Our Favorite Beef Tips

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Dan the Man loves beef tips, and he always orders them when we dine at Texas Road House.  For 27 of the 28 years of our marriage, I never tried to cook them.  Then Pinterest saved the day!  I found this easy recipe and thought I’d give it a try (http://www.food.com/recipe/beef-tips-and-rice-259393).  It’s not cheap (it calls for sirloin steak, after all) or quick (it requires lots of chopping and sautéing, and it cooks for an hour), but it’s delish.  I’ve made a few tweaks to the original recipe, as described below.

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The first order of business is to prep the veggies.  I chopped one onion and one bell pepper.  (Any color of pepper is fine, but I don’t like the green ones.  I either use orange or red.)  In a Dutch oven, I sautéed these in olive oil until soft and then removed them from the pot and set aside.

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After cubing the steaks, I dredged them in flour, added more oil to the pot, and browned the cubes.  I did them in two batches to maximize the surface area of the beef to ensure browning.

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Next, I combined the beef and veggies in the pot and added garlic salt, beef stock, black pepper, seasoned salt, soy sauce, and Worcestershire sauce.  I brought this mixture to a boil and then partially covered the pot and let it all simmer for sixty minutes.  I then made a slurry of cornstarch and water, which I added to the pot, and the mixture was again brought to a boil to thicken.

My family has tried this over both hot rice and egg noodles, and frankly we prefer the noodles.  I’ve even served this for company with a little parsley over the top to fancy it up.  Any way you serve it, it’s a relatively easy and definitely delicious main dish.  I’ve made Dan the Man a happy husband!

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Beef Tips

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs sirloin tip steaks, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper (any color), chopped
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt
  • 4 cups beef stock (I use Swanson’s)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • hot cooked rice or egg noodles
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried parsley, for garnish

Directions:

  1. In a large Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add onion and bell pepper.
  3. Cook for about 5 minutes or until veggies are tender.
  4. Remove veggies from pan and place on a dinner plate.
  5. In a bowl, toss together beef tips and 1/3 cup flour.
  6. Add remaining 3 tablespoons of oil to the Dutch oven.
  7. Place half the beef tips in Dutch oven and brown on all sides and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring regularly.
  8. Remove browned meat and repeat step 7 with remaining cubes of meat.
  9. Add veggies back to the Dutch oven.  Add beef stock, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt and pepper, and garlic salt, stirring well
  10. Reduce heat and cover partially.  Let simmer for 1 hour.
  11. In a small bowl, combine 1/3 cup cold water and 3 tablespoons flour, mix well.
  12. Add flour mixture to the beef tips, cooking for 2-3 minutes or until mixture thickens.
  13. Serve over hot cooked rice or egg noodles.
  14. Garnish with parsley.
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