Recipe Time: Crockpot Beef and Gravy

Original recipe here: Slow Cooker Beef Tips and Rice


  • Two pounds of beef stew meat
  • 1 10.75 oz can of cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 1.61 oz packet of brown gravy mix
  • 1 beef bullion cube
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 small chopped onion (I used red, but white is probably best)
  • Rice (I made up 2 cups of basmati rice and it was more than enough)


Literally throw everything into a pot, stir (I added liquids, then gravy, mixed thoroughly, and tossed in the rest), set on low, and walk away. Come back 8 hours later to dinner. Somewhere in-between, cook rice.

I’ve been on something of a beef kick lately, which is odd for this chicken-loving girl.

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Also, I love buying meat over the deli counter at my local food market. Even though it is expensive.

This recipe is by far the easiest I’ve thrown together in a long while, and that’s saying something. I actually forgot my plan to toss it into the pot until I had 10 minutes before I needed to leave for work. I was gone in 8 minutes.

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Crappy phone pick of the lovely muddy concoction.

While I had Chava stir it a couple of times throughout the day, simply because the beef bullion cube hadn’t dissolved that morning, you could easily leave this to bubble unattended and it would still be great.

Because most of the ingredients were prepackaged rather than fresh, the flavor wasn’t slap-yo-mama good, but it was perfectly satisfying after a long day of work and a close encounter with a soy sauce bottle plus gravity. I’m used to more whole foods and fewer sodium-packed spice mixes, but eh. Sometimes easier is better.

This was not a family dinner recipe, so I made it clear I wasn’t sharing. Probably a good thing, because Jo thought it looked and smelled disgusting. (I mean, it was competing with Dad’s venison steak and potatoes, so….) True, I probably won’t ever crave it, and the beef was a little dry, but food is food. And it made for easy leftovers for several lunches.

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If you want convenience and a filling meal, this is one to add to your list. This could even work as a “prep and freeze, then add water” sort of deal. It lacks a lot of tricky ingredients that would put off more picky eaters (unless they are led by their noses like my sister.) I bet it’d be awesome with some crunchy baked bread and butter. However, if you want to make enough to share, I’d say make at least half-again as much, just to be safe.

Happy eating!


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