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Slow Cooker Beef Tips

Total Time

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

Makes

4 servings

As a busy mom, I love my slow cooker meals! Beef tips remind me of a childhood favorite. I cook this 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.

Tips for 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 tenderloin. 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.

What goes well 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 potato recipes.

Research contributed by Elizabeth Harris

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.