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Slow-Cooker Beef Tips

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Cook: 6-1/4 hours

Makes

4 servings

Updated: Mar. 21, 2023
As a busy mom, I love my slow-cooker meals! Beef tips remind me of a childhood favorite. I make this slow-cooker beef tips recipe with mushrooms and red wine, then serve over brown rice, noodles or mashed potatoes. —Amy Lents, Grand Forks, North Dakota

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound sliced baby portobello mushrooms
  • 1 small onion, halved and sliced
  • 1 beef top sirloin steak (1 pound), cubed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup dry red wine or beef broth
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • Hot cooked mashed potatoes

Directions

  1. Place mushrooms and onion in a 3-qt. slow cooker. Sprinkle beef with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat 1 teaspoon oil over medium-high heat; brown meat in batches, adding more oil as needed. Transfer meat to slow cooker.
  2. Add wine to skillet, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Stir in broth and Worcestershire sauce; pour over meat. Cook, covered, on low 6-8 hours or until meat is tender.
  3. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and cold water until smooth; gradually stir into slow cooker. Cook, covered, on high until gravy is thickened, 15-30 minutes. Serve with mashed potatoes.
Making Slow-Cooker Beef Tips

What cut of beef is best for beef tips?

The best cuts of meat for making beef tips are sirloin, as this recipe calls for, or top round. However, since this is a slow-cooked recipe that will tenderize tougher cuts of meat, you can use stew meat in a pinch (or, to save money).

How do you tenderize beef tips?

Time and heat do the work of tenderizing beef tips. The low-and-slow method breaks down collagen into gelatin, creating a melt-in-your mouth, savory broth.

How else can you cook beef tips?

You can easily make this recipe on the stovetop as well. Simply follow the directions just like you would for your slow cooker, but swap it for a stockpot or your favorite Dutch oven. The beef tips should simmer in the sauce for about an hour, or until tender. Alternatively, if you have a pressure cooker in your kitchen, this recipe can be whipped up in minutes. Check out our recipe for pressure-cooker beef tips for more guidance.

What do you serve with slow-cooker beef tips?

Round out this homey dish with a side of seasoned brown rice, store-bought or homemade egg noodles, or your favorite mashed potatoes.

How long will leftover slow-cooker beef tips last?

You can keep any leftover beef tips refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 4 days. If you liked this recipe, be sure to give more of our slow-cooker beef recipes a try.

Elizabeth Harris and Ellie Crowley, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 212 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 836mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 27g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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