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Oh, dear reader. Please make this amazing, one pot recipe for Beef Tips and Gravy at your earliest convenience. It’s just so, so good in a rich and hearty kind of way, with beef that turns out tender every time and a savory gravy that is delightful. You should also be aware that it’s ready quickly!

You start with some basic stew meat.

Grab your instant pot and brown the beef, on the sauté setting.

While that’s getting a nice brown sear on it, you simply stir together some basic pantry staples with broth, Worcestershire sauce and liquid smoke.

Pour this combination into your instant pot. Close the lid and set the timer to 20 minutes.

You read that right.

Just 20 minutes!

The beef will cook up so tenderly, you won’t believe it.

Remove the meat from the instant pot, add a few more ingredients to the juices that will result…

…in a slightly creamy, savory gravy fit for a king.

Look at you! Working your instant pot to make meals for royalty. 😉

Pair it with these Perfect Mashed Potatoes and you will have a heavenly meal on your hands. Of that you can be sure.

Hope you get a chance to try it!

Beef Tips and Gravy (Instant Pot)

Serves: 6 servings Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: NA calories NA fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )


  • 3 pounds beef stew meat
  • 1 c water
  • 1 Tb Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tb liquid smoke
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1/2 tsp mustard powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 Tb beef bullion granules
  • 1/2 C half and half
  • 3 Tb cornstarch
  • 1 C hot water
  • 1 tsp beef bullion granules
  • 2 tsp tomato paste
  • 1 Tb butter
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  1. Grab your instant pot and set it to sauté. Allow it to heat up and spray it with cooking spray. Add your beef and allow it to sear along the tops and bottoms of each piece. 
  2. While it sears, grab a large glass measuring cup and stir together all the other ingredients (except the gravy ingredients).
  3. When the beef has seared, pour the seasonings over the top, close the lid and set it for 20 minutes at high pressure, making sure the vent is sealed. 
  4. When the instant pot beeps, allow it to vent naturally for about 15 minutes. Remove the lid and carefully take the beef out and set it in a bowl or on a plate. Cover with foil, so it stays warm while you make the gravy. 
  5. Turn the instant pot to the sauté setting. The broth at the bottom should come to a boil for you in just a few short minutes. 
  6. Stir together the half and half and cornstarch until smooth, then set it aside. 
  7. Add all the other gravy ingredients to the instant pot and stir to combine. 
  8. Once the mixture is boiling, add the half and half mixture and stir constantly until it thickens up. Should only take a couple of minutes. 
  9. Return the beef to the pot, stir to combine and serve over Perfect Mashed Potatoes. 


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    1. Hi Tammy,
      Thanks for your question. I would just sear the meat in a skillet before adding to your crock pot with the other sauce ingredients. Let it cook on high for 4 hours. Pour the liquid from the crock pot into a sauce pan and add the gravy ingredients listed in the recipe. Bring it to a boil to thicken. Serve and enjoy! Hope this helps.

  1. Please include your crock pot directions on your printed recipe. There are still a lot of us who do not use instant pots.
    Thank you