Slow Cooked Tri Tips & Gravy with Mashed Potatoes

5 from 14 votes

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This Slow Cooked 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 14 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


  • 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


  • 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, sauté 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 consommé, 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.


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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186 Responses
  1. Wanda

    Please put the link for mashed potatoes in the tri tip recipe. You state it in the title and within body of recipe but NO link to it..thanks

  2. Jen C

    I didn’t have beef consommé, so I omitted the water and used 32oz of beef stock with my 2lb roast. Perfect! I also used whole wheat flour (Its all I have in the house) for my roux, and had to use double the amount to get it to thicken, but it worked perfect as well.
    Thank you, this recipe was amazing!

  3. Samantha

    Hey Lauren, what do you do for this when cooking with a crock pot ? Is there a link to the recepie ? In that version of this recepie ?

  4. Nicole Frank

    I am trying this recipe this weekend, however, I do not have a crock pot or dutch oven. Do you think this will come out alright if I transfer the meat from a pan on the stovetop to a covered roasting pan?

  5. Sue

    Really delicious! I would brown the beef first then the onions as you need to focus it in batches; I cooked mine 2 hrs 20 – would do 2 hrs next time…. Beef was really tender & the most delicious gravy ever! Served with mashed potatoes & green beans. Definitely a re make!

  6. Robin

    We are very fortunate since my husband’s brother raises Angus cattle and we just picked up our 1/4 from the butcher which included several tri tip roasts.

    This was a new cut for me, as I am a New Jersey transplant now living in Wisconsin. I left the roast whole, seasoned it with salt, pepper, and garlic powder and seared it in my cast iron dutch oven. I used the consomme` along with a can of red wine, onion soup mix, and a bag of baby carrots. I let it cook in a 300 degree oven for just about 3 hours turning it over half way.

    It was amazing! Gravy is delicious. Everyone loved it.

  7. Bev

    Kids have both come out and said it smells ‘really good’ and ‘when will it be ready?’ slightly amazed as both girls not a fan of stew! I added carrots and celery, just because, lol. Can’t wait to try it. It’s Autumn (Fall) in New Zealand so this was a timely find.

  8. Sue

    Threw this together this afternoon and just consumed it for dinner! Delicious!
    Used grass-fed stew beef.
    Now Pinned in Keeper Recipes!

  9. Tricia

    Can this be frozen after cooking? I’m wondering how well that would turn out as I need to prepare meals in advance for a family visit.


  10. Abby

    OH my gosh… I’ve made this since 1965 and you just never get tired of it, so delicious, my boys would request this every couple of weeks, now & then for a little different take I would add a little red wine & serve it over noodles… there’s just no wrong way to eat this…lol
    thanks so much for sharing this and bringing back memories !

  11. The Grumpy Gourmet

    I have used this recipe several times now…it is absolutely wonderful.! It has become my favorite. The Thyme really adds some great flavor.

  12. Krystle Bratton

    So, our family RARELY eats beef. But I do have to say that the only time we do (other than the occational steak) is to make this recipe. We use the leftovers for a pot pie too! So THANK YOU for doing this recipe! Our family LOVES it!

  13. Katherine

    This has been in my oven for all of 20 minutes, and I can already tell I’m going to have to fight off my children when they get home to keep them from eating it all.
    Note to self, double this!
    BTW your site came up from a google search on baked tri-tip. I love google.

  14. Sandy

    I never take the time to comment. This was amazing! Wow. Thank you so much for sharing this beauty. The only thing I did because I had never heard of consomme was buy concentrated beef broth that was paste and put that in hot water to make beef broth and used instead of plain beef stock. I will look for it for next time. Amazing. Off to read more from you.

  15. Bev

    I made this last night (used my Dutch oven). It was excellent! The meat was very tender and the gravy flavorful. I doubled the beef consume and the slurry ingredients to ensure there would be plenty of gravy. Also added a little Gravy Master to darken up the gravy. Yum!! This is a keeper.

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  17. Pam

    I have made this recipe several times and my family loves it. I am trying to use up the end of a 1/2 of beef I purchased last fall. I have some rib steak and sirloin tip steak left over. Do you think it will be ok if I just cut into bite size and use it this way?

  18. PingkiiInHawaii

    This, by far, one of the best recipes I’ve ever found on Pinterest. I go with the pre-seasoned tri-tips from Costco, to make things even easier. Everything done in one pot. It’s my boyfriends favorite meal that goes with rice or mash or even on bread. Thanks!

  19. Kate

    I never leave reviews but this has become a staple in our home since trying it a few months ago, it is SO GOOD! I use whatever kind of roast I have and cut it up since tri tips aren’t really available around here, it always gets devoured. Thank you for the awesome recipe!

  20. mary eckels

    great follow up to thanksgiving leftovers!!used less meat than suggested.. more gravy was the reward.. did on stove top rather than in oven.. worked great..

  21. Leslie

    This recipe makes me so happy. When I first saw this I told “everybody” about it. I made it and it is not only amazing in taste, it is perfect for the working mom. So happy I found your site 🙂

  22. Stephanie

    I made this for Christmas Eve dinner with your mashed potatoes, a salad, and Kings hawaiian roles with butter (I read the whole blog…I got you!!) Delicious! Thank you!

  23. Sue

    This is my favorite recipe for meat, be it pork chops or beef! The meat is so tender and juicy and the gravy is so rich tasting..everyone loves it! Thank you!

  24. Jennifer

    I read every comment and I saw yours on time to cook in a crock pot, but didn’t see specific directions on how to do it. Do I just follow your recipe and then transfer it to a crockpot instead of the oven? Thank you ahead of time.

  25. Jack

    Am I missing something? Not nearly enough liquid, was able to rescue and it turned out great but, really,had to add a few cups of beef broth.

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