When it comes to soul food, beef tips and gravy are always at the top of my list. Growing up, every Sunday after church, we would go to the local soul food spot connected to the grocery store… if you know you know. Every time I got to the hot table I knew I wanted smothered beef tip with rice and extras gravy. Unfortunately, my favorite soul food restaurant on Lyons Ave. in Houston, Tx closed down and I haven’t been able to get my beef tip fix until NOW! My Beef tips and gravy recipe is the epitome of southern hospitality with succulent beef bites, expertly seared and enveloped in a rich, savory gravy.
Moreover, this is an easy set it and forget it style recipe, perfect for a low and slow type of day. The flavors of this beef tip recipe develop through its slow cooking in a delicious gravy that makes the perfect soul food meal.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS RECIPE
My recipe for beef tips and gravy is not just a dish fr me it’s a soulful memory that takes me back to Sunday dinners with the family. What sets this recipe apart is the perfect blend of tender chuck roast cut into bite sized pieces, the earthy blend of aromatics, and savory brown gravy. Slow-simmered to perfection, these beef tips boast a depth of flavor that will make you want to slap ya momma, figuratively of course!
- Hearty & Satisfying: Fills you up with a satisfying and fulfilling meal, leaving you content and happy.
- Tender Perfection: Enjoy melt-in-your-mouth tenderness with perfectly seared beef stew meat or sirloin tips.
- Versatile Pairing: Serve over rice, mashed potatoes, or noodles – this dish complements various sides for a customizable meal.
Overall, my beef tip recipe excels in its thoughtful combination of ingredients, respect for tradition, and a well-executed cooking process, resulting in a dish that’s not just a meal but an experience to savor and share.
Ingredients: Beef Tips and Gravy
- Beef Stew Meat: Brings robust flavor and tenderness to the dish.
- All-Purpose Flour: Creates a golden crust on the beef, enhancing texture.
- Onion, Shallot, Garlic: Infuse aromatic layers, adding depth to the gravy.
- Beef Broth: The dynamic duo that forms the base of the savory gravy.
- Worcestershire Sauce: Introduce umami and a hint of tanginess.
- Herbs (Thyme, Rosemary, Bay leaf,Paprika): Elevate the overall flavor profile with earthy and aromatic notes.
- Bayou City Seasoning: A blend of spices that elevates the dish with its characteristic warmth and depth.
How To make Beef Tips and Gravy
- First, dredge beef in seasoned flour and sear in a hot skillet until golden.
- Sauté onions and garlic until aromatic.
- Deglaze the pan with beef broth.
- Add Worcestershire sauce and herbs.
- Simmer until beef is tender, adjusting seasoning as needed.
How to Thicken Gravy:
To achieve the ideal thickness, mix a tablespoon of flour with a bit of water until smooth. Stir the mixture into the simmering gravy and allow it to thicken.
I also like to let the beef tips cook, uncovered, for the last 30 minutes. This helps to thicken up the gravy with having to add an y extra ingredients.
Tips for perfect Beef tips
- First, brown the beef in batches for a superior sear.
- Choose fresh herbs for a burst of flavor.
- Allow the beef to simmer slowly for maximum tenderness.
- Adjust seasoning gradually and taste as you go.
Types of Beef to Use: Opt for beef stew meat, chuck roast, or sirloin tips for the perfect balance of tenderness and flavor. Lean cuts work well, but a bit of marbling adds extra richness.
What to Eat with Beef Tips and Gravy:
Serve this delightful dish over a bed of fluffy rice, creamy mashed potatoes, or buttered egg noodles. The gravy’s richness pairs perfectly with these sides.
Lastly, I like to put a little corn bread on the side to soak up all the leftover gravy. Check out my Southern Cornbread Recipe here.
Frequently Asked Questions
A: Absolutely! In fact, the flavors deepen when allowed to meld overnight. Reheat gently on the stovetop before serving.
Q: Can I freeze the leftovers?
A: Yes, this dish freezes well. Store in airtight containers, and thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.
Q: How do I prevent the beef from becoming tough?
A: Ensure you simmer the beef slowly over low heat. This gradual cooking process allows the collagen in the meat to break down, resulting in tender beef.
For added flavor, try my Bayou City Seasonings. Hand crafted for a full experience and taste of what’s cooking in my kitchen you have to try my seasonings! Guaranteed to satisfy your taste buds.
Beef Tips and Gravy
- 2 lbs chuck roast cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp Bayou City Garlic Pepper
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
- 2 tbsp grapeseed oil
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 1 shallot finely chopped
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 2 cups beef broth
- 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp dried rosemary
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 2 bay leaves
- chopped parsley garnish
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, garlic pepper, salt, and black pepper. Dredge the beef stew meat in the flour mixture, coating each piece evenly.
- Heat the vegetable oil in a large, heavy-bottomed skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the coated beef pieces and brown them on all sides. Work in batches to avoid overcrowding the pan. Remove the browned beef from the skillet and set it aside.
- In the same skillet, add chopped onions and shallots. Sauté until they become translucent. Add minced garlic and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
- Deglaze the skillet by pouring in the beef broth, scraping the bottom of the pan to release any flavorful bits. Add Worcestershire sauce, thyme, rosemary, paprika, and the bay leaf.
- Return the browned beef to the skillet, and bring the mixture to a simmer. Cover and let it simmer over low heat for about 1.5 to 2 hours or until the beef becomes tender. Stir occasionally.
- Once the beef is tender and the sauce has thickened, remove the bay leaf. Adjust seasoning if needed.
- Serve the Southern soul food-style beef tips over rice, mashed potatoes, or noodles. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley.
- Brown the beef in batches for a perfect sear.
- Red wine adds depth, but it’s optional.
- Adjust sauce thickness by simmering uncovered.
- Serve over rice or mashed potatoes for a complete meal.
- Garnish with fresh parsley for a burst of flavor and color.