Slow Cooked Tri Tips & Gravy with Mashed Potatoes

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This Slow Cooker Tri Tip & Gravy recipe has the most tender beef with creamy gravy smothered all over a plate full of warm mashed potatoes. Comfort food at its finest!

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Sometimes the foods that I eat completely solidifies life decisions I’ve made. For example:

Fresh warm bread and butter means I will never do a low carb diet.

Brie cheese, whipped cream and alfredo sauce means I will never do a low fat diet.

My lack of self control means I will never do weight watchers.

And this meal right here means I will never ever become a vegetarian. One bite of these tri-tips and my decision was made. There is nothing better than super tender beef with creamy gravy smothered all over a plate full of warm mashed potatoes on a rainy and cold day. NOTHING!! Ok, well maybe add some warm fresh bread and butter on the side and then we’ll talk.

Man oh man do I love food.

This meal was a very simple one with minimal ingredients. I used a tri tip roast cut into big chunks, onions, garlic, olive oil, beef consomme, water and spices. That’s it! Brown the meat and veggies, add the rest of the ingredients in and cook it off in the oven for a few hours. OR throw it all in the crock pot and enjoy the next 3 hours out of the kitchen. I thickened the gravy up with the old butter-flour trick and served the whole thing over mashed potatoes. PURE heaven, my friends!! Completely wonderful food coma bliss. Perfect for a Sunday dinner or a fancier weeknight meal.

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Sorry–no step-by-steps today….it was cold and rainy therefore no light was in my kitchen when this blessed event took place. But I promise it’s easy.

5 from 12 votes

Slow Cooked Tri Tips & Gravy with Mashed Potatoes

This Slow Cooker Tri Tip & Gravy recipe has the most tender beef with creamy gravy smothered all over a plate full of warm mashed potatoes. Comfort food at its finest!
servings 4 servings
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic roughly chopped
  • 2 lbs. tri tip pieces or a 2 lb. tri tip roast cut into large pieces
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 10.5 oz. can beef consomme
  • 1 can water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 3 tablespoons softened butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • more water if needed
  • 1 recipe of my Perfect Mashed Potatoes

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In large heavy bottomed pot {such as a dutch oven} heat olive oil over medium heat. Once pot is hot, sautΓ© onions for 3 minutes.
  • Stir in garlic and cook another minute. Season meat with salt and pepper and brown in pot. This should take about 5 minutes.
  • Pour in beef consommΓ©, water, bay leaves and thyme. Stir and cover. Place into preheated oven and bake 2-3 hours or until meat is fork tender. Remove from oven.
  • Using a slotted spoon, remove meat from liquid in pot. Return to medium heat on stove top. In a small bowl, stir butter and flour together until a smooth paste forms.
  • Pour butter mixture into hot liquid and whisk in to stir. Within a minute or so, sauce should thicken to gravy. If gravy gets too thick, add in 1/2 cup water or until desired consistency is reached. Replace meat and stir to coat in gravy. Turn heat to low to keep warm before serving.
  • Serve with Mashed Potatoes.

Nutrition

Calories: 561kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 169mg | Sodium: 223mg | Potassium: 777mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 280IU | Vitamin C: 3.3mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 3.9mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: slow cooker tri tips
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  1. carrian

    Oh, I so need this. Not even kidding. It’s kinda cloudy and rainy today so I feel all nostalgic for the Pacific Northwest where I grew up and even more so seeing this recipe. We had slow cooker tri tip or rump roasts on at least one sunday a month. Love your recipe!

  2. Julia

    Ice cream is the reason I can’t become vegan. Or low carb. Or be on any real diet. I blame ice cream for everything. That’s besides the point… this looks delicious!

  3. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

    This needs to happen to my face! It’s all blustery outside right now (finally!) and it’s about dang time I eat some blustery-weather food!

