that as written, it is for only 3 people (with limited appetites). As I like to take leftovers for my dinner at work, don't forget to double the ingredients, especially the gravy! So easy, too!"

lovetocook61 User ID: 6501394 48417
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2012

"I have made this for many years,,, I have always had RAVE reviews when I make it"

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