Cooking Beef Tips on the Stove like a Pro

cooking beef tips on the stove

Beef “tips” are smaller cuts of meat that are left over from breaking down any of the larger, more tender sections. For example, a Top Sirloin is a large, tender cut of meat. A Sirloin Tip is an outer ‘scrap’ from that particular section. It’s not quite as tender as the whole top sirloin, but works well for cutting into cubes to make beef tips or stews.

Sirloin or Tenderloin cuts are best for making beef tips on the stove top as they don’t require low and slow cooking to render down and tenderize.

  • Tender Cuts of Meat: Sirloin, Flank, Ribeye, Tenderloin.
  • Tougher Cuts of Meat:  Chuck Roast, Rump Roast, Brisket. 
  • This guide provides a good visual as to the location of these cuts of meats, why they have varying degrees of toughness, and approximate cost per pound.

Are Beef Tips and Stew Meat the Same

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Beef tips and stew meat are generally not the same, but labels can make it vague and hard to distinguish. I recommend purchasing meat that is directly labelled as containing sirloin or tenderloin if preparing this recipe on the stove top.

  • Stew meat usually contains a tougher cut of meat (such as a chuck or rump roast)  which is best suited for making Slow Cooker Beef Stew.
  • Beef Tips should be prepared with a more tender cut of meat such as sirloin or tenderloin, unless they’re being prepared in the Slow Cooker.

How to Make it

  • Toss cubed beef in seasoning mixture, sprinkle with flour. Sear in olive oil for 45 seconds/side. Remove and set aside.
  • Deglaze with red wine, (optional). Saute butter, onions, and garlic until softened.
  • Add beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, and seasonings. Bring to a boil and whisk in cornstarch + cold water. Reduce heat.
  • Add beef + juices back to the pot. Cook, partially covered, for 10-15 minutes. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve with mashed potatoes, buttermilk biscuits, and roasted carrots.

Crock Pot Method

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  • Season and sear the beef tips on the stove top per instructions. Prepare gravy as outlined and transfer to the slow cooker along with the beef.
  • Cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours

Pro Tips

  • Onions are optional, but add nice flavor. Use as much or as little as you’d like.
  • Mushrooms can be added when the onions are added.
  • Wine is optional. Dry varieties such as Pinot Noir or Cabernet Sauvignon are best in this dish.
  • A hint of cream (about 1/8 cup), can be added at the end if desired.
  • Measure the seasoning mix for the beef and the gravy ahead of time! (There are quite a few, but you can’t beat the flavor!)

Make-Ahead Method

  • Sear the meat and prepare the gravy as outlined. Let the gravy cool completely, then combine with the seared meat + juices from the meat.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
  • Finish cooking on Stove Top or in the Crock Pot as outlined.
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