Slow Cooked Tri Tips & Gravy with Mashed Potatoes

5 from 15 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 15 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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  1. Erin

    I stumbled across this on Pinterest and we made it last night. We literally licked our plates clean and there was not an ounce of it left. It was such an easy recipe and I can’t wait to make it again!

  2. Julie Dixie

    Hi Lauren –
    Love this recipe – but what is a tri tip roast? Is it a chuck roast?
    Love all of your recipes – cant wait to do this one!
    Thank you!

  3. Mackenzie

    My family loves this recipe. My husband and I always like to make it when we have company over. Our grandparents especially love it! Great leftovers too. 🙂

  4. Casey

    5 stars
    This is my new go-to!!!! I can’t believe how easy it was to make…and how flavorful too! Even my picky boyfriend loved it and asked me to make it again. Such a good winter comfort meal, especially with mashed potatoes. If it has potatoes, it’s for me! Thanks so much!

  5. Deneen

    5 stars
    This is a total keeper!!!! The ONLY issue I had was the gravy was still kind of thick even after a full cup and quarter of water. Not sure what I did wrong but will be making it again (as the flavor was soooooooooo good!!!) and like every recipe it gets easier and easier to make each time. Thanks for sharing this.

  6. Nancy

    5 stars
    You are a culinary genius! I’m so glad, my husband is even more that I came across your recipe for this SUPER DELICIOUS tri tip recipe, thx again😀👍🏼😀😀

  7. Stacey

    We love this recipe and it tastes amazing! We consistently have a problem with the gravy, it looks great and then the next second, separates and looks like cat food 😥
    Each time, we follow the directions. Any idea where we could be going wrong?? We just drain the extra oil that separates and it still tastes delicious!

  8. Debbie Donovan

    hey Lauren , realize this post is old, but wanted to know if u can substitute (cut up) eye of round roast for the tri ,( or leave it whole)… looked online with no no luck…, can u help me out? I’d appreciate it!! Keep the recipes on facebook comin, I love them!! Thanks for your time, Debbie

  9. Greg

    5 stars
    Delicious. Followed this as written and it was outstanding. The meat was tender and well-seasoned, the gravy rich and full of flavor. The family loved it!

  10. Miss B

    I want to make this in my crockpot and saw that some people have, but no specifics. Cook on Low or on High and for how long? The recipe states you can cook this in crockpot for 3 hours, but there is no heat setting.

      1. Miss B

        5 stars
        Just made this tonight and it was excellent! My oven is broke so I just simmered it on the stove instead with the lid open a crack for 3 hours and it was perfect.

    1. Lauren

      I’ve never tried making this in the instant pot, but come to think of it, would be really good!! I’ll get back to you on directions.

      1. Momof2

        I made this in the instant pot tonight. It was delicious. The only changes I made were to brown the meat and set aside before sauteing the onions and garlic and I also added mushrooms. Then I added the meat back and the consommé, water, and seasonings. I cooked on high pressure for 20 minutes and used a natural release for another 20 minutes. Lastly I added the butter and flour and boiled for 2 minutes using the sauté function ( I had to use more flour then the recipe called for). The meat was tender and flavorful and starting to flake apart slightly. Thanks for the recipe!

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  12. Kristi Collier

    Weird question but what type of plate are you using it in this picture? It looks like a nice heavy white plate but it also looks sectioned off for each food to not touch.

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  14. Laura

    5 stars
    This was amazing! I didn’t have the beef consomme, so I used chicken stock, and it still turned out delicious! I served it with rice and broccoli. I will definitely make again.

  15. Katie Parsons

    Tried this recipe…very easy and my boys loved it! My son was thrilled that there was not a cooked carrot in sight! Lol!

  16. Amanda Treon

    5 stars
    Love this recipe and post! Simple is my thing. And the crock pot is my best friend. (Mama of three here! Congrats on baby #4, btw 🙂 I have been following you since before you had Eddie!)

  17. Melissa Moyers

    This recipe looks so fabulous for the fall weather!! I live in tri tip country, but it’s almost always bbq’d. This looks like a much easier way to get a yummy, comforting dinner on the table for my family! Also, happy 10 years on your blog!!

  18. Suzanna

    5 stars
    This recipe is so delicious! It made my house smell amazing! You know when you are making something and it smells so good, that you are just counting down the seconds till you can eat it?!? Yeah, that’s how I felt about this recipe! My family absolutely LOVED it as well!! It’s getting cold where we live, so it’ll be on the menu rotation soon!! Thanks for sharing the yummy ness!!

  19. Cheryl B

    This says slow cooker tri tip and gravy….but the recipe isn’t for a slow cooker…can you tell how you made it in a slow cooker. Thanks!

  20. Elizabeth

    5 stars
    Made this last night and it was delicious!! I made it almost exactly as written. I didn’t realize I was out of tyme when I started, so I subbed with Italian seasoning and I served it over egg noodles. I will definately make again and try it with tyme and mashed potatoes.

  21. Miss B

    5 stars
    Love this recipe! I’m without an oven so I simmered this on my stove for 2-3 hours and it was perfect with my roasted garlic mashed potatoes and dinner rolls. Next time I may add in carrots to make it a complete meal.

  22. Julie

    5 stars
    I found this recipe a couple of years ago and have made it countless times since then. It is so good and my family loves it. Total comfort food. Just wanted to say thanks!