Beef Tips with Gravy

This is a recipe that I never made until I met Jeff. When we started dating, we lived a little over an hour from each other and I would come over to Tuscaloosa every Wednesday afternoon for date night. Most of the time, we would rent a movie and cook dinner together. This was a special request of his one Wednesday night. He said his mom made the best beef tips and rice, so I was really feeling the pressure to make some as good as hers and impress him. The first time I tried to make it, I found a recipe on Pinterest and followed it exactly. It was good, but the gravy wasn’t thick enough for him. I tried about three or four different recipes, and finally ended up kind of making my own.  It’s still not his mom’s beef tips (I need to get her recipe!), but this is a quick and easy version that tastes pretty darn good. 

You’ll need: 

1 pound stew beef cut into small chunks

1 packet brown gravy mix

1 cup water

1 can cream of mushroom soup

Salt and pepper

A medium sized Dutch oven (or heavy pot)

Spray the Dutch oven with cooking spray and heat over high heat. Season beef with salt and pepper. Brown in Dutch oven. Once meat is browned, remove and set aside. 

Stir together brown gravy mix and water. Pour into pot and whisk. Add cream of mushroom soup and whisk until mixture is smooth. Add beef back into gravy mixture.

Reduce heat to low. Cover and let simmer for about an hour (until meat is tender), stirring occasionally. 

Serve with rice.

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