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Crockpot Beef Tips Recipe with Mushroom Gravy

My crockpot beef tips recipe is a budget-friendly, easy comfort food with tender beef round roast and creamy red wine mushroom gravy!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time5 hrs
Total Time5 hrs 20 mins
Course: Main Course, Slow Cooker Beef Recipes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef tips in crockpot, crockpot beef tips, crockpot beef tips and gravy, slow cooker beef tips
Servings: 6
Calories: 262kcal



Beef Tips

  • pounds beef round roast cut into chunks
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 yellow onion sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 5-6 whole garlic cloves peeled
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme or ¼ tsp. dried thyme

Mushroom Gravy

  • ½ tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 8 ounces sliced white mushrooms
  • 1 pinch salt
  • cups water
  • ½ tablespoon beef base or beef stock; don't use water if using beef stock
  • 1 tablespoon red wine
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


  • Season 1½ pounds cubed bottom round roast with 1 tsp. salt and ½ tsp. pepper. Melt 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter in a skillet over medium-high heat, then add the beef.
    Allow it to sear for 4 minutes on each side to give it a caramelized coating.
    Once seared, add the beef tips to your slow cooker.
    Top with 1 sliced yellow onion, 5-6 peeled whole garlic cloves, and ¼ tsp. dried or 1 sprig fresh thyme.
    Beef tips in the slow cooker covered by onions and a sprig of fresh thyme
  • Reduce the heat of the skillet to medium and melt ½ tablespoon unsalted butter. Add 8 ounces sliced mushrooms with a pinch of salt and stir to coat with the butter.
    Saute for 5 minutes, until the mushrooms are soft. Stir occasionally, scraping up the brown bits from the bottom of the pan.
    Pouring the mushroom gravy into the slow cooker with the beef tips
  • Add water and beef base to the skillet and stir to combine. Then, add the contents of the skillet to the slow cooker with your beef tips.
    Cover your crockpot and cook on low for 5 hours, or on high for 2½ hours, until the beef is fork-tender. If you have more time, you can cook for 6 hours for even greater flavor.
    Stirring beef tips and gravy in the slow cooker
  • Finally, once the beef tips are done cooking, combine 1 tablespoon red wine with 1 tablespoon cornstarch and add it to the slow cooker. Turn heat up to high and cook for 20 minutes to thicken the gravy.
    Alternatively, add the gravy to a skillet over medium heat along with cornstarch and red wine, and heat until thickened (this only takes a minute or two).
    Serve over mashed potatoes, rice, egg noodles, or roasted vegetables, and enjoy!
    Slow cooker beef tips and gravy in the crockpot after cooking with a wooden spoon


  • Use a beef base/water combination to make these beef tips. Beef base is found in the soup aisle, and gives the creamy mushroom gravy a deeper, richer flavor. Better than Bouillon is a good example of a beef base to use. You can substitute 1 ½ cups beef stock in place of using a combination of beef base and water. Do not use broth – you will not get the same results!
  • Beef round roast: Budget-friendly round roast is a great choice for slow cooker and pot roast recipes. Cooking it low and slow gives you the most tender, delicious beef tips. You can also use cubed chuck roast or any stew meat of your choice.
  • Garlic cloves: For this recipe, we aren’t mincing or smashing our garlic. Peeled whole cloves are placed in the slow cooker over the beef tips, and add so much flavor to the dish.
  • Fresh thyme: We love the flavor of fresh thyme, but you can use fresh thyme or dried thyme in this beef tips recipe.
  • White mushrooms: Sliced white mushrooms are budget-friendly and easy to work with, but you can also use cremini mushrooms or mixed mushrooms.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 262kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 541mg | Sugar: 1g