Crockpot Steak and Gravy

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Crockpot Steak and Gravy always comes out tender and flavorful. It is so easy to make with only 3 ingredients! A perfect supper for busy weeknights.

Plate with Crockpot Steak and Gravy over mashed potatoes and green beans on the side.
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  1. Ingredients in Crockpot Steak and Gravy
  2. Getting the Right Cut of Steak
  3. What to Serve with Crockpot Steak and Gravy
  4. Suggestions and Additions for this Recipe
  5. Frequently Asked Questions
  6. More Time Saving Crockpot Meals
  7. How to Make Crockpot Steak and Gravy
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I was introduced to this 3 ingredient Crockpot Steak and Gravy by a good friend of mine, Rashona, many years ago. It was a busy time in my life and she suggested this recipe to use for those crazy days when you just don’t have time to make dinner later in the day. I have made it countless times over the years, and it always turns out rich, tender, and absolutely delicious. My family gobbles it up; it’s one of their most requested dinners!

This slow cooker steak and gravy recipe could not be easier to make. Toss in three (THREE!) ingredients into the Crockpot first thing in the morning. It cooks all day, and the welcoming scent wafts through the house, making it seem like you spent hours making an extravagant meal. It is such a comfort to walk in the door after a long, busy day and realize dinner is ready!

Ingredients to make Crockpot Steak and Gravy including brown gravy mix packets, au jus gravy mix packet, water and thinly sliced top sirloin steak.


Ingredients in Crockpot Steak and Gravy

  • Top sirloin steak or London broil sliced thin
  • Brown gravy mix packets
  • Au jus mix packet
  • Water

Getting the Right Cut of Steak

Cuts of steak such as such as chuck roast or round steak are perfect for this recipe because they become tender and juicy after slow-cooking. We often use London broil or top sirloin steaks. I usually just shop around for whichever is on sale and buy extra to put in the freezer for the next time I want to use it in my meal rotation.

Wooden spoon with Crockpot Steak and Gravy next to a bowl of mashed potatoes and plate of green beans.

What to Serve with Crockpot Steak and Gravy

We love serving the thick, creamy steak and gravy over over rice I make in the rice cooker, which is also an easy thing to throw together. We also love serving it alongside buttery mashed potatoes. There are so many side dishes that would work well with this easy steak recipe. Rice and potatoes are our go-to sides but it would also be delicious over pasta, thick toast, or just by itself with a side of broccoli or green beans.

Plate with Crockpot Steak and Gravy, mashed potatoes and fork. Green beans on the side.

Suggestions and Additions for this Recipe

Brown the Steak: To enhance the overall flavor, try searing the steak it in a hot skillet with oil or cooking spray before placing in the crockpot to lock in the juices.

Keep messes to a minimum: Use a crockpot liner for easy cleanup. After serving just toss remove the liner and toss it. It couldn’t be easier!

Swap out the Au Jus: Sometimes Au Jus mix can be hard to find. You can use onion soup mix instead and you won’t even notice a difference.

Season Generously: Don’t be shy with seasoning! In addition to the gravy mix and au jus, try using a combination of salt, pepper, garlic powder, and your favorite herbs to infuse the steak with delicious taste. You can even try adding a few shakes of Worcestershire sauce.

Layer with Veggies: Add sliced onions, mushrooms, or bell peppers to the crockpot for extra flavor and texture.

Use Beef Broth: Pour in beef broth to create a savory base for the gravy, intensifying the taste of the steak instead of using just water. If you don’t want to add the extra sodium, you can use a low-sodium broth.

Low and Slow: Cook the steak on low heat for several hours to allow the flavors to meld and the meat to become tender. Slicing your steak into thin strips will help speed up the cooking process and ensure super tender, fall apart meat every time.

Thicken the Gravy: Once the steak is cooked, use cornstarch or flour mixed with water to thicken the juices and create a rich, velvety gravy.

Adjust Seasoning: Taste the gravy before serving and adjust the seasoning as needed to suit your preferences.

Garnish with Fresh Herbs: Sprinkle chopped parsley or thyme over the finished dish for a fresh and vibrant touch.

Plate with mashed potatoes covered with Crockpot Steak and Gravy and green beans on the side. Sliced baguette with butter on the side.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to cook raw meat in slow cooker?

Yes, the long cooking time, the direct heat of the crock pot, and the steam created by the tight seal of the lid helps to kill any bacteria in the raw meat.

How to you make meat more tender in a slow cooker?

Cooking low and slow (on low heat for 8-10 hours) in its beef broth creates a soft and juicy piece of meat. Remember to stir occasionally.

Should I sear meat before slow cooking?

It isn’t necessary, but if you would like to, searing in a large skillet on medium-high heat can increase the flavor of your cut of beef and increase the texture as well. Searing the meat before slow cooking also gives a beautiful and appetizing color.

Read next: The Best Crockpot Meals

Crockpot with steamy hot steak and gravy and wooden spoon.

More Time Saving Crockpot Meals

The slow cooker saves the day in our home more often than not! Here are a few of our tried and true crockpot favorites:

How to Make Crockpot Steak and Gravy

Plate with Crockpot Steak and Gravy, mashed potatoes and fork. Green beans on the side.

Crockpot Steak and Gravy

4.88 from 120 votes
The steak in this Crockpot Steak and Gravy always comes out tender and flavorful. It is so easy to make with only 3 ingredients!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings

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Equipment

  • Crock Pot (Slow Cooker)

Ingredients

  • 2 to 3 pounds top sirloin steak or London broil sliced thin
  • 2 packets brown gravy mix
  • 1 packet Au Jus mix
  • 2 1/2 cups water

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in crockpot.
    Crockpot with water added to the steak and gravy dry mixes.
  • Cook all day (8-10 hrs) on low, stirring occasionally.
    Crockpot with setting on low for Steak and Gravy.
  • Serve over rice, pasta, or mashed potatoes.
    Plate with mashed potatoes covered with Crockpot Steak and Gravy and green beans on the side. Sliced baguette with butter on the side.

