Instant Pot Beef Tips are the ultimate comfort food with tender chunks of beef smothered in a rich, brown gravy. Serve this dish over mashed potatoes, egg noodles, or even rice for a satisfying, filling meal the whole family will love!
Why You’ll Love Instant Pot Beef Tips
If you are looking for an easy dinner idea that is packed with flavor, look no further than our family’s favorite beef tips recipe! Here are just a few reasons why you’ll love it:
- So Good: The tender beef and rich brown gravy with added mushrooms and onions (if you want!) is served on top of mashed potatoes or egg noodles to create the perfect comfort food dinner.
- Easy: Cooking in the instant pot makes everything easier around dinner time. Once you close the lid on the pressure cooker, you can walk away and do other things. And since there’s just one pot to wash, cleanup is a breeze!
- Inexpensive: This beef tips recipe uses very humble ingredients to create a delicious and flavorful meal. You don’t need to break the bank to make a crowd-pleasing, family-favorite dish in no time at all.
What Are Beef Tips?
There are many different cuts of beef that can be labeled as beef tips at the grocery store. In this recipe for instant pot beef tips, you’ll want to choose a type of beef that is tender and will cook quickly for optimal results.
Beef tips are usually made with the tender parts of the top of beef tenderloin. You can also use sirloin tips, or “stew meat,” which is a larger beef roast cut into smaller bite chunks — also called tips. They are then browned, covered in a rich, flavorful gravy, and cooked until tender. The instant pot makes this process a breeze!
Ingredients You’ll Need
You will need a handful of ingredients to make this instant pot beef tips recipe. Scroll down to the recipe card at the end of this post for exact amounts of each ingredient.
- Oil: Olive or canola oil will work great.
- Beef Tips
- Brown Gravy Mix
- Beef Broth: You can also use bone broth for more intense flavor.
- Soup Mixes: We used onion and cream of mushroom soup mixes.
- Worcestershire Sauce
- Veggies: Garlic, onion, and mushrooms.
- Black Pepper
- Cornstarch: This is is optional, but cornstarch really thickens the gravy at the end. If you do not use cornstarch, your gravy will be a little thinner than we personally prefer.
How to Cook Beef Tips
This is one of those incredibly easy instant pot recipes that you’ll want to make again and again. For full detailed directions, see the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- Sauté: Pepper your beef tips and brown them in the instant pot with the oil. Add onion and garlic and cook a few minutes more. Turn off the sauté feature on instant pot.
- Make Gravy: Add Worcestershire sauce and onion soup to the instant pot. Then, whisk together the beef broth and gravy packets and pour the mixture in.
- Add Mushrooms: Spread mushrooms on top of the beef tips. Then, spread cream of mushroom soup in as even of a layer as you can on top of the fresh mushrooms.
- Cook: Seal the instant pot and cook on high pressure for 25 minutes. Let the pressure naturally release for 20 minutes.
- Stir and Serve: Stir the beef tips and the gravy. If you’re happy with the thickness, you can serve it immediately. If you prefer a thicker gravy like we do, use the cornstarch to make a slurry.
- Make Slurry (Optional): Place cornstarch in a small bowl. Add some of the gravy from the instant pot into the cornstarch and stir. Continue adding gravy 1 tablespoon at a time until the slurry is smooth and a good consistency. Then stir the slurry into the instant pot, and mix really well. Let the beef tips rest for 5 minutes while the gravy thickens!
Tips for Success
Some helpful tips to ensure your instant pot beef tips turn out perfect!
- Beef: Choose a tender cut of beef. If you can find sirloin tips or tenderloin tips, this will give you a much more tender final product!
- Thicken Gravy: Use the optional cornstarch for a thicker gravy! The flavor will stay the same, but the consistency is much better and more of what you’d expect from a gravy.
- Veggies: Don’t skip the onions, garlic or mushrooms. All three add tons of flavor and makes the dish nice and rich.
- Cook Time: Prepare for the cook time. While the instant pot only technically cooks for 25 minutes, remember that it has to reach the pressure first and then have a natural release time of 20 minutes. All in all, the instant pot will take about 1 hour to cook your beef tips.
Can I Make Beef Tips in the Crockpot Instead?
Yes, but you will need to brown the beef and sauté the onions and garlic in a separate pan on the stove top. Then, add everything to your crockpot following the same directions as the instant pot. Cook for 8 hours on low! If you want to thicken your gravy, follow the same directions for the cornstarch slurry.
What to Serve With Instant Pot Beef Tips
Beef tips are traditionally served over mashed potatoes, egg noodles, or rice, but we also like it over a cauliflower mash if we’re trying to amp up our veggie intake. We suggest always including some buttered rolls or crusty bread to soak up the extra gravy! If want to add a little color to your plate, pair this dish with a tasty veggie. We like a simple side salad or roasted vegetables like broccoli or asparagus.
Can I Store and Reheat Leftovers?
We usually don’t have any leftovers when we make this dish, but here’s how to handle them if you do.
- Refrigerate: Beef tips hold up great in the fridge if you store them in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
- Reheat: You can reheat beef tips in the microwave or oven. If using the oven, let it reheat slowly at a lower temperature so you don’t dry out the beef.
- Freeze: If you’d like to include instant pot beef tips in your meal planning schedule, they freeze really well! Store cooled beef tips and gravy in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to 3 months. If using a freezer bag, make sure to remove as much air as possible to avoid freezer burn. We recommend thawing overnight in the fridge before reheating.
More Easy Instant Pot Recipes
- Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs
- Best Pulled Pork
- Easy Instant Pot Taco Soup
- 5-Ingredient Shredded Beef
Instant Pot Beef Tips
- 2 pounds beef tips
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 .87 oz packages brown gravy mix
- 2 cups of beef broth
- 2 tablespoons oil, canola or olive oil
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 3 large cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 1 oz package onion soup mix
- 8 ounce sliced mushrooms
- 1 10.5 oz can cream of mushroom soup
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- Sprinkle pepper on your beef tips. Set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together beef broth and gravy packets. Set aside.
- Set Instant Pot to sauté mode and add oil. Add beef tips and sauté until browned on all sides, about 3-5 minutes. Add onion, sauté for 3-4 minutes with beef. Add garlic, sautéing for 30 seconds, then turn off sauté mode.
- Add Worcestershire sauce and onion soup mix to the instant pot, then pour in the gravy/beef broth mixture. Spread mushrooms on top of the beef tips. Then spread cream of mushroom soup in as even of a layer as you can on top of the mushrooms.
- Seal the pressure cooker with the lid. Select Manual (or Pressure Cook button depending on your instant pot model) and cook on high pressure for 25 minutes. Don’t forget, it will take about 10 minutes for the instant pot to come to pressure and then the timer to start counting down.
- When the cook time finishes, let the pot sit undisturbed for a 20 minute natural release (meaning do not touch the instant pot for 20 minutes after it says it’s done cooking). Then turn the steam release knob to Venting to release any remaining pressure and open the lid.
- Stir the beef tips and the gravy. If you are happy with the thickness, you can serve it immediately. If you prefer a thicker gravy like me, use the cornstarch to make a slurry.
- How to make a slurry: Place cornstarch in a small bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of broth/gravy from the instant pot into the cornstarch and stir. Continue adding gravy 1 tablespoon at a time until the slurry is smooth and a good consistency. Then stir the slurry into the instant pot, and stir really well. Let beef tips rest for 5 minutes and the gravy will thicken!
- Serve as desired over mashed potatoes or egg noodles! Don’t forget the buttered rolls to soak up the extra gravy!