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Beef in Onion Gravy

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 co-workers 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


  • 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


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

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  • Paul
    Jun 15, 2020

    Very good. Made the house smell wonderful Didn't have tapioca to add couldn't find any in stores didn't seem to matter. Gravy was thick enough with out it but maybe a little too thick. The onion soup mix didn't make much of a difference either. Next time i make this I will add a little more broth or or some brown gravy mix with some water plus a couple of slices of onion for some onion taste.

  • Patrick
    May 9, 2020


  • oreo95
    Mar 31, 2019

    House smelled so good! Made this last night, did use a London broil steak which I had on hand. The meat was so tender. did not need any tapioca (or any thickening ingredients). Sauce thickened up perfectly without. Served with mashed potatoes and tossed salad. Such a nice simple dinner. Thank you Denise, with add this to my recipe box for sure!!!

    Apr 29, 2018

    Found it to be too salty and should have had some water added. Way too thick, as is.Tasty but not a repeat recipe for me.

  • Betsy.123
    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
    Jan 2, 2015

    Good flavor with basic, minimal ingredients.

  • lshaw
    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
    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
    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
    Apr 3, 2013

    So easy and great for a cold night!