Notes

Variations, Ideas and Substitutions:
  • Throw some sliced mushrooms and/or onions into the Crock Pot for a delicious addition.
  • We like to serve this meal with steaming rice from the rice cooker, but it also tastes delicious with creamy mashed potatoes or fresh pasta or egg noodles (or one of your most beloved carbohydrates), with delicious broccoli or your favorite vegetable on the side.
Storage and Ideas for Leftovers:
  • Place any leftover meat in an airtight container in the refrigerator where it will last for three days.
  • The leftover meat is great in soups! Cube steak, add tons of pepper, your favorite broth, and heat the crock pot cubed steak on the stove top. Enjoy your ingenious, protein packed meal! 
*To serve 4-6 people, use 2 pounds of steak. To serve 6-8 people, use 3 pounds of steak.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 342kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 50gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 138mgSodium: 729mgPotassium: 776mgSugar: 3gCalcium: 67mgIron: 4mg

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Echo lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah with her husband, Todd, who works in advertising, and her four kids: two girls and two boys. She deploys her accounting degree as the blog’s resident problem solver. In her time outside the kitchen, Echo loves to get away from the phones and busy schedules and spend quality time with the family. Anywhere’s great – but getting out into nature in the mountains or on the beach – is the best kind of getaway.

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  1. 5 stars
    So good! So glad I found this crockpot steak recipe! We are often have steak in our freezer and this is a great way to use it up! So tasty and something different!!

  2. 5 stars
    Ten stars! Easy and delicious, with minimal ingredients…I love it! I did not have au jus mix, but I did happen to have an envelope of Lipton golden onion soup mix…I might intentionally make it this way going forward! And I will definitely be making again and again. Everyone at the table gobbled it up. I served over mashed potatoes with a side of green beans. Delicious! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    Delicious, made it with rice and mashed potatoes and both were excellent, but preferred mashed potatoes. Will make it again.

  4. 5 stars
    The perfect recipe with the greatest amount of ingredients (only 3) needed to get a quick meal planned.
    If you have similar recipes that are just as simple, and delicious please share. This was fantastic. The hubby loves it.

    1. We haven’t tried it in the oven, so I can’t say for sure. Let us know how it turns out if you try it!

  5. 5 stars
    This is a keeper! It was delicious and sooo easy to make! I had a little less than 1 lb. of a Petite Sirloin Steak, which I didn’t slice beforehand. I used 1 packet of Brown Gravy mix and 1 packet of Au Jus mix. Mixed with about 1 and 3/4 cup of water. LOVE onions, so I added 1 and 1/2 quartered onions to the crockpot. Cooked in slow cooker for 2 hrs. on high and then about 1 hr. on low. The meat fell apart and the onions cooked down to nothing. Gravy was perfect. Did not have to thicken. Had with mashed potatoes and cucumber, onion and tomato salad with Italian dressing. Yum!!!

  6. 5 stars
    I’ve been making this for around 10 years now from the RTA Cabinet Store that used to have recipes. So good and even better the 2nd day. I’ve found you can use just about every cut of beef making it to which is great when you come across a good deal at the grocery store. Chuck streak is what they had on sale at the time and it turned out fantastic.

  7. Is there anyway you could give a recipe using items in my pantry besides prepackaged gravy and au jus powders? Those packets contain lots of additives like msg or sodium, etc. The concept of Slow cooker, gravey and steak sounds appealing.

  8. 5 stars
    I’m trying to find easy to make recipes that we can do once our child is born and this one was perfect! I served it with mashed potatoes and corn and my partner loved it! He said It reminded him of his childhood.
    Needless to say, we will be adding this to our meal rotation.

  9. 5 stars
    Made this last night using those Petite Sirloin steaks (which I am NOT a fan of) that I bought because they were $1.97 a pound. I’ve made them before in various ways & marinades, stove top/grill or stir fry and always disappointed. BUT, then I ran across this way and it was DELICIOUS! I even had some of the gravy this morning over hashed browns. Seared the meat well & put in crock along with two carrots, one celery stalk and one onion, quartered. Nine hours later the meat was fork tender & bigger pieces would fall apart & the aroma was enticing. This is the only method for me from here on.

  10. Would you put onions in with the rest of the ingredients at the beginning? I don’t necessarily want them to disintegrate.

    1. Yes, I think adding some onions at the beginning would be yummy! I don’t think they will disintegrate.

  11. I did not have an au jus mix so I used a beefy onion soup mix instead. This turned our great. I will keep this one. Everyone loved it.

      1. I used one 2 cup pack of brown gravy, a beefy onion soup mix, and an au jus mix. I only cooked for about 5 hours. We used thin cut New York Strip and then I cut it into strips before cooking. When
        It was finished the gravy wasn’t as thick as I prefer so added a cornstarch and water mix. We served it over mashed potatoes. Turned our perfect!

    1. 3 stars
      I have made this in a pot on the stove many times. I slice steak into strips, throw them in a pot with a little oil, toss in chopped onions, brown it a bit, and turned burner down. Put in 2 cups of water, put the lid on and let it simmer about 45 minutes. Then I add beef stock, spices and a bit of flour. When it thickens it’s ready to go. It’s always a hit at our table. We can’t use a lot of the mixes, so always try to figure out our home made recipes.

  12. 5 stars
    Great recipe but instead of waiting 8hrs in slow cooker you can pan sear steaks and toss them in an insta-pot and it will be ready in an hour tops.