  4. Katie @ Blonde Ambition

    This sounds so good.. We just got our first rain of the season, so I’m craving a hot, comforting dish ~ preferably with gravy ~ right now!

  5. Sue M

    This may be the dumbest question but what are TRI tips, we have beef or sirloin tips but I can’t say I have veer seen TRI Tips??? Looks delish….I have to make this soon with some kinda tips I find…..

    1. Lauren

      It’s a cut of beef from the bottom sirloin cut. If you can’t find it cubed up, look for a tri-tip roast {usually 1 1/2- 2 1/2 lbs} and cut it yourself. When in doubt, ask the butcher.

      1. Kathy

        The cut is alittle harder to find in the south. It’s a cut deveoped in Caifornia years ago, but has not migrated as quickly as I wish. I’m from Calif and my family has enjoyed tri tip many times while living there. I now live in Georgia and it can’t be found in ‘regular” grocery stores. It can, however be purchased in high end grocery stores and some mega stores. I will have to do a heart felt search to find it just to make this recipe. My daughter just asked me to make it and I said yes. So the search is on…..

    1. Debra

      Where does the slower cooker part come into play in this recipe? It looks to me that it exclusively uses an oven. If I were to make it in a slower cooker, what are the instructions? Thank you.

      1. Elizabeth

        I made this in the slow cooker because I was confused, as well, when I bought the ingredients and thought it was a slow cooker recipe (should have read the recipe itself!). I didn’t have the time to make it in the oven, since I work all day. I just followed the initial instructions about cooking the onion and garlic and browning the meat. I then added the meat mixture to the crock pot. I used the whole can of consomme but only 1/2 can of water instead of a whole. I put it in the slow cooker on low for about 10 hours (8 would have been enough, I suspect) and then added the flour/butter paste to the crock pot without removing the meat. It thickened up nicely and tasted great!

    1. Lauren

      Either setting is fine. The high setting would have the meat done pretty quick…maybe 2 hours. And the low setting would be more like 4-6 hours. The longer you cook this the more tender and fall-apart-ish this all becomes.

    2. TRISH PATTERSON

      My slow cooker cookbook says that high on a Rival crockpot is 300 degrees. They offer that information when explaining how to convert recipes for the slow cooker. I found so much valuable information re: slow cooking in the slow cooker cookbook.

  6. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    I could never do a low carb diet either! And I totally need to make this ASAP! This is exactly why I can never be a vegetarian

  7. Carla @ Carla's Confections

    Haha completely agree with you. I tried to go vegetarian and it lasted all of a month, which I’m surprised it even lasted that long!!! I just have to have meat in my life. I love meat, and carbs, and chocolate, and all other tasty foods haha. This meal looks super delicious! Really beautiful photos Lauren!

  8. Vannessa @ Wordchef's Corner

    This looks amazing… For a fantastic comfort food meal. nothing beats a tasty, tender beef in gravy with mashed potatoes!

  9. Sarah McK

    This is a perfect cold weather recipe. I added carrots at the beginning and mushrooms at the end. So delicious, and made my house smell amazing too.

  10. Allison B.

    Yum! I made this tonight and it was SO good. Thanks for sharing. I love your site! My husband hates onions so I left those out, but added a little onion powder for flavor when I was seasoning the meat. Worked out great!

  11. Erica

    Exactly what I’m looking for! Better run out and get me some potatos! Going to use stew meat from the butcher though…Think I should cook it longer??

  12. Kim Fischer

    Unbelievably good recipe. Had to do some searching to find the tri tip roasts, but well worth the effort. Have made this three times and every time I get nothing but rave reviews. Thanks do much for the recipe .

  13. Jamie

    I made this for dinner with fresh french bread and it’s AMAZING! The gravy is so good I want to lick my plate clean.

    1. Kelli

      Jamie – Did you make yours in the slow cooker or as the directions stated, in the oven? I would love to make these in the slow cooker for a meal to come home to but, I thought I would get someone else’s feedback!!!

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  15. Tammy

    Lauren, thank you so much. I just made this tonight and it was excellent. Even my very very picky 9 year old and my sometimes picky 8 year old loved it!!! The recipe was so easy and yet so very tasty.

  16. Nicole

    THANK YOU! I have been searching for a recipe for tri tips in gravy that wasn’t made up of artificial ingredients like packets of onion soup and cans of cream of mushroom. This looks and sounds divine! Can’t wait to make it tonight!

  17. Megan

    Tri tip is actually a cut of beef that you can only get on the west coast. I live in CA, moved from TN. Had never heard of a tri tip before I got here. Not sure what the rest of the country would call it.

    1. shari bell

      I’ve been buying tri-tip here in NE Oklahoma for several years now. Ask your butcher for it, My butcher is from California and explained it to me.

      1. Jennifer

        5 stars
        I’m from Northwest Ohio and my butcher looked at me and smiled when I asked for it. I asked what was that all about. He asked if I had ever had it before because up until that day he had never cut one. πŸ˜„ So I went home fixed it up and dished up a plate and took it to him. When back a few days later to hear his review and he said that was one of the best tasting roast meat he had ever had. 😊 Like eating bread it was so tender.

  18. Julie

    Amazing!!! I used stew meat instead because that’s hat I had!! Sooooo good! Thank you from me, my husband and my 13 mo. old daughter!

  19. Luvnspooonfulll

    I was happy to come across this recipe, and then even happier when i made it and tasted it tonight….simply wonderful, and for it being so easy, i think even my daughter could pull this off……thank you for sharing….

  20. Sharon Rankin

    I made this for company last night and everyone RAVED and asked for the recipe. I couldn’t find tri tips, so I used chuck. The flavor is amazing and so yummy with mashed potatoes. I added mushrooms and like the addition. This is a definite make again…and again…and

  21. priscilla

    this was so delicious. everybody loved it. loved so much the family wanted again, so I’ve made twice in a week and a half.

  22. Lisa

    I made this the other night and it was fantastic! I used beef stew chunks as I couldn’t find the tri tips. I did share your recipe on my blog today, hope you’ll take a look.

  23. Traci

    Found this on Pinterest, made tonight and got rave reviews from my sister and mom. Super easy and yummy! Perfect meal on this cold, snowy day.

  24. Nicki

    I hope I’m not asking a question that’s already been asked. I scrolled through comments and couldn’t find it, but may have missed it. My question is what is bee consomme and what brand do you use?

    1. Lauren

      Consomme is beef stock that has been reduced down, making it much more flavorful. I use campbells! Found in the red and white can next to the soups.

  25. Amber

    Hi Lauren – I hope this is not a stupid question….I’ve seen some other comments about people using Chuck Roast or Stew Meat. I would cook this recipe in my crockpot – does it matter what type cut I use? Also – can you tell me how to “thicken up” the gravy? I wasn’t really sure how you do that. I’m really looking forward to trying this recipe – I love anything I can put in my crockpot!

    1. Lauren

      I recommend the tri-tips because they are the most flavorful and seem to be the most tender, but stew meat can work in a pinch. Thickening directions are all written out in the printable recipe at the bottom of the post πŸ™‚

    1. Lauren

      Beef consume is like reduced beef stock; it’s really intensely flavored. I used Campbell’s brand for this recipe. It should be right next to the beef broth/stock.

  26. Carol

    I just made this dish tonight, what a hit! I served it with mash potatoes and sweet carrots. Thank you for the great recipe!

  27. Jacke

    I used the crockpot and this came out soooo delicious!! Didn’t change a thing. Served it with mash potatoes and peas. Whole family loved it!! It’s going into my,hard to get into,keeper recipe box. πŸ™‚

    1. rachel

      When using the crock pot, did you put everything all in at once or did you cook everything as directed until you it was time to put ut in oven and that’s when you put it in crockpot?