Crockpot steak bites will become a family favorite. Perfectly seasoned steak bites are slowly cooked with garlic, onions, and au jus gravy mix for a mouthwatering dish you can prepare anytime of the week.
With this easy recipe, steak no longer has to be a special occasion food. Additionally, the kids will absolutely love it since the steak is cut into bite-sized pieces, making it easy to eat.
With juicy steak bites and au jus gravy, your whole family will love them. Served with mashed potatoes or egg noodles, you have a super simple dinner with the slow cooker doing most of the work. It’s such an easy weeknight meal!
The most exciting part? These steak bites are freezer-friendly, so it’s an ideal recipe to stash away in the freezer to thaw overnight, heat and serve the next day.
This section includes ingredient notes and substitution options. Get all measurements, ingredients, and instructions on the printable recipe card at the end of this post.
- Sirloin Steak — Cut the steak into bite-sized pieces (approximately 1″ cubes) before cooking. If you don’t have sirloin on hand, feel free to use another cut of beef like round steak, beef stew meat, or chuck roast.
- Kosher Salt — Kosher salt is large than table salt. It adds flavor and helps tenderize the meat during the cooking process. If you’re substituting regular table salt, use half the amount.
- Black Pepper — Fresh cracked black pepper yields the best flavor.
- Vegetable Oil — This is used for searing the steak. Olive oil or avocado oil may be used instead of vegetable oil.
- Onion — Thinly slice the onion before adding it to the steak bites in the crockpot.
- Garlic — Instead of mincing the garlic, cut it into thin slices.
- Beef Stock — Use unsalted beef stock to keep the steak bites from getting too salty. Unsalted beef broth can be substituted if needed.
- Au Jus Gravy Mix — This mix is found in the condiment section of the grocery store and makes a delicious gravy to go with the beef!
- Butter — Use unsalted butter since we’re adding salt elsewhere in the recipe.
- Parsley — Totally optional and used as a garnish, but it makes for a pretty presentation.
EQUIPMENT YOU’LL NEED
Gather your tools and ingredients to get these tender steak bites cooking right away! Here’s what you need for this delicious recipe:
- 6-quart to 8-quart crockpot
- Measuring spoons
- Measuring cups
- Knife for cutting up the meat
- Mixing bowl
- Large skillet
- Tongs for transferring beef cubes from the skillet to the slow cooker
HOW TO MAKE STEAK BITES IN THE CROCKPOT
This section shows you how to make the recipe with step-by-step photos and instructions. For the full printable recipe, see the recipe card below.
- Step 1: Cut the steak into bite-sized pieces and place them in a large bowl. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and toss to combine.
- Step 2: Heat a large skillet with half of the oil over medium-high heat. Sear the steak bites in the hot skillet in batches, and then place them in the Crockpot. Add more oil to the pan if needed.
- Step 3: After you’ve seared all the steak and added it to the crockpot, add onion and garlic, tossing them with the steak bites.
- Step 4: Pour the unsalted beef stock over the steak pieces. Sprinkle the au jus gravy packet over the top. Lay thin slices of butter on top.
- Step 5: Put the lid on your slow cooker and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low 6-8 hours. Stir the steak every 30 minutes or so, if you can. Serve with a garnish of fresh parsley (optional).
Serve these tender steak bites with your favorite sides like mashed potatoes or egg noodles. The flavorful gravy pairs wonderfully with potatoes and noodles!
For more side dish options, try my Stovetop Mac and Cheese, Old-Fashioned Potato Salad, or a crunchy Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cheddar. Green beans or a simple side salad also pair well with this steak recipe.
STORAGE AND FREEZING
Refrigerator: Store leftover steak bites in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Freezer: Freeze these cooked steak bites for up to 3 months in a freezer-safe bag or container.
Reheating: You can reheat these easy crockpot beef tips in the slow cooker, in a pan on the stove, or in the microwave until warmed through. I recommend reheating on the stove since reheating meat in the microwave sometimes gives it a rubbery texture.
CROCKPOT STEAK BITES RECIPE TIPS AND TRICKS
- For a milder onion and garlic flavor, you can sauté the onions and garlic first before adding them to the slow cooker.
- Searing the steak before adding it to the crockpot is optional. However, your steak will be much tastier if you take the time to complete this step. It locks in the juices and gives the meat a bolder flavor.
- Take care not to overcrowd the steak bites while searing. If it’s too crowded, the steak won’t get brown on all sides.
- To make the au jus into a thicker, rich gravy, make a cornstarch slurry with 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of water. Add it to the crockpot near the end of the cooking process (about 30 minutes before it’s done).
ADDITIONS AND VARIATIONS
Add more herbs. Make this slow cooker beef tips recipe more flavorful by adding a few sprigs of thyme or rosemary.
Spruce it up before serving. Boost that flavor even more right before serving by topping with a heaping tablespoon of pesto or a squeeze of lemon juice to brighten up the flavors.
Add mushrooms. Stir in some seared mushrooms a few minutes before serving for added texture and flavor. It’s an inexpensive way to stretch this dish even further!
Make it keto-friendly. Leave out the au jus and add more flavor with one of the options mentioned above like additional herbs, a squeeze of lemon juice, or seared mushrooms.
Make it a dump and go recipe. If you’re in a hurry, skip the searing step, dump everything into your crockpot, set it, and forget it until dinnertime. Ultimate easy dinner!
Cook with potatoes. Get the complete meal done all at once! Quarter some potatoes and add them right to the slow cooker with the steak bites to minimize your time in the kitchen.
Try with cream of mushroom soup. Instead of the au jus, you may like the steak bites with cream of mushroom soup and beef stock. Thicken it with a little cornstarch, and you’ll have lots of sauce to serve over noodles or mashed potatoes.
Add a little spice. Sprinkle some red pepper flakes over the au jus and butter before cooking to add just a slight kick of heat to these delicious beef tips.
- 3 pounds sirloin steak cut into bite-sized pieces
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 small sweet onion thinly sliced
- 3 cloves garlic thinly sliced
- 1 cup unsalted beef stock
- 1 1 ounce packet au jus gravy mix
- 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter thinly sliced
- fresh chopped parsley for garnish optional
- Place the cubed steak into a large bowl with the salt and pepper; toss to combine.
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add half of the oil. Sear the steak pieces in batches and place them into the slow cooker. Add more oil to the pan if needed.
- Once all the steak has been seared, add the onion and garlic to the slow cooker. Toss with the steak bites.
- Pour in the beef stock. Sprinkle with the au jus mix and top with slices of the butter.
- Cover the slow cooker and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low 6-8 hours. Stir every 30 minutes or so, if you can. Serve warm, garnished with fresh parsley, if desired.
The searing step is optional but gives the steak bites more flavor.
You can use unsalted beef broth in place of the beef stock if needed.
Refrigerate leftovers for 3 days. Freeze for up to 3 